We have moved quickly in recent months to transition previously on-the-ground events to virtual opportunities to connect. Check our calendar regularly as we build our virtual programming. We are hopeful that we will be back on the ground for our fall events so you’ll see save the dates below, subject to public health safety.  

Upcoming Virtual Events and Fall Save the Dates

September 18, 2020
Pioneers in Social Justice: The Battle for Voting Rights in 2020
Join us as we celebrate celebrate the Public Interest Law Scholars Program at Northeastern Law and tackle the battle for voting rights in 2020. 

September 21-23, 2020
Fall 2020 Daynard Distinguished Public Interest Visiting Fellow 
Emma Ketteringham
Managing Attorney of the Family Defense Practice, Bronx Defenders

Community Lecture
Title to be announced. 
Monday, September 21, 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 250 Dockser

Roundtable Discussion
Title to be announced. 
Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 - 1:30 PM | 250 Dockser

September 25, 2020
NEW DATE! Women in the Law Conference
Now in its 12th year, the annual Women in the Law conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers, and brings together powerful decision makers from Boston and beyond. 

October 16, 2020
Annual CLIC Conference
CLIC’s 2020 conference will take a close look at the intersection between technology, intellectual property, innovation and democracy.

October 23-24, 2020
Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend
Join us as we honor the classes of 1950s, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, 2005, ’10 and ’15.

November 13, 2020
Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop
We are excited to announce this Call for Submissions for the Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop, to be held on November 13, 2020.

Recent Events

Northeastern University School of Law was proud to co-sponsor two virtual events series this spring: 

COVID-19 Public Health Law Briefings 
Public health law experts from around the country connected every Tuesday and Thursday for live briefings discussing the biggest legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. All past briefings are archived at The Week in Health Law podcast.

Co-sponsored by:
The Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law
The Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University Beasley School of Law
American Public Health Association (APHA) Law Section.

COVID-19: Advancing Rights and Justice During a Pandemic
This bi-weekly series, hosted via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:10 - 1:10 PM, brought together scholars and practitioners to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus across the world, and in all domains of our lives, from physical and mental health, to job security, housing and family life. 

Co-sponsored by:
The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law 
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University
Duke Law Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic at University of Chicago Law School
Opinio Juris, UCLA's Promise Institute for Human Rights
The Human Rights Center at University of Minnesota Law School

Watch Again: Recent Virtual Events

August 5, 2020 | 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Power, Privilege, and Transformation: Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education
The University of Miami School of Law, in partnership with the AALS Journal of Legal Education, is delighted to host a virtual symposium to discuss the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed legal education in the United States. Northeastern Law Professors Jeremy Paul and Margaret Woo, co-editors of the Journal of Legal Education, will moderate panels. 

August 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
Protests, Algorithms and Data
Presented by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) as part its summer series of expert-driven conversations about the future of surveillance technology. This panel is produced in partnership with the law school’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration and the Program on Human Right and the Global Economy

August 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
Two long-time friends and professors of law will discuss the recent surprising Supreme Court rulings.

July 28, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
COVID, Contract Tracing Apps and Public Health
Presented by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) as part its summer series of expert-driven conversations about the future of surveillance technology. 
This panel is produced in partnership with the Center for Health Policy and Law. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Women Shaping the Agenda
Promoting Equitable Access To Clean Energy And A Sustainable Environment
Join New England Women in the Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) for a panel discussion featuring Northeastern Law's Professor Shalanda Baker. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 12:0 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
Community Forum: How Do We Police the Police? 
With racist policing in the spotlight, this forum explored how the War on Drugs has served as the legal foundation and rhetorical justification for militarized policing in the United Sates. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Zoom
Alaska Virtual Happy Hour
Join Northeastern University School of Law and its Alaska alumni/ae chapter for a virtual happy hour with special guest Professor Daniel Medwed, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom
Race, Surveillance Technology and Justice
Presented by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) as part its summer series of expert-driven conversations about the future of surveillance technology.

Thursday, July 16 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM | Zoom
What is Qualified Immunity?
Join Professor Lucy Williams and Northeastern Law's National Lawyers Guild( NLG) and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and to learn more about qualified immunity. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM | Zoom
Zoomin’ in on MARY BONAUTO ’87
Celebrating Recent LGBTQ Victories and Looking Ahead
>> Watch video

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Zoom
Community Forum
The War on Drugs as an Instrument of Racial Oppression: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Zoom
Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses
A panel discussion featuring Northeastern Law's Professor Patricia Williams hosted by the American Constitution Society. 

Friday, June 26, 2020
Zoomin’ in on
Advocating for Women and People of Color Amidst the COVID Crisis
>> Watch video

Wednesday, June 24 | 4:00 PM via Zoom
Webinar: Glass Ceiling and Justice Innovation
The glass ceiling is a reality that many women worldover have to live with. This webinar, hosted by the HiiL Justice Accelerator Alumni, will examine the role of gender in the sector of justice innovation. Featuring Jules Rochielle Sievert, creative director of Nulawlab.

Friday, June 19, 2020 | 11:00 AM 
Zoomin' in on
Leading in Times of Crisis
>> Watch video

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 12:30 PM | Live via Zoom
Public Health and the Law
A discussion on public health and the law with Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, as part of Georgetown University Press' #BooksforaBetterWorld online event series. 

Wednesday, June 17 | 12:00 PM | Live via Zoom
Connecting with NUSL Centers and Projects Around Racism and Police Brutality
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and NuLawLab invited Northeastern Law students to a virtual meeting to discuss the ways the School of Law's centers and projects can collaborate with and support students in our responses to ongoing structural racism and police brutality.

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Live via Zoom
CLIC Moral Labyrinth Virtual Workshop
Join CLIC Artist-in-Residence Sarah Newman for an interactive workshop exploring law, ethics and technology during the COVID pandemic.

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 11:00 AM 
Zoomin' in on
Championing Civil Rights
>> Watch video

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: Trends, Take-Aways and Things to Think About 

Before the COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing breaks for a summer hiatus, the editorial panel will meet to look back and digest the past three months of legal issues, count some of the biggest lessons learned, and look to the future ahead.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM
#COVIDLawBriefing: Domestic Violence

In the past month, new evidence has emerged that global rates of domestic violence were rising as a result of the pandemic. This Briefing will explore the ways the pandemic response exacerbated conditions for intimate partner abuse, and will describe how we may better prepare in anticipation of future waves of the coronavirus and other possible pandemics.
>> Watch video

Monday, June 8, 2020 | 2:00 PM 
How Do We Restore Justice for George Floyd?

Join us for a FacebookLive discussion led by Professor Margaret Burnham about civil rights and restorative justice. This discussion is one in a series of events in which we will gather in solidarity to confront racial injustice and chart the course for lasting change.
>> Watch video

Friday, June 5, 2020 | 11:00 AM | Live-streaming at northeastern.edu/law/zoomin
Zoomin' in on
Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Thursday, June 4, 2020
#COVIDLawBriefing: Law and Political Economy

In considering the role of law in COVID-19 response, it is vital to understand the broader forces that shape our world and its legal architecture. Law and Political Economy critiques generate insights into the root causes of inequality and other structural dysfunction in our society, while also providing a roadmap for how to repair such dysfunction in service to pandemic response and public health more broadly.
>> Watch video

June 3, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
The Jay Healey Teaching Session Goes Virtual!

The Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) collaborated to host a virtual version of the Jay Healey Teaching Session.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
#COVIDLawBriefing: Equitable Enforcement 

As COVID-19 inflicts disproportionate harm on communities of color, inequitable enforcement of public health policies in response to the pandemic further widens health disparities. Police are strictly enforcing stay-at-home orders in some communities of color, while employing more lenient approaches in predominantly white communities. At the same time, enforcement of some laws designed to protect health and safety—from local housing codes to federal environmental laws like the Clean Air Act—has been suspended during the emergency response. This Briefing will discuss inequitable enforcement of public health laws and options that government officials should consider in order to promote more equitable outcomes during the pandemic and in the long-term, after the public health crisis subsides.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Among 92 attendees at a church in rural Arkansas in early March, there were 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19, three deaths, and an additional 26 cases and one death linked in the community. Even as we learn more about the ease of spread in groups indoors, many churches and religious organizations are questioning the constitutionality of forced church closures during the pandemic. This Briefing describes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the context of COVID-19 and explores some of the recent cases challenging closures during the pandemic. Featuring Professor Claudia Haupt. 
>> Watch video

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: Vulnerable Workers

The new coronavirus has continued to exacerbate existing racial disparities in the United States. One key area of concern focuses on employment and communities of color – who disproportionately hold many of the service-focused positions considered essential. This Briefing explored structural discrimination and looked at how the CARES Act and HEROES Act are working (or not) to address these issues.
>> Watch video

May 21, 2020 
Commencement Celebration

Northeastern Law welcomed almost 1,000 participants across Zoom and YouTube to a live, virtual commencement celebration of the Class of 2020 on Thursday, May 21, 2020. More than 200 JD, LLM and MLS graduates were joined by family and friends from the across the globe for the festivities, which included remarks by students, faculty and staff as well as celebratory videos to mark the occasion.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
#COVIDLawBriefing: Premption

Continuing our discussion of state vs. local authority, this Briefing took a detailed look at how preemption is shaping and defining the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.
>> Watch video

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 4:15 - 5:15 PM 
Denise Carty-Bennia Award Reception
The 27th Annual Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Awards Reception featured a keynote by Patricia Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 
Life as a Northeastern Law 3L: Bar Exam Prep, Hiring Uncertainty and More
BBA Virtual Event

Tuesday, May 19 | 12:10-1:10 PM 
COVID-19 and the Human Rights of LGBTI People

As governments respond to the novel coronavirus, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are under increasing threat. Some face increased risks from stay-at-home orders when home is not a safe environment or when health care discrimination deters LGBTI people from seeking COVID-19 treatment. Discriminatory measures that stigmatize and blame LGBTI people for outbreaks as well as governments’ crackdown on LGBTI rights defenders, heighten vulnerabilities and violence. Instead, solutions must be found that center the rights of LGBTI people, including through economic measures to mitigate the adverse impacts of the crisis, as well as ongoing support services. Join us for a talk with Ymania Brown (ILGA World/PHRI), Gloria Careaga (UNAM), Victor Madrigal-Borloz (U.N. Independent Expert), and Danilo da Silva (LAMBDA); moderated by Larry Helfer (Duke Law).

Tuesday, May 19 | 12:00-1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: The Wisconsin Decision 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the decision by Governor Tony Evers to extend a stay-at-home order. The 4-3 decision challenges the governor’s ability “to rely on emergency powers indefinitely,” and leaves residents in the state with only a patchwork of local and county-level orders to guide and protect them. In this Briefing, a panel of experts featuring Professor Wendy Parmet will discuss the decision and the precedent it sets, and where we could go from here.
>> Watch video

Friday, May 15 | 11:15 a.m. 
Zoomin' in on 
The Honorable William “Mo” Cowan ’94
Lessons in Leadership

William “Mo” Cowan ’94, President, Global Government Affairs, Policy and Developed Markets, General Electric; Former US Senator for Massachusetts, shared his tips for leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. This event was part of our  Zoomin' in On graduate spotlight series, hosted by Mielle Marquis, director of External Affairs. 

Thursday, May 14 | 12:10-1:10 PM  
Rethinking Essential: Business, Work and Human Rights in the Covid-19 Pandemic

As society grapples with an unprecedented pandemic, the most vulnerable workers and communities bear the brunt of its immediate and long-term devastating effects, even as they provide essential services to our societies. But can the pandemic also present opportunities to address market failures and position workers’ rights as central to a more sustainable, just, and resilient economy? Join us for a talk with Anita Ramasastry (UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights), Alison Kiehl Friedman (ICAR), Kim Cordova (UFCW), and Janhavi Dave (Homenet South Asia); moderated by Aminta Ossom (Harvard) and grounded in the experiences of workers in the food and agricultural sector, and in the informal economy.

Thursday, May 14 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM  
#COVIDLawBriefing: Workplace Safety 

Workplace safety for essential workers raises considerable legal and ethical questions during this pandemic. Professor Emily Spieler will join host Professor Wendy Parmet to discuss how employment and labor laws, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s approach to the pandemic, are (and are not) protecting the safety of these critical but vulnerable workers, and what legal avenues exist to ensure safety for these workers and others as we move toward reopening of additional workplaces.
>> Listen back 

Wednesday, May 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: Where’s the Beef? Food Supply Chain and Shortages 

The new coronavirus has hit US meatpacking and other food supply chains particularly hard, with many workers in these plants facing some of the highest incidence rates of the virus in the country. This Briefing will address how law and policy, and food system regulation are holding up during this turbulent period, and how policymakers may consider moving forward from here to protect workers and ensure the continued safety and sufficiency of the US food supply.
>> Listen back

Wednesday, May 13 | 12:10-1:10 PM | Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022)
Education Rebound for All During and After COVID-19: Charting the Way Forward

The impact of COVID-19 on education is tangibly felt across the globe, with school closures, disparities in access to remote education, disruption to free meal and vaccine programs, risk of increased dropout rates, and more. How can we ensure an accelerated recovery that doesn’t widen educational attainment —and related power— gaps between the rich and the poor, between boys and girls, and between the Global North and the Global South? Join us for a talk with experts Helen Abadzi (UT Arlington), Elin Martínez (Human Rights Watch), and Gustavo Payan (DAI/ INEE); moderated by Maya Alkateb-Chami (Columbia).

Tuesday, May 12, | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
#COVIDLawBriefing: Elections Concerns
There are 19 state primary elections between May 12 and June 9, when many states, have stay-at-home orders in place until at least June 4. Amid an ongoing pandemic, election security and safety for voters remain in question. Guests will reflect on concerns raised by the recent primary in Wisconsin, and project ahead with lessons learned for the forthcoming primaries.
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Friday, May 8 | 12:00 p.m. 
Zoomin' in on 
Author Talk: Passage West

Award-winning author Rishi Reddi '92 spoke with Mielle Marquis, Northeastern Law's director of external relations, on Friday, May 8, 2020. Reddi has just published her first novel, Passage West, which follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history.    

Thursday, May 7 | 12:10-1:10 PM | Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022)
Covid-19 and the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

The global pandemic is exacerbating discrimination against, and challenges faced by, persons with physical and mental disabilities. Some may face increased risk of becoming infected or seriously-ill with COVID-19, including in institutions, and others may face obstacles in accessing healthcare and other necessary services and supplies. How can advocates promote a disability rights-based response to the pandemic, including one that centers persons with disabilities in decision-making on prevention and containment measures? Join us for a talk with Catalina Devandas Aguilar (UN Special Rapporteur on Rights of Persons with Disabilities), Mohamed Farah (Somali Disability Empowerment Network), Ben Gauntlett (Disability Rights Commissioner, Australia), and Amanda McRae (Women Enabled International); moderated by Elizabeth Emens (Columbia).

Thursday, May 7 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
#COVIDLawBriefing: Liability Shields  

This broad-ranging Briefing will discuss immunity waivers at various levels, ranging from PREP to CARES, malpractice provisions already in place, immunity for the nursing home industry and more.
>> Listen back

Wednesday, May 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
#COVIDLawBriefing: Human Subject Research 

Amid social distancing and other on-the-ground mitigation measures, arises the necessity of a vaccine and other therapeutic treatments for long-term treatment or eradication of COVID-19. With drug development comes questions of safety and efficacy, and inevitable concerns around human subject research. This Briefing will explore the legal issues around how to balance speed to market, obligations to science and an ethical development process.
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Tuesday, May 5 | 12:10 PM | Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022)
The Deployment of COVID-19 to Undermine Sexual and Reproductive Health

As COVID-19 threatens to collapse our healthcare system, sexual and reproductive health and rights are in grave jeopardy. Opportunistic policymakers are exploiting the pandemic to restrict or outright ban abortion care and access to contraception. In what ways has the health emergency exacerbated already existing vulnerabilities, and in what other ways has it created new problems? What advocacy strategies are being used to combat the exploitation of a state of emergency to curtail sexual and reproductive health? How is access to medical treatment for trans people negatively affected by the pandemic? What lessons can be learned from the HIV epidemic in relation to the increased use of the criminal law in the name of protecting public health? How can human rights principles be used to protect bodily autonomy and sexual/reproductive health during this crisis? Join us for a talk with Brigitte Amiri (ACLU), Eszter Kismodi (Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters), Melissa Murray (NYU), and Quita Tinsley (Access Reproductive Care-Southeast); moderated by Katherine Franke (Columbia). 

Tuesday, May 5 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing: Criminalization

Just like many epidemics before it, COVID-19 has spurred a set of punitive responses. This briefing, hosted by Professor Leo Beletsky, explored the lessons criminalization of HIV can provide for COVID-19 prevention and response.
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Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Live via Zoom
Racial Justice, Restoration and Inclusion: Human Rights Principles and Local Practice
This program will explore the relevance of human rights norms in efforts to advance racial justice and address historical and ongoing racism, discrimination and intolerance. Speakers will examine strategies to shape effective remedies and redress, including reparations abnd restorative justice, drawing from international, national and local examples.
Panelists include: 
Carmelyn Malalis ’01
Chair, New York City Human Rights Commission. 

Keynote address:
Margaret Burnham
University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

This event, hosted by Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, is proudly co-sponsored by Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE). 

Friday, May 1 | 11:00 a.m.
Zoomin' in on
Career Coaching in View of COVID-19

On Friday, May 1, Mielle was joined by long-time attorney career counselor Kathy Morris '75. Kathy spoke about Career Coaching in View of COVID-19 and shared her career advice for Northeastern Law graduates and students.

Thursday, April 30 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing 15: Surveillance 

Understanding the spread of the virus will help authorities make better, real-time decisions about how to move forward in their response to the pandemic. But with surveillance comes a host of questions and concerns about data privacy, data security, and autonomy. This Briefing will touch on the legal issues of contact tracing tools and surveillance.
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Wednesday, April 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing 14: Race and Bias in COVID-19 Care and Response

Recent reporting data are showing that racial minorities in the United States are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 – both in hospitalization rates and deaths. It seems the virus does discriminate by exacerbating existing racial disparities and bias. This Briefing will focus a light on the disparate impact of COVID-19, and will explore the ways public policy decisions may be used to begin to chip away at some of the disproportionate negative effects.
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Tuesday, April 28 | 12:10 PM   Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022)
Movements, Organizing, and Empowerment in the Time of COVID-19

The pandemic is, quite literally, pushing people apart. Physical distancing makes traditional forms of organizing and activism—rallies, protests, Know Your Rights trainings; the people power generated by physical proximity—impossible. The pandemic exacerbates preexisting inequities, disproportionately affecting communities and people already marginalized. How are organizations and social movements shifting tactics to continue to build the power of marginalized communities in this new era?  What are the greatest challenges? How can human rights organizations and academic institutions best provide solidarity that centers the leadership and calls to action from those most affected? Join us for a talk with experts Antonio Gutierrez (Organized Communities Against Deportations), Michelle Morse (Equal Health), Tawana Petty (Detroit Community Technology Project), and Shawn Sebastian (People's Action); moderated by Sukti Dhital (NYU).

Tuesday, April 28 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing 13: Immigration

On April 22, President Trump issued an executive order to limit immigration and pause the issuance of Green Cards to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. In this Briefing, Professor Wendy Parmet discussed whether limitations on immigration may be a sound mitigation tactic, or whether restrictive immigration policies may be impeding our response to the pandemic. 
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Friday, April 24 | 11:00 a.m.
Zoomin' in on 
How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?
Award-winning journalist and art critic Barbara Pollack '82 joined Mielle Marquis, Northeastern Law's director of external relations, on Friday, April 24,  to talk about her her career path and her new online exhibition, How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like Thiswhich has provided artists with a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.  

April 23, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM | Via Instagram Live: @eparatodos_lynn
In partnership with EparaTodos Lynn, Professor Jared Nicholson, director of Northeastern Law's Community Business Clinic will deliver a free webinar in Spanish addressing legal issues related to COVID-19. Submit questions in advance to alejandra@eforall.org and watch live via @eparatodos_lynn

April 23, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
#COVIDLawBriefing 13:Abortion Exceptionalism

Over the past few weeks, nine states have tried to implement—with varying degrees of success—measures suspending abortions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel of reproductive rights experts will discussed recent court opinions, future Supreme Court intervention and possible lasting impacts on reproductive health law in the United States.
>> Watch video

April 22, 2020 | 12:10 - 1:10 PM | Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022)
COVID-19 and its Response: Risks to Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum-Seekers

As governments respond to the novel coronavirus, asylum-seekers, migrants, and refugees are increasingly being left behind. Housing in overcrowded camps and informal reception centers undermines access to the adequate health care, sanitation, and water needed to protect against COVID-19. And some governments are taking advantage of the pandemic to enact discriminatory prevention and treatment measures, including by rejecting asylum-seekers. Join us for a discussion with Bill Frelick (Human Rights Watch), Gillian Triggs (UNHCR), and Sana Mustafa (Asylum Access/ Network for Refugee Voices); moderated by Kate Evans (Duke).

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Watch live via Twitter at twitter.com/phlawwatch
#CovidLawBriefing: Housing and Convictions in the time of Covid-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 12:10 - 1:10 PM | Live via Zoom at columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/155632333 (password: 200022). 

COVID-19 in Conflict: What to Expect? And What Can be Done?

In conflict-affected countries, healthcare systems have been neglected or destroyed, basic services such as water are often lacking, and civilians are already living under extreme stress, often in crowded conditions. As the pandemic spreads, the consequences will likely be devastating, and the UN Secretary General has recently called for a global ceasefire. Join us for a discussion on the pandemic in conflict, responsibilities of warring parties under international humanitarian law, and how advocates are working to promote both peace and health; with Azadeh Moaveni (International Crisis Group), Cordula Droege (International Committee of the Red Cross), Farea Al-Muslimi (Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies), and Kate Kizer (Win Without War); moderated by Priyanka Motaparthy (Columbia).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 
#COVIDLawBriefing 1: Impacts and Implications for the US Prison System
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, vulnerable populations like those in the US prison system are at particular risk. This live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing will describe the current situation and explore legal issues of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. These include the steps prisons and jails may take to protect inmate populations and employees, the rights prisoners have to care and prevention, and what happens next for prisoners who are released.

Leo Beletsky
Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab
>> View the discussion

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
States of Emergency and Government Powers in and After the Pandemic
As governments respond to the novel coronavirus, many are declaring states of emergency and giving themselves expansive powers. Some censor information, surveil populations, and detain critics. Are governments overreaching? Will new powers be rolled back when the crisis is over? Tune in live to watch a discussion between Fionnuala Ni Aolain (UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism), Isabel Linzer (Freedom House), and Yaqiu Wang (Human Rights Watch); moderated by Ryan Goodman (NYU/Just Security).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
#CovidLawBriefing 2
Commandeering Private Property for Pandemic Response

As the number of cases grows in this pandemic, one specific medical resource in short supply is bed space. One solution to this issue is for governments to commandeer private property, such as hotels, convention centers, university dormitories, or even defunct hospitals. The legal question here is one of authority.
>> View the discussion

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 12:00 - 12:40 PM 
#CovidLawBriefing 3
Legality of and Challenges to Rationing Medical Resources

In light of the current rationing of personal protective equipment for medical professionals, and ventilators and other life-saving and sustaining medical resources, legal experts for this live COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing fill discuss the legality of and potential legal challenges to rationing of medical resources. The guests will also review disability rights and access in the context of medical resource rationing.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
#CovidLawBriefing 4
Issues and Boundaries of Federalism 

This COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing will explore vertical and horizontal federalism to address how the federal government and state governments can act and interact during the pandemic.

Wendy Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 
COVID-19's Impact on Health, Housing, Water, and Sanitation: Socioeconomic Rights in Crisis
The pandemic spotlights and exacerbates socioeconomic inequalities caused by decades of neoliberal policies and failures to invest in social infrastructure. The basic rights to health, housing, and water and sanitation are at risk for millions of people around the world. How can human rights-based approaches ground an effective response to the pandemic now, and build a better world afterwards? Join us for a talk with UN Special Rapporteur on Housing Leilani Farha, community advocate Catherine Flowers (Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice), and activist and epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves (Yale); moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow (Duke).

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Film Screening and Discussion: The Vote
The Vote is a four-part documentary series, slated to air nationally on PBS this summer in conjunction with the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment — giving women the right to vote. Open to students, staff, faculty and alumni/ae. Tune in via Zoom to watch two clips of the documentary and stay for a lively discussion co-led by Professor Kara Swanson and Moriah Wikins ’21. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
#CovidLawBriefing 5

HIPAA Privacy Waivers
This briefing will explore how the HIPAA Privacy Rule and other laws protecting health information privacy may be altered during the COVID-19 outbreak. The US Department of Health and Human Services has already announced that it will exercise enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for some violations of the privacy regulations. Panelists will discuss the implications of these changes and the ongoing relevance of health information privacy during a pandemic.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Flattening the Pandemic Curve While Upholding Digital and Information Rights

The novel coronavirus has led to millions of people working virtually, and more dependence than ever on access to reliable information and the internet. Some governments have responded to the pandemic by dramatically increasing surveillance on populations, and companies gather and retain huge amounts of our personal data. Join us for a talk on the risks and opportunities for digital and information rights during the pandemic, with experts Adebayo Okeowo (WITNESS), Diego Naranjo (European Digital Rights), Maria Luisa Stasi (Article 19); and Michael Pisa (Center for Global Development); moderated by Janlori Goldman (Columbia/NYU).

Thursday, April 9, 2020
#CovidLawBriefing 6
Protecting the Vulnerable Substance Use Disorder Population During COVID-19

This Briefing will explore the legal and policy questions around substance use disorder (SUD) exceptionalism. Panelists will discuss how different legal rules apply to access to medications for opioid use disorder and other services compared to those provided to the majority with access to care; and, how we can construct social support, services, and safe housing for a population that has strong overlaps with other extremely vulnerable cohorts such as the homeless or newly released prisoners.

Leo Beletsky
Professor of Law and Health Sciences and Faculty Director, Health in Justice Action Lab

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Webinar: Commercial Leases and Negotiating Rent During COVID-19
Many business are struggling to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are looking for resources and tips on how to approach lease negotiations. In this webinar, Jared Nicholson, director of Northeastern Law's Community Business Clinic, will cover key terms in commercial leases for the current context, how to prepare for and approach rent negotiations. He will also discuss ideas for other strategies and resources to turn to.

April 15, 2020 
Working on Privacy in a Virtual World - A Round Robin Event
Join the New Markets Office and the Law and Information Society for a round robin event where students will have the opportunity to meet with recent Northeastern Law graduates and get their perspective on the current state of affairs in the privacy and security space and tips for working and connecting in a virtual world.

Friday, April 17, 2020 
Annual Health law Conference 
Public Health Litigation: Possibilities and Pitfalls
due to concerns related to COVID-19, the paper workshop component of our 2020 Health Law conference will now be hosted virtually. 
The community discussion has been postponed until the fall. Details to be announced soon. 

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