Class was back in session for many alumni/ae who attended Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend in October. The weekend featured an impressive roster of events, including panel discussions featuring notable alumni/ae and faculty, cultural and campus tours, a "book club," and a festive dinner. Hundreds of alumni/ae had the chance to celebrate with fellow classmates and reminisce about their time at the School of Law. To those of you who joined us on campus, thank you. We are inspired by your enthusiasm and commitment to NUSL.

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Program of  Events 

Friday, October 18, 2013

5:00 to 6:00PM Dean's State of the Law School Address
240 Dockser Hall 
6:00 to 8:00PM  Faculty Reception in Dockser Commons
8:00 to 9:30PM Law & Literature Reunion Book Club Dinner
Brasserie JO, Colonnade Hotel

Moderated by Professor Steve Subrin, the Honorable Susan Conway '73 and Rob Sherman '78
Book Selection: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
For several years, Steve Subrin has been teaching a course called The Legal Imagination or Law and Literature: Life as a Lawyer, in which students and he read literature as a point of departure for conversations about how one will choose to live his or her life as a lawyer.    At the request of many alumni/ae, Steve and graduates will lead a discussion as part of reunion. Participants should pick out a passage from the book that is personally meaningful and write a paragraph about why they chose it.  If you wish to join the group for this dinner and book discussion, please email or call Mielle Marquis promptly at Space is limited!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

9:15AM to
Panel 1
Through the Looking Glass: NUSL Remembrances Through the Decades?

240 Dockser Hall

Hear from key graduates and faculty members who helped re-establish the law school in the early years, as well as those who have influenced its development since that time. Help us consider what the school is doing and should do to maintain its unique position in the field.

NUSL Professor Steve Subrin

Panelists include: 

The Honorable Margot Botsford ’73, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Elyse Cherry ’83, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
Robert Gittens’78,Vice President for Public Affairs,Northeastern University
Gordon Moriarty ’93, Director, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP 
Barbara Smith ’88, Assistant General Counsel, Northeastern University
11:00AM to 12:15PM  Panel 2
50 Years After Gideon: The Right to Counsel in Civil and Criminal Cases
240 Dockser Hall

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark United States Supreme Court decision that established the right to appointed counsel in criminal cases. Yet many lawyers argue that the criminal justice system is still failing the poor: public defenders are frequently overworked, underpaid, and unable to spend sufficient time with each client to mount an adequate defense.  And people living in poverty also face significant challenges in civil matters, where for the most part there is no right to counsel.  In recent years, advocates and scholars in the United States have begun to call for the establishment of a right to counsel in civil cases focusing on basic human needs such as housing, benefits, safety, health, and family relationships.

This panel discussion will provide a brief overview of the history and status of the right to counsel in criminal and civil cases, explore the current state of the public defender system 50 years after Gideon, and discuss the possibility of a civil right to counsel that would address the profound, unmet legal needs in the United States.  It will also discuss the reasons for providing a right to counsel, and the interconnectedness between the rights to counsel in the criminal and civil arenas.  Panelists will include alumni with expertise in criminal public defense, civil legal aid and the right to counsel movement.

John Pollock '05, Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel

Panelists include:

Taramattie Doucette'88, Project Director, Children's Disability Project, Greater Boston Legal Services
Alan Ells ’73, Formerly with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
Christian Lamar ’93, Supervising Attorney, Metro Capital Defender, Atlanta, Georgia
Jamie Sabino ’78, STOP Grant Coordinator, Violence Against Women Act
12:15PM Lunch in the Commons
12:45PM Tour of the Law School (new facilities)
Boston's World Famous Duck Tour
(Family-friendly activity but space is limited)

Musuem of Fine Arts Art of the Americas Tour (New Wing) 
6:30PM Colonnade Hotel Reception
7:30PM  Reunion Class Dinner at the Colonnade



Colonnade Hotel