NUSL Newsbriefs September 2013

September 2013
NUSL Newsbriefs

Reunion Weekend is Fast Approaching ... REGISTER TODAY!

Join us for another dynamic two-day celebration in October. Reconnect with old friends, reminisce about your years at NUSL, and enjoy a weekend filled with activities.

Here are a few of the many highlights of Alumni/ae and Reunion Weekend:
  • Friday faculty cocktail reception in Dockser Hall Commons
  • Saturday panels and discussions led by faculty and graduates 
  • Reunion class dinner and cocktail reception at the Colonnade Hotel, Boston 
  • Tours of the School of Law, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston
This year we celebrate the milestone reunions of 1953,'73,'78, '83, '88, '93, '98, 2003, and '08. Remember, even if it's not your reunion year, you are welcome to attend! 
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Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Colonnade Hotel at a discounted rate of $274 per night for Reunion Weekend guests. The hotel deadline is Sept. 26. Please call the Colonnade's reservation team at 1.800.962.3030 and mention you are in town for NUSL's Reunion Weekend to book your room at this discounted rate.

Welcoming the Class of 2016!
As of August 25, the School of Law had received 3,116 applications and enrolled 187 students. The Class of 2016 represents a diverse, accomplished group of people. The average age is 25 years old and 70% have been out of college for at least one year. The median LSAT score is 161 and the median GPA is 3.53. There are 118 colleges and universities represented in the Class of 2016. 

Sixty percent of the students in the class are women and 31% percent identify as people of color. Thirteen percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Beyond the class statistics, this group brings with it many rich and varied life experiences that will undoubtedly enhance the NUSL community.

Northeastern University School of Law Launches Innovation Lab 

Northeastern University School of Law has announced the establishment of NuLawLab — the first U.S. law school innovation laboratory with full-time staff focused exclusively on cultivating visionary new approaches to transform legal education, the legal profession, and the delivery of legal services.
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Upcoming NUSL Regional Events:

We’re coming your way this year! We will be holding alumni/ae gatherings in numerous states across the nation in the coming year. We anticipate visiting Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. We will also hold several Boston-area alumni/ae events, with a kick-off on Sept. 12.

NUSL Celebration in Honor of U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan '94, Hosted by Trustee Emeritus W. Kevin Fitzgerald '77
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Northeastern University School of Law and the Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter invite you to a celebration in honor of U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan, '94 (retired)
Location: Jacob Wirth Restaurant
31 Stewart Street, Boston, Mass.
Minimum donation: $50
At the request of Senator Cowan, proceeds will benefit the Fund for the Public Interest. 
Space is limited. Please register by Monday, Sept. 9. 
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50 Years Later: Commemorating the Birmingham Bombing
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, Calif.
Join School of Law graduates and friends for an evening of remembrance, spoken words, and music with Angela Davis and Margaret Burnham, director of the School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic. The evening will feature a performance by the Vukani Mawethu Choir and a poetry reading by Donte Clark. This is an event not to be missed!
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San Francisco Regional Alumni/ae Event

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Location: Perry's on the Embarcadro, 155 Steuart St.,
San Francisco, Calif.
Please join members of the San Francisco Chapter for an alumni/ae reception with special guest Professor Dan Givelber.
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Portland Regional Alumni/ae Event
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Jake's Grill, 611 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Ore.
Please join members of the Portland Chapter for an alumni/ae reception with special guest Professor Dan Givelber. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and the event is free of charge. We hope to see you there!

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Join us Oct. 18-19 for Alumni/ae Weekend 2013: Honoring the Classes of 1953, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, 2003 and '08!
Start making plans to come back and visit with old friends and favorite faculty members whom you may not have seen since graduation. Meet some of our wonderful students and discover how NUSL has grown since you were last here. As always, surrounding class years are also welcome to attend. The fall is a magnificent time to visit Boston!
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NUSL Washington, D.C., Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C.

Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events!

Important Save-the-Dates 

Daynard Community Lecture
Monday, Sept. 30
, 2013
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Northeastern University School of Law
Representing the Underrepresented: Civil Rights in the 21st Century.
Join us for the Daynard Community Lecture, featuring Sharon Eubanks, lead counsel in
 United Sates v. Philip Morris, the largest RICO enforcement action ever filed.

Daynard Roundtable: Private Impact Litigation
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Northeastern University School of Law
Featuring Sharon Eubanks, lead counsel in United Sates v. Philip Morris, and other experts in strategic litigation. 

A Conversation about Health Care Education: Assuring Quality and Safety for Patients 
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Location: University Club, 1 W. 54th Street, New York, N.Y.
Join Northeastern University School of Law Dean Jeremy Paul and Bouvé College of Health Sciences Dean Terry Fulmer for a reception and conversation about health care education. This event will also feature remarks from Leo Beletsky, J.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the School of Law. R.S.V.P. by emailing by Sept. 20, 2013. Please direct questions to the Bouvé Development Office at 617.373.3547.

In the News

Professor Deborah Ramirez and 11 Northeastern Graduates to be Honored as Top Women of the Law - more than any other law school in the state! 

Northeastern University School of Law tops Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women of Law” event this year with 12 honorees. The event, which will be held on Oct. 31, celebrates those who have made great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy. 

Northeastern honorees include:
  • Stephanie DeCandia '98, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 
  • Kimberly Dougherty '03, Janet Jenner & Suggs 
  • Elaine Epstein '76, Todd & Weld
  • Susan Grossberg '92, Grossberg Law Offices 
  • Monica Halas '78, Greater Boston Legal Services 
  • Melissa Hoffer '98, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office 
  • Joyce Kauffman '92, Kauffman Crozier 
  • Linda Landry '81, Disability Law Center 
  • Nnena Odim '97, Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
  •  Professor Deborah Ramirez 
and our inspiring Circle of Excellence inductees: 
  • Navjeet Bal '89, Nixon Peabody 
  • Mary Bonauto '87, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders 
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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge 
Congrats to Peter Orner '96 -- his latest book is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for August!
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Rachel Tritter '14 Awarded ABI Medal of Excellence
Rachel Tritter '14 has received the American Bankruptcy Institute's 2013 Medal of Excellence.
» Read more

Northeastern Expands LLM Program to Include Health Policy and Law
The School of Law's dynamic LLM program expands this year to offer a specialization in health policy and law.
» Read more

The law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute releases report: "Energy Drink Self-Regulation"
"If you look at the self-regulatory guidelines set forth by the American Beverage Association [about energy drinks] and then you look at the way these products are marketed, there are major gaps," Cara Wilking said.
» Read the report

Featured Blog

In PHRGE's new blog RightscapesMartha Davis comments on the Federal Court decision to strike down the Oklahoma amendment that prohibited the state courts from considering "international law" or "sharia" in making judicial decisions.

Questions about a Newsbriefs article? 

Call 617.373.3819 or email Mielle Marquis, Senior Associate Director of Alumni/ae Relations and Development, at

Upcoming Events

Sept. 12, 2013

NUSL Celebration in Honor of U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan '94
Boston, Mass.

Sept. 15, 2013
50 Years Later: Commemorating the Birmingham Bombing
Oakland, Calif.

Sept. 17, 2013
Alumni/ae Reception
San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 18, 2013
Alumni/ae Reception
Portland, Ore.

Sept. 30, 2013
Daynard Community Lecture
Boston, Mass.

Oct. 2, 2013
Daynard Roundtable
Boston, Mass.

Oct. 3, 2013

A Conversation about Health
Care Education
University Club of New York
New York, N.Y.

Oct. 18 - 19, 2013

Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend
Boston, Mass.

Oct. 27, 2013
S.Net Annual Meeting
Boston, Mass.

Nov. 14, 2013

Alumni/ae Reception
Washington, D.C.

Dec. 5, 2013
Labor and Employment Panel
Boston, Mass.

Jan. 27, 2014
Daynard Lecture
Boston, Mass.

Feb. 5, 2014
Ropes & Gray, Boston, Mass.

March 6, 2014
Alumni/ae Reception
Los Angeles, Calif.

March 21, 2014

Environmental Law Conference
Boston, Mass.

April 10, 2014

Alumni/ae of Color Panel
Boston, Mass.

April 11 - 12, 2014
Civil Procedure Conference
Boston, Mass.

April 25, 2014

Health Law Symposium
Boston, Mass.

May 16, 2014
Women in the Law Conference
Boston, Mass.

May 28, 2014
Alumni/ae Reception
Denver, Colo.

June 12, 2014
Alumni/ae Reception
Anchorage, AK

June 13, 2014
Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law Symposium
Elon, N.C.

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