April 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs


Fourth Annual Women in the Law Conference:

"Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going"


Join us for this year’s Women in the Law Conference, which will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the School of Law. The conference will focus on the changes in the legal world over the last few years and how women can best position themselves for success in these challenging and rapidly evolving times. 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, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law; Success Strategies for Women Lawyers 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, Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, Boston
  • Professor Margaret Woo

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

Visit our conference page for evolving details!



Website Redesign: We Want Your Feedback!

The School of Law is redesigning its website at www.northeastern.edu/law. We would appreciate it if you would take an online survey about your experience as a visitor to our site and indicate which features you would like to see in a new site. The survey will take no more than five minutes. The redesign involves only the law school's official site; it does not involve the Husky Nation Alumni/ae Online Community, which is a separate, password-protected site through which you can access the alumni/ae directory and other searchable options. Take the Survey Now.


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.

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 to 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, 40 East 20th Street, New York, NY. This event will take place from 6:30 to 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 to 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

Alumni/ae of Color Panel: Thursday, April 12, 2012 (12:00 to 1:30 p.m.)
This event will be held in 230 Dockser Hall.  
Guest speakers:  Kwabena Abboa-Offei '00, Donald Cabell '91, Raquel Webster Donnalson '03, Alexandra Echandi '05, and Eve Strother '00.

How to Start and Run a Solo Practice: Saturday, April 21, 2012 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Sign up for this free workshop about how to start and run your solo practice. The workshop features panelists who have gone into solo practice and who are willing to spend the day helping you open yours. To enroll, contact Janis Galligan by email j.galligan@neu.edu or by phone at 617/373-4930.
Panel:  James Baron, Gabriel Cheong ’07, Audrey Heidt ’06, Sofia Lingos ’09, Professor Jim Rowan and Veronica Zolina ’05.  »  Read more



Students in the News

Northeastern Law Team Advances to National ABA Competition
A Northeastern University School of Law student team took first place in the regional American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition held February 11 in Boston. The students, Moriah Silver ’14 and John Naranja ’14, will advance to the national finals in Durham, North Carolina, on March 16-17.  » Read more

Sohrab Ahmari ’13 co-edits anthology of essays penned by young Middle Eastern dissidents
The book entitled “Arab Spring Dreams” includes a forward by activist and author Gloria Steinem, and will be published by Palgrave Macmillan on May 8.  » Read more



Faculty in the News

Michael Meltsner’s play debuts in NYC
The New York performances of Professor Michael Meltsner’s In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years, will take place in May at the Black Box Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.  These performances will take place under the auspices of the John Jay College (CUNY) Theater Arts Department.  » Read more   





Join the 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
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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

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 21, 2012
Solo Practice Conference
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

Click here for more information and other events

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