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  June 2011
NUSL Newsbriefs

Upcoming Regional Events:

If we’re headed your way, please join us!

  • Newport, Rhode Island: Thursday, June 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Tickets Bar and Grille 15 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown
  • Boston:Thursday, June 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Vintage Lounge, 72 Broad Street, Boston
  • Anchorage: Thursday, June 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – hosted by Jeffrey Lowenfels ’75, Special Guest: Professor Steve Subrin!

Our regional events are wonderful opportunities 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.

Parmet Leads Triumphant Legal Team

A legal team led by Professor Wendy Parmet has convinced the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to rule in support of the plaintiffs on a key constitutional issue in a case brought on behalf of 40,000 legal immigrants denied access to Commonwealth Care.

"The Supreme Judicial Court’s opinion today marks an important reaffirmation that the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts protects the rights of all legal residents," said Wendy Parmet, who argued the case before the SJC in November. Parmet is a faculty member at Northeastern University School of Law. "In ruling that the Legislature’s decision to deny legal immigrants access to Commonwealth Care must be subject to strict scrutiny, the Court reaffirmed that equal protection must be respected even in times of fiscal distress."

Parmet and the HLA team claimed that the 2009 law violates the equal protections provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution. “The state contends that the state constitution does not treat aliens as a protected class and that the 1996 federal welfare reform law authorizes the 2009 act," said Parmet. "The case was originally brought before a single justice of the SJC, and after many a procedural turn, including a trip to and from federal court, we ended up briefing and arguing four questions before the full SJC in November.”

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Media Coverage
The Boston Globe
WBUR and Wire Services
Associated Press outlets including: The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo! Finance, The Florida Times-Union and many others

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 Commons. Dean Emily Spieler will give the State of the Law School address prior to the faculty reception. Saturday events will include school 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, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, and ’06. Surrounding class years are always welcome to attend.

Volunteers Wanted

Some of our reunion classes are still in need of volunteers to assist with marketing and fund-raising. If you would like to help with event planning and getting the word out to your classmates, please contact Mielle Marquis at m.marquis@neu.edu. If you're interested in assisting in fund-raising for your Reunion Class Gift, please contact James Poulos at j.poulos@neu.edu, or call 617.373.2015. We hope to recruit at least six volunteers for each reunion class. Get involved, help us build the excitement, and assist with bringing in financial support for your alma mater.

CALL for Artists for Alumni/ae Weekend

As part of Alumni/ae Weekend 2011, we are reaching out to graduates of all years to donate art works for a silent action to raise money for NUSL’s Annual Fund. If you are an artist who would be willing to donate a painting, photograph, sculpture, or piece of jewelry for the auction, please e-mail Mielle Marquis at m.marquis@neu.edu. The auction will take place as part of the Reunion Class Dinner on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

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Faculty in the News

Can the US Afford Economic Rights in an Economic Crisis?
"We can't afford not to respect economic and social rights when millions in our country are struggling to find decent work, to find a stable place to live, to educate their children, to overcome discrimination, and to care for the sick," says Professor Hope Lewis in the Huffington Post.

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Graduates in the News

Emily Yozell ’80 Honored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild

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Maribeth Cusick ’03, Ingrid Nava ’03, and Allyson Kurker ’05 are all recipients of the 2011 Up & Coming Lawyers award, presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

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There’s Still Time to Make Your Gift to the Annual Fund

Our fiscal year end, June 30, is fast approaching, so please consider making a gift at any level to the NUSL Annual Fund. Graduate support makes a significant difference to our students and school – the Annual Fund is directed solely to student financial support and every gift truly counts. To make a gift, contact Erin Dillingham, Director of Annual Giving, at 617.373.4941, or make a gift online.

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.

Please note: Newsbriefs will return in September after a summer hiatus.


Upcoming Events

June 2, 2011
Regional Event
Newport, RI

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

June 9, 2011
Boston Regional Event

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

October 22 , 2011
Alumni/ae Weekend 2011
Boston, MA

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