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  April 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Third Annual Women in the Law Conference:

"Trailblazing in a Changing Terrain"

Join us for this year’s Women in the Law Conference, which will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the School of Law. The conference will focus on the changes in the legal world over the last few years and how women can best position themselves for success in these challenging and rapidly evolving times. There will be numerous panel discussions and breakout sessions to strategize with others in your field about how best to embrace the changes in today’s workplace. Experience a full day of dynamic presentations, networking, and mix and mingle with faculty, presenters, and alumnae. Our keynote speaker is Leocadia (Lee) Zak ’82, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Washington, D.C. Lee leads an organization dedicated to encouraging economic growth in emerging markets and the export of U.S. goods and services to those markets. Learn more about her. The topic and panelists promise a day of intriguing dialogue.

Panelists and moderators:

  • Elyse D. Cherry ’83, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
  • Jessica Collins ’00, Counsel, Raytheon Corporation
  • April English ’00, Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • Kelly Douglas ’92, Vice President and General Counsel, Vinfen Corporation
  • Maura Healey ’98, Chief, Division of Civil Rights & Liberties, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Abigail Hemnes ’09, Associate, K&L Gates
  • Thomas Hemnes, Partner, GTC Law Group, LLP
  • Deborah Howard ’82, Founder, Guiding Change Consulting
  • Stephanie Perini-Hegarty, President and Managing Attorney, Perini-Hegarty & Associates
  • Kathy Morris ’75, Chief Training and Development Officer, Sidley Austin
  • Emily Gray Rice ’84, Shareholder, Orr & Reno
  • Deborah Thaxter ’78, Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Peggy Tirrell ’00, Senior Corporate Counsel, EMC Corporation
  • The Honorable Catherine A. White ’72, Of Counsel, Cetrulo and Capone, LLP
  • Toni Wolfman, Executive in Residence, Women’s Leadership Institute, Bentley University
  • Melissa Woodward ’00, Assistant District Attorney, Essex County District Attorney’s Office

» View the complete Conference schedule

Next in Women in Law the Brown Bag Lunch Series: May 18, 2011:
How to Use Social Media to Build Your Business and Assist with Rainmaking

Presentation by Sofia Lingos '09
Hosted by Goodwin Procter, Exchange Place, 52 State Street
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Location: Conference Room 26A

Sofia Lingos is the principal and founding attorney of Lingos Law, a boutique business and real estate law practice located in downtown Boston. In addition to her JD, she holds dual bachelor degrees in psychology and communications from the University of Utah.

Upcoming Regional Events:

NUSL has several upcoming regional events planned in the next few months. Refer to the list below to see when NUSL is headed your way!

  • D.C.: National Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday, April 2, 2011, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Washington Improv Theater, Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Philadelphia: Thursday, April 7, 2011, hosted by Ted Lieverman ’78 and his firm, Spector, Roseman, Kodroff & Willis, P.C. Special Guest: Professor Steve Subrin. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • New York City: Thursday, April 28, 2011, with Professor Steve Subrin at Flute Grammercy. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Boston: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.. Location: TBD.
  • Anchorage: Thursday, June 30, 2011 - hosted by Jeffrey Lowenfels ’75, Special Guest: Yes, even in Alaska: Professor Steve Subrin!

Our regional events are wonderful opportunity to network with graduates in your area, build business opportunities, and catch up with faculty members.

RSVP today by e-mailing Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu.

Upcoming On-Campus Events

Alumni/ae of Color Panel on Thursday, April 14, 2011

NUSL, Dockser Hall, Room 230, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Join Us for a Reception for Retiring Professor Phyllis Baumann

Graduates are invited to join us for a reception honoring Professor Baumann, who has taught at the School of Law since 1988. Professor Baumann has taught classes ranging from Property Law to Feminism and the Law. The event will take place on Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Law Library. Graduates are welcome to attend. RSVP to Cyndie Niven by April 15, 2011 at c.niven@neu.edu.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) at Northeastern on April 29, 2011

The law school and the Boston Patent Law Association welcome a hearing of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on Friday, April 29, 2011, in the Moot Courtroom in Dockser Hall. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. A three-judge panel of the TTAB will conduct a hearing in Opposition 91167189 Lockheed v. Raytheon (whether PAVEWAY is generic for laser guided bombs).

The program of events will include a panel discussion, speakers on trademark law, and a reception. For more details, contact Professor Susan Montgomery ’86 at s.montgomery@neu.edu.

Solo Practitioner Workshop for Alumni/ae (and Students) on April 30, 2011

Professor James Rowan is offering his third annual one-day workshop for third-year students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about setting up a solo firm soon after graduation. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April, 30, 2011 in Dockser Hall. The presenters will include Jim Baron (education law); Jesse Baer-Kahn ’06 (small business); Gabriel Cheong ’07 (family law specialist); Audrey Heidt ’06 (family law specialist); and Veronica Zolina ’05 (criminal law), among others. To permit individual concerns and questions to be addressed, registration is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP to Pat Voorhies at p.voorhies@neu.edu.

Mark Your Calendar Now: Commencement May 27, 2011

Commencement 2011 will take place on Friday, May 27,
at 1:00 p.m. in Northeastern University's George Matthews Arena.

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SAVE-THE-DATE: Alumni/ae Weekend 2011

Join us October 21-22, 2011

All graduates are invited to join us for a faculty reception on Friday, October 21, 2011.This annual event always draws a terrific crowd of graduates and faculty in Dockser Hall’s lovely renovated Commons. Dean Emily Spieler will give the State of the Law School address prior to the faculty reception, providing an update on key information related to NUSL? Saturday events will include departmental updates, fun activities, and a memorable reunion class dinner and cocktail reception at the Colonnade Hotel’s elegant ballroom. Celebrating reunion years in 2011 are the following classes: ’51, ’56, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, and ’06. Surrounding class years are always welcome to attend. If you would like to volunteer for your reunion committee and are interested in assisting with fund-raising and marketing, please contact Amelia Confalone at a.confalone@neu.edu or Mielle Marquis at m.marquis@neu.edu. Or, feel free to call 617.373.8268.

Faculty in the News

Partnerships, Not Islamophobia, Must Dictate U.S. Counterterrorism Policy
In a Huffington Post article, Professor Deborah Ramirez and Tara Lai Quinlan '04 argue for authentic partnerships with Muslim communities to combat terrorism.
» Read More

Supreme Court Opportunity to Cap off 100 Years of Gender Equality Progress
In a blog for the American Constitution Society, Associate Dean Martha Davis calls for ending the last legal vestiges of women's historic second-class citizenship.
» Read More

Check out Professor Hope Lewis' blog on IntLawGrrls,
voices on international law, policy, practice.

Graduates in the News

Mary Bonauto '87 Takes on National Role in Gay Marriage Strategy
The Boston Globe reports that Mary Bonauto, who led the legal team responsible for legalizing gay marriage in Massachusetts, is gearing up as co-lead counsel in two cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
» Read More

Victor J. Medina '02 Elected President of the American Association of Trust, Estate & Elder Law Attorneys
Victor J. Medina '02 Elected President of the American Association of Trust, Estate & Elder Law Attorneys Victor Medina '02, Managing Partner for the Medina Law Group, has been elected President of the American Association of Trust, Estate & Elder Law Attorneys (AATEELA), a national, by-invitation only, association of lawyers in the area of estate planning and elder law. Medina, 35, was elected by the trustees of AATEELA to serve a one-year term to begin immediately.
» Read More

Thank You

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Class Notes in Northeastern Law Magazine

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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

April 1, 2011
Women in the Law Conference, NUSL

April 7, 2011
Philadelphia Regional Event
Hosted by
Ted Lieverman ’78

April 14, 2011
Alumni/ae of Color Panel, NUSL

April 27, 2011
New Hampshire Regional Reception, Manchester, NH

April 28, 2011
New York City Regional Reception, New York, NY

May 12, 2011
Boston Regional "Meet The Professionals" Reception, Boston

June 7, 2011
Alumni/ae Association Board Meeting, Boston

June 30, 2011
Alaska Regional Event
Hosted by Jeff
Lowenfels ’75

Click here for more information and other events

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