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Roger AbramsRoger I. Abrams
Richardson Professor of Law Emeritus
Cornell University, BA 1967 
Harvard University, JD 1970
Curriculum Vitae
BePress Selected Works
SSRN Author Page

Professor Abrams restired from the Northeastern Law faculty in 2018. He is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for Major League Baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company.

Professor Abrams has published seven books on the business and history of sports: Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (1998), The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (2000), The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 (2003), The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime (2008), Sports Justice (2010) and Playing Tough: The World of Politics and Sports (2013). In addition, Professor Abrams is co-author of the leading sports law casebook, Sports and the Law, Text, Cases and Problems, published by West Publishing Company. In 2013, Bloomberg/BNA published his book on alternative dispute resolution, Inside Arbitration: Deciding a Labor and Employment Dispute. Professor Abrams’ most recent book is an experiential course book on the practice of labor arbitration published by Carolina Academic Press (2016) and Bloomberg/BNA will publish his next text on labor law for sports lawyers. In 2015, he was appointed to the New York Journal of Books (NYJB) Panel of Reviewers.

Professor Abrams is a former dean of the School of Law: he was appointed to lead in July 1999 and stepped down in 2002. He also served as dean of both Rutgers University’s law school in Newark, New Jersey, and Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before coming to Northeastern. He began his academic career on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became the youngest tenured full professor in the history of that university. After graduating from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1970, he clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, and then practiced with the Boston firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot in the areas of labor law and civil rights litigation. Professor Abrams is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 2016, Professor Abrams was appointed as a neutral arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, CAS is the highest court of the international sports movement and hears disputes involving the eligibility of athletes to participate in the Olympics and various World Cups.

Judy BrownJudy Brown
Professor of Law Emerita  
Mount Holyoke College, BA 1962 
Boston College Law School, JD 1965

Judy Brown graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1962 and from Boston College Law School in 1965.  She won numerous academic honors at both schools and was the Articles Editor of the Boston College Law Review.

Judy Brown was one of the first women to serve as a law clerk to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, to be appointed to the board of directors of the Boston Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and to achieve the position of tenured professor at Northeastern University School of Law, where she taught for almost 30 years. Her scholarly focus was on equality for women and people of color and her efforts in the classroom and the courtroom to expand legal and civil rights for women and minorities defined her professional life. In addition to traditional scholarship, Brown drafted numerous civil rights statutes and authored several amicus briefs in her areas of expertise.

Retired from Northeastern since 2001, Brown now teaches constitutional law courses in continuing education programs at Dartmouth College and the University of Arizona. She also co-founded and is actively involved in the Women in the Law program and conference at Northeastern. In 2013, Brown was selected to receive the prestigous Lelia J. Robinson Award by the Women's Bar Association.

Melinda DrewMelinda F. Drew
Teaching Professor Emerita and Former Director, Academic Success Program
St. Joseph's College, BS 1974
Boston University, EdM 1978
Northeastern University, JD 1987
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Drew retired from the Northeastern Law faculty in 2017. A registered nurse, she directed substance abuse treatment programs before attending law school. Following graduation, she practiced civil rights, consumer, housing and personal injury law in a general practice litigation firm and then worked as a solo practitioner doing civil appellate work.

Prior to returning to Northeastern, Professor Drew was an assistant professor at Elms College. She has published articles on legal issues in nursing, served on the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing Law and is the co-author of a text on legal issues for allied health professionals. Prior to her retirement, Professor Drew directed the law school’s Academic Success Program, coordinated the provision of disability services in the law school, and taught Professional Responsibility as well as Legal Interviewing and Counseling.

As part of her pro bono work, Professor Drew serves as a volunteer arbitrator for both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the Massachusetts Bar Association's Fee Arbitration Board, and serves as a case conferencer for the Boston Bar Association/ Boston Municipal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program. A long-time member of the National Lawyers Guild, Professor Drew trained law students to deliver street law clinics to community groups.

Dan GivelberDaniel J. Givelber 
Professor of Law Emeritus
Harvard University, AB 1961
Harvard University, LLB 1964
Curriculum Vitae
BePress Selected Works
SSRN Author Page

Professor Givelber retired in 2014. He served served as dean of the law school from 1984 until 1993, and was interim dean during the 1998-1999 academic year. He is an expert in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and capital punishment, and has been engaged in pro bono death penalty litigation for many years.

Professor Givelber has taught and published primarily in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and torts. In recent years, his research has focused on the accuracy of the procedures we employ to determine guilt. He is a founding member of the board of the New England Innocence Project and has lectured in his areas of specialization in Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. Prior to joining the law school faculty, he served as an assistant US attorney for the District of Columbia and as a civil litigator with a large New York law firm.

In honor of Professor Givelber's outstanding contributions to the School of Law, the Givelber Distinguished Lecturer Program brings distinguished public service practitioners to the school as visiting faculty so they may share with students and faculty the challenges and satisfactions of public service practice.

Mary O'ConnellMary E. O'Connell
Professor of Law Emerita
Brandeis University, AB 1970
Northeastern University, JD 1975
Curriculum Vitae
BePress Selected Works

Professor O'Connell retired from the law school in 2017. Over the course of her career, students benefitted from classes in the fields of family law, children’s law and property. She served on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Family Court Review, and was active in a number of projects and associations that work to bridge the gap between the legal and mental health professions.

Professor O’Connell taught regularly in the Postdoctoral Forensics Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also taught an annual seminar to the judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court and servedas an advisor to the court's Steering Committee on Administrative Reform. Along with law students from the Youth Advocacy Caucus (YAC), Professor O’Connell ran a mentoring program at three area group homes for teens in state custody.

After graduating from the School of Law, Professor O’Connell was the first law school graduate to clerk for the Supreme Judicial Court of the state of Maine. She was an associate at the Boston firm Foley, Hoag & Eliot from 1976 through 1980, where she handled contract, insurance and public utility cases while running a pro bono family practice.

Steve SubrinStephen N. Subrin
Professor of Law Emeritus
Harvard University, AB 1958 
Harvard University, LLB 1963
Curriculum Vitae
BePress Selected Works
SSRN Author Page

Professor Subrin is retired from the faculty. He is a leading authority on civil procedure, and has published extensively on this subject, with an emphasis on procedural reform and the historical background of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He has taught Civil Procedure, Evidence, Complex Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Federal Courts, Civil Trial Practice, and Law and Literature: Life as a Lawyer. He is coauthor of a seminal casebook, Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context. With Professor Margaret Y.K. Woo, he has written a text about American civil procedure for the Chinese legal community, published in Chinese, and Litigating in America, Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishers, 2006).

Professor Subrin taught Civil Procedure at Harvard Law School and Renmin University in Beijing, China, and Complex Litigation at Yale Law School. He has also taught Introduction to the American Legal System at the Cornell Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law in Paris. He was reporter to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure for 12 years and was consultant to the reporter on the Local Rules Project of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Before joining the Northeastern University faculty in 1970, Professor Subrin practiced civil litigation and labor law for seven years with the Boston firm of Burns & Levinson, where he became a partner in 1966.