In October 2017, graduates from the classes of 1950s, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 as well as alumni/ae from other classes and friends returned to campus for a wide variety of activities.

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Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law (65 Forsyth Street)
The Colonnade Hotel (120 Huntington Avenue)

Mary BonautoKeynote Speaker: 

Mary Bonauto '87, Civil Rights Project Director, GLAD 

Mary Bonauto has served as the Civil Rights Project Director at GLAD since 1990. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

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Panel 1 | Governing Up: Making a Difference at the State and Local Level

Panel 2 | Immigration and the New Colossus

Watch Mary Bonauto's Keynote Address: 
(video shot by phone)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

5:15 to 6:00 PM

Dean Jeremy Paul's State of the Law School Address 

Location: 240 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street (Law School) 

Student remarks: 
Amanda Ghannam '18, President, Student Bar Association 
Mark Martinez '18, Co-chair, Black Law Students Association; Legal Intern, Governor's Legal Counsel 

6:00 to 8:00 PM

Reception with Faculty 

Location: Dockser Hall Commons

8:00 to 9:30 PM

Law & Literature Reunion Book Club Dinner 

Location: Brasserie JO Restaurant, The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue 

Selected Reading: 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. 

Faculty moderator: Professor Emeritus Steve Subrin, Northeastern University School of Law 

Alumni/ae moderators: 
Adriane Dudley '72, Owner & Senior Partner, Dudley Rich Davis 
Marissa Piesman '77, Author of the Nina Fischman mystery series and Assistant New York State Attorney General 
Rishi Reddi '92, Author of Karma and Other Stories; Winner of the 2008 PEN New England/L.L. Winship prize for fiction 

About the Book Club: 

For several years, the book club has been an enjoyed part of Reunion weekend. Participants read a topical work of literature in advance, and then engage in a vibrant book discussion led by faculty and class moderators over dinner. Participants will select a passage from the book that is personally meaningful and write a paragraph about why they chose it. A delicious dinner is included at no charge. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. If you wish to join, please contact Mielle Marquis at or (617) 373-3819.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:15 to 10:30 AM

Panel 1
Governing Up: Making a Difference at the State and Local Level 

"All politics is local," according to the late, great Tip O'Neill. His words ring particularly true today, which has seen a new wave of activism sweeping the country. This comes at the same time that a Republican administration seeks to put more power in the hands of the states. What challenges and opportunities does this present? How can local and state governments capitalize on new political realities? Join us and an expert panel for a thought-provoking discussion.

Location: 240 Dockser Hall

Sen. Karen Spilka ’80, Massachusetts State Senator, Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair 

Panelists include: 
Courtney Feeley Karp '02, Senior Counsel, Klavens Law Group; Former Renewable Energy Policy Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (2008-2012) 
George Platt '72, Partner, LSN Government Affairs; Former Broward County Commissioner, Former Chair of the Broward Democratic Party and Treasurer of the Florida Democratic Party
Christian Snow '18, Current Student, Northeastern University School of Law 
Stephanie Swanson '12, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Massachusetts State Senator Eric P. Lesser 

10:40 to 11:55 AM

Panel 2 
Immigration and the New Colossus 

Border walls. Sanctuary cities. Travel bans. Immigration is a front-page story in 2017 in a way it hasn’t been since the early 1900s when the poem “The New Colossus”— “Give me your tired, your poor”—were inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Concerns then, as now, centered around national security, jobs, and what it means to be “American.” Today’s discussion includes complicating factors such as technology, the ease of travel and just who is seeking to emigrate. Come to hear the perspectives of graduates currently working on the front lines of immigration.

Location: 240 Dockser Hall

Rachel Rosenbloom, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

Steven Bloom '92, Director, Government Relations, American Council on Education 
Aneesha Gandhi '12, Supervising Attorney, LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative, National Immigrant Justice Center
Chaumtoli Huq '97, Editor/Attorney, Law@theMargins
Eliza Klein '82, Retired U.S. Immigration Judge
Heather Yountz '07, Attorney, Demissie & Church

12:00 to 1:15 PM 

Complimentary Lunch 

Location: Dockser Commons 

12:45 PM 

Student-Led Tour of the Law School 

Tour departs from Dockser Hall Lobby 

1:30 to 2:30 PM

Tour of Fenway Park 

Location: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way (transportation provided) 

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Boston's World Famous Duck Tour 

Family-friendly activity. Space is limited! For Reunion class years only. 

Location: Duck boat will depart from Forsyth Circle, outside of the Ruggles train station. 

6:30 to 7:30 PM 

Cocktail Reception 

Location: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue 

7:30 to 10:30 PM

Reunion Class Dinner 

Location: The Colonnade Hotel 

Welcome address:
Dean Jeremy Paul 

Keynote address:
Mary Bonauto '87, Civil Rights Project Director, GLAD (View bio)

Don't miss out on delicious dinner, dancing and live music!

Click here to register online!