October 18 - 19, 2019

Over 350 alumni/ae and friends were welcomed back to campus for a weekend of fun and friendship on October 18-19, 2019, as we honored the classes of the 1950s, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, 2004, '09 and '14.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

The Honorable William “Mo” Cowan ’94
President, Global Government Affairs, Policy and Developed Markets, General Electric; Former US Senator for Massachusetts

Mo CowanWilliam “Mo" Cowan is President, Global Government Affairs and Policy for GE, responsible for directing the company’s government relations and public policy engagement in the United States and around the world. Mo also leads the Global Growth Organizational national executive teams in Europe and Canada. Mo previously served as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Policy for the Company, overseeing litigation, enforcement proceedings, investigations and compliance globally.
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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 18, 2019

5:00 - 7:30 PM 

Back to School Night at NUSL's Faculty Offices

Join NUSL faculty members in their natural habitats, as we celebrate "Back to School Night" at NUSL on Friday, October 18th. Many of our faculty members will be in their offices welcoming back graduates from all class years. Reception fare will be offered throughout the hallways. We invite you to join us back at your favorite law school for fun, frolicking and fare! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

 Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:05 - 9:15 a.m 

Dean's Welcome
Dean James Hackney will welcome graduates back to campus. 

9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

“Conversations with ...”

Join us for conversations with eight graduates who are leaders and trend-setters in a variety of legal and professional fields. Faculty and staff will interview the graduates in a conversational style that invites frank and lively discussions. Come get the inside scoop on immigration, data privacy, capital punishment, government relations and more

Speakers include:

Marie Therese Connolly ’84
2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellow; Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; principle architect, Elder Justice Act (enacted in 2010); founder of the Elder Justice Initiative and Senior Trial Counsel, US Department of Justice

Topic: Elder Law and Abuse

MT Connolly is a national leader in combatting elder abuse. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship to advance her work dealing with the pervasive but largely hidden problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. She has played a key role in developing related federal legislation, including the Elder Justice Act of 2010, and using civil and criminal laws to pursue cases. Her leadership activities include expanding forensic knowledge, creating multidisciplinary teams, improving victim services, raising awareness and taking a more strategic approach to advocacy. She is in the final throes of writing Aging Dangerously (W.W. Norton), a non-fiction book that tells the story of the problem aging and the people who address it using law, medicine, services, finance, policy and advocacy. 

Interviewer: 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

Leslie Ditrani ’94
Co-Managing Partner, Chin & Curtis 

Topic: Immigration in the Trump Era

Leslie Ditrani has been a leader in challenging the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policies on a broad range of people and institutions, including asylum seekers, immigrant families, universities and employers. In 2016, she was named one of the original commissioners on the Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship, whose mission is to address the needs of Cambridge’s immigrant community. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Immigration Council, a nonprofit voice in promoting laws, policies and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. In May, she provided guidance to a group of Northeastern law students who, under the auspices of the school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, spent a week in Dilley, Texas, providing pro bono assistance through the Dilley Pro Bono Project to women and children seeking asylum at the South Texas Family Residential Center.

Interviewer: Rachel Rosenbloom, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic

Robert Jarrin ’99
Strategic advisor, international policy and legal government affairs for digital health, medicine and life sciences

Topics: International Policy, Legal-Government Affairs for Digital health, Medicine and Life Sciences

For nearly 20 years Robert Jarrin served as a senior director of government affairs for Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest producer of wireless and mobile chips. His portfolio initially included spectrum management in Latin America and eventually over time exclusively covered wireless health and digital life sciences. In his roles at Qualcomm he served in leadership positions across the industry, on several federal advisory committees, testified numerous times before the US Congress, and was invited to work as a subject-matter expert with a variety of academic organizations and medical societies. He now serves as a strategic advisor to several companies and associations on matters related to US and international policy, regulatory, legislative and legal government affairs. Some of his clients include the American Medical Association, the Consumer Technology Association, ResMed, Validic, Biofourmis, Reemo Health and Optimize Health.  

Interviewer: Jennifer Huer, Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law 

The Honorable Raheem Mullins ’04
Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court

Topic: Pathways to the Bench

Associate Justice Raheem Mullins ’04 is the youngest person to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court. He was nominated to the Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and was sworn in on November 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as a judge of the Appellate Court and as a judge of the Superior Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was an assistant state’s attorney for the Appellate Bureau, Division of Criminal Justice, in Rocky Hill, and an assistant attorney general in the Child Protection Division in Hartford. He clerked for Honorable Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He is a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association. 

Interviewer: Libby Adler ’94, Professor of Law and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Nancy Prior ’94
President, Fixed Income at Fidelity Investments

Topic: How Lawyers Benefit the Business Side

Nancy Prior is president of Fidelity Investments’ Fixed Income division, where she has strategic oversight of Fidelity’s global Bond, Money Market and High Income groups. Combined these groups manage over $1.2 trillion in assets. Previously, she had overall management responsibility for Fidelity’s Global Asset Allocation (GAA) division and Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (FIAM) Equity, an investment organization within Fidelity’s Asset Management division. She was appointed head of Fidelity’s Fixed Income division in 2014. Prior to assuming that role, she served in a variety of leadership positions at Fidelity, including senior vice president and deputy general counsel for the Fixed Income legal team. Before joining Fidelity in 2002, she was a business and finance associate at Mintz, Levin and vice president, general counsel and secretary at Advantage Schools, Inc.

Interviewer: Dan Danielsen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society

Juliana Spofford ’89
Assistant General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, Dun & Bradstreet

Topic: Data Privacy Challenges

 As chief privacy officer for Dun & Bradstreet, Juliana Spofford is an expert on how the global corporate environment is responding to changes in relation to data privacy laws around the world. She and others in her field are grappling with some of the biggest challenges companies face in the rapidly changing privacy landscape and the evolution of privacy laws in the US. She has worked in privacy and compliance at Dun & Bradstreet since 2015, and previously spent seven years as general counsel with NetProspex. She also served as counsel to the Dow Jones for three years.

Interviewer: Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science

Joshua Zakim ’09
Boston City Councilor, District 8

Topics: Boston Trust Act, Fair Housing and the Future of Boston Politics

The residents of District 8 elected Josh Zakim to the Boston City Council on November 5, 2013. He represents the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Mission Hill, Audubon Circle, and the West End. He chairs the Council’s Committee on Housing and Community Development. He authored the Boston Trust Act to improve trust and cooperation between immigrant communities and law enforcement, prohibiting the Boston Police Department from detaining residents based on immigration status. He successfully introduced an ordinance extending protections for apartment tenants whose homes are converted to condominiums or co-ops, including increased financial safeguards for elderly, disabled, and low-income tenants. He also convened hearings to address the unique challenges faced by seniors in the LGBTQ community in finding affordable, welcoming housing in Boston.

Interviewer: Peter Enrich, Professor of Law

Elizabeth Zitrin ’79
President, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Topics: Capital Punishment Now and Looking to the Future

Elizabeth Zitrin has pioneered collaborations between the death penalty abolition movement in the US and the international abolition community, convening the World Coalition’s only general assemblies held in the United States, and organizing international forums on the death penalty, with emphasis on law enforcement allies. She hosted the first US mission of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She has represented the World Coalition at the United Nations and other international bodies and continues to focus on the building of bridges among attorneys and activists in the international abolition movement. She previously worked with Death Penalty Focus in bringing the voices of exonerees and law enforcement professionals to the public debate during California’s statewide initiative SAFE Campaign to end the death penalty in 2012.

Interviewer: Michael Meltsner, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

11:30 - 1:00 PM

Complimentary Lunch in Dockser Commons

1:30 - 3:00 PM 

Boston's World Famous Duck Tour 

6:30 - 10:30 PM 

Reunion Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the Colonnade

Saturday evening's program will feature former US Senator, William "Mo" Cowan '94 as the keynote speaker, a delectable buffet featuring fresh seafood and a wonderful band.

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#NUSLReunion App

We have a very exciting innovation for reunion registrants this year. We have introduced an app that allows you to look at speakers bios, conference updates, to network easily with other registered guests - before, during and after reunion weekend, to view the schedule and much more. There is also a social wall where social media posts will be displayed. 
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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 last October.