June 2012
NUSL Newsbriefs

Fourth Annual Women in the Law Conference a Success


The 4th Annual Women in the Law Conference was held at NUSL on Friday, May 11. Over 100 women participated in the conference. Bentley University President Gloria Larson delivered the keynote address and was extremely well received. "This year's conference exceeded our expectations," conference co-chair Navjeet Bal '89 said. "Women from diverse practice backgrounds and class years participated, and everyone walked away with more support, wonderful ideas for next career steps, and new friendships."   

This year we added speed mentoring, a new component to the day. "This added part of the day was a wonderful way for graduates at every career level to focus intensely on their career trajectory," said Kelly Douglas '92, conference co-chair. "They received immediate, practical career advice."  

The video presentation, titled Transformative Trailblazers, featured the Honorable Dana Fabe '76, Professor Emerita Judith Brown, Mary Bonauto '87, Regine Theodate '09, and Oscar Award nominee Courtney Hunt '89. The web site also features audio portions of the day's programming.  
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Congratulations to the class of 2012!

More than 200 graduates received their degrees during the School of Law commencement ceremony in Matthews Arena on Friday, May 25, 2012. Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, served as the commencement speaker and received an honorary degree at the ceremony. Watch the keynote address online.

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Emily Spieler honored for service as School of Law dean

Northeastern University hosted a reception on Wednesday, May 16, to honor the service, dedication, and leadership of Emily Spieler, who stepped down as dean of the School of Law at the conclusion of the academic year.  
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Staff, faculty, graduates, and current students also celebrated Dean Spieler’s decade of achievements at the School of Law’s farewell reception on Wednesday, May 9, in Dockser Hall.   
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Massachusetts Bar Association Report Calls NUSL Co-op Program "Enviable"
The author of an MBA report on training lawyers tells "All Things Considered" that NUSL co-op program is "fantastic"!
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Four Incoming Law Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarships
Northeastern University School of Law has awarded full-tuition Public Interest Law Scholarships to four incoming members of the class of 2015 who aspire to careers as legal champions for the underdog. The students plan careers in a wide range of human rights fields, including immigration, social work, and advocacy for the poor.
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Upcoming NUSL Regional Events

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 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $15.00
» Register online

New York Regional Alumni/ae Event
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Toast the beginning of summer with our NYC area grads at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, located at 5th Avenue & 28th Street in Manhattan.  
Please RSVP no later than Friday, June 8, to mrosenthal@tarterkrinsky.com

San Francisco Regional Alumni/ae Chapter Event
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Join our San Francisco Chapter for a reception at Rye Bar, 688 Geary, San Francisco, CA, 94102, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
» Register online

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

Important Save-the-Dates

UN Guiding Principle for Business and Human Rights: What Lawyers Should Know
June 6, 2012, Webinar (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

Tune in for this live webinar at Northeastern, sponsored by PHRGE, the ABA, and Columbia Law School
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Join us October 19-20 for Alumni/ae Weekend 2012: Honoring the classes of 1952, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02 and '07! 

During Alumni/ae Weekend 2012, graduates 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 e.hommel@neu.edu. Get involved, help us build the excitement, and assist with bringing in financial support for your alma mater!

Graduates in the News

Two NUSL alumna included in BBA's Beacon Award Selection Committee

Navjeet K. Bal ’89 and Christina Ely Miller ’98 were among only eight attorneys recently selected by the Boston Bar Association to serve on the 2012 Beacon Award Selection Committee.  
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Federal Appeals Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
Congratulations to Mary Bonauto '87, civil rights director for GLAD, and Maura Healey '98, chief of the Mass. AG's Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, who argued this case!
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Faculty in the News

Northeastern professor Leo Beletsky dissects interplay between law and public health
“Do no harm” is a well-known principle in the medical world. When it comes to law and public health, assistant professor Leo Beletsky thinks the same guidelines should apply.
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John Jay to Honor Matthews Distinguished University Professor Michael Meltsner
In recognition of his contribution to academia, advocacy, and the arts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice granted Professor Michael Meltsner an honorary degree at a ceremony on May 31, 2012.  
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Professor Daniel Medwed Joins NUSL Faculty in July 2012
Professor Medwed teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Post-Conviction Remedies. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2012, Professor Medwed was a member of the law faculty of the University of Utah. He previously served as an instructor at Brooklyn Law School and assistant director of the school’s Second Look Program, where he worked with students investigating and litigating innocence claims by New York State prisoners.

Professor Medwed has earned numerous teaching prizes over the course of his career, including the University of Utah College of Law’s Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award, a University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award, a Student Choice Teaching Award from the Associated Students of the University of Utah, and two Professor of the Year awards at Brooklyn Law School. He has also worked in private practice and as an associate appellate counsel at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, New York City.

Mentors Needed for Student Writing Competitions
Opportunities for Student Distinction (OSD) would like to work with willing alumni/ae, coordinated through the Northeastern Alumni office, pairing them with individual students for writing competitions in that student’s chosen practice area. As a graduate practicing in the same area of law, you can help facilitate your student's writing process as a coach for his/her writing competition entries. This is a fantastic mentoring opportunity and requires a limited numbers of mentoring hours.  Please contact Mielle Marquis at m.marquis@neu.edu or Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein at smazeroth@comcast.net if you would like to participate.

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

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

June 12, 2012
New York Regional
Alumni/ae Event
New York, New York

June 14, 2012
San Francisco Regional Alumni/ae Event
San Francisco, CA

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

Click here for more information and other events

There’s Still Time to Make Your Gift to the Annual Fund!

June 30, the end of our fiscal year, is fast approaching, so please consider making a gift at any level to the NUSL Annual Fund. Graduate support makes a significant difference to our students and school – the Annual Fund is directed solely to student financial support and every gift truly counts. To make a gift, contact Erin Dillingham, Director of Annual Giving, at 617.373.4941, or make a gift online

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Newsbriefs will return in September after a summer hiatus.

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