NUSL Newsbriefs January 2014

NUSL Newsbriefs January 2014

Save the Date for NUSL's First Environmental Law Conference!

Cities are inventive places where new collaborations foster creative solutions to pressing environmental challenges, such as changing climate, rising sea levels, extreme weather events and aging infrastructure. Lawyers lead the way in mobilizing the search for innovative answers. Through the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, they work to configure resilient urban designs and to incorporate environmental insights and concerns for human welfare into land use and resource management decisions.

This conference will explore the important roles that lawyers play in questioning old arrangements and fashioning ecologically sound designs to support resilient, healthy, and equitable communities in the face of environmental threats and uncertainties. 

Keynote Speaker: Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Clinton Administration, 1993 to 2001), former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (Obama Administration, 2009 – 2011). 
There is no fee to attend this event but registration is required. 
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Uncovering the Untold Stories

Friday, January 17, 2014 
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Northeastern University School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Northeastern Humanities Center, presents Slavery by Another Name: Uncovering the Untold Stories.

Join us for a presentation by Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name.
Location: Northeastern University, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM

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Labor and Employment Program

NUSL's annual Labor and Employment Program took place on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Janis Barquist '78, who represents the City of Los Angeles, spoke about the expansive view California courts are taking regarding what topics may be subject to collective bargaining. Because the Boston City Council approved the contract just days prior, Tim Buckalew '80, who issued the recent Boston Police interest arbitration award, and Susan Horowitz '84, who represented the Police Union, were able to provide first-hand insights into the process and substance that led to the much-talked about award. James Weliky '95 and Jaclyn Kugell '92 gave us an in depth look at implicit bias and the attendees were involved in an interactive demonstration about implicit bias.

Mark Irvings '75 served as moderator for both panels.
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Summer in the City

Annual Connections Networking Event

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Join us for NUSL's largest networking event of the year. The goal of Connections is to provide career guidance and professional development to our current students. Graduates from all over New England are invited to attend - approximately 100 alumni/ae participate each year. These graduates serve as short-term advisers to approximately 200 student attendees. The event offers graduates an opportunity to network amongst peers. This year's event will be hosted by Ropes & Gray, located at 800 Boylston Street, Boston.

Than you to our Connections 2014 Sponsors:

Upcoming Events


Martin Luther King Day Event
Slavery by Another Name: Uncovering the Untold Stories
1.17.2014 | 4 p.m. | Northeastern University
NUSL Program: "Hanging Your Shingle"
A one day intensive workshop for those considering launching their own practice.
1.18.2014 | Northeastern University
Daynard Community Lecture
Justice Delayed Remains Justice Denied: The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel
The Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellows Program is honored to welcome Debra Gardner, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel and legal director for the Public Justice Center, to the Northeastern campus for a three-day visit.
1.27.2014 | 12 p.m. | Northeastern University
Daynard Roundtable
Overcoming the Notion that a Civil Right to Counsel is Unrealistic
1.29.2014 | 12 p.m. | Northeastern University

NUSL Annual Connections Networking Event
2.5.2014 | Ropes & Gray, Boston

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In the News

US Senate Confirms Landya McCafferty '91 as New Hampshire Federal Judge 

Landya McCafferty '91 will serve a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on the US District Court for New Hampshire.
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Nicolle Vasquez '14 Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship

Nicolle will work with the Domestic Violence Action Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, addressing the legal needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the military.
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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Northeastern University faculty reflect on the legacy of South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela in the wake of his death on Dec. 5, 2013. 
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Ahmed Winner in AALS New Voices in Gender Studies Competition

The American Association of Law Schools New Voices in Gender Studies competition has awarded its top prize to Professor Aziza Ahmed.
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Important Save-the-Dates

Environmental Law Conference: Lawyering for the Sustainable City
Friday, March 21, 2014
Featuring Keynote Speaker Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Clinton Administration, 1993 to 2001), former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (Obama Administration, 2009 – 2011)
Women in the Law Conference
Friday, May 16, 2014
Featuring Keynote Speaker New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan '85.
Los Angeles Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hosted by Janis Barquist '78
New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Friday, March 7, 2014
Legal Scholarship 4.0: Looking Toward the Future
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thank You

NUSL thanks the more than 1,300 graduates and friends who supported the law school with financial contributions during 2013. Didn't manage to make a gift at year-end? Don't worry! Any time of year is a good time to donate to the Annual Fund, which provides support to students in the form of scholarships, financial aid and co-op stipends. Give online at or call our gift line at 617.373.5126. Thanks!

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