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  February 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Connections Networking Reception for Graduates and Current Students

The annual Connections Networking Reception will take place on February 10, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mintz Levin. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet graduates who share their experiences in regard to career paths. This is also a chance to discuss the cooperative legal education program and offer other types of advice. Please watch for registration forms in the mail and join us for the event. With the job market continuing to be tight, networking is critical for students and graduate participation is essential. Please email Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu or call 617.373.8268 by February 2 at the latest, if you would like to participate in this always enjoyable and important event for current students. You will need to fill out a registration form with specific information about your practice areas listed.

Regional Events: We’re Coming Your Way in 2011!

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!

  • Seattle: Thursday, March 10, 2011
  • Philadelphia: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - hosted by Ted Lieverman ’78 and his firm, Spector, Roseman, Kodroff & Willis, P.C.
  • Manchester, NH: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
  • New York City: Thursday, April 28, 2011
  • Anchorage, AK: Thursday, June 30, 2011 - hosted by Jeffrey Lowenfels ’75

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

Save the Date: Third Annual Women in the Law Conference

Mark your calendar for this year’s Women in the Law Conference, which will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at NUSL. 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. Our keynote speaker is Leocadia Zak ’82, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Washington, DC. Learn more about her. Panelists and moderators include:

  • Elyse D. Cherry ’83, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
  • Kelly Douglas ’92, Vice President and General Counsel, Vinfen Corporation
  • Maura Healey ’98, Chief, Division of Civil Rights & Liberties, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Thomas Hemnes, Partner, GTC Law Group, LLP
  • Deborah Howard ’82, Founder, Guiding Change Consulting
  • Emily Gray Rice ’84, Shareholder, Orr & Reno
  • Honorable Debra Shopteese ’86, Circuit Justice of the Massachusetts District Court
  • Deborah Thaxter ’78, Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • The Honorable Catherine A. White ’72, Of Counsel, Cetrulo and Capone, LLP
  • Toni Wolfman, Executive in Residence, Women’s Leadership Institute, Bentley University

More details and invitations to follow.

February 17 Women in the Law Brown Bag Luncheon Featuring the Honorable Sally A. Kelly ’76

Please join us for the next in a series of Women in the Law brown bag lunches on Thursday, February 17, at 12:30 p.m. at Goodwin Procter, 53 State Street, Boston.  Judge Kelly will discuss, "Do Women Need to Exude More Confidence in the Courtroom?"  To join us for this free event, RSVP to Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu by February 14.  Bring your own lunch; desserts and drinks provided.

Regional Chapter Activities

On February 9, 2011, the Washington, DC, Regional Alumni/ae Chapter will host its next speakers series/networking event, "Careers in International Law." More details to follow.

On February 15, 2011, the New York Regional Alumni/ae Chapter will host an event, "Career Strategies, Satisfaction, and Alternatives," featuring Deborah Howard ’82, Founder, Guiding Change Consulting; Kathy M. Morris ’75, Chief Training and Development Officer, Sidley Austin, LLP; and Todd H. Shuster ’90, Agent and Founding Partner, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. More details to follow.

Daynard Distinguished Lecture

Join us on February 7, 2011, at noon for Flor Bermudez’s community lecture, "Lawyering Alongside LGBTQ Communities: The Key to Inclusive Social Change." Ms. Bermudez is head of Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out of Home Care Project. There will also be a roundtable discussion on February 9 at noon.

Career Services is Reaching Out to Alums

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 lawcareers@neu.edu 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 http://law-neu-csm.symplicity.com/employers. In addition to keeping us informed of job opportunities, we very much appreciate your willingness to meet with students or graduates who may contact you for job search advice or informational interviews. As always, if you have any creative ideas or thoughts you would like to share with us, please contact Randi Friedman, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services.

We appreciate your support!

Save-the-Date: A Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Returning to Boston on 4/29/2011

The law school and the Boston Patent Law Association welcome a hearing of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on Friday afternoon, April 29, 2011, in the Moot Courtroom in NUSL’s Dockser Hall.  The full program of events will include a panel discussion, speakers on trademark law, and a reception.

Are you Aware of Your Alumni/ae Benefits?

Take advantage of our alumni/ae discounts, resources, and benefits. Unlike other universities that charge annual membership fees, the School of Law includes all graduates in its Alumni/ae Association free of charge. Benefits include access to the online community and the Northeastern libraries.

Faculty in the News

Professor Peter Enrich says "No" to Hollywood Tax Credits.
» Read More

Professor Kara Swanson Pens New Book, "Banking on the Body"
For some people, intellectual property is about faster computers and better apps. But for Kara Swanson, a new professor at the Northeastern University School of Law, it’s about body products — literally. » Read More

Graduates in the News

Ralph Martin, '78, appointed senior vice president and general counsel at Northeastern University
» Read More

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.

Class Notes in Northeastern Law Magazine

Recently married? Additions to your family? Do you have news for Class Notes? Send in your recent news! To send a class note, please send an e-mail to lawalumni@neu.edu.

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

February 7-9, 2011
Daynard Fellow Visit

February 10, 2011
Mintz Levin, Boston

March 10, 2011
Seattle Regional Chapter Event

March 16, 2011
Boston Regional Chapter Event

March 22, 2011
Alumni/ae Association Board Meeting, Boston

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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