October 23 - 24, 2020

Join us for a weekend of fun and friendship as we honor the classes of the 1950s, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, 2005, '10 and '15.

Details to be announced soon!

Keynote Speaker

Karen SpilkaSenate President Karen Spilka ’80
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 represents the MetroWest communities of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick, which comprise the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district. Prior to being voted in as president by her Senate colleagues in 2018, she served as chair of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means (beginning in January 2015) and as the Senate Majority Whip (2013-2015), Assistant Majority Whip (2012-2013), chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies (2009-2012) and chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities (2005-2009), a committee she helped originate. She began her legislative career as a state representative for the 7th Middlesex district in 2001.

Prior to becoming a legislator, Spilka was in private practice as an arbitrator and mediator, specializing in labor and employment law and community and court mediation. In addition, she has been a facilitator and fact finder in disputes in the public and private sectors, as well as a trainer of adult mediation and school-based peer mediation programs, collaborative-based collective bargaining and conflict resolution strategies. She also previously worked as a labor and employment attorney on behalf of employees, unions, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and the commonwealth. In addition to her law degree, Spilka holds a BS in social work from Cornell University.

Save the Date! Prisoners' Rights Clinic 40th Anniversary Celebration

Northeastern Law will host a special brunch to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic (PRC) on October 24, 2020, as part of Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend. Past clients will share stories about their struggles in getting a second chance and will talk about what being on parole has meant to them. Connect with fellow grads who have participated with our clinic over the past four decades, and meet the five lawyers who founded the clinic as students back in 1979. Present and past PRC clinical staff and teachers will join us as well as many past and present members of the faculty and deans.


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 23, 2020

4:00 - 5:30PM 

Climate Change Litigation Community Discussion
This community discussion led by the Center for Health Policy and Law will explore how climate change litigation has the potential to impact public health policies and create the next wave in public health litigation practice.

5:00 - 7:30 PM 

Welcome Back Reception

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Richard Daynard Celebration
Northeastern University School of Law invites you to join our community in celebrating the 50-year career of Professor Richard Daynard, a pioneer and international leader in public health.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

 Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

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

“Conversations with ...”

Join us for conversations with a group of 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. 

Speakers include:

Adrian Bispham ’10
Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

Kathy Henry ’00
General Counsel and Secretary, Eastern Bank

Dorothy Samuels ’75
Senior Fellow, Brennan Center/Formerly 30 year member of the New York Times Editorial Board 

Todd Shuster ’90
Co-Founder, Aevitas Creative Management; Co-founder PEACE Institute

11:15 - 1:00 PM

Complimentary Lunch in Dockser Commons for Reunion classes

11:15 - 1:00 PM

Lunch in Raytheon Amphitheater, 440 Egan, for Prisoner's Right's 40th Anniversary Celebration
This event is only open to those who participated in the Clinic.

Prisoners' Rights Clinic 40th Anniversary Celebration
Northeastern Law will host a special brunch to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic (PRC) on October 24 as part of Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend. Past clients will share stories about their struggles in getting a second chance and will talk about what being on parole has meant to them. Connect with fellow grads who have participated with our clinic over the past four decades, and meet the five lawyers who founded the clinic as students back in 1979. Present and past PRC clinical staff and teachers will join us as well as many past and present members of the faculty and deans. For more information, contact w.holohan@northeastern.edu.

Speakers will include Jonathan Shapiro, Profesor Wally Holohan, Patty Garin ’84 and the Honorable Kenneth King, one of the past students who created the clinic. Past clients and their family members will also speak about what the clinic meant to them in their efforts to win parole.

6:30 - 10:30 PM 

Reunion Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the Colonnade

Saturday evening's program will feature Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 as the keynote speaker, a delectable buffet featuring fresh seafood and a wonderful band.

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 in October 2018.