Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend 2018

October 19 - 20, 2018

Over 350 alumni/ae and friends were welcomed back to campus for a weekend of fun and friendship on October 19-20, 2018. This year's reunion program was extra special as we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the School of Law and the 20th anniversary of its Legal Skills in Social Context program (LSSC).

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>> Friday night 50th anniversary celebration
>> Saturday night gala

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On Friday, October 19, the NUSL community gathered in Northeastern's stunning 17th Floor Space to toast the 50th anniversary of the school's re-opening in 1968. Highlights of the evening included a special performance by the Nor’Easters a cappella group and a discussion featuring Dean James Hackney and six former School of Law deans.

Saturday's lineup featured an impressive roster of events, including substantive panel discussions featuring notable graduates and faculty, cultural and campus tours and a gala dinner and reception at The Colonnade Hotel.

We were honored to feature Mass. AGO Maura Healey ’98, as our keynote speaker for Saturday night’s gala dinner as we celebrated the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. Healey received a standing ovation following her address. “As we learned at Northeastern, there is no justice without social justice,” she said.

To our friends and colleagues who joined us, supported us, assisted us and celebrated with us in person and in spirit, we thank you for making this our most memorable Alumni/ae Weekend yet and the beginning of our exciting journey to the next 50 years!!

We also thank your hard working Reunion Committees who helped us fundraise and boost participation.


Video Presentations
Watch: 50 Years: Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future
For those of you who missed or asked to see it again, here is the retrospective video that was shown at our 50th anniversary bash. 

Watch: LLSC Celebrates 20 Years of Social Justice Impact in Legal Training
During the past two decades, every Northeastern law student has participated in Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC), our unique first-year social justice signature program that prepares students to use law as a tool for social change. Participating clients, faculty and students reflect on the program's history and impact. 

Keynote Speaker

HealeyMaura Healey '98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Maura Healey was sworn in as attorney general on January 21, 2015, pledging to lead the “people’s law firm.” Since taking office, Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

6:00 PM

50th Anniversary of the Re-Opening of the School of Law Celebration

Location: 17th Floor Space, Northeastern University, East Village

Welcome address:
Dean James Hackney

Special Performance from The Nor'easters
Northeastern University's premier co-ed a cappella group

50th Celebration Video

6:30 PM

Honoring Our Past Leadership
A gathering of NUSL Deans of past and present.

Roundtable discussion featuring Dean James Hackney and six former School of Law deans.

Jeremy Paul
Dean from 2012 until 2018
Emily Spieler
Dean from 2002 until 2012
Roger Abrams
Dean from 1999 until 2002
David Hall
Dean from 1993 until 1998
Dan Givelber
Dean from 1984 until 1993
Michael Meltsner
Dean from 1979 until 1984

Our former deans, who have led us through four decades of innovation, excellence and a commitment to social justice, will share their experiences (including ups, downs and occasional twirls that came with the corner office) and take questions from the audience. This event takes place in Northeastern's 17th Floor Space, where you'll enjoy stunning panoramic views of the university's expanding campus and the Boston skyline. A reception with faculty, alumni/ae, staff and friends will follow. 

Location: 17th Floor Space, Northeastern University, East Village

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:00 AM

Location: 240 Dockser Hall

9:30 AM

Panel 1
Celebrating 20 Years of Social Justice Impact in Legal Training

A retrospective panel of graduates who established the Legal Skills in Social Justice program. 

During the past two decades, every Northeastern law student has participated in Legal Skills in Social Context (or Law, Culture and Difference), our unique first-year social justice signature program that prepares students to use law as a tool for social change. Working with nonprofit, state and community-based organizations, our student teams have performed 400,000 hours of legal research and advocacy to assist a range of underrepresented or marginalized constituencies, including prisoners, students in urban education, the LGBTQ community, women facing equity issues and people living with disabilities. Over the course of 300 projects, our students have assisted in starting restorative justice diversion in Massachusetts, advanced international land and human rights for indigenous people in Costa Rica and migrant farmworkers’ rights, and provided critical research and advocacy for criminal justice reforms. For both our first-year students and upper-level fellows, the challenges of serving an organizational partner in complex social/legal problems solving has transformed their practice skills. Former Dean and Provost David Hall will moderate and a panel of illustrious alumni/ae will discuss how they have used these lessons in their careers while partner representatives and faculty will talk about the national and international impact of this innovative class and its next groundbreaking chapter.

Location: 240 Dockser Hall

David Hall
, President, University of the Virgin Islands; NUSL dean from 1993 until 1998

Panelists include:
Natalie Higgins ’14
, State Representative for the 4th Worcester District (Leominster)
Alice Kopij '13
, Lewison Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Desiree Murphy '13, Associate, Morgan, Brown & Joy
Cody Thornton '13, Founding Member, Project Law Group

11:00 AM

Panel 2  
Drawing the Line: Redistricting and the Midterm Elections

Razor-thin margins in Congress and the impending midterm elections have put gerrymandering back in the news. Recent rulings in North Carolina (federal) and Pennsylvania (state) have called into question the way states form Congressional districts. There’s no question that the current system is partisan—dependent on which party holds the majority in the state at the time of redistricting. Arguments abound, however, over whether this system is good for representative democracy as well as the role the courts should play as check and balance in determining how state legislators draw the lines.

Join former Presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for a conversation on this complex process that affects political power, the legislative agenda and ultimately the direction of the country.

Location: 240 Dockser Hall

Governor Michael Dukakis
, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities

James DiTullio,  ‎Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor to the Senate President, ‎Massachusetts State Senate
Michael Li, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, Democracy Program
Representative Paul Mark, Massachusettes State Representative, 2nd Berkshire District, Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting
Pam Wilmot '88, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts

12:30  PM

Complimentary Lunch 

Location: Dockser Commons

1:30 PM

MFA Tour

Group tour of Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Tour departs from Dockser Hall Lobby promptly at 1:15 p.m.

1:30 PM 

Boston's World Famous Duck Tour

Tour departs from 65 Forsyth Circle, right outside the Ruggles T Station.

6:30 to 7:30 PM 

Cocktail Reception 

Location: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue 

7:30 PM

Reunion Class Dinner 

Location: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue 

Welcome address:
Dean James Hackney

Keynote address:
Maura Healey '98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Don't miss out on delicious dinner, dancing and live music!