December 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Labor and Employment Panel and Reception

Join us for two labor and employment panel discussions on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Northeastern University School of Law, 230 Dockser Hall. During these panels, we will discuss Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the practice of employment law and the settlement process as well as the crisis in the public and private pension systems. There will be a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the event. NUSL graduates and students are invited to attend.

» Register online

For updated details and full panelist biographies, please visit our website

Evening Schedule
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.:  
“The Effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the Practice of Employment Law and the Settlement Process”
Moderated by Mark Irvings ’75, Arbitrator Mediator
Leonard Kesten ’83, Partner, Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten (BHPK)
Jaclyn Kugell ’92, Managing Partner, Morgan, Brown & Joy
Elizabeth Rodgers ’76, Partner, Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.:
“The Crisis in the Public and Private Pension Systems”
Moderated by Mark Irvings ’75, Arbitrator Mediator
Michael Felsen,’78, Regional Solicitor, Boston Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor
Richard Griffin ’81, General Counsel, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Linda McGill ’78, Partner, Bernstein Shur

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
Networking Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres

Please RSVP for this event by registering online or by phone at 617.373.8268.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events:

We’re coming your way this year!

We will be holding alumni/ae gatherings across the nation in the coming year so keep an eye on our calendar for updates.

January 2012
  • Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Scotch Tasting
    Thursday, January 19, 2012
    Mix and mingle with fellow alumni/ae over a sampling of vintage Scotches! This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location TBA.
  • New York Regional Alumni/ae Event 
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Join our New York-area grads for a reception hosted by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, 1350 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018.  Special Guest Speaker:  The Honorable Paul Wooten '77, Justice, Supreme Court of New York County.  This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

Important Save the Dates:

Just Performance:  Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
Thursday, December 1, 2011, and Friday, December 2, 2011

Co-sponsored by Brandeis University, this two-day symposium will explore the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence, with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States. The symposium will be held at Brandeis University. This event is free and open to the public. » Detailed program and speaker bios.

Alumni Speaker Series:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)

Guest Speaker:  William Mostyn '74
William J. Mostyn III '74 currently serves as Senior VP and Corporate Secretary at TIAA-CREF, an organization that helps those in the academic, medical, cultural, and research fields plan for and live in retirement.  This event will be held in Dockser Hall, Room 42.  

Connections Networking Reception 
Thursday, February 9, 2012 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)

The Connections Networking Reception will be hosted by Sherin and Lodgen LLP, 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110. We will be inviting New England area-graduates to participate in this annual networking event for graduates and students.

Northeastern Law Forum:  “A Look Inside SB 1070” 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (12:00 to 1:30 p.m.)

The Northeastern Law Forum presents a screening of “A Look Inside SB 1070,” a documentary film focused on Arizona's highly controversial 2010 immigration law. Following the screening, we will hear from representatives from the Center for New Community, a national civil rights organization that produced the film. The film depicts a national student delegation as it toured Arizona in August 2010, trying to gain a better understanding of the debate over SB 1070.  This screening will be in 240 Dockser and is co-sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).

Women in the Law Brown Bag Lunch:  “Putting your JD to use in a non-profit setting”
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our next WIL Brown Bag Lunch will be hosted by Prince Lobel Tye LLP, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 2200, Boston, MA.  
Guest speakers: Sharon Scott-Chandler '93, Executive Vice President, ABCD, Inc. and Nicci Meadow '88, Director of Elder Services, ABCD, Inc.
Action for Boston Community Development is an antipoverty agency, serving more than 100,000 low-income Greater Boston residents through its city-wide network of neighborhood-based organizations. This event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. » Register online

Externships 6
March 1 - 4, 2012
Join us for a national discourse on the critical role of field placements in preparing new lawyers. A welcome reception and Sunday morning sessions will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston’s historic Back Bay. Friday’s plenary and break-out sessions will be held at Northeastern University School of Law and Saturday sessions will be held at Harvard Law School.  » Register online

Health Systems in Reform
Friday, March 16, 2012

The Office of Alumni/ae Relations, in cooperation with the Program on Health Policy and Law, invites you to this interdisciplinary conference exploring the myriad ways that law and policy affect health law practices in the U.S. and globally.  The Program on Health Policy and Law provides a rich resource for faculty and students interested in public health law, health and human rights, health governance, intellectual property, bioethics, health care delivery law, and the regulation of our healthcare systems. It is guided by faculty with diverse areas of expertise — including law, pharmacy and nursing, economics, business administration, and philosophy.

Keynote Speaker: Lewis Morris ‘80, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Lunchtime Address by John McDonough:  The Fate of the Affordable Care Act
John McDonough is the Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University School of Public Health.  Mr. McDonough will discuss the law and the political implications of the Supreme Court hearing the ACA case in March.
For a full listing of the day’s panels and speakers, please visit our website.

Graduates in the News:

Peter C. Alexander ’83, chosen as the founding dean of Indiana Tech’s law school
Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees granted approval for establishment of the School of Law on May 13, and it is slated to open in Fort Wayne in Fall 2013.  Alexander will officially begin work on January 9, 2012. He is currently a professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, where he served as dean from 2003-09.

Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society publishes article by Daniel Klein ‘11
Daniel Klein’s article on patent law entitled “The Integrity of Section 101: A "New and Useful" Test for Patentable Subject Matter,' was published in the October edition of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. The article focuses on the decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO (Myriad), in which all forms of isolated DNA were held to be unpatentable subject matter, as a case study in the consequences that hold when courts seek to apply extra-statutory categorical exclusions.
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Mary T. Sullivan ’81, confirmed for Appeals Court Judgeship

Following her September nomination, the Governor’s Council has voted to appoint Mary T. Sullivan ‘81 to a judgeship on the Appeals Court.

Sullivan is a partner at the Boston firm of Segal Roitman, LLP with extensive litigation experience. She represents labor organizations, labor-management, health, welfare and pension funds, and individual employees in labor, employment, and benefits matters. Sullivan joined the firm in 1983 after serving as a law clerk for a U.S. District Court judge in New Hampshire. Sullivan serves as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. Her public service also includes membership on the Commonwealth's Apprenticeship Training Council, the Public Library of Brookline Board of Trustees, and the Artbarn Community Theater Board of Trustees.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recently recognized Sullivan as one of the 2011 Top Women in the Law.  Sullivan will fill the vacancy on the Appeals Court created by the appointment of The Honorable Fernande R. V. Duffly to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Thank You
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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

December 1 & 2, 2011
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
Boston, MA

December 8, 2011
Labor & Employment Panel and Reception
Boston, MA

January 19, 2012
BRAC Chapter Scotch Tasting
Boston, MA

January 25, 2012
Pre-Connections Networking Panel
Boston, MA

January 25, 2012
New York City Regional Event
New York, NY

January 26, 2012
Public Interest Scholars Dinner
Boston, MA

February 1, 2012
Alumni Speaker Series
Boston, MA

February 9, 2012
Connections Networking Reception
Boston, MA

February 15, 2012
Northeastern Law Forum Event
Boston, MA

February 16, 2012
Women in the Law Brown
Bag Lunch
Boston, MA

March 1-4, 2012
Externships 6
Boston, MA

March 2, 2012
Experiental Education Conference
Boston, MA

March 8, 2012
BRAC Chapter Event
Boston, MA

March 16, 2012
Health Law Conference
Boston, MA

March 26, 2012
Alumni Speaker Series
Boston, MA

April 5, 2012

Philadelphia Regional Reception
Philadelphia, PA

April 12, 2012
Alumni/ae of Color Panel
Boston, MA

April 18, 2012
New York City Regional Reception
New York, NY

April 25, 2012
Boston Regional “Meet the Professionals” Reception
Boston, MA

May 11, 2012
Women in the Law Conference
Boston, MA

May 24, 2012
Denise Carty-Bennia Event
Boston, MA

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