NUSL Newsbriefs May 2013

May 2013
NUSL Newsbriefs

Maggie Hassan ’85 to Deliver Commencement Address

New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan will deliver the keynote address at Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement on May 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. A 1985 graduate of the School of Law, Hassan was sworn into office in January 2013 with a promise to bring people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

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We will also be honoring Governor Hassan with a reception in New Hampshire on Wednesday, May 29.

Women in the Law Conference
Friday, May 3, 2013

It's not too late to register for our fifth annual Women in the Law Conference. Experience a full day of dynamic presentations and networking with faculty, presenters, and alumni/ae.

Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Victoria Roberts ’76, Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a trailblazer in her own right. The topics and panelists promise a day of intriguing dialogue and discussion. Visit our conference page for more information.

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Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition: Alumni/ae Volunteers Needed

The Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition and involves 550 law schools in over 80 countries. To provide a sustainable support structure for NUSL students who are participating in the competition every year, we are creating a team of volunteer professors and alumni/ae who are interested in providing some level of support to students. Support includes reviewing draft-written memorials, hearing moot oral arguments, and providing general support to students. Your experience and help can make a big difference for students! If you are interested in joining the support team, please email Olivier Andre '09 at

Practice-Related Tips: Free Google Tools for Lawyers

Sofia S. Lingos, Esq., Lingos Law, LLC

The word “Google” has morphed into a verb, commonly used as a means to perform primary research. However, besides being a comprehensive search engine, Google has a host of free tools and applications that can be useful for your practice. Have you tried Google Scholar for case research? You can even select a box under the search window to limit your query to “legal documents.”

Have you created a free email account through Gmail?
Besides being an email service, Google “Drive” is a valuable tool that can be found in the header menu. This is a free cloud storage folder (think DropBox) that can also be used to create and collaborate on Google Docs, including word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. (Do be cautious of placing confidential information that is not encrypted in this cloud). Forms are a particularly powerful way to present a level of professionalism and automate the collection of information. Don’t forget about the Calendar feature, also located in the header, which allows you to schedule and share meetings and events.

Do you need a business phone line or the added ability to take calls on the road?
Do not give out your cell phone number. Google Voice will provide you with a free local number that you link to your existing line. You are able to screen your calls and receive voicemails. It can even transcribe your messages into an email or text format.

Have you utilized video conferencing or held webinars?
Join Google+ (Google’s response to Facebook). Utilize Google Hangouts which allows you to interact with up to nine participants, and not only see one another virtually, but share screens, documents, and slides. This can be useful for business development or to interact with existing clients.

Have you created a Google Alert to ensure that you know when something new is said online about you or your clients?

Are you tracking your online presence with Google Analytics?
Did you know there were so many things you didn’t know about Google?
Spending time familiarizing yourself and setting up some of these free tools is definitely worth the return on investment. 

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

North Carolina Welcome Tour and Dinner for Dean Paul
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Come meet our new dean and check out Northeastern University’s Charlotte campus.  
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., with dinner at Blue Restaurant.
Location: Northeastern University - Charlotte Campus. 101 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.              
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Reception on the Hill Honoring William
'Mo' Cowan ’94, U.S. Senator 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Join Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun and Jeremy Paul, Dean of the School of Law, to celebrate the accomplishments of William "Mo" Cowan, ’94, Massachusetts' newly appointed U.S. Senator, in our nation's capital. This event will bring together members of our local Northeastern community as well as congressional delegates representing Massachusetts, Washington, and North Carolina.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room, 2nd and C Streets NE, Washington, D.C.
There is no fee to attend this event, but registration is required.
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New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Reception in Honor of Governor Maggie Hassan ’85
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, N.H.
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Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events


David Heilbroner ’84 Wins Peabody Award
On April 4, 2012, Stonewall Uprising, a film by David Heilbroner ’84, was selected for the prestigious Peabody Award. The film chronicles the uprising by the gay community of Greenwich Village and was featured on PBS’s American Experience. Heilbroner was honored for his work as director and writer on the film.
» Watch it here!

In the Huffington Post, Professor Deborah Ramirez and Tara Lai Quinlan '04 call for community engagement in domestic counter terrorism efforts
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In the ABA's "New Normal," Dean Paul Says Law Schools Must Tackle Challenges
In an opinion piece, Dean Jeremy Paul writes, "The best legal education will be built on enlisting students, faculties, and the entire profession. The rest is just commentary."
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Professor Aziza Ahmed quoted in Abu Dhabi's "The National" on Muslim role in U.S. society
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Why the Innocent Plead Guilty
Professor Daniel Medwed delivered the 49th annual Robert D. Klein Lecture, laying out a con­vincing case for why inno­cent defen­dants plead guilty and well-​​meaning pros­e­cu­tors make deci­sions that con­tribute to wrongful convictions.
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Make a Gift

As we head into the homestretch of our fiscal year, your gift to the School of Law Annual Fund is more important than ever. It provides student support – everything from scholarships to co-op stipends – and is the easiest way to ensure that today’s students have access to Northeastern’s unique model of legal education. If you haven’t made your gift yet please consider doing so now. If you’ve already given this year, thank you! To make a gift, contact Dan Scanlan, Director of Annual Giving, at 617.373.5126, or make a gift online.

Questions about a Newsbriefs article? Call 617.373.3819 or email Mielle Marquis, Senior Associate Director of Alumni/ae Relations and Development, at

Women in the Law Conference

Friday, May 3, 2013

It's not too late ... register now! 

Upcoming Events

May 3, 2013
Annual Women in the Law Conference

May 9, 2013
North Carolina Regional
Alumni/ae Tour and Dinner
Charlotte Campus

May 15, 2013
Washington, D.C., Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Event

May 24, 2013
Matthews Arena
Northeastern University

May 29, 2013
New Hampshire Regional
Alumni/ae Event
Bedford, N.H.

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and other events