NUSL Newsbriefs - October 2012

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October 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs

Reunion Time is Almost Here ... Don’t miss out!

NUSL alumnai/ae enjoy a long and lasting connection to one another as well as to the Law School. Alumnai/ae Weekend provides a great opportunity to reconnect with your classmates and favorite faculty. Join us for this dynamic two-day celebration in October. This year’s celebrating classes are '52, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, and '07.

Come meet our new Dean, get up to date election information from our graduates, unwind with your closest friends from the Law School, tour the MFA’s new wing and much more!

This year NUSL is pleased to partner with Dress for Success, a not for profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

We will be collecting in-season, interview-appropriate attire on Saturday, October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Colonnade Hotel (including business attire, shoes and jewelry). For a full list of accepted items, including items that are particularly high-need, please visit Dress for Success’ website. We appreciate your support of this worthy drive!

» Register Today

Sheilah McCarthy ’91, President of the NUSL Alumni/ae Board

Sheilah McCarthy is the 2012-2013 president of NUSL’s Alumni/ae Association. "As president this year, I look forward to assisting the School in promoting and enhancing the regional chapters around the country and supporting our new dean, Jeremy Paul, in multiple ways. The Board continues to work closely with numerous regional chapter leaders and graduates around the country to accomplish these goals.  We have helped to build growing communities of our own special brand of NUSL practitioners around the country."

We also work closely with the current students and hope to help them make their transition to practicing or otherwise using their law degree as easy as we can in this challenging economic period.  We offer several events that assist students with learning more about the profession and making connections. Our board welcomes ideas and suggestions from graduates."

  Sheilah is a partner at labor and employment law firm Lenow & McCarthy located in Wayland, MA. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics related to labor and employment and has served for many years as a teacher at The Labor Guild, teaching a class on public sector labor law.
Look for additional board member profiles in future Newsbriefs.


Admissions Update – Volunteer! Class Profile! Invitation!

This year the School of Law received 3,224 applications for our Class of 2015 and enrolled 170 students. Our class represents a diverse, accomplished group of people from across the United States and even abroad. Collectively they represent 113 different undergraduate institutions, have an average age of 25, and 32% of students identify themselves as people of color (among that 32 percent: 26% identify as Asian, 24% African American, 31% Hispanic/Latino, 17% Multiracial, and 2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander). We’re also very happy to welcome four NUSL legacies to the law school. In terms of profile, the median LSAT of the class is a 161 and the median GPA is a 3.53.

As you may know from media reports, the law school admissions landscape has changed significantly over the past two years. Applications are down nationally and prospective law students are finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between law school choices. This is where graduates can assist us!   You can help us recruit the best and the brightest students in two ways:

Volunteer for the admissions office.
From meeting with an admitted student in your community (and the coffee or lunch is on us), to representing NUSL at an event, there are many opportunities to have an impact.

Recommend NUSL to a prospective law student.
Our co-op program has never been stronger, our faculty never more committed, and the opportunities never more abounding. We encourage you to share your NUSL experience and recommend the school to others considering a legal education.
  If you have questions or concerns about the admissions process at NUSL or would simply like to get more involved, email Emily Almas at  

NUSL's 2013 Loan Deferral and Forgiveness Application now available on-line. 

Deadline is October 31, 2012

Northeastern University School of Law is committed to supporting students who pursue careers in public interest law and public service. As one of the first law schools in the nation to institute a post-graduate loan repayment program, we have provided our public interest graduates with millions of dollars of support through our Loan Deferral and Forgiveness (LD/F) Program since 1990.

We are pleased to report that our recent graduates are able to reduce their monthly payments using the income-based repayment formula under the CCRAA, and the School of Law is now able to meet much more of their need. For example, in our 2012 funding year, the School of Law covered 76 percent of the debt obligations of 2010 and 2011 graduates in the program. 

If you have any questions concerning the LD/F program please contact the Office of Financial Aid at If you wish to make a gift in support of the LD/F program, please click here.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Reception
Thursday, November 8, 2012 
Come network on November 8, 2012, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Boston Alumni/ae Regional Chapter will hold its first event, at Vlora Restaurant, 545 Boylston Street, a restaurant co-owned by Cynthia Tsai '98.
» Register online now

Washington, D.C. Regional Alumni/ae Event with Dean Jeremy Paul

Wednesday, November 15, 2012
Join D.C. Area graduates for a reception with our new Dean at Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. This event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Important Save-the-Dates

Daynard Distinguished Lecture: “Building Legal Protections for Immigrant Survivors: Past, Present and Future.”
October 1, 2012
Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, will deliver the Daynard Community Lecture.  
»Read more

Daynard Roundtable: “Emerging Issues in Family Law for Immigrant Survivors”
October 3, 2012
Join Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, and other experts for this dynamic discussion.
»Read more

Experience the Future: Inaugural National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law
October 26 – 28, 2012

Hosted by Northeastern University School of Law, the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law and the Northeastern University Law Journal, the Inaugural Symposium on Experiential Education in Law represents a transformational moment in the development of law school curriculum. The symposium provides a forum for creative and innovative thinking and planning to reimagine the relationship between experiential learning and other pedagogies to ensure that law graduates are ready to practice with a full complement of skills and ethical and social values necessary to serve clients and the public interest, now and in the future. The symposium will engage constituencies in the legal academy and profession to initiate new approaches and programs for curriculum reform and to change the way law students are educated in order to address the shared complex challenges of the 21st century. 
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Institute on Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health, sponsored by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Program on Health Policy and Law
November 1-2, 2012

The 2012 institute will provide a forum for practitioners and scholars to engage in discussion on the role of human rights in improving health through action on the social determinants of health.
» Read more

Annual Labor and Employment Panel Discussion: Employee Communications and Privacy in the Workplace
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Save the date for our annual NUSL Labor and Employment panel discussion and reception.   Each year, we try to provide up-to-date information on key issues that impact the labor and employment field.  This year’s panel will discuss the following topics:

  • The latest line of Social Media cases from the NLRB and what it means for employees and employers
  • The ever-expanding scope of what constitutes protected concerted activity under the NLRA
  • New state CORI regulations
  • EEOC guidelines on criminal history background checks and employer practices that may violate Title VII
  • Confidentiality of investigations in the workplace.


We plan to have the perspectives of counsel for employees, management-side counsel, in-house counsel, a neutral and key labor agencies represented on the panel.  The panel will be followed by a networking reception for graduates and students.

If you are interested in speaking on a panel about these topics, please contact Mark Irvings at

In the News

Stephen Kohn ’84 Wins Landmark Whistleblower Case for Bradley Birkenfield
Stephen’s client Bradley Birkenfield, was recently awarded $104 million dollars by the United States, the largest such payout in history, for his role in exposing the illegal offshoring of many billions of dollars by Swiss banks.
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Enrich quoted in the Boston Globe
Professor Peter Enrich comments on Mitt Romney’s handling of the Massachusetts economy.
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Abrams talks to Newsday about the NFL Referee Lockout
"What is the NFL Players Association doing?" Abrams asked. "Their members' bodies are on the line and, last time I checked, they were staunch unionists."
»Read more

Medwed Talks to NPR About Crime Lab Scandal
Professor Daniel Medwed talks to NPR’s Tovia Smith about the “rogue chemist” who may have mishandled evidence in as many as 40,000 cases over 10 years.
»Listen now

Questions about a Newsbriefs article? Call 617.373.3819 or
e-mail Mielle Marquis, senior associate director of alumni/ae relations and development, at
Upcoming Events

October 1, 2012
Daynard Lecture
Boston, MA

October 3, 2012
Daynard Roundtable
Boston, MA

October 10, 2012
Northeastern Law Forum
Boston, MA

October 19-20, 2012
Alumni/ae Weekend
Boston, MA

October 24, 2012
Northeastern Law Forum
Boston, MA

October 26-28, 2012
National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law
Boston, MA

November 1, 2012
PHRGE Institute
Boston, MA

November 2, 2012
IP/Innovation Connection
Boston, MA

Thursday, November 8, 2012  
BRAC Reception
Boston, MA

November 15, 2012
DC Regional Alumni/ae Reception with Dean Paul
Washington, DC

December 6, 2012
Labor and Employment Panel
Boston, MA

February 7, 2013
Annual Connections Networking Event
Boston, MA

April 11, 2013

Alumni/ae of Color Panel
Boston, MA

April 18, 2013
New York Regional
Alumni/ae Reception
New York, NY

April 25, 2013
Western Massachusetts Regional Alumni/ae Reception
Location TBD

Friday, May 3, 2013
Annual Women in the Law Conference
Boston, MA

Click here for more information and other events