October 30 - 31, 2015

Even as American metropolises have begun to pull themselves out of the Great Recession, the neighborhoods at their centers often remain underdeveloped and impoverished. Entrenched sites of market failure and economic distress, such urban cores contribute significantly to the nation's worsening inequality gap. In our second annual Legal Scholarship 4.0 conference, Northeastern University School of Law invites you to join us in exploring and generating fresh research approaches with the potential to transform our cities.

By examining a range of contemporary models aimed at improving worker participation, financial services, property access, economic competition and business and personal asset growth, we will explore new connections between law and development in the urban core.

The conference will include an intensive junior faculty workshop covering a broad range of subjects. We invite you to review the call for papers and submit an abstract. 

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Plenary Speakers:

Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
J. Phillip Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture + Planning 

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Legal Scholarship Conference Schedule
Oct 29-31, 2015
Northeastern University School of Law
All events will be in 240 Dockser Hall unless otherwise noted

Friday, October 30, 2015: Tackling the Urban Core Puzzle

8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Jeremy Paul, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law and Research Director, Northeastern University School of Law

9:00 AM

Plenary Speaker 1 

Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law 

10:00 AM


10:15 AM

Plenary Panel 1: Local Networks and Local Governance


Nestor M. Davidson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Fordham Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law 
and John Infranca, Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School 

Kathleen S. Morris, Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law

Daniel T. O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM 


Plenary Speaker 2

J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor and Head of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning

1:15 PM


1:30 PM

Plenary Panel 2: Worker Participation in Local Development


Scott L. Cummings, Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law and Research Director, Northeastern University School of Law

Judith A. Scott, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union

3:00 PM


3:15 PM

Plenary Panel 3: Access to Capital in the Urban Core


Christopher J. Horsch, Former General Counsel, The South Shore Bank of Chicago

Robert A. Solomon, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic, University of California, Irvine, School of Law

James R. Hackney, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

4:45 PM


5:00 PM

Closing Comments and Discussion

Remarks and Discussion Host:

Dan Danielsen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society, Northeastern University School of Law

5:30 PM


Saturday, October 31, 2015: Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Workshops

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Workshops, Session 1

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Workshops, Session 2

12:15 PM


2:30 PM



A block of rooms at the nearby Sheraton Boston Hotel has been reserved for out-of-town guests for a discounted rate of $259/night. These are available on a first come, first served basis and the hotel deadline is September 29, 2015. Make your reservations soon by calling the Sheraton Boston Hotel and asking for the Northeastern rate. Tel: 617-236-2000

We have compiled an additional list of accommodations for your convenience.

Best Western University Hotel
1650 Commonwealth Avenue
Tel: 617-556-6260 
Price: $$

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-236-5800 
Price: $$$$

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-424-7000
Price: $$$

Copley Square Hotel
47 Huntington Avenue
Tel: 617-536-9000

Price: $$$

Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue
Tel: 617-267-1607

Price: $$$

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue|


Radisson Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Tel: 617-482-1800
Price: $$$

Sheraton Boston
39 Dalton Street
Tel: 617-236-2000
Price: $$$

Ask for Northeastern University discount.