November 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Alumni/ae Weekend 2011

The 2011 Alumni/ae weekend was greatly enjoyed by all who attended and was an opportunity for almost 240 graduates to reconnect with faculty and classmates. Attendees found the Dean’s State of the Law School address and the Saturday panels to be very informative and noted that it provided a space to revisit NUSL’s values and mission while learning about new areas of growth and development for the Law School.

Our capstone event, the Reunion Class Dinner and Reception at the Colonnade Hotel, was a resounding success this year. More than two hundred alumni/ae attended the evening’s celebrations and more than a quarter of a million dollars was raised from reunion class gifts to benefit the School.  Those who attended enjoyed catching up with classmates, dining on delicious food, looking/laughing at old facebook pictures, and dancing to the Dave Jamrog Jazz Quartet! 

Our first silent art auction also created quite a buzz and raised a significant amount for the School’s Annual Fund and the Fund for the Public Interest.

» View and order prints from the Alumni/ae Weekend Photo Gallery

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.

November 2011
  • 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 is sponsored in part by Chris Parker ‘76, who founded The Law Offices of Christopher W. Parker in 2011.  » Register online
  • Washington DC Regional Chapter Reception
    Thursday, November 17, 2011
    With special guest Dean Emily Spieler

    Also joining us will be Marie-Therese Connolly '84, NUSL’s first MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” awardee. This reception will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street, Northwest.
    For more information visit the DC Alumni/ae Chapter Facebook Group. » Register online
  • San Francisco Regional Chapter Event
    Friday, November 18, 2011
    Join fellow Bay Area NUSL grads for a Lunchtime Round Table Discussion with Joseph Frankl ’79, Regional Director of the NLRB.  This event will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Gallup Inc., 101 California Street, Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA .  
    Bring your own lunch!  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.  
    To RSVP please contact Laura Fauber ’10 at 415.844.8312 or  

Important Save the Dates:

Same Sex Estate Planning Panel: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
What will happen to your estate plans if DOMA is repealed? Do you know how the new Uniform Probate Code will affect same-sex couples? Come hear fellow NUSL and CSH alumni/ae Lisa Cukier '87, Cliff Cohen '89, Barb Macy '84, and Joyce Kauffman '92 highlight the changing landscape in this area of estate planning. 

Sponsored by the Northeastern University School of Law and the Office of Gift Planning, this event will be held at the Northeastern University Faculty Club, 716 Columbus Avenue, 6th floor. 

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Sierra Rosen '06 at 617.373.8012 or

BBA Beacon Award Ceremony:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
NUSL has been named the second recipient of the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award.   On November 16, more than 300 members of the Boston legal community will gather to honor the School of Law’s exceptional leadership on diversity strategies that will have a lasting impact on the legal profession in Greater Boston.  This event will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an inspirational evening!

To add your name to the guest list for this event, please contact Siobhan Fanning at 617.373.3269 or

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.

Labor & Employment Panel and Reception
Thursday, December 8, 2011 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Join us in Dockser Hall, Room 230, for two panel discussions focused on the crisis in the public and private pension systems and the effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the practice of employment law and the settlement process. Mark Irvings '75 will moderate. Our labor and employment practitioners are encouraged to attend these topical panels, which will be followed by a networking reception for all attendees.

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    “The Effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the Practice of Employment Law and the Settlement Process”

    Panelists: Jacyln Kugell '92, Elizabeth Rodgers ’76, Leon Kesten ’83
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    “The Crisis in the Public and Private Pension Systems”

    Panelists: Michael Felson '78, Richard Griffin '81, Linda McGill ’78
  • 8:30 p.m.
    Networking Reception
There is no charge for this program, but RSVP is required.
» Register online now or e-mail by December 1, 2011. » More information

Alumni Speaker Series:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
Guest Speaker:  William Mostyn '74
William J. Mostyn III 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.  New England area graduates will be receiving a notice about participating in this event in the mail by early December.  

The Northeastern Law Forum, presents  “A Look Inside SB 1070”

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.  This screening will be in 240 Dockser and is co-sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). 

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 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, which brings together faculty and students from across the university, 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:

Rashmi Dyal-Chand ’94 to offer legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs in the startup phase or early stage of their businesses. 
The US Department of Commerce has awarded a $500,000 grant to the School of Law to develop a university center that will provide free legal services to low-income and other underserved entrepreneurs in the region. The principal investigator behind the project is Rashmi Dyal-Chand ’94, also a professor of law at Northeastern.
“The efforts of many entrepreneurs to launch new businesses fail because they cannot afford high quality legal services necessary to navigate complex regulatory requirements and protect their intellectual property assets,” Dyal-Chand said. She said the new center will target a number of new and emerging industries in the Greater Boston area, including clean energy, green technologies, science and health technologies, and small and ethnically diverse businesses.
“The core purpose of our work is to support entrepreneurs in economically distressed areas who have the capacity to accomplish the commercialization of technology and to achieve high growth,” Dyal-Chand said. Legal assistance to the entrepreneurs will be primarily provided by law students, supervised by Dyal-Chand and other Northeastern law school faculty and staff.

News Coverage: 

Boston Business Journal
Boston Herald

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

Upcoming Events

November 3, 2011
BRAC Regional Reception
Boston, MA

November 10, 2011
Same-Sex Estate Planning Panel
Boston, MA

November 16, 2011
Beacon Award Ceremony
Boston, MA

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

November 18, 2011
San Francisco Regional Chapter Event
San Francisco, CA

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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