February 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs


Mark your calendar for NUSL’s first Health Law Conference, which will be held on March 16, 2012.  Jointly sponsored by the Office of Alumni/ae Relations and the Program on Health Policy and Law, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the myriad ways that health reform efforts impact law, policy, and health law practice on a national and global level.  

» Register online

Health Care in an Era of Reform

Featured Speaker: Lewis Morris '80, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, US Department of Health & Human Services.

The Fate of the Affordable Care Act

Featured Speaker: John McDonough, Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health

Featured Panels and Breakout Sessions:  

  • State Responses to Reform   
  • Private Sector Responses to the Challenges of Health Reform  
  • Public Health Implications of Health Reform  
  • Careers in Health Law
  • Health Reform’s Impact on Special Populations  

Visit our website for more details and a full list of panelists. 



Dean Search  

In August, Dean Emily Spieler announced she would step down as dean at the end of the academic year. After a one-year sabbatical, she will return to teaching. The university has begun the search for a successor to step into the deanship in the summer of 2012.

In particular, the law school seeks a dean who will collaborate with the faculty to articulate a vision and strategic plan that will advance the school’s national and international leadership in experiential legal education and in legal scholarship and teaching dedicated to the public good. Candidate backgrounds will include exemplary achievements in the field of law with strategic leadership ability; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; collaborative and creative energy; and a passion for the unique missions of both the school and the university.  

The university has retained Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. The search committee is eager for input from alumni/ae. You are encouraged to submit nominations and suggestions for candidates whom you think would be strong leaders for the School of Law.

Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed to the consultants supporting this search, Jean A. Dowdall, PhD, and Sheila Murphy. Please send your nominations to smurphy@wittkieffer.com or call the office of Donna Janulis at 630.575.6131.




... planned by women, for women, about issues related to women in the law.


Save the date for our fourth annual Women in the Law Conference, which will take place on Friday, May 11, 2012. This year's conference will once again be open to non-NUSL graduates.

Keynote address: Gloria Larson
A public policy expert, lawyer, and business leader, Gloria Cordes Larson assumed the presidency of Bentley College in July 2007. She joined Bentley from the leading law firm Foley Hoag, where she co-chaired the Government Strategies Group.

Visit our conference page for evolving details!


Upcoming NUSL Regional Events:

We’re coming your way this year!

NUSL has several upcoming regional events planned in the next few months so keep an eye on our calendar for updates.

March 2012


Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Reception
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Join our Boston-area grads for an evening of socializing and networking at the Elephant Walk, 900 Beacon Street, Boston. This event will take place from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Keep an eye on our calendar page for the registration link.

Seattle Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Event
Thursday, March 22, 2012  

With special guest Dean Emily Spieler
This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harborside, 1200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle. » Register online

April 2012

Philadelphia Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Event
Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Philadelphia alumni/ae chapter will gather for a reception hosted by Louise Pongracz '80 at the offices of Willig, Williams & Davidson. This event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. »  Register online

New York City Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

With special guest Dean Emily Spieler. Mix and mingle with fellow alumni/ae at Flûte Restaurant, 205 West 54th Street, New York, NY. This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Event
Thursday, April 26, 2012

This regional event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH.
 
Our regional events are a wonderful chance to network with graduates in your area, build your business opportunities, and catch up with faculty members.
»  Register online

Important Save the Dates:

February 2012

Alumni Speaker Series, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 (12:00-1:30 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. Mr. Mostyn will discuss corporate governance. This event will be held in 42 Dockser Hall.

Connections 2012, Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Connections reception will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the lobby of Sherin and Lodgen, located at 101 Federal Street in Boston.

Northeastern Law Forum: “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 Hall 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 Nonprofit Setting”
Thursday, February 16, 2012 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Please join us for the next in our series of Women in the Law brown bag lunches. This event will be hosted by Prince Lobel Tye LLP, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 2200, Boston.  
Guest speakers:
Sharon Scott-Chandler '93, Executive Vice President, ABCD, Inc.
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. Bring your own lunch; desserts and drinks provided.
» Register now

March 2012

Externships 6: Preparing Lawyers — The Role of Field Placement March 1- 4, 2012

Join us for a national discussion 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
 
Alumni Speaker Series: Monday, March 26, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)
Guest Speaker: Paul Kaplan '77
Join NUSL Alumnus Paul Kaplan ’77 for a discussion about the antitrust issues surrounding college football's Bowl Championship Series.

“In Our Name”, a play of the torture years by NUSL Professor Michael Meltsner: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (7:30 p.m.)
The first dramatic reading of civil rights lawyer Michael Meltsner’s searing depiction of how and why the nation found itself brutally treating the men it detained-- some with good reason, some with stunning caprice-- after 9/11; the rationalizations offered by officialdom; the bizarre military hearings and the willful blindness of the public to what was happening behind barbed wire. Followed by a discussion with  the audience and a distinguished panel of experts. Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue.  

Free and open to the public but seating is limited. To reserve a space, email your name and number to meltsnerm@gmail.com.

Graduates in the News:

Paul Moore '88 named New Hampshire Citizen of the Year
In recognition of his spirit of volunteerism, the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News has named the Honorable Paul Moore as its 2011 New Hampshire Citizen of the Year.
» Read more

Sara Pic '05 advocating for Health Care
Read Sara’s profile in the Rappaport Center’s online magazine.  
» Read more


Faculty in the News:

Parmet Triumphs on Behalf of Legal Immigrants  
Professor Wendy Parmet leads Health Law Advocates team in landing a victory for legal immigrants in Massachusetts who sued because they were excluded from subsidized health coverage.
» Read more



Class Notes in Northeastern Law Magazine
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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 m.marquis@neu.edu.

Upcoming Events

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

March 22, 2012
Seattle Regional Alumni/ae Event
Seattle, WA

March 23, 2012
Gordon Lecture
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 26, 2012
New Hampshire Regional Alumni/ae Event
Bedford, NH

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

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

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