October 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs


Calling All Artists!

Plans are well under way for an exciting reunion weekend, October 21 – 22, 2011. A new addition to this year’s class reunion dinner is a silent art auction, featuring works generously donated by graduates, faculty, and friends of the school. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the school’s annual fund.

If you wish to donate an auction item, please contact Mielle Marquis, m.marquis@neu.edu.

» More information on the silent auction

Register Now!

This year’s celebrating classes are '51, '56, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, and '06.

As always, all NUSL graduates are invited to attend, whether or not you are celebrating a reunion this year. We have a wonderful program planned, and there will be something of interest for each and every one of you. 

In addition to reconnecting with classmates, enjoy the school tours and Saturday’s panel discussions. Topics include “NUSL and the Future of U.S. Legal Education” and “Bringing Human Rights Home,” focusing on international human rights in a domestic context.

Other highlights of the weekend include the Dean’s State of the Law School address on Friday, which will be followed by a cocktail reception for all graduates, faculty, and current students. On Saturday night, the reunion class dinner and reception will be held at the Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. This year’s dinner will feature live music, cocktails, delicious food, and our first silent auction.

We look forward to seeing you again and welcoming you back to the law school! » Register online now

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Upcoming NUSL Regional Events:

We’re coming your way this year!

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

  • New York Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional Event
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  • With special guest Kathy Bryan ’81
    NUSL's New York Alumni/ae Chapter launches a new breakfast speaker series, "Transforming the Practice of Law,” on October 5, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  At each of these breakfast events, a NUSL grad will talk about how she or he is transforming the practice of law. Kathy Bryan ’81 is President & CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute), a nonprofit coalition of corporate counsel, top law firms, judiciary, and academics dedicated to providing resources and information in commercial conflict prevention and dispute management (www.cprard.org). This breakfast session will be held at the Rock Center Café, 20 W. 50th Street, on the lower concourse.
    RSVP by Sept. 28 to opandre@yahoo.com
    * Please note  that attendance is free but individuals must purchase their own breakfasts.
  • Connecticut Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional Event
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011
    With special guest Associate Dean Luke Bierman

    Stuart Johnson ’94 will host a reception for the Connecticut Alumni/ae Chapter at the offices of Carmody & Torrance, 195 Church Street, in New Haven, on October 5, 2011. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a selection of beer and wine will be served. This event will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    » Register online now
  • Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Reception
    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Mix and mingle with fellow alumni/ae at a reception at the Union Club of Boston, 8 Park Street
    . This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to sponsor this event and be mentioned in upcoming communications, please contact Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu
  • Washington DC Regional Chapter Reception
    Thursday, November 17, 2011
    With special guest Dean Emily Spieler

    This reception will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W. » Register online

Important Save the Dates:

The Northeastern Law Forum Presents “Markets in Assisted Reproduction:  Should We Pay for Eggs, Sperm, and Wombs?”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
The Northeastern Law Forum will host a talk by Dr. Adrienne Asch, Director of the Center for Ethics, and Robin Milstein, Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University, in 240 Dockser Hall. This dynamic presentation will explore the intersection among law, biotechnology, and ethics. 

Co-sponsors: Women’s Law Caucus, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.  

The Northeastern Law Forum presents “Princely Appropriations”
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Join us for an IP-focused panel discussion with lawyer-artist Alfred Steiner and Professor Michael Bennett, in 240 Dockser Hall. Using Steiner's work and the recent Cariou v. Prince et al. decision- finding that Prince’s “Canal Zone” images violated the Cariou’s copyright- as entry points, this presentation and panel discussion will explore the cultural and political implications of current trends in appropriation and conceptual art, wide distribution of increasingly cheap digital copying technologies, and intellectual property law.

Co-Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Society


Women In the Law Brown Bag Lunch
“Data Privacy in a Global Economy”
Thursday, October 13, 2011 (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)  
Please join us for our upcoming Women in the Law Brown Bag Luncheon featuring Gina Perini ’01, GTC Law Group LLP.  With news of widespread data breaches and concerns over online tracking in the headlines on a daily basis, data privacy law in the U.S. and abroad is in a state of dynamic change. Step away from your desk for an hour and learn about how U.S. businesses can navigate the patchwork of data privacy laws in this country and the commercialization and flow of data in a global economy. This is a free event open to NUSL graduates and their guests — bring your own lunch, and we’ll supply dessert and drinks. Hosted by Prince Lobel Tye LLP, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 2200, Boston, MA 02114. » Register online now

Program on Health Policy and Law Inaugural Lecture: Taxpayer Conscience and Health Care Reform
Friday, October 28, 2011
Sylvia Law, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry at New York University Law School, and co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, delivers the inaugural lecture for the Program on Health Policy and Law. As plaintiffs' counsel in two Supreme Court decisions determining the status of public funding of abortions — Maher v. Roe (1977) and Harris v. McRae (1980) — Professor Law is well known for her work in reproductive rights. Her co-authored chapter in Women and the Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2011) chronicles these cases. Professor Law has also written extensively on health policy and law, including books and articles on the U.S. health care system, medical malpractice, and sex discrimination in health insurance.

Labor & Employment Panel & Reception
Thursday, December 8, 2011 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
NUSL presents two exciting panel discussions followed by a networking reception on Thursday, December 8, in 230 Dockser Hall: 
  • “The Crisis in the Public and Private Pension Systems”
    Michael Felsen ’78, Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, will speak about recent USDOL regulatory and enforcement initiatives designed to better protect employee pensions. 
    Richard Griffin ′81, General Counsel, International Union Operating Engineers, AFL CIO, will discuss the challenges faced by trustees of large multi-employer pension plan. 
    We are still seeking someone who is experienced in pension and employee benefit issues in the public sector. Please contact Mark Irvings at mli@markirvings.com if you would like to speak.
  • “The Effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the Practice of Employment Law and the Settlement Process”
    Jackie Kugell ′92, Partner, Morgan Brown & Joy, will present the perspective of outside counsel who are both on insurance panels and handle cases for existing clients. 
    Liz Rodgers ′76, Partner, Rodgers Powers & Schwartz, will talk about how the spread of EPLI has influenced the plaintiff bar. 
    Mark Irvings ’75, Arbitrator and Mediator, will focus on the impact of EPLI in mediation and on fee petitions in arbitration. 
    We hope to have someone speak about the role of coverage counsel and/or an insurer’s view of the world of employment law.  Please contact Mark Irvings at mli@markirvings.com.
There is no charge for this program, but RSVP is required.
» Register online now or email e.hommel@neu.edu by December 1, 2011.  

The Northeastern Law Forum presents  “A Look Inside SB1070”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (12:00 - 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 follows a national student delegation as it tours Arizona in August 2010, trying to gain a better understanding of the debate over SB 1070. 240 Dockser Hall.

Co-sponsor: Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). 

Externships 6
March 1- 4, 2012
Join us for a national conference 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 now

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

Graduates in the News:

“Love and Shame”
A Novel by Peter Orner ’97 Peter Orner’s latest work of fiction will be released by Little Brown Publishing Company in November.  He is the author of two widely praised books, Ester Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo.  He is also the editor of a book of oral histories, Underground America. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, and Best American Stories, and been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in San Francisco and is an associate professor at San Francisco State University.
» Read more

Connolly Named MacArthur  "Genius" Fellow
Marie-Therese Connolly ’84, a leading voice in efforts to prevent the suffering of older adults and ensuring that elder abuse becomes a priority on the national agenda, is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious $500,000 MacArthur  "genius" award.
» Read more

NPR’S David Green spoke with Marie Therese about the huge impact this recognition will have on her work.
» Listen now



News: 

Dean Emily Spieler to Step Down
Emily Spieler, who has served as the School of Law’s dean since 2002, has decided to step down from her position at the end of the academic year.

Spieler, the Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law, has brought about transformative change at the School of Law, recruiting outstanding faculty, building innovative interdisciplinary programs, globalizing education, and research, enhancing experiential education and advocating for the importance of law, policy, and justice across all of Northeastern’s endeavors.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the dean at Northeastern,” Spieler said. “I came here because I was attracted to the history and values of this law school, particularly our commitment to education that emphasizes experiential education and the role of law in advancing the public good. I continue to believe that these principles are essential to educating great lawyers, to doing research that matters, and to addressing the challenges of the world.” » Read More

NUSL Honored with Beacon Award from Boston Bar Association

NUSL has been named the second recipient of the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award.  This award was established by the BBA “to recognize organizations or individuals who have had an exceptional impact in advancing diversity and inclusion in one or more of these areas: legal scholarship, recruitment and retention practices, pro bono representation, community service, legal advocacy, and legislative advocacy.” The School of Law will be honored for exceptional leadership on diversity strategies that will have a lasting impact on the legal profession in Greater Boston. The November 16 reception for this event is Free. Come celebrate with us at the Boston Harbor Hotel! » Register online



Class of 2014

Another great class has arrived! This year, the School of Law received 3,674 applications and we enrolled 218 students. Our gender ratio remained fairly steady with 55 percent females and 45 percent males. The average age is 25 years old and the age range is 20-45 years old.  The median LSAT score is 162 and the median GPA is 3.48.  There are 140 colleges and universities represented in the class of 2014.  

On the diversity front, students of color comprise 39% of the class.  Among those students of color: 27% are Asian Americans; 20% are African Americans; 42% are Hispanic/Latinos; and 11% are multiracial.  We are ecstatic to have another superb class join the NUSL family.



Thank You
An important source of support for NUSL programs is the generosity of our graduates and friends who share our commitment to social justice. Make an online donation.



Questions about a Newsbriefs article? Call 617.373.3819 or
e-mail Mielle Marquis, senior associate director of alumni/ae relations and development, at m.marquis@neu.edu.

Upcoming Events

October 5, 2011
Connecticut Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Event
New Haven, CT

October 5, 2011

Northeastern Law Forum Event
Boston, MA

October 5, 2011
New York Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Event
New York, NY

October 13, 2011
Women in the Law Brown
Bag Lunch
Boston, MA

October 21 – 22, 2011
Alumni/ae Weekend
Boston, MA

October 23, 2011
Program on Health Policy and Law Inaugural Lecture
Boston, MA

November 3, 2011
BRAC Regional Reception
Boston, MA

November 17, 2011
Washington, D.C., Regional Chapter Event
Washington, D.C.

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

January 19, 2012
BRAC Chapter Scotch Tasting
Boston, MA

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

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 8, 2012
BRAC Chapter Event
Boston, MA

March 16, 2012
Health Law Conference
Boston, MA

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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