May 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs

Fourth Annual Women in the Law Conference:

"Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going"

There’s still time to register for this year’s Women in the Law Conference, which will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the School of Law. Our keynote speaker is Gloria Cordes Larson, a public policy expert, lawyer, and business leader, who assumed the presidency of Bentley College in July 2007. The topics and panelists promise a day of intriguing dialogue and discussion.

As part of the day’s programing we invite recent graduates and students to participate in speed mentoring. The conference offers numerous networking opportunities and our expert panelists will provide practical, implementable career tools for all.    

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
» Register online

For more details and a full list of panelists, please visit our conference page or contact Eileen Hommel at

New York City Chapter Event

On April 18, 2012, more than 50 New York area graduates gathered for a reception with Dean Emily Spieler at Flûte Restaurant in New York City. Local chapter chairs Maia Spilman ’96 and Coleen Chin ’99 also spoke to the group about the regional chapter programs, including a pairing/mentoring initiative for current students with alumni/ae; the NY Chapter’s LinkedIn page, which features business referrals, job openings, discussions, and more; and information about regional events. To get involved with the New York Chapter, you can e-mail Ms. Chin at or Ms. Spilman at The next New York regional event will take place in June. More details to follow.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

We’re coming your way this year!

Washington, DC Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Event,
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Join the Washington DC Alumni/ae Chapter for a reception at the Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C., from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Doug Levine at

Boston Regional Alumni/ae Year-End Event
Thursday, June 7, 2012

This reception will take place at Vintage Lounge, 72 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02210 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $15.00
» Register online

Keep an eye on our calendar for updates on upcoming regional events!

Important Save the Dates

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Spring Panel, May 2, 2012, 250 Dockser, NUSL, (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
“Komen, Contraception & Rush”:  A panel discussion of the current assault on reproductive rights, discussing personhood laws, mandatory ultrasounds, the effect these laws have on reproductive rights and much more!
Guest speakers:
Brigitte Amiri ’99, ACLU Freedom Reproductive Project Dorothy Samuels ’75, The New York Times
Dr. Noah Rindos, Boston Medical Center

Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Event, Thursday, May 24, 2012, 120 Knowles, NUSL (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.)

This event celebrates the life and work of Denise Carty-Bennia as well as our outstanding students of color. Five third-year students of color will receive $1,000 scholarships for bar-related expenses.  

Commencement 2012, Friday, May 25, Matthews Arena, Boston, (1:00 p.m.)

The School of Law 2012 Commencement will take place on Friday, May 25, 2012. A reception for graduates, family, and friends will follow the ceremony. Jacqueline A. Berrien, chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will deliver the Commencement address to the approximately 200 graduates.
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Join us October 20-21, 2012

During Alumni/ae Weekend 2012, alumni from class years ending in 2's and 7's will gather on campus to celebrate milestone reunions. As always, surrounding class years are also welcome to attend.

Start making plans to come back and visit with old friends and favorite faculty members whom you may not have seen since graduation. Meet some of our wonderful students and discover how NUSL has grown since you were last here. The fall is a magnificent time to visit Boston!

Volunteers Wanted
Some of our reunion classes are still in need of volunteers to assist with marketing and fund-raising. If you are interested in volunteering to assist in spreading the word about your reunion and building your class gift, please contact Eileen Hommel at Get involved, help us build the excitement, and assist with bringing in financial support for your alma mater.

Graduates in the News

5 out of 14 BBA Public Interest Leaders (within 10 years of graduating) are Ours!
Staci Rubin ’10, Julia Devanthery ’09, Chris Saccardi ’08, Anjali Waikar ’05 and Raquel Webster '03 have been selected for a prestigious program designed to identify and develop the next generation of lawyer leaders. Only 14 attorneys were invited to attend the yearlong program.
» Read more

Mary Bonauto '87 Talks to NPR About Her Clients' DOMA Challenge

For the first time, a Federal Appeals Court hears arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Seven married same-sex couples and three widowers are challenging the law, which prevents them from accessing federal spousal protections as other married couples can.
» Read more

Elinor Merberg ’88 named Chief of Injunction Litigation Branch
Elinor L. Merberg has been promoted to Assistant General Counsel in the Division of Advice, Injunction Litigation Branch, of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB administers and enforces the National Labor Relations Act, a federal law which regulates labor-management relations in the private sector.
» Read more

Students in the News

NUSL Teams Place in Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
Two teams representing the School of Law's Intellectual Property Society competed in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA). Of the 18 teams competing in the East Region, NUSL ranked third overall, third in Oral Arguments and third in Brief.
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Doug Lloyd ’12 wins on Jeopardy
Doug Lloyd '12 bested the competition on a recent episode of the classic TV quiz show. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be on the show, and it was an even bigger dream to win,” said Lloyd, who plans to split his $14,400 in winnings between loan payments and his upcoming honeymoon.
» 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

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

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

May 18, 2012
Washington, DC Regional
Alumni/ae Event
Washington, DC

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

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

October 20-21, 2012
Alumni/ae Weekend
Boston, MA

Click here for more information and other events

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