September 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Alumni/ae Weekend 2011:  October 21 – 22

HomecomingReunion time is almost here! Join us for this dynamic two-day celebration in October. This year’s celebrating classes are '51, '56, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, and '06.

On Friday, October 21, 2011, NUSL will host a cocktail reception for all graduates and your favorite faculty members. Mix, mingle, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Dockser Commons, following the Dean’s State of the School Address, held in 240 Dockser at 5:00 p.m.  

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, the reunion class dinner and reception will be held at the Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Always a memorable event, this year’s dinner will feature live music, cocktails, delicious food, and our first silent auction. Items up for auction include photography, watercolors, sculptures, and more. Artworks have been generously donated by graduates, faculty, and friends of the school. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the school’s annual fund and current students.  

Saturday morning’s programming will commence at 9:30 a.m. with a panel discussion, “NUSL and the Future of US Legal Education,” moderated by Associate Dean Luke Bierman, and featuring Marc Breakstone ’86, Barbara Buell ’71, Harry Daniels ’71, Professor Dan Givelber, Judith Liben ’76, and Elizabeth Rodgers ’76.

At 11 a.m., Professor Martha Davis and the Honorable Margot Botsford ’73, associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will lead a discussion on “Bringing Human Rights Home,” focusing on international human rights in a domestic context. The afternoon will include tours of the school by current students and lunch in Dockser Commons.  

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The deadline for reserving a discounted room at the Colonnade Hotel is September 30, 2011.

Upcoming NUSL Regional Events:

We’re coming your way this year!

We will be holding alumni/ae gatherings in numerous states across the nation in the coming year. We anticipate visiting California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. We will also hold several Boston-area alumni/ae events, with a kick-off on September 15. 

  • Boston Alumni/ae Chapter: Come network on September 15, 2011, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Boston Alumni/ae Regional Chapter will hold its first event, at Vlora Restaurant, 545 Boylston Street, a restaurant co-owned by Cynthia Tsai '98. This event is sponsored in part by Joel Rosen ’94, founder and managing principal of Rosen Law Office, and Mike Sams ’94, founding member and shareholder of Kenney & Sams, P.C. » Register online now.
  • Washington, DC, Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional event on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join us at the Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G Street, NW. The focus of this event will be on health care law.  For more information visit the DC Alumni/ae Chapter Facebook. Please RSVP to
  • San Francisco Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional event on September 22, 2011, with special guest Professor James Hackney. Come to a lively reception at Perry’s on the Embarcadero, located at 155 Steuart Street in San Francisco. This event will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. » Register online now
  • New York City Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional event on September 27, 2011, with guest speaker Kathy Bryan ’81. The New York City Alumni/ae chapter will hold the first in its 2011-12 Breakfast Series,  “Transforming the Practice of Law,” with Kathy Bryan, president and CEO for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute). She has devoted her career to finding the most effective and imaginative resolutions for resolving business disputes. This event will take place at the Rock Center Café, Rockefeller Center, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP by September 20,2011 to
  • Connecticut Alumni/ae Chapter: Regional event on October 5, 2011, with special guest Associate Dean Luke Bierman. Stuart Johnson ’94 will host a reception for the Connecticut alumni/ae chapter at the offices of Carmody & Torrance, 195 Church Street, New Haven, on October 5, 2011.  This event will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. » Register online now

Important Save the Dates:

“Markets in Assisted Reproduction:  Should we Pay for Eggs, Sperm, and Wombs?”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
NUSL will host a talk by Dr. Adrienne Asch, Director of the Center for Ethics, and Robin Milstein, Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University, in 240 Dockser. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.  

“Princely Appropriations”
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Join us in 240 Dockser for an IP-focused panel discussion, with lawyer-artist Alfred Steiner and Professor Michael Bennett. Using Steiner's work and the recent Cariou v. Prince et al. decision (finding that Prince’s “Canal Zone” images violated the Cariou’s copyright) as entry points, this presentation and panel discussion will explore the cultural and political implications of current trends in appropriation and conceptual art, wide distribution of increasingly cheap digital copying technologies, and intellectual property law.

“Pensions and EPLI Policies”
Thursday, December 8, 2011 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Join us for two panel discussions focused on the crisis in the public and private pension systems and the effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the practice of employment law and the settlement process.  Our labor and employment practitioners are encouraged to attend these cutting-edge panels, which will be followed by a networking reception for all attendees. Mark Irvings '75 will serve as panel moderator. Mark is seeking alumni/ae who are involved in pension issues for management (outside counsel or in-house) and regulatory agencies to speak on the panels. Also, if any alumni/ae work for a company writing EPLI policies, that would be a useful perspective to offer the program. Please contact Mark Irvings at

Health Systems in Reform: Friday, March 16, 2012 
Join us for this dynamic health law conference. Details to come! 

Externships 6
March 1- 4, 2012
Join us for a national discourse 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, while Saturday's sessions will be held at Harvard Law School. » Register online.

Sheilah McCarthy ’91, New President of the Alumni/ae Board
Sheilah McCarthy is the 2011-12 president of NUSL’s Alumni/ae Association. Sheilah is a founding member of Lenow & McCarthy, who for 20 years, has practiced employment law, advising, and representing individuals in all phases of employment. In addition, she represents several public-sector labor unions. Representing her clients, McCarthy appears before numerous state and federal agencies as well as state and federal courts. Sheilah recalls, "When I graduated from the law school in 1991, the country was in the midst of a recession and the job market was very tough.  I got my first two jobs out of law school because of a connection I had made with a classmate, and, in the 20 years since then, I've been repeatedly reminded of how important the law school community is to me.  In the year to come, I'm looking forward to broadening and deepening my own personal connection to that community and working with my fellow board members on initiatives that provide enriching experiences to as many students and alums as possible."

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Faculty and Graduates in the News: 

Professor Margaret Burnham and Four Northeastern Graduates to be Honored as Top women of the Law
Professor Margaret Burnham, Kathleen Guilfoyle ’85, Mary Sullivan ’81, Liliana Mangiafico ’01, and Kate MacDougall ’97 will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at an event on September 23. Award-winning journalist Liz Walker will deliver the keynote address.

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Students in the News:

Michael Stefanilo ’12 Wins the National LGBT Bar Association's Annual Student Writing Competition. As part of the prize, Michael’s submission,“Identity Interrupted: The Parental Notification Requirement of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law,” will be published in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality this fall. 

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Career Services is Reaching Out to Graduates

Please Send Job Announcements to the Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services seeks your assistance in helping our students and graduates find meaningful employment during these challenging economic times. Please let us know if you hear of any job opportunities in your workplace or elsewhere that may be of interest to our students or graduates. We post free job listings for full-time, part-time, temporary, or contract work until the position is filled. You can send us a job listing via e-mail to or post a listing directly on Symplicity, our web-based job listing service. To register for an account with Symplicity and post a listing, please go to the Career Services website. We appreciate your support!

Career Services is also seeking NUSL graduates who are interested in helping students prepare for post-graduate interviews with all types of employers, including law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies, and clerkships. The greatest need is generally from late August through October, and mock interviews are typically 20 to 30 minutes each, with time for feedback after the interview. To facilitate these interviews, students and graduates will communicate directly and arrange for an interview at a mutually convenient time and place. If you are available to conduct mock interviews with students, either in person or by phone, please e-mail Associate Director of Career Services Valerie Kapilow with your contact information. Students greatly benefit by preparing for interviews with graduates who are working in the field.  

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

September 15, 2011
Boston Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Event
Boston, MA

September 22, 2011
San Francisco Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Gathering
San Francisco, CA

September 27, 2011
New York Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Gathering
Rockefeller Center, New York

October 5, 2011
Connecticut Regional Chapter Alumni/ae Event
New Haven, CT

October 13, 2011
Women in the Law Brown Bag Lunch
Boston, MA

October 21 – 22, 2011
Alumni/ae Weekend
Boston, MA

November 3, 2011
BRAC Regional Reception
Boston, MA

November 17, 2011
Washington, DC, Regional Chapter Event
Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2011
Labor & Employment Panel & Reception
Boston, MA

January 19, 2012
BRAC Chapter Scotch Tasting
Boston, MA

January 25, 2012
Pre-Connections Networking Panel
Boston, MA

January 26, 2012
Public Interest Scholars Dinner
Boston, MA

February 1, 2012
Alumni Speaker Series
Boston, MA

February 9, 2012
Connections Networking Reception
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

April 12, 2012
Alumni/ae of Color Panel
Boston, MA

April 18, 2012
New York City Regional Reception
New York, NY

April 25, 2012
Boston Regional “Meet the Professionals” Reception
Boston, MA

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

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

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