March 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs


... 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. There will be numerous panel discussions and breakout sessions to strategize with others in your field about how best to embrace the changes in today’s workplace. Experience a full day of dynamic presentations, networking, and mix and mingle with faculty, presenters, and alumnae. Our keynote speaker is Gloria Cordes Larson a public policy expert, lawyer, and business leader Gloria 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. The topics and panelists promise a day of intriguing dialogue and discussion.

» Register online

Panelists and moderators:

  • Kelly Bonnevie ’92, Partner, Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, Boston
  • Nancy Cremins ’03, Attorney, Gesmer Updegrove LLP; President, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (2011-2012)
  • Professor Martha Davis
  • Marguerite Fletcher, Founder, Fletcher Legal Consulting and Senior Consultant, Verna Myers Consulting Group
  • Margaret Klaw ’84, Partner, Berner & Klaw & Watson
  • Elisabeth J. Medvedow '85, Executive Director, Discovering Justice, Boston
  • Rachael Rollins '97, General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Nancy Reiner, ’84, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC
  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Author and Executive-in-Residence at Boston College Center for Work and Family
  • P. Miyoko Sato ’97, Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Et Al
  • Juliana Spofford ’89, General Counsel at RapidBuyr, LLC and Corporate Counsel at NetProspex, Inc.
  • Darnley Stewart '90, Partner, Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP
  •  Leslie Walker ’85, Executive Director, Mass Correctional Legal Services, Boston

For more information, please call 617.373.8268 or contact Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu.

Visit our conference page for evolving details!



There is still time to register 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

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



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

This reception is now at capacity but save the date for our next BRAC event which will take place on Thursday, June 7. Details to follow.

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

Alumni/ae reception with special guest Dean Emily Spieler.  
This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harborside, 1200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle. Complimentary cocktails and h’ors d’oeuvres will be served. » 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 Nan Lassen '83,  Wendy Pongracz '85 and Amy Rosengberger '94 at the offices of Willig, Williams & Davidson. With special guest Professor James Hackney.  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.  » Register online

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. With special guest Luke Bierman, Associate Dean for Experiential Education.  »  Register online

Our regional events are a wonderful chance to network with graduates in your area, build your business opportunities, and catch up with faculty members.

Important Save the Dates:

March 2012

Alumni/ae 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.

April 2012


Women in the Law Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)

Hosted by Prince Lobel Tye LLP, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 200, Boston MA. 

Graduates in the News:

Ron Ruth ’80 hosts Connections 2012

Our thanks to Ron Ruth and everyone at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, for hosting this year’s Connections event, held on February 9, 2012.  

We had a fantastic turnout from graduates this year, from a range of class years and backgrounds, and were thrilled to have a hand in creating so many opportunities for students and graduates to connect. » View photos

Susan Duprey ’76 named Outstanding Woman in Business

The New Hampshire Business Review has presented Susan Duprey with their 2012 Outstanding Women in Business Award.  The award recognizes and celebrates the success and achievements of women in New Hampshire’s business community.



Faculty in the News:

Meltsner’s new play confronts the Guantanamo “Torture Years”  
The first dramatic reading of In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years, Professor 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 event will take place on March 27 at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre. In May, the play will be performed by CUNY theater students in New York City.
» Read more

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


Alumni/ae online community

Husky Nation, our alumni online directory, is an amazing tool to have at your fingertips. In addition to discovering fellow alumni working or living in your area or those from your class year, you can utilize the Advanced Search function to narrow your search to a specific area of law practice. Banking and finance law, civil rights and liberties, family law, or intellectual properties – regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in a snap in Husky Nation!   » Sign up today!



Class Notes in Northeastern Law Magazine
Recently married? Additions to your family? Do you have news for Class Notes? Send in your recent news! To send a class note, please send an e-mail to
lawalumni@neu.edu.



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

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 25, 2012
Women in the Law
Brown Bag Lunch
Boston, MA

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

June 7, 2012
Boston Regional
Alumni/ae Event
Boston, MA

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