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  January 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. E-mail Eileen Hommel at e.hommel@neu.edu or call 617.373.8268 if you would like to attend this always enjoyable and important event for current students.

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 17, 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, Concord
  • 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 as well as hard copy invitations.

Northeastern University Law Journal Symposium: From Seed to Stomach

The Northeastern University Law Journal presents a symposium: From Seed to Stomach: Food and Agricultural Law. It will take place on January 21, 2011. Participants will address topics ranging from the intellectual property; ethical and health issues surrounding the patenting of seeds; farming methods; and live animals; issues concerning the labeling and marketing of food and organic certification; the future of the food safety legislation and obesity litigation; and the social implications of food policies.

To register, visit www.nulj.org. If you are interested in speaking at the symposium, contact the Journal staff at nulj@gmail.com.

Bridging the Gap: The Nuts and Bolts of Collaboration Between Public Interest and Pro Bono Lawyers
January 12, 2011 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at 230 Dockser Hall

Join us for this panel discussions covering issues, such as: As a public interest lawyer, how will you go about finding pro bono attorneys to help with your caseload or to collaborate with you on large-scale litigation? As an associate at a firm, what sorts of pro bono opportunities will you be able to pursue? When public interest organizations and firms collaborate on cases, who sets the legal strategy and what happens if disagreements arise? How have the current economic climate and the advent of deferred associates affected pro bono work?

You will learn about innovative models that public interest organizations and firms have developed to increase their impact, and hear tips on how to forge successful collaborations and avoid potential pitfalls. The speakers include: Anita Sharma, Asylum Attorney, Political Asylum and Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project; Albert Wallis, Executive Director, Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest; and Sarah Wunsch, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Massachusetts. Professor Rachel Rosenbloom will moderate.

Regional Chapter Activities

In January, the Boston Regional Alumni/ae Chapter will be hosting a scotch-tasting and networking event. More details will be forthcoming.

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.

Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Association (NELLA) is Offering a Panel Discussion: Pyett and Its Implications

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, NUSL is offering a panel discussion about the implications of 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, a controversial SCOTUS opinion. Professor Karl Klare will moderate and speakers include: Sharon Ellis, co-chair of the National Academy of Arbitrators Committee on Employment Dispute Resolution Issues; Samuel Estreicher, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University; Alan Hyde; Distinguished Professor and Sidney Reitman Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law; Rachel Munoz ’06, Associate, Morgan Brown and Joy, LLP; and James Shaw ’07, Associate, Segal Roitman, LLP.

Please RSVP to pyettrsvp@gmail.com.

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.

Graduates in the News

William “Mo” Cowan ’94 was recently named Chief of Staff for Governor Deval Patrick. He previously served as the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel. Read the article today.

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

January 11, 2011 Alumni/ae Association Board Meeting, Boston

February 7-9, 2011
Daynard Fellow Visit

February 10, 2011
Connections Networking Event, Boston

March 10, 2011
Boston Regional Chapter Event

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

April 1, 2011
Women in the Law Conference

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 9, 2011
Boston Regional Chapter Event, Boston

Click here for more information and other events

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