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  • Northeastern University Students Uncover Forgotten Killings From Jim Crow Era

    The amazing work of Professor Margaret Burnham and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) receives front-page attention in The Boston Globe! (more)

  • George Stinney Exonerated 70 Years After Execution

    As a result of efforts by the law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and a team of pro bono lawyers, a state judge has vacated George Stinney's murder conviction 70 years after his execution at the age of 14. Stinney was the youngest person ever executed in America. (more)

  • Carmelyn P. Malalis '01 Appointed Chair of CCHR

    Carmelyn Malalis, a partner at Outten & Golden, has been appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). She will assume office in February, 2015. (more)

  • Barbara's Fire

    Attorney, teacher, and veteran fighter for freedom, Barbara Hines '75 retires from a career mentoring students. (more)

  • Baker Taps Ramirez for Transition Team

    Professor Deborah Ramirez is among the bipartisan mix of professionals selected to advise Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker on key policy issues as his administration prepares to take office. (more)

  • The Storytelling and Popularity of "Serial"

    Professor Margaret Burnham talks to news@Northeastern about the growing popularity of "Serial," a segment from the creators of NPR's "This American Life" that has turned into a podcast sensation: “This is an educational project meant to ventilate for the public all the complex factors that go into a determination of a person’s guilt or innocence and demonstrate how difficult that is.” (more)

  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services Presents Top Award to Ramirez

    Professor Deborah Ramirez received the Servant of Justice Award from South Coastal Counties Legal Services at its Equal Justice Celebration on December 4, 2014. The honor is bestowed annually on “an individual who has demonstrated a true commitment to the pursuit of justice on behalf of disadvantaged families and individuals in our communities.” Ramirez was lauded for her work as an educator, “leadership conceptualizing and then working tirelessly to implement the legal incubation program known as Justice Bridge,” and for bridging “intractable unmet legal needs with the availability of talented new attorneys who are just starting up their practices.” (more)

  • Professor Margaret Burnham Appointed to Healey Transition Team

    Attorney General-Elect Maura Healey '98 has announced the appointment of Professor Margaret Burnham, Monica Halas '78 and David Sullivan '86 to her Transition Team. (more)

  • NUSL Celebrates First Issue as Co-Editor of AALS Journal of Legal Education

    Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce that the November issue of the prestigious AALS Journal of Legal Education, now co-edited by Dean Jeremy Paul and Professor Margaret Woo, is available. (more)

  • Steven Brill: America’s Bitter Pill

    Join us for an afternoon with acclaimed author Steven Brill on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at noon. Brill will read from his new book, America’s Bitter Pill, a sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. (more)

  • Egg-Freezing Shindigs Aren’t Like Tupperware Parties

    "Egg-freezing parties are promoting pricey lottery tickets, with possible health risks to purchasing women and any resulting baby," writes Professor Kara Swanson in an article for (more)

  • Study Seeks to Redefine, Clarify Prevalence of Medical Bankruptcy

    Just how bad is medical bankruptcy in the United States? On, Professor Daniel Austin's research offers new insight. (more)

  • Don't Bet on It: Sports Gambling in America

    "Gambling on professional sports will go on whatever we do," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. "Adam Silver is right. It is time to legalize, regulate and tax it." (more)

  • Confessions Are Not Reliable When It Comes to Parole

    Professor Daniel Medwed discusses "The Parole Paradox" on The New York Times' Room For Debate forum. (more)

  • At What Cost? The Charter School Model and the Human Right to Education

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), a human rights center housed Northeastern University School of Law, released today a new report analyzing the human rights impact of the growth of the charter school sector in Massachusetts. (more)

  • Hassan Wins Second Term as N.H. Governor

    Maggie Hassan '85 has won her re-election bid For New Hampshire Governor, defeating her Republican rival, Walt Havenstein. Hassan was first elected governor of New Hampshire in 2012. (more)

  • Maura Healey '98 Elected Attorney General of Massachusetts!

    Maura Healey, a 1998 grad­uate of the School of Law, has won the race to become the state’s next attorney general. She will be the first openly gay state attorney general in the United States. (more)

  • Davis Authors First of Its Kind Human Rights Textbook

    Professor Martha Davis is author of the first in the nation casebook devoted to domestic human rights advocacy. (more)

  • A New Tool in Drug Overdose Prevention

    News@Northeastern highlights Professor Leo Beletsky's work as lead expert on legal and scientific issues for the Department of Justice's new drug overdose prevention toolkit. (more)

  • That Land Was My Family's Land: A Legal and Historical Struggle Against Nazi Crimes

    For the past 23 years, Peter Sonnenthal '83 has been fighting in German courts for the restitution of property that belonged to his Jewish ancestors. Sonnenthal will visit the law school to give a keynote presentation on Wednesday, December 10, at noon. (more)

  • NuLawLab Finalist in International Competition

    NuLawLab's online advocacy simulation initiative is one of three finalists in the Innovative Ideas category of the 2014 Innovating Justice Awards sponsored by the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL). (more)

  • Rethinking Education Reform: A Human Rights Perspective

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) welcomes the public to an institute exploring policies that will help promote and support the human right to education (alongside all other human rights) for all US school children. (more)

  • Professor Emily Spieler to Serve Second Term as WPAC Chair

    Emily Spieler, Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law has been appointed for a second term as chair of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC). (more)

  • Urvashi Vaid '83 Talks Future of LGBT Equality and Being Honored by GLAD

    Urvashi Vaid '83 talks to the Huffington Post about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to deny review of several appeals courts' pro-marriage-equality rulings, and about her spin on LGBT issues. Listen now! (more)

  • Best-Selling Author Nicholas Carr

    On Monday, October 27, at noon, best-selling author Nicholas Carr will visit the law school to speak about his new book, The Glass Cage: Automation and US. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing and reception with light refreshments. Register now! (more)

  • Northeastern University Launches JD/MPH to Meet Urban Health Challenges

    Northeastern University’s School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences have launched an innovative dual-degree JD/MPH in Urban Health to meet the growing need for professionals trained to respond to unique public health challenges and opportunities facing urban populations. (more)

  • Supreme Court Weighs Same-sex Marriage Debate

    In The Boston Globe, Professor Martha Davis says lower court splits “are impetus for the Supreme Court to get involved quickly so everyone has the same protections. Without that, one of the big reasons to get involved in the case is missing.” (more)

  • Root The (1903) Red Sox On To World Series Victory

    On WGBH, Professor Roger Abrams talks about the first World Series, held 111 years ago this week. "I can’t think of any other event where you would get such a collection of different kinds of Americans, and they met in a common purpose," said Abrams. "I find that kind of fascinating." (more)

  • Did Crazy Luck Help Cigarette Makers Sidestep These Gruesome Warning Labels?

    "It seems very, very strange that somebody who has demonstrated a sustained hostility to the federal regulation of tobacco products keeps getting assigned to these cases," Professor Richard Daynard tells Mother Jones. (more)

  • New Graduate Program Disrupts Lawyer Monopoly Over Legal Knowledge

    Announcing the launch of NUSL's new online master of legal studies, Dean Jeremy Paul tells news@Northeastern, "We con­sider edu­cating a broad seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion about the core legal con­cepts that struc­ture our gov­ern­ment and our economy to be cen­tral to our mission.” (more)

  • Mary Bonauto '87 Named MacArthur "Genius"

    Mary Bonauto '87 has been named MacArthur Fellow for her work “breaking down legal barriers based on sexual orientation.” In 2003, Bonauto led the court fight for same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts. Bonauto is the second graduate of the law school to receive a "Genius" award. (more)

  • Virtual Court: Video Game Could Help Litigants Who Don't Have A Lawyer

    "We want to try and create an experience that will help diminish anxiety for self-represented parties by giving them the opportunity to practice before actually going to court," Dan Jackson '97, executive director of NuLawLab, tells The Hartford Courant. (more)

  • Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools

    Professor Peter Enrich talks to WBUR's Radio Boston about the findings of a recent survey on Massachusetts vocational and technical high schools. The study was conducted by first-year students participating in NUSL's signature LSSC Social Justice Program. (more)

  • Schools’ Wait Lists Called a Drag on the Economy

    The front page of The Boston Globe cites a survey that was conducted by NUSL's LSSC Social Justice Program concerning the wait lists for vocational schools in low-income communities! (more)

  • Healey Defeats Tolman in Democratic AG Primary

    Congratulations to Maura Healey '98 on winning the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts Attorney General with 62 percent of the vote! Earlier in her career, Maura was a prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms. Proving that height is only a number, Maura also spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team. (more)

  • ‘30 in 30’: Women Candidates to Watch in 2014 – Maura Healey

    Maura Healey '98 is spotlighted by MSNBC as one of the most dynamic women candidates seeking office in 2014. (more)

  • Cast Your Vote for NuLawLab!

    NuLawLab's online advocacy simulation initiative has been nominated for international recognition by the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL). (more)

  • 'A Powerful Moment'

    News@Northeastern reports on the important role played by the NUSL community in the signing into law of Massachusetts’ new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights last July. (more)

  • Ashley McCormack '15 Awarded ABI Medal of Excellence

    Ashley McCormack '15 has been awarded a 2014 American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Medal of Excellence. Top law students from around the country are recognized through this program. Winners receive engraved medals and certificates, as well as a one-year ABI membership. (more)

  • Hannah Adams '15 to Receive National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award

    Hannah Adams '15 has been honored with the 2014 National Lawyers Guild (NLG) C.B. King Law Student Award, which is given each year to a law student whose commitment to the struggle for justice is an example to others. The award will be presented at the 77th Annual Law for the People Convention in Chicago on September 6. (more)

  • Procedures at the US-Mexico border can be a Life-or-death Issue for Unaccompanied Children

    "The only change that Congress should be considering is extending the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act's safeguards to all children, including those from contiguous countries," writes Professor Rachel Rosenbloom in a blog for the London School of Economics. (more)

  • Banks of Blood and Sperm

    "Before modern genetics, blood was considered a bit like DNA is today—the carrier of individuality, that which links someone to their family," Professor Kara Swanson tells The Atlantic. (more)

  • 3Qs: What’s Next on Immigration Reform?

    On News@northeastern, Professor Rachel Rosenbloom discusses the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing into the U.S. in recent months and how the federal government should respond to the situation. (more)

  • Time for Some Candor From the Supreme Court

    "What Supreme Court majorities never admit is that the past is so contingent, and the choices made by other governmental actors so unclear, that nothing is left for the Supreme Court to do but what it thinks best under the circumstances," writes Professor Michael Meltsner in a column for The Huffington Post. (more)

  • Big Tobacco Firm Faces Big Payout

    Professor Richard Daynard tells news@Northeastern the verdict in the R.J. Reynolds case has "had a galvanizing effect on public opinion" of the tobacco industry. (more)

  • Monica Halas '78 to Receive Prestigious Lelia Robinson Award

    Named for the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, the Lelia J. Robinson Award has been presented by the WBA since 1994 to recognize women who, like Robinson, have captured the spirit of pioneering in the legal profession and have made a difference in the community. The award ceremony will take place at the WBA's Annual Gala on November 18 at the Copley Marriott Hotel. (more)

  • Davis, Grigsby and Five Grads Celebrated as Massachusetts "Top Women of Law"

    Professor Martha Davis, S. Mayumi Grigsby '15 and five grads will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at an event on October 23. (more)

  • New Deans Bring Wealth of Experience to Northeastern Law

    Maura Kelly and Michelle Harper have joined the School of Law in leadership positions. (more)

  • Professors Hope Lewis and Margaret Kwoka '07 to be Honored by SALT

    07.14.14 - The Society of American Law teachers will honor two exceptional leaders, advocates and scholars with ties to NUSL at its annual dinner in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2015. (more)

  • Sorting Immigration Policy From Immigration Politics: Under the Radar

    Professor Rachel Rosenbloom discusses US immigration policy on WGBH's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. (Segment begins at 15:00 mins) (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine

    Northeastern Law Magazine's summer issue is in the mail! Take a sneak peak now! (more)

  • Moriah Silver '15 Wins Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

    Moriah Silver's essay, ""The Second Rape": Legal Options for Rape Survivors to Terminate Parental Rights," has taken the top prize in the American Bar Association's 2014 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. (more)

  • Aziza Ahmed on the Traffic(king) Police

    Professor Aziza Ahmed interviewed about the negative impact of the anti-trafficking movement on sex workers around the world. (more)

  • Governor Patrick Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into Law

    Congratulations to Rafaela Garreta Prats Serrano '14, an LLM student who played a pivotal role in crafting the first draft of the Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights. As president of the Brazilian Immigration Center from 2011 to 2013, Serrano helped form the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which was instrumental in influencing the content of the bill. Congrats also to Monica Halas '78, one of the coalition leaders. (more)

  • Caravaggio Could Be the Key to a New Detroit

    "Everyone in the city is confronted with the choice of Detroit's possible futures. And each one will bear its consequences," writes Professor Michael Bennett in the Huffington Post. (more)

  • Urvashi Vaid '83 to Receive GLAD’s 2014 Spirit of Justice Award

    GLAD will present the Spirit of Justice Award to activist icon Urvashi Vaid '83, a community organizer, writer and civil rights attorney who has been an inspirational leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for more than three decades. (more)

  • "The Best Reunion of the Year"

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Celebrate and participate in Alumni/ae Weekend October 18 - 19, 2013. Catch up with friends, colleagues and faculty. Celebrating the milestone reunions of '54,'74,'79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '09. Find out more now! (more)

  • USTR Faults Ukraine For Harmful IPR Practices, But Delays Action Over Crisis

    If you subscribe to Inside U.S. Trade, check out Professor Brook Baker's comments on the section 301 investigation into Ukraine. (more)

  • 3Qs: The end of noncompete clauses?

    Professor David Phillips discusses the use of non-­compete clauses and what banning them could mean for companies in a range of industries. (more)

  • 3Qs: Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

    On news@Northeastern, Professor Wendy Parmet offers insight into the significance of the Supreme Court's ruling favoring Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, and what it could mean for the Affordable Care Act. (more)

  • 3Qs: When Team Names are Out of Bounds

    Professor Roger Abrams discusses the recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademarks of the Washington Redskins. (more)

  • Needed: Lawyers in Immigration Court

    "It is difficult to imagine a more compelling case for appointed counsel than a 5-year-old appearing on her own in immigration court, facing off against an attorney from the Department of Homeland Security," writes Professor Rachel Rosenbloom in the The Boston Globe. (more)

  • The Demise of a Racial Slur

    In his latest blog for the Huffington Post, Professor Roger Abrams writes, "It is no longer acceptable in our multicultural nation to insult each other based on the color of our skin, our heritage, or our religion." (more)

  • Legal Educators Plot the Future of Real-World Learning

    The Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law held it's second national national symposium at Elon University School of Law from June 13-15, 2014. Supported by Northeastern University School of Law, 150 attendees gathered in Greensboro, North Carolina to engage with representatives from a range of other disciplines, including architecture, business and medicine. (more)

  • Patrick’s SJC Pick a Massachusetts Milestone

    Judge Geraldine Hines, longtime adjunct faculty member, has been tapped for the Supreme Judicial Court. (more)

  • My World Cup Runneth Over

    "Although there are many in America who would like to make soccer a measure of national accomplishment and self-esteem, I think it far more likely that we will stick with baseball, football, basketball and hockey in the short run," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his blog for the Huffington Post. (more)

  • Issues Facing the Transgender Community

    Chase Strangio '10 discusses transgender advocacy on the Katie Couric show. Watch now! (more)

  • Professor Peter Enrich Addresses the Council on Foreign Relations

    Nationally recognized for his opposition to states and localities luring businesses through tax breaks, Professor Peter Enrich today addresses the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at a by-invitation roundtable, "How to Curtail the State Subsidies War." (more)

  • Givelber Lecture with Jennifer Rosenbaum

    Jennifer Rosenbaum, Legal and Policy Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the National Guestworker Alliance, will deliver the Summer 2014 Givelber Lecture. She will speak on "Building Power for Contingent Workers: Community Lawyering Strategies." (more)

  • Lawdragon's Lawyer Limelight: Dean Jeremy Paul

    Dean Jeremy Paul talks to Lawdragon about his path to academia and the characteristics that distinguish NUSL from other law schools. (more)

  • Melanie Medalle '14 Awarded the LSRJ's Inaugural Reproductive Justice-HIV Fellowship!

    Congratulations to Melanie Medalle '14, who will be the RJ-HIV Fellow at SisterLove. Her work is grounded by a community whole health lens, with an emphasis on the intersection between self-determination and the social determinants of health, reproductive and sexual health justice, racial and environmental justice. (more)

  • The Trouble with Organ Banking

    "What history has told us is that not paying organ donors has correlated with a situation of scarcity," Professor Kara Swanson tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Danielle Alvarado Awarded 2014 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship

    Danielle Alvarado '15 has been named the recipient of the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship for 2014 by the The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG). Danielle will use her time as a fellow to clerk at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice. (more)

  • Commencement 2014 Keynote Address

    More than 240 graduates received their degrees during the school of law commencement ceremony in Matthews Arena on Friday, May 23, 2014. Randall Kennedy, a leading scholar on race issues and the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, delivered the commencement address. Read the transcript here. (more)

  • ‘Brain Surgeon’ Lawyering in Crises isn’t Enough

    "The very word 'compliance' suggests predictable conformity, not the spark of imagination that we all like to think of ourselves as possessing," writes Dean Jeremy Paul, in an article co-authored with Paul Lippe in the ABA Journal. (more)

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

    More than 240 graduates received their degrees during the School of Law commencement ceremony in Matthews Arena on Friday, May 23, 2014. Ran­dall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Pro­fessor of Law at Har­vard Law School, delivered the com­mence­ment address. (more)

  • Randall L. Kennedy to deliver Northeastern School of Law’s 2014 Commencement Address

    Ran­dall L. Kennedy, a leading scholar on race issues and the Michael R. Klein Pro­fessor of Law at Har­vard Law School, will deliver the law school's com­mence­ment address on Friday, May 23 at Matthews Arena. For those who may be unable to attend, we will be live streaming the event at from 1pm. (more)

  • A Decade Of Same-Sex Marriage Began In Massachusetts

    Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, National Public Radio's Tovia Smith profiles Mary Bonauto '87, the lawyer who argued the historic case. Listen now! (more)

  • Caroline Leonard '14 Wins American Bar Association's Professional Liability Writing Award

    Leonard's winning essay was a legal memorandum to a hypothetical law firm management committee recommending a social media policy that would allow the firm to meet ethical obligations, avoid claims and use social media tools to market its practice areas. (more)

  • The Freedom to be Safe

    A group of stu­dents in NUSL's Domestic Violence Institute have crafted—and helped pass—a res­o­lu­tion making freedom from domestic vio­lence a human right in the city of Boston. (more)

  • A Sterling Example

    "America's profile is reflected in the games we play," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • The Surprisingly Engrossing History of Patent Examiners

    "Americans remain hopeful that the patent office will spin their ideas into golden intellectual property—and remain disgusted by worthless patents," writes Professor Kara Swanson in a blog for (more)

  • Kara Swanson Pens Remarkable New Book: Banking on the Body

    Every year, countless Americans supply blood, sperm and breast milk to “banks” that store these products for later use by strangers in routine medical procedures. In this new book, Professor Kara Swanson explores the history and future of this global exchange. (more)

  • Clashing Rights: Free Speech and Reproductive Autonomy

    On April 25, 2014, join prominent legal scholars and practitioners to explore the relationship between free speech and reproductive autonomy. (more)

  • The New Great Dissenter: On Affirmative Action, Sotomayor Gets It Right

    On WBUR's Cognoscenti, Professor Margaret Burnham writes, "Justice Sotomayor, our new great dissenter, has pointed out the way back to earlier, more sensible readings of constitutional text and the way forward to more realistic readings of social reality." (more)

  • Massachussets Limits Use of the Potent Painkiller Zohydro

    In the Boston Globe, Professor Leo Beletsky comments on new restrictions on prescribing the controversial painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts. (more)

  • Women in the Law Conference

    Save the date! This year’s conference will feature current New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan '85. (more)

  • Theory Makes Successful Lawyering Possible

    In the New York Law Journal, Dean Jeremy Paul writes, "Only a professional who can grasp the essence of an individual or organizational challenge through lenses that enable the client to navigate legal terrain can successfully bill by the hour." (more)

  • Preventing Chronic Disease

    The secret of the fountain of youth is youths drinking from the fountain, says Cara Wilking of the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute in a new study about school water fountains. (more)

  • US Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban on Painkiller

    As a Federal Judge rules that the Patrick administration cannot block the sale of painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts, Professor Leo Beletsky tells the Boston Globe, “Certainly, there’s a prescription drug issue, and we need to address it, but there’s already an epidemic going on.” (more)

  • The New NCAA

    "It may be hard for the NCAA and its many adherents and supporters to actually believe that the end is near, but some involved with college athletics must be wise enough to anticipate what will happen if any of these three legal challenges actually succeeds," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • Four Grads Selected for BBA Public Interest Leadership Program

    Julie Brennan '09, Lizbeth Ginsburg '06, Nency Salamoun '12 and Sarah Schendel '09 have been selected for a prestigious program designed to identify and develop the next generation of lawyer leaders. Only 16 attorneys were invited to attend the yearlong program. (more)

  • Experiential Learning: One student’s Non-traditional Path Through Law School

    "The idea of complementing my law studies with hands-on experience has proven to work well for me, and I feel fortunate that the Portland community has welcomed me back (twice now!) even though I am studying in Boston," writes Ayla Geller '15 in the Multnomah Bar Association's April newsletter. (more)

  • The Law’s Role in Supporting Sustainable Cities

    On March 21, 2014, NUSL hosted its first environmental law conference. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner gave the keynote address. (more)

  • 'Whatever They Need, We Will Get Them'

    "The Northwestern University football players have found a way to make management take notice of their needs whether they unionize or not," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • McGovern: More Focus Needed on Human Rights

    On Friday, March 28, 2014, PHRGE hosted U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., an international human rights advocate. McGovern discussed his work advocating for human rights across the globe. (more)

  • Should College Athletes Be Allowed to Form Labor Unions?

    Professor Roger Abrams talks to KPCC's Take Two program about the logistics of a players' union at the collegiate level. (more)

  • Football Players Win Union, for Now

    “These guys have to show up for practice and live in certain dorms and eat food at certain times and have to follow a certain dress code and follow the direction of their supervisors; sounds like employees to me,” Professor Roger Abrams tells Inside Higher Ed. (more)

  • Northwestern Football Players Get Approval to Unionize

    "There's no question the NCAA and college sports is going to change. We're going to see more recognition of the individual rights of players," Professor Roger Abrams tells the Wall Street Journal. (more)

  • Lawyering for the Sustainable City

    Save the Date for NUSL's First Environmental Law Conference! This free conference will explore important roles that lawyers play in questioning old arrangements and fashioning ecologically sound designs to support resilient, healthy, and equitable communities in the face of environmental threats and uncertainties. (more)

  • A Drug That Should Be Easier to Get

    In The New York Times, Professor Leo Beletsky writes, "One way to truly unleash the lifesaving potential of naloxone is to make it available without a prescription." (more)

  • Phyllis Crocker '85 Named the New Dean of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

    Phyllis Crocker '85 will take over as the new law school dean at the University of Detroit Mercy effective July 1, 2014 (more)

  • Losing Bidder Goes to Court to Block Commuter Rail Deal

    “The courts are sensitive to the second-bite-at-the-apple character of this kind of claim,” Professor Peter Enrich tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Northeastern University School of Law Takes Over Joint Editorship of AALS Journal of Legal Education

    Northeastern University School of Law has joined with Southwestern Law School to serve as co-editors of the prestigious AALS Journal of Legal Education. (more)

  • Are We Finally Ready To Reduce Racial Bias In Our Courts?

    "Nowadays the only news that can be counted on to arouse those suffering from issue fatigue, or — less justifiable — willful blindness, are the decisions of juries in racially charged trials," writes Professor Margaret Burnham for NPR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • Northeastern Faculty Launch New Human Rights Blog

    Professor Martha F. Davis and Visiting Professor Margaret Drew ’80 are editors of a new blog, Human Rights at Home, which is a member of the popular Law Professor Blogs network. (more)

  • When Teens Took on Tobacco

    "We've managed to change the mind-set," Cynthia Loesch '14, a former BOLD Teen leader, tells the Globe as CVS announces it will stop selling tobacco products. (more)

  • Burnham Honored as "Living Legend"

    The Museum of African American History will honor Professor Margaret Burnham along with actor and humanitarian Harry Belafonte and former Mayor Thomas M. Menino as "living legends" on March 7. (more)

  • CRRJ Files Amicus Brief in George Stinney Case

    The law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project is arguing for posthumous exoneration in a case involving George Stinney, a 14-year-old boy who was hastily tried and executed in 1944. CRRJ argues that race was a defining factor in this miscarriage of justice. (more)

  • Are College Athletes Employees?

    "College athletics produce millions in revenue for their colleges, but the stars of the game cannot receive compensation commensurate with their contribution to the entertainment they provide. It is a sweet deal for colleges," says Professor Roger Abrams in a Huff Post blog. (more)

  • Northeastern BLSA Chapter Wins High Honor

    At its 46th annual convention, the Northeast Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) named Northeastern University School of Law's Black Law Students Association chapter as the Small Chapter of the Year. (more)

  • Northeastern Team Takes Top Honors for Best Brief at Lefkowitz Competition

    Northeastern University School of Law teams garnered top honors for Best Brief and also earned third place in overall team rankings at the 23rd annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition. (more)

  • When Men Were Men

    "It must be terribly unsettling for old-timers to see how life has changed," writes Professor Roger Abrams in the Huff Post. "This chaotic change is even happening in football, of all places." (more)

  • Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas

    Professor Brook Baker talks to NPR about the Solvadi pricing issue as it relates to the struggle to ensure access to new medicines for those who need them most and can afford them least. (more)

  • Deal Reached for Transgender Teen Accused of Battery

    Grad Kaylie Simon '11 has successfully argued for a restorative justice approach in the case of her client, 16-year old Jewlyes Gutierrez. (more)

  • Experts Increasingly Contemplate End of Smoking

    “It’s hard to do a ban on cigarettes because you’re taking something away from people they have and are using. Once you have something, you hold tight,” Professor Richard Daynard tells The Washington Post. (more)

  • Connections 2014 Cancelled Due to Impending Snow Storm

    Due to the impending snow storm and the predicted snow totals for the Boston area, the annual Connections Networking event scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, has been cancelled. Alternate arrangements have yet to be made. (more)

  • Annual Connections Networking Event

    Join us on February 5 for our largest networking event of the year. The goal of Connections is to provide career guidance and professional development to our current students. (more)

  • If We Make Legal Education More Experiential, Would it Really Matter?

    In a Legal Whiteboard blog, Professor Bill Henderson of Indiana University writes about Northeastern, "Preliminary data from our Research Bulletin No 3 suggest that the co-op program does remarkably well in developing the three apprenticeships identified by the Carnegie Report." (more)

  • To Honor Hoffman, Focus on Prevention, not the Drug War

    "Aggressive and mounting application of criminal prosecutions following overdose events totally thwart any positive public health impact of Good Samaritan legislation and other efforts to encourage overdose witnesses to come forward," writes Professor Leo Beletsky in the Huffington Post. (more)

  • Tsarnaev Decision Increases Incentive for Plea Deal

    Professor Daniel Medwed in The Boston Globe: "In my view, the decision may ultimately produce an outcome that advances the strategic interests of both the prosecution and the defense. Here’s why." (more)

  • State Law Approaches to Curtail Digital Marketing Tactics Targeting Young Children

    In the latest issue of Update Magazine, PHAI Senior Staff Attorney Cara Wilking writes,"Digital food and beverage marketing has given rise to a range of tactics that are not only deceptive to children in a general sense, but trigger specific consumer protection law provisions and case law precedent around unfair and deceptive trade practices." (more)

  • Zoltek-Jick First US Contributor to Top Canadian Text

    Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick has written the first ever chapter on US criminal evidence cases to be included in new edition of McWilliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, considered the authoritative text referred to by Canadian appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. (more)

  • A Green Light for Prostitution?

    Professor Aziza Ahmed discusses trafficking and sex work policies on Al Jazeera's The Stream. (more)

  • Bankruptcy: What It Is, When to File, FAQ & More

    In an article recently published by CardHub, Professor Daniel Austin weighs in on some of the most common questions people have about the bankruptcy process. (more)

  • Professor Hope Lewis Selected to Receive the 2014 Kate Stoneman Award by Albany Law School!

    Lewis, an internationally recognized legal scholar and commentator on human rights, will deliver the 2014 Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor Lecture at Albany Law School on April 16, 2014. (more)

  • A-Rod Needs a History Lesson

    On the Huffington Post, Professor Roger Abrams writes, "Labor arbitration and the MLB Players Association made A-Rod rich. His home runs, timely hitting and steady fielding would have been worth little had it not been for the union he now attacks and the labor arbitration process he castigates." (more)


    Due to the impending snow storm and the predicted snow accumulation for the Boston area, all classes on Wednesday, February 5, are cancelled. The annual Connections Networking event has also been cancelled. Alternate arrangements have yet to be made. (more)

  • Northeastern University: Late Opening on January 22, 2014

    Several inches of snow are predicted for the greater Boston area overnight. The university is canceling all Boston-based classes that begin today at 4:30 p.m. or after. Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), the Boston campus will have a delayed opening – classes scheduled to start before 10:00 a.m. are canceled and business offices will open at 10:00 a.m. (more)

  • Think Again: Prostitution

    In Foreign Policy Magazine, Professor Aziza Ahmed writes, "Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession, but there is still little agreement on the social and moral legitimacy of commercial sex." (more)

  • Classes After 4:00 PM Canceled

    The Greater Boston area is experiencing worsening weather conditions with a blizzard-like snow storm underway. To ensure the safety of our community, Northeastern is canceling classes beginning at or after 4:00 p.m. (more)

  • Tobacco 21 — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    In The New England Journal of Medicine, Mark Gottlieb of the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute calls for tougher age restrictions on tobacco sales and possession. (more)

  • ATL’s 10 Top Rated Law Schools for 2013

    Above the Law puts NUSL in top 10 law schools based on survey of current students. (more)

  • Let the Games Begin!

    Professor Roger Abrams writes about Putin's homophobic comments and policies as the Olympics approach. (more)

  • Nicolle Vasquez '14 Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship

    Nicolle Vasquez '14 will work with the Domestic Violence Action Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, addressing the legal needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the military. (more)

  • Neema Chaiban '14 Wins National Law Review's Student Competition

    Neema Chaiban's essay, "Reframing Climate Change: A Public Health-based Climate Change Framework," takes the top prize in the NLR's Fall 2013 Student Legal Writing Contest. (more)

  • Face Up to the Violence of Jim Crow

    In The New York Times, MIT Professor Melissa Nobles writes about working with the law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project to construct an archive of racist homicides. (more)

  • Slavery by Another Name: Uncovering the Untold Stories

    Join us on January 17, 2014, for a presentation by Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (more)