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  • US Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban on Painkiller
    As a Federal Judge rules that the Patrick administration cannot block the sale of painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts, Professor Leo Beletsky tells the Boston Globe, “Certainly, there’s a prescription drug issue, and we need to address it, but there’s already an epidemic going on.” (more)

  • The New NCAA
    "It may be hard for the NCAA and its many adherents and supporters to actually believe that the end is near, but some involved with college athletics must be wise enough to anticipate what will happen if any of these three legal challenges actually succeeds," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • Experiential Learning: One student’s Non-traditional Path Through Law School
    "The idea of complementing my law studies with hands-on experience has proven to work well for me, and I feel fortunate that the Portland community has welcomed me back (twice now!) even though I am studying in Boston," writes Ayla Geller '15 in the Multnomah Bar Association's April newsletter. (more)

  • The Law’s Role in Supporting Sustainable Cities
    On March 21, 2014, NUSL hosted its first environmental law conference. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner gave the keynote address. (more)

  • 'Whatever They Need, We Will Get Them'
    "The Northwestern University football players have found a way to make management take notice of their needs whether they unionize or not," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • McGovern: More Focus Needed on Human Rights
    On Friday, March 28, 2014, PHRGE hosted U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., an international human rights advocate. McGovern discussed his work advocating for human rights across the globe. (more)

  • Should College Athletes Be Allowed to Form Labor Unions?
    Professor Roger Abrams talks to KPCC's Take Two program about the logistics of a players' union at the collegiate level. (more)

  • Football Players Win Union, for Now
    “These guys have to show up for practice and live in certain dorms and eat food at certain times and have to follow a certain dress code and follow the direction of their supervisors; sounds like employees to me,” Professor Roger Abrams tells Inside Higher Ed. (more)

  • Northwestern Football Players Get Approval to Unionize
    "There's no question the NCAA and college sports is going to change. We're going to see more recognition of the individual rights of players," Professor Roger Abrams tells the Wall Street Journal. (more)

  • Lawyering for the Sustainable City
    Save the Date for NUSL's First Environmental Law Conference! This free conference will explore important roles that lawyers play in questioning old arrangements and fashioning ecologically sound designs to support resilient, healthy, and equitable communities in the face of environmental threats and uncertainties. (more)

  • A Drug That Should Be Easier to Get
    In The New York Times, Professor Leo Beletsky writes, "One way to truly unleash the lifesaving potential of naloxone is to make it available without a prescription." (more)

  • USTR Faults Ukraine For Harmful IPR Practices, But Delays Action Over Crisis
    If you subscribe to Inside U.S. Trade, check out Professor Brook Baker's comments on the section 301 investigation into Ukraine. (more)

  • Phyllis Crocker '85 Named the New Dean of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    Phyllis Crocker '85 will take over as the new law school dean at the University of Detroit Mercy effective July 1, 2014 (more)

  • Losing Bidder Goes to Court to Block Commuter Rail Deal
    “The courts are sensitive to the second-bite-at-the-apple character of this kind of claim,” Professor Peter Enrich tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Are We Finally Ready To Reduce Racial Bias In Our Courts?
    "Nowadays the only news that can be counted on to arouse those suffering from issue fatigue, or — less justifiable — willful blindness, are the decisions of juries in racially charged trials," writes Professor Margaret Burnham for NPR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • Northeastern University School of Law Takes Over Joint Editorship of AALS Journal of Legal Education
    Northeastern University School of Law has joined with Southwestern Law School to serve as co-editors of the prestigious AALS Journal of Legal Education. (more)

  • Northeastern Faculty Launch New Human Rights Blog
    Professor Martha F. Davis and Visiting Professor Margaret Drew ’80 are editors of a new blog, Human Rights at Home, which is a member of the popular Law Professor Blogs network. (more)

  • When Teens Took on Tobacco
    "We've managed to change the mind-set," Cynthia Loesch '14, a former BOLD Teen leader, tells the Globe as CVS announces it will stop selling tobacco products. (more)

  • Burnham Honored as "Living Legend"
    The Museum of African American History will honor Professor Margaret Burnham along with actor and humanitarian Harry Belafonte and former Mayor Thomas M. Menino as "living legends" on March 7. (more)

  • CRRJ Files Amicus Brief in George Stinney Case
    The law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project is arguing for posthumous exoneration in a case involving George Stinney, a 14-year-old boy who was hastily tried and executed in 1944. CRRJ argues that race was a defining factor in this miscarriage of justice. (more)

  • Are College Athletes Employees?
    "College athletics produce millions in revenue for their colleges, but the stars of the game cannot receive compensation commensurate with their contribution to the entertainment they provide. It is a sweet deal for colleges," says Professor Roger Abrams in a Huff Post blog. (more)

  • Northeastern BLSA Chapter Wins High Honor
    At its 46th annual convention, the Northeast Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) named Northeastern University School of Law's Black Law Students Association chapter as the Small Chapter of the Year. (more)

  • Northeastern Team Takes Top Honors for Best Brief at Lefkowitz Competition
    Northeastern University School of Law teams garnered top honors for Best Brief and also earned third place in overall team rankings at the 23rd annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition. (more)

  • When Men Were Men
    "It must be terribly unsettling for old-timers to see how life has changed," writes Professor Roger Abrams in the Huff Post. "This chaotic change is even happening in football, of all places." (more)

  • Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas
    Professor Brook Baker talks to NPR about the Solvadi pricing issue as it relates to the struggle to ensure access to new medicines for those who need them most and can afford them least. (more)

  • Deal Reached for Transgender Teen Accused of Battery
    Grad Kaylie Simon '11 has successfully argued for a restorative justice approach in the case of her client, 16-year old Jewlyes Gutierrez. (more)

  • Experts Increasingly Contemplate End of Smoking
    “It’s hard to do a ban on cigarettes because you’re taking something away from people they have and are using. Once you have something, you hold tight,” Professor Richard Daynard tells The Washington Post. (more)

  • Connections 2014 Cancelled Due to Impending Snow Storm
    Due to the impending snow storm and the predicted snow totals for the Boston area, the annual Connections Networking event scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, has been cancelled. Alternate arrangements have yet to be made. (more)

  • Annual Connections Networking Event
    Join us on February 5 for our largest networking event of the year. The goal of Connections is to provide career guidance and professional development to our current students. (more)

  • If We Make Legal Education More Experiential, Would it Really Matter?
    In a Legal Whiteboard blog, Professor Bill Henderson of Indiana University writes about Northeastern, "Preliminary data from our Research Bulletin No 3 suggest that the co-op program does remarkably well in developing the three apprenticeships identified by the Carnegie Report." (more)

  • To Honor Hoffman, Focus on Prevention, not the Drug War
    "Aggressive and mounting application of criminal prosecutions following overdose events totally thwart any positive public health impact of Good Samaritan legislation and other efforts to encourage overdose witnesses to come forward," writes Professor Leo Beletsky in the Huffington Post. (more)

  • Tsarnaev Decision Increases Incentive for Plea Deal
    Professor Daniel Medwed in The Boston Globe: "In my view, the decision may ultimately produce an outcome that advances the strategic interests of both the prosecution and the defense. Here’s why." (more)

  • State Law Approaches to Curtail Digital Marketing Tactics Targeting Young Children
    In the latest issue of Update Magazine, PHAI Senior Staff Attorney Cara Wilking writes,"Digital food and beverage marketing has given rise to a range of tactics that are not only deceptive to children in a general sense, but trigger specific consumer protection law provisions and case law precedent around unfair and deceptive trade practices." (more)

  • Zoltek-Jick First US Contributor to Top Canadian Text
    Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick has written the first ever chapter on US criminal evidence cases to be included in new edition of McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, considered the authoritative text referred to by Canadian appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. (more)

  • A Green Light for Prostitution?
    Professor Aziza Ahmed discusses trafficking and sex work policies on Al Jazeera's The Stream. (more)

  • Bankruptcy: What It Is, When to File, FAQ & More
    In an article recently published by CardHub, Professor Daniel Austin weighs in on some of the most common questions people have about the bankruptcy process. (more)

  • Professor Hope Lewis Selected to Receive the 2014 Kate Stoneman Award by Albany Law School!
    Lewis, an internationally recognized legal scholar and commentator on human rights, will deliver the 2014 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor Lecture at Albany Law School on April 16, 2014. (more)

  • A-Rod Needs a History Lesson
    On the Huffington Post, Professor Roger Abrams writes, "Labor arbitration and the MLB Players Association made A-Rod rich. His home runs, timely hitting and steady fielding would have been worth little had it not been for the union he now attacks and the labor arbitration process he castigates." (more)

    Due to the impending snow storm and the predicted snow accumulation for the Boston area, all classes on Wednesday, February 5, are cancelled. The annual Connections Networking event has also been cancelled. Alternate arrangements have yet to be made. (more)

  • Northeastern University: Late Opening on January 22, 2014
    Several inches of snow are predicted for the greater Boston area overnight. The university is canceling all Boston-based classes that begin today at 4:30 p.m. or after. Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), the Boston campus will have a delayed opening – classes scheduled to start before 10:00 a.m. are canceled and business offices will open at 10:00 a.m. (more)

  • Think Again: Prostitution
    In Foreign Policy Magazine, Professor Aziza Ahmed writes, "Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession, but there is still little agreement on the social and moral legitimacy of commercial sex." (more)

  • Classes After 4:00 PM Canceled
    The Greater Boston area is experiencing worsening weather conditions with a blizzard-like snow storm underway. To ensure the safety of our community, Northeastern is canceling classes beginning at or after 4:00 p.m. (more)

  • Tobacco 21 — An Idea Whose Time Has Come
    In The New England Journal of Medicine, Mark Gottlieb of the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute calls for tougher age restrictions on tobacco sales and possession. (more)

  • ATL’s 10 Top Rated Law Schools for 2013
    Above the Law puts NUSL in top 10 law schools based on survey of current students. (more)

  • Let the Games Begin!
    Professor Roger Abrams writes about Putin's homophobic comments and policies as the Olympics approach. (more)

  • Nicolle Vasquez '14 Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship
    Nicolle Vasquez '14 will work with the Domestic Violence Action Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, addressing the legal needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the military. (more)

  • Neema Chaiban '14 Wins National Law Review's Student Competition
    Neema Chaiban's essay, "Reframing Climate Change: A Public Health-based Climate Change Framework," takes the top prize in the NLR's Fall 2013 Student Legal Writing Contest. (more)

  • Face Up to the Violence of Jim Crow
    In The New York Times, MIT Professor Melissa Nobles writes about working with the law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project to construct an archive of racist homicides. (more)

  • Slavery by Another Name: Uncovering the Untold Stories
    Join us on January 17, 2014, for a presentation by Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (more)