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  • Cashless Sales Are a Temptation for Lottery Officials

    “Accepting credit cards would leave vulnerable players increasingly at the mercy of predatory lenders that tend to have high interest rates and steep penalties,” Mark Gottlieb, executive director of NUSL’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, tells The Boston Globe. “Any player that relies on credit to play the lottery is probably someone who ought not play at all." (more)

  • Trump Is Just the Latest Obstacle on the Zigzagging Course of Racial Progress

    "It is the duty of all of us who fear for the US to remember that though racial attitudes are not unalterable or homogeneous, race will always register and resistance will always resurface," writes Professor Margaret Burnham in an op-ed for The Guardian. (more)

  • Marijuana in Massachusetts, What Happens Now That It's Legal?

    Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts beginning December 15. In an interview with news@Northeastern, Professor Leo Beletsky shares his insight into what we can expect in the coming months and how President-​​elect Donald Trump’s admin­is­tra­tion could impact the imple­men­ta­tion of the new law. (more)

  • The Incubator Movement: Hatching Happy Attorneys and Addressing Access to Justice Issues

    In the December issue of ABA Law Practice Today, Sofia Lingos '09 writes about the important role legal incubators play in connecting lawyers with underserved legal consumers. (more)

  • Congress Opens Door for More Civil Rights Cold Cases

    Reporting on a new bill that that would give the FBI the opportunity to pursue more civil rights cold cases, The Clarion-Ledger cites the investigative work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project. (more)

  • Public Health under the Trump Administration

    "Given the rising death rates among working class whites, Trump’s core constituency, it is possible that the new Administration will take public health seriously," writes Professor Wendy Parmet in her latest Bill of Health blog. "Still, there are some reasons for concern." (more)

  • Abrams Appointed Neutral Arbitrator for International Court

    Professor Roger Abrams has been 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. It hears disputes involving the eligibility of athletes to participate in the Olympics and various World Cups. (more)

  • Poverty, Punishment, And Probation: A Toxic Brew

    "In effect, the poor are subsidizing our government budgetary shortfall through a regressive tax cloaked in the guise of probation fees," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest article for WGBH News. "This is wrong, and it’s time for our legislature to revise its approach to probation fees." (more)

  • Remembering Professor Hope Lewis

    It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Professor Hope Lewis passed away on December 6, 2016. (more)

  • PHRGE Hosts 11th Annual Human Rights Institute

    On December 8-9, 2016, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) will host its 11th annual Human Rights Institute at the School of Law. This year’s institute, “Global Justice Goes Local: The Emergence of Human Rights Cities,” will convene scholars and advocates to explore the human rights cities movement, a movement that is linking human rights to urban social justice organizing in the service of local human rights implementation. (more)

  • The Opioid Epidemic Could Get Even Worse If Trump Repeals Obamacare

    “Health insurers have even more sway on a state level than the federal level, and the likelihood that they’ll mandate things that are beneficial to people is low,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Vice News. “Taking mandates away and decreasing regulation will make it harder to ensure that people can get appropriate care for their substance use issues.” (more)

  • 3Qs: What’s next for ‘Obamacare’ under President Trump?

    Professor Wendy Parmet outlines some of the hurdles facing the president-elect as he works to potentially gut—or amend—the Affordable Care Act. (more)

  • Book Review: Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940

    "John Kelly’s brilliant retelling of the first year of World War II is a stark reminder of the critical importance of whom we select to lead us," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his latest review for the New York Journal of Books. (more)

  • Local Leaders of Color Encouraged by AG Group on Racial Justice

    In the wake of an election season noted for an uptick in hate speech and hate crimes, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’98 has set up an Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity. “If the work requires her to hold those in law enforcement accountable, my hope is that’s what she will do,”said Rahsaan Hall ’98, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. (more)

  • Judge Rules Dylann Roof Competent to Stand Trial

    “The premise is that you have a right to assist in your defense,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Wall Street Journal. (more)

  • How a Battle Over Affordable Medicine Helped Kill the TPP

    “If this had been brought up two years ago, [Congress] probably would have passed it,” Professor Brook Baker tells Yes! Magazine. “One of the sticking points was intellectual property—and that was mainly over concerns about access to medicine.” (more)

  • How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

    “The business plan for casinos is not based on the occasional gambler. The business plan for casinos is based on the addicted gambler,” Professor Richard Daynard, president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) tells The Atlantic. (more)

  • A 6-Point Plan For Resolving the 24,000 Tainted 'Dookhan' Drug Cases

    "We owe the Dookhan defendants—all of them, guilty or innocent—justice," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. "A global remedy advanced by the SJC is the best way to achieve a modicum of it." (more)

  • Public Health Experts Have Mixed Feelings About Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts

    In Boston Magazine, Professor Leo Beletsky shares his thoughts on some of the public health issues associated with legalized marijuana. (more)

  • Maggie Hassan, School of Law Graduate, Elected US Senator

    "I know that my time and expe­ri­ence at Northeastern—both in the class­room and through real-​​world expe­ri­ences like my co-ops—helped shape and pre­pare me to nav­i­gate the chal­lenges that we all face in our lives, both per­sonal and pro­fes­sional." — Maggie Hassan '85. (more)

  • The Supreme Court Under a Trump Presidency

    "Even one appoint­ment changes the dynamics of the nine justices. The court has been dom­i­nated by con­ser­v­a­tive jurists since the 1970s. Trump’s appointment(s) will make it more so," Professor Michael Meltsner tells news@Northeastern. (more)

  • Kalter: Obamacare Likely to Face Long, Gradual Revamp Under Trump

    “Whatever anyone thinks of the ACA, whether you like it or hate it, a rapid total repeal would be catastrophically disruptive to the health care system,” Professor Wendy Parmet, director of NUSL's Center for Health Policy and Law, tells the Boston Herald. (more)

  • Killing That Sparked Boy to 'Divorce' His Dad Going to Court

    "It's hard to prove ineffective assistance of counsel, especially when the trial lawyers did engage in some investigation and may have made a strategic decision to pursue one line of defense over another," Professor Daniel Medwed tells Fox News. (more)

  • Federal Changes to Wellness Benefits Under the Microscope in New Study by Professor Kristin Madison

    With new ADA regulations regarding wellness programs going into effect on January 1, Professor Kristin Madison of Northeastern University School of Law articulates the thorny issues involved in an article released today by Health Affairs. (more)

  • At the Supreme Court on November 9

    In her latest Human Rights at Home blog, Professor Martha Davis reports on the US Supreme Court's first oral argument of the new Presidential era. (more)

  • The Shooting Of Terrence Coleman And The Case For Police Body Cameras Revisited

    "The death of Terrence Coleman is a tragedy," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. "One lesson, among many, is that the Boston Police Department should be applauded for pursuing a body camera pilot program and the experiment should be expanded as soon as possible." (more)

  • Treasurer Pushes Plan to Create 'iLottery'

    Goldberg proposes, NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) opposes! (more)

  • Mayor Introduces Plan to Expand Free College Tuition for Some Boston Students

    "This is a great initiative, but we’re sort of playing catchup with other states," Professor Johanna Dennis tells The Daily Free Press. "If we’re trying to reach economically disadvantaged students, there’s a good chance they’re going to miss a lot of people.” (more)

  • Hartung Co-Authors Amicus Brief

    Professor Stephanie Hartung has co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the New England Innocence Project in the case of Commonwealth v. Victor Rosario, SJC 12115. (more)

  • Trump Looms Over Cubs World Series

    The intersection of sports and politics can be fraught for owners who run the risk of alienating their presiding governments or fan bases if they are too closely identified with a polarizing candidate of cause," Professor Roger Abrams tells Politico. (more)

  • Chris Christie's Human Rights Opportunity

    "His presidential ambitions may be gone for good, but by signing S51, Chris Christie can still make the positive difference that he once promised," writes Professor Martha Davis in her latest blog for Human Rights at Home. (more)

  • Testing Federal Power Over Immigration

    “Extending deference to Congress to allow it to discriminate in citizenship laws would drill a hole in the heart of the Equal Protection Clause," Professor Martha Davis tells The Atlantic. (more)

  • In N.H., Maggie Hassan for US Senate

    Congratulations to Governor Maggie Hassan '85 on securing The Boston Globe’s endorsement! (more)

  • Professor Rolland Publishes Book Review for the American Journal of International of Law

    Professor Sonia Rolland has published a book review in the prestigious American Journal of International of Law. In her review of The Social Foundations of World Trade: Norms, Community, and Constitution by Sungjoon Cho, Rolland notes that, “… the breadth of social science theories deployed throughout demonstrates deep humanist scholarship and will particularly appeal to interdisciplinary readers.” (more)

  • A New U.S. Department of Justice Study Shows That Violent Crime Victimization Held Stable in 2015; Remains near Record Lows

    “Rumors of a rising violent crime wave appear to be just that: rumors," Professor Daniel Medwed tells the Fair Punishment Project. "Putting the reactionary rhetoric aside, the actual data from the crime victimization survey tells a much less dramatic tale.” (more)

  • Business Group Aims to Kill 'Millionaires' Tax'

    “The mere fact that there are limitations on those funds does not mean it is an appropriation,’’ Professor Peter Enrich tells The Boston Globe. “It’s not an appropriation until the Legislature identifies a specific sum and makes it available expenditure for a specific purpose.” (more)

  • Book Review: The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair

    Professor Roger Abrams, a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, shares his assessment of Margaret Creighton’s historical account of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. (more)

  • Rolland Pens Chapter for the Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law

    Professor Sonia Rolland has written a chapter, “Consumer Protection Issues in Cross-Border E-Commerce” for the Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law, edited by J.A. Rothchild and published by Edward Elgar. According to the publisher, "The steady growth of internet commerce over the past twenty years has given rise to a host of new legal issues in a broad range of fields. This authoritative Research Handbook comprises chapters by leading scholars which will provide a solid foundation for newcomers to the subject and also offer exciting new insights that will further the understanding of e-commerce experts." (more)

  • Abrams Files Amicus Brief in US Court of Appeals

    Professor Roger Abrams has joined with seven academic colleagues in filing an amicus brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the case of U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. v. U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association. (more)

  • Colin '17 Pens Winning Essay for National Law Review's Student Competition

    Peter Colin's essay, "Elvis and Prince: Personality Rights Guidance for Dead Celebrities and the Lawyers and Legislatures Who Protect Them," has been selected by the National Law Review's Legal Writing Contest as its winner for the September contest period. (more)

  • A Road Map For Death Penalty Abolition

    "The present divided Court is a reminder that the greatest force for resolution of the status of capital punishment is the 2016 presidential election," writes Professor Michael Meltsner in his latest Huffington Post piece. (more)

  • Northeastern among Local Schools to Make Latest Princeton Review Rankings

    Northeastern University School of Law has the most liberal students, according to the Princeton Review! (more)

  • Make Warnings on Cigarette Packs Scary, Health Groups Say

    “I have been totally puzzled, frustrated, and outraged by the FDA’s inaction," Professor Richard Daynard, president of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute, tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Another Victory for Bonauto and GLAD! SJC Rules in Favor of Non-Biological Parental Rights

    Congratulations to Mary Bonauto ’87, who has secured a huge win for non-biological parental rights. The SJC's unanimous ruling applies to all unmarried parents, not just same-sex couples. (more)

  • Davis Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of International Human Rights Organizations

    Professor Martha Davis, in cooperation with a pro bono team of lawyers at Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Equality Now, has filed an amicus brief on behalf of 10 international human rights organizations, including Equality Now and Human Rights Watch, in the pending US Supreme Court case, Lynch v. Morales-Santana. (more)

  • Mass. Treasurer Renews Push for Online Lottery Games, Apps

    “Anything that makes it easier for people to bet and lose their money is going to have a disproportionate, adverse effect on poorer people,” Professor Richard Daynard tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Introducing Sofia Lingos '09, President of the Alumni/ae Association’s Board of Directors

    The School of Law is pleased to welcome Sofia Lingos '09 to the top spot of our Alumni/ae Association as board president for 2016-17. (more)

  • A Short-Handed U.S. Supreme Court Considers Juror Prejudice

    "Like much of the country, I suspect the Supreme Court is watching the presidential election with intense interest, in part, because its future composition and course are at stake," writes Professor Daniel Medwed In his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • Governor Nominates Two Lawyers with Ties to Attleboro District Court to Serve as Judges

    Congratulations to Edward Sharkansky '94, who has been nominated to serve as a district court judge by Governor Charlie Baker! (more)

  • It's Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend!

    This year we celebrate the milestone reunions of 1950’s, ’71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '2001, '06 and '11. Remember, even if it's not your reunion year, you are welcome to attend! (more)

  • SJC Ruling Makes It Harder for Police to Seize Cellphones

    “I think the police will now be more deliberative in seeking cellphones [by] making sure they have enough evidence to obtain a warrant before they even seize,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Eastern Bank Names Kathleen C. Henry as General Counsel

    Congratulations to Kathy Henry '00, on her appointment as general counsel and secretary of Eastern Bank! Kathy serves on NUSL's Women in the Law advisory group. (more)

  • Recent Graduate Shines Investigative Light on 75-​​Year-​​Old Civil Rights Cold Case

    “It is quite clear that jour­nal­ists are essen­tial to uncov­ering facts that had grown cold and get­ting the word out to the Amer­ican public,” Professor Margaret Burnham tells news@Northeastern. “The Hall article puts all the mate­rial together for the first time and makes clear that the gov­ern­ment has not been fully trans­parent.” (more)

  • If the Evidence Is Unfit, You Must Acquit: Prosecutors Are Fighting to Keep Flawed Forensic Evidence in the Courtroom

    "Prosecutors should not be concerned principally with convictions; they should be concerned with justice,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells Salon. “Using dodgy science to obtain convictions does not advance justice.” (more)

  • How Big Pharma Pressures States to Pay for Pricey Pills

    “Gilead has priced this in a way to wring every penny out of the system that it can,” Professor Brook Baker tells BloombergMarkets. (more)

  • Here We Go Again? The Braintree Police Evidence Room Scandal

    "Dismissing all cases potentially affected by an evidence room or crime lab scandal is equitable and efficient," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. "It also signals to government leaders that they should keep their houses in order or face the consequences where it matters most: their cases." (more)

  • Free-Trade Deals Are Making It Much Harder to Fight AIDS

    "Under this global health-policy regime, the “middle-income countries” that may become less reliant on Global Fund and PEPFAR aid in the coming years may suffer the most," Professor Brook Baker tells The Nation. (more)

  • Ramirez Speaks at Criminal Justice Legal Issues Forum

    Professor Deborah Ramirez joined law enforcement and media experts for a panel discussion on “The Role of Data Collection in Law Enforcement Accountability and Community Trust” in Washington, DC, on September 16. The panel was hosted hosted by Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee and the Congressional Black Caucus Legal Issues Forum. (more)

  • preLaw Magazine Ranks Northeastern a “Top School” for Public Interest and Health Law

    In both public interest and health law, Northeastern University School of Law has been recognized with an “A” grade in the “back to school” issue of preLaw magazine. In addition to lauding Northeastern’s nationally recognized leadership in public interest law, the magazine noted that the new “Center for Health Policy and Law brings together faculty and students interested in a wide range of areas.” (more)

  • Your Health: Gun Violence, the First Amendment and Medical Advice

    Professor Wendy Parmet tells YOUR HEALTH radio that “Suicide is a major public health problem and it’s very related to gun ownership.” (more)

  • Human Rights Law at the US Supreme Court: Two New Resources

    In her latest blog, Professor Martha Davis highlights two new resources on the Supreme Court's approach to human rights and international law. (more)

  • NUSL Welcomes Its Fifth "Global" LLM Class

    Once again, Northeastern University School of Law welcomes an LLM class with students from every corner of the world. The 33 LLM students -- 15 women and 18 men -- come from 20 different countries, including seven new to the program this academic year. (more)

  • Dedication of Hugo Adam Bedau Death Penalty Collection

    On September 23, Northeastern University School of Law will celebrate the dedication and opening of the Hugo Adam Bedau Death Penalty Collection, which has been generously donated to the law library by Professor Bedau’s widow, Constance E. Putnam. (more)

  • Welcoming the Class of 2019

    This week, Northeastern University School of Law welcomed 204 diverse, accomplished students to its class of 2019. The class of 2019 maintains the school's median LSAT score of 161 and median undergraduate GPA of 3.55. (more)

  • 75 Years Later, Lynching of a Black Army Private at Fort Benning Remains Unsolved

    In an investigation for The Washington Post, Alexa Mills, a recent graduate of Northeastern's School of Journalism, highlights the work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) in uncovering details of the only known lynching on a US military base in American history. (more)

  • Florida Prosecutor Angela Corey Just Lost Her Re-Election Bid in a Blowout

    "The era of tough-on-crime rhetoric is coming to a close as voters realize that overzealous prosecutors have abused their power for too long," Professor Daniel Medwed tells Identities.Mic. (more)

  • 2016’s Best Places for Law School Graduates

    Commenting for GoodCall, Dean Jeremy Paul shares his top tips for recent grads looking to jump start their career. (more)

  • Women's Caucus Lines up Abigail Adams Honorees for Oct. Reception

    Congratulations to Senator Karen Spilka '80, who will be honored next month by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) in recognition of her commitment to progressive politics and women’s issues. (more)

  • CRRJ Provides First Full Account of Notorious 1947 Georgia Jailhouse Killing

    The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law has issued the first full account of the 1947 jailhouse killing of Henry Gilbert, an African American farmer in Harris County, Georgia. (more)

  • Would Olympian Ryan Lochte be in Trouble in Mass.?

    "Going forward, it may be interesting to keep in mind the ambiguities surrounding false reports of crimes in our own jurisdiction," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • DEA is Cracking Down on Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills

    “Sometimes the state doesn’t really follow what the federal level is doing, and sometimes the federal level doesn’t fully appreciate the nuance of the situation,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (more)

  • On the Safe Side: Can Supervised Injection Facilities Help Reduce US HIV Rates?

    "There’s often a gap between what should be happening legally and what’s actually happening,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells POZ Magazine. (more)

  • Autistic Activist Lydia X.Z. Brown Is Fighting 'Violence Affecting Disabled Folks'

    "I ended up in law school because I thought it would give me additional tools," Lydia Brown '18 tells NBC News. "I don't believe the law is going to save people or the law is somehow going to magically get rid of oppression but I do believe the law can be an effective tool in reducing or stopping some forms of violence." (more)

  • Memo To Marty Walsh: Why Prosecutors Love To Charge Defendants With Conspiracy

    "Conspiracy is a prized weapon in the charging arsenal of prosecutors," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article. "Like all potent weapons, however, it should be used sparingly and judiciously." (more)

  • Going it Alone: Puerto Rico's Olympic Moment

    "The humanitarian situation is looming, and even high profile sports victories claimed by an independent Puerto Rico team will do little to relieve the ongoing challenges facing its citizens" writes Professor Martha Davis in her latest blog for Human Rights at Home. (more)

  • 3Qs: Why Voting Rights Rulings Will Help the Democrats at the Polls

    Martha Davis tells news@Northeastern that recent court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine: Summer 2016 Issue

    "Thirsting for Justice" and many more stories! (more)

  • Professor Lucy Williams and Three Grads Honored as Top Women of Law

    Professor Lucy Williams, Kelly Bonnevie '92, Nancy Kelly '84 and Sarah McClean '78 will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at an event on October 27, 2016. (more)

  • Court Says Orange County DA’s Tactic To Disqualify Judge Who Exposed Misconduct Was ‘Abusive’

    Commenting for The Huffington Post, Professor Daniel Medwed describes Monday’s opinion as "a cry for the higher court to look anew at Solberg and for the legislature to revisit that section of the code.” (more)

  • Massachusetts Adopts New Bar Exam for Lawyers

    “The idea that bar exam results would be portable from one state to another has got to be a good thing,” Dean Jeremy Paul tells the Boston Business Journal. “It shouldn’t be easier for someone from France to practice law in Italy than someone from New York to practice law in New Jersey.” (more)

  • Exceptionalism and American Ideals: What We Could Lose

    "We face a grim and divisive few months as this election season gains momentum," writes Professor Martha Davis in her latest blog for Human Rights at Home. (more)

  • Looking for Truth in Film

    The Culpepper Star Exponent reports on Professor Jessica Silbey's recent talk on the use of film to communicate law, presented at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater. (more)

  • In Mass. Lottery, a Tie Counts as a Win

    “Reasonable consumers would not equate a tie with a win,” Mark Gottlieb, the executive director of NUSL’s Public Health Advocacy Institute tells The Boston Globe."In most games and sports there are three categories for play outcomes: wins, losses, or ties. When the payout is equal to the wager, that is a tie. Nobody has won.” (more)

  • Boston Bar Association 2016 Election Results For Officers and Members of the Council of the Boston Bar Association

    Congratulations to Raquel Webster '03, who has been elected to serve a three-year term as a BBA council member! (more)

  • Risky Medicine: Why FDI in India’s Generic Drugs Industry Could be a Bad Idea

    "Let’s keep “Made in India” medicines Indian," writes Professor Brook Baker in an article for The Wire. (more)

  • The Loophole in the Mass. Assault Weapons Ban

    In an opinion piece written for The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’98 outlines steps to crack down on the state’s assault weapons ban. (more)

  • 3Qs: What Can a Crime Drama Teach Us About Justice?

    In an interview with news@Northeastern, Professor Jessica Silbey explains how the depic­tion of law in film has changed over the past 125 years. (more)

  • Race in Boston, A Town Hall Meeting -- Meet the participants

    Rahsaan Hall '98, director of the racial justice program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, was among the participants in a town hall on race and policing in Boston on Thursday, July 14. (more)

  • Professor Ramirez Invited to House Judiciary Committee Working Group

    In light of recent episodes of police violence and the subsequent retaliation, Congressman John Conyers has invited Professor Ramirez to participate in a roundtable discussion on police strategies. (more)

  • After Dallas Shootings, Police Arrest People for Criticizing Cops on Facebook and Twitter

    "We might be seeing more arrests right now because the police will interpret that they have probable cause to make the arrest,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Intercept. “But that doesn’t mean in the end that this will result in convictions.” (more)

  • How Can You Help? Implore Your Local Police Department To Use Body Cameras

    In his latest Legal Ease article, Professor Daniel Medwed makes an appeal to Massachusetts residents: "Urge your local police department to require its officers to wear “body cameras” affixed to their lapels to record all interactions with civilians." (more)

  • The Most Important Moment For Civil Rights This Century Is Upon Us

    "We are on a fault-line. But with the right choices, we can recast a future that today must seem grim to the children of Alton Sterling and Diamond Reynolds," writes Professor Margaret Burnham in a piece written for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • Witness Videos and the Conversation About Race and Policing

    After a week of violent shootings, Professor Jessica Silbey weighs in on the increasing role of witness video and social media. (more)

  • What It Would Really Take to Stop the Killing

    ““Black lives matter” must be understood as a call for action, not as disrespect for all other lives," writes Professor Michael Meltsner. "So far, the Justices don’t seem to be listening." (more)

  • Boston Bar Association Appoints Brookline Resident New Lawyers Section Co-Chair

    Congratulations to Michael Birch '10, who has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section! (more)

  • What a Retrial for Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Means for His Case and Others

    "It is safe to say that the pub­licity sur­rounding “Serial” played a role in helping the defense fully develop its claims and (per­haps) encour­aging the courts to take a closer look," Professor Daniel Medwed tells news@Northeastern. (more)

  • Zika Could Hit People in Poverty Hardest

    USA Today reports on the work being done by Hannah Adams '15, an Equal Justice Works Fellow with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. (more)

  • How an NBA Star Tried to Slut-Shame His Rape Accuser into Revealing Her Identity

    "It’s already hard enough to come forward in these cases without the idea of then having your name in the public eye,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells Fusion media network. (more)

  • The Death Penalty Is Largely Driven by a Small Number of Overzealous Prosecutors

    "It’s mind-boggling," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Intercept. "As if all the cases of botched executions and innocence haven’t done enough to propel the abolition movement forward, this should do it — or I would hope this should do it.” (more)

  • An Overdue Thank You to Pat Summit

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey '98, who played women's college basketball at Harvard, pays tribute to Pat Summitt. (more)

  • New Report Finds Prosecutors Who Sought Death Penalty Most Frequently Had High Rates of Misconduct

    “When there are so few prosecutors still using the death penalty today and these prosecutors regularly engage in inappropriate behavior, it begs the question about whether the death penalty can be constitutional under these circumstances,” notes Professor Daniel Medwed in response to a new report published by the Fair Punishment Project. (more)

  • Dookhan: How To Repair Mass Injustice

    "The Dookhan defendants have suffered enough, whether guilty or innocent. We owe them justice on a global scale," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • With Mississippi Burning Case's End, Handling of Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases is Eyed

    "Congress never really adequately funded the Emmett Act," Professor Margaret Burnham tells the National Law Journal. "They launched it, and there was a wonderful photo op, and then not much happened after that. (more)

  • 3Qs: Supreme Court Strikes down Part of Texas Abortion Law

    On news@Northeastern, Professor Aziza Ahmed discusses the Supreme Court's landmark decision and the prece­dent it will set for future abor­tion laws. (more)

  • Abortion Isn't an Outlier Medical Procedure, It's a Constitutional Right

    In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Dorothy Samuels '75, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, reacts to Monday's Supreme Court ruling. (more)

  • Mary Bonauto Reflects on the Year Since Supreme Court's Gay-Marriage Ruling

    “It’s been the best of times and the worst of times," Mary Bonauto '87 tells The Boston Globe on the one-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. (more)

  • Hulk Hogan's Gawker Verdict as Much About Newsworthiness as Privacy, According to Experts

    “I think so much of what this case is about is about the film, not the facts," Professor Jessica Silbey tells the Florida Record. "It's the intrusion by the video camera and the images that I think people react very strongly to." (more)

  • Gendervague: At the Intersection of Autistic and Trans Experiences

    "Effective activism for trans rights, let alone trans liberation, requires not only a recognition of the parallels and connections in our issues and experiences, but active commitment to intersectionality with neurodiverse communities," writes Lydia X. Z. Brown '18 in a blog for the national LGBTQ task force. (more)

  • How to Find Bad Drivers on the Road near You

    Professor Andrea Matwyshyn weighs in on the new Nexar dashcam app for The Washington Post: “We’re losing some of the granularity between car and driver that we’ve had in other contexts.” (more)

  • Road Trip!

    In her latest blog, Professor Martha Davis recommends a summer road trip to Atlanta's Center for Civil and Human Rights. The center will mark its 2nd birthday on June 23rd with a hip-hop focused event called Get Centered. (more)

  • A Message from Dean Jeremy Paul Regarding the Orlando Shooting Tragedy

    Sunday's senseless killings in Orlando grieve us all. It is hard to imagine, let alone understand, such an act of violence and hatred. What we do know is that this horrific act is a blow to the values we hold dear – the rule of law, the rights of all people to live in peace, and the communal bonds that are the essence of a free and just society. (more)

  • Boston Lobbying Firm ML Strategies Promotes Cowan

    Congratulations to former Senator William "Mo" Cowan '94, who has been appointed president and CEO of ML Strategies. (more)

  • 3Qs: Why Court Ruling on Emission Reductions Is 'Important and Influential'

    Professor Lee Breckenridge explains the significance of the SJC's landmark decision on greenhouse gas emissions sources. (more)

  • Professor Parmet Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

    Congratulations to Professor Wendy Parmet, who was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference! (more)

  • Faculty, Staff Reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern Ties

    Professors Roger Abrams and Michael Meltsner reflect on the life and legacy of famed boxer and social activist Muhammad Ali. (more)

  • Cambridge Rindge And Latin Students Seek Answers In 1940 Louisiana Lynching

    In collaboration with NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project, eight Cambridge Rindge and Latin students recently traveled to Louisiana to investigate a 76 year old cold case. WBUR's Bruce Gellerman reports on their findings. (more)

  • Tuesdays with Liz - Lydia Brown

    Lydia X. Z. Brown '18, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, discusses a new anthology on autism and race. (more)

  • Calling Trump Out on Human Rights

    "At this point in the election season, with these outrageous positions voiced by the nominee of one of the major parties, silence is dangerously close to complicity," writes Professor Martha Davis in her latest faculty blog. (more)

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

    More than 200 graduates received their degrees during the School of Law's commencement ceremony in Matthews Arena on Friday, May 27, 2016. Tracey McCain, senior vice president and general counsel of Sanofi Genzyme, delivered the commencement address. View photos and watch the commencement video here. (more)

  • Five Things to Know about Andrew I. Glincher

    In The Boston Globe, Andrew Glincher '84, chief executive of Nixon Peabody, talks about his management philosophy, primary influences and the power of yoga. (more)

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

    Watch commencement now! (more)

  • The new politics of the "War on Drugs"

    "A closer understanding of drug misuse, its root causes, and evidence-based prevention and treatment tools can empower criminal justice professionals and institutions to achieve better results," Professor Leo Beletsky tells CBS News. (more)

  • Cheers & Jeers

    “Prosecutors have more power than anyone, in many respects, over the lives of the average person,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells the Cape Cod Times. “But there is almost no accountability, no transparency, and the public isn’t paying attention — that is a very, very combustible concoction.” (more)

  • Virginia State Bar Names Young Lawyer of the Year

    Congratulations to Giovanni Di Maggio '12, judicial law clerk at the US District Court for the District of Columbia, on being named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Virginia State Bar Lawyers Conference! (more)

  • Commencement 2016!

    Today is the Day! Tune in here at 1 p.m. to watch the keynote by Tracey McCain and our other speakers address the class of 2016! (more)

  • Meet the graduates: Colleen Shea

    Colleen Shea '16, a 2016 Skadden Fellow­, reflects on her three years at ‪NUSL‬ and looks ahead to her promising career in public interest law. (more)

  • A Desire to Give a Voice to the Voiceless

    Emmanuel Sam LLM '16 spent three months as a PHRGE fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden. In this video interview, he talks about his desire to give voice to the voiceless and why he chose to pursue his LLM at NUSL. (more)

  • Tony Gwynn’s Family Sues Tobacco Industry, Seeking Recourse Over Fatal Habit

    “Typically what tobacco companies do is blame the victim,” Professor Richard Daynard, president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, tells The New York Times. “This is someone of very strong character, beloved — only good things about him. They’re not going to be able to play that game.” (more)

  • We Are Punishing Women For Their Abortions

    "Donald Trump is escalating the war on women with his rhetoric. The reality, though, is the war is in full swing," write Professors Aziza Ahmed and Daniel Medwed in an op-ed for WGBH News. (more)

  • Professor Matwyshyn Receives Fulbright Cyber Security Award

    Congratulations to Professor Andrea Matwyshyn on being selected as one of the first recipients of the new Fulbright Cyber Security Award! (more)

  • Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida — The First Amendment, Physician Speech, and Firearm Safety

    In an article for The New England Journal of Medicine, Professor Wendy Parmet and her co-authors raise concerns about a Florida law that restricts physicians’ ability to communicate with patients about the risks of gun ownership. (more)

  • SJC Rules Mass. Failed to Issue Proper Regulations to Cut Emissions

    Congratulations to Jenny Rushlow '08, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, and Stephanie Parker '13, who wrote an amicus brief, for yesterday’s historic environmental decision by the SJC, which ruled that Massachusetts regulators must set specific limits on various sources of greenhouse gases to comply with the legal obligation to reduce emissions linked to climate change. (more)

  • Hassan '85 Confirms Greenhalgh '90 and Messer '91 as Judges

    Congratulations to Charles Greenhalgh '90 and Amy Messer '91 on the confirmation of their judicial appointments by Governor Maggie Hassan '85. (more)

  • California Mulls Cigarette Tax Increase. Do Hikes Actually Reduce Smoking?

    “I think when state policymakers see that another state has implemented a progressive public health measure ... they are more likely to positively consider adopting it themselves,” Kerry Malloy Snyder, assistant director of NUSL's Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center, tells The Christian Science Monitor. (more)

  • These Are Not Your Ordinary Criminal Lawyers

    “When you’re on trial, it’s all about listening to the witness, cross examining him in the moment and responding to how he’s responding to you,” Antonia Messina '88, lawyer and Flamenco aficionado, tells the New York Post. ”It’s like a dance in its way.” (more)

  • Millionaires' Tax Debate Focuses on Where Revenue Would Go

    “Legislatures don’t have the power to amend, repeal or ignore constitutional provisions,” Professor Peter Enrich tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • LISTEN: Harvard Creates Sanctions For "Final Clubs" And Students Push Back

    On WGBH's All Things Considered, Professor Daniel Medwed discusses Harvard University's new sanctions against single-gender social groups. (more)

  • Attorney Describes Malcolm Bryant's Reaction to Exoneration

    "The result of this case is extremely gratifying," says Michelle Nethercott '84, director of the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic, as her client is exonerated after 18 years. (more)

  • The Constitutional Fight Over Delay

    "After decades of delay, even a victim’s family members are hardly likely to feel great satisfaction that justice has been done," writes Professor Michael Meltsner in his latest article for The Huffington Post. (more)

  • New Assistant Town Manager No Stranger to North Shore

    Congratulations to Robin Stein '02, who has been appointed the assistant town manager of Danvers, Mass. (more)

  • Here Are the Boston Law Schools Graduating the Most Attorneys

    "Law firms are beginning to better appreciate the practical experience that Northeastern’s co-operative program gives students," Lisa Warren '94, managing partner at Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, tells the Boston Business Journal. "Under the co-op program, students work in an internship-like setting with firms, nonprofits and other entities for months at a time." (more)

  • BBA Welcomes PILP Class of 2016-2017

    Henry Tran '15, a litigation associate at Prince Lobel Tye, has been selected as a member of the 2016-2017 Public Interest Leadership Program class by the Boston Bar Association! (more)

  • Weymouth Man Outraged by Insanity Defense in Sister's Death

    Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Patriot Ledger: "The insanity defense is often misunderstood as a “way out” for defendants." (more)

  • Ex-Pro Athlete Joins Misguided Sex Worker “Rescue” Effort

    Professor Aziza Ahmed weighs in on the Adam LaRoche situation. (more)

  • Another Secret Cache Of Notes On Jail Informants Surface In Orange County Snitch Scandal

    “I’m running out of adjectives to describe my reaction to this scandal: abhorrent, appalling, abysmal,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Huffington Post. “And that’s just the A’s.” (more)

  • One of Our Incoming Students Is a Finalist to Win a $10K Scholarship and Needs Your Vote!

    Hajjah Kamara, one of our incoming students, is among a handful of finalists in the running for a $10,000 scholarship towards their first-year law school tuition through BARBRI Law Preview's “One Lawyer Can Change the World” scholarship opportunity. Vote now! (more)

  • Human Rights at Sea

    In her latest blog for Human Rights at Home, Professor Martha Davis reports on the Migration by Sea symposium, which was hosted by the UN's World Maritime University (WMU) at its headquarters in the Swedish city of Malmö last week. (more)

  • Beyond Annie Dookhan and Sean Ellis: Corruption and Criminal Justice

    "The Ruffin and Ellis cases do not just disclose the frailties of humans; they show the collateral damage wrought by intentional misconduct in our criminal justice system," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • "Brainy Award" Winners Examine US Human Rights Issues

    Professor Martha Davis blogs about this year's 33 Carnegie Fellows, including our own Margaret Burnham: "All in all, a brainy bunch, whose work makes clear that implementing human rights in the US remains a vital cause." (more)

  • Murder, She Texted? Michelle Carter, Manslaughter And Assisted Suicide

    "Cases like Michelle Carter’s will surface again, especially as the phenomenon of cyber-bullying intensifies," cautions Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • Intermittent Voicemail Service Issues

    Since Monday, April 25, 2016, the Northeastern campus has been experiencing intermittent voicemail service issues. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time. Updates will continue to be posted on the ITS System Status website and on Twitter. Admissions-related queries should be directed to in the meantime. (more)

  • Two Dumb Judges Sack Tom Brady—and Give Roger Goodell Godlike Powers

    “They screwed up,” Professor Roger Abrams tells The Daily Beast. “The whole decision is based on one fundamental error: The commissioner was not acting as an arbitrator. This is not arbitration. It’s a managerial decision.” (more)

  • Meet the People Being Left out of Mainstream Conversations About Autism

    Lydia Brown '18, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council tells NTRSCTN that people of color are underrepresented in autism-centered organizations: "I'm exposed to an autistic activism/advocacy movement where almost all the leaders are white." (more)

  • The Incubator Alternative: New Post-Grad Options in the Legal Field

    In an article written for the American Bar Association, Sofia Lingos '09 highlights Lawyers for Affordable Justice (LAJ), the new access-to-justice legal incubator initiative founded by Northeastern University School of Law, Boston College School of Law and Boston University School of Law. Sofia serves as LAJ's Business Law Advisor. (more)

  • Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey ’98 on Crim Reform and Other Hot Topics

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey '98 talks to the Harvard Political Review about criminal justice reform and LGBT rights. (more)

  • New Mass. Map Highlights the Toll of Worker Deaths

    Thanks to a collaboration with the School of Law's Nulawlab, the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) has released two interactive maps that capture the devastating toll of unsafe jobs in the commonwealth. (more)

  • Could 'Actual Innocence' Save the Broken US Justice System?

    "I think because of some of the professional incentives to get convictions and maintain convictions, and political incentives to be tough on crime, the justice role takes a back seat to the advocacy role," Professor Daniel Medwed tells BBC News Magazine. (more)

  • Foundation Names 33 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Winners

    Professor Margaret Burnham receives a special mention in The New York Times amongst the 2016 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows! (more)

  • Ask What the Bar Can Do For Law Schools

    In an article written for the New York Law Journal, Dean Jeremy Paul discusses what a collaboration between the bar and law schools might produce. (more)

  • Burnham Selected for Prestigious Carnegie Fellows Program

    Professor Margaret Burnham, founder of the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) has been selected as one of 33 nationwide winners of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. (more)

  • Historic Tobacco Case Revisited: Biggest Litigation Win Ever or a Complete Scam?

    Professor Richard Daynard, president of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute, is quoted in The Dallas Morning News: “The Texas case had the potential to bring the tobacco companies to their knees." (more)

  • Leo Beletsky on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

    Professor Leo Beletsky discusses the opioid crisis and health determinants on The Week in Health Law. (more)

  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

    "Cohen’s book has its flaws, but it is certainly a timely reminder that within the heart of America lies the same DNA that has turned other great nations evil and could threaten us even now," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his latest review for the New York Journal of Books. (more)

  • Nevada Law Journal Dedicates Full Issue to Subrin

    The Nevada Law Journal recently released its summer 2015 issue — devoted to celebrating the scholarship of civil procedure legend Professor Steve Subrin, a member of the Northeastern University School of Law who retires this spring. (more)

  • 76-Year-Old Man Freed in 1957 Killing as Exonerations Rise

    "Most prosecutors want to do the right thing… It's not in the interest of prosecutors and society to have an innocent person in prison, because it also means a guilty person is free," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Christian Science Monitor. (more)

  • Coloring Book Draws on Diversity to Empower Young Girls

    Stephanie Tabash­neck '18 recently published Dream Big, More Than a Princess, a multicultural coloring book that encourages girls to "reach for the stars in science, technology, medicine and leadership." (more)

  • McCain to Deliver 2016 Commencement Address

    Tracey L. McCain, senior vice president and head of legal for Sanofi Genzyme, will deliver the School of Law’s commencement address on May 27, 2016. (more)

  • Law Professor Shalanda Baker to Study Energy Reform in Mexico Thanks to Fulbright Award

    Congratulations to Shalanda Baker '05, who has been selected for a Fulbright award to research the intersections of energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights issues in Mexico. (more)

  • Not So Fast on MARATHON MONDAY: Trademark Board Rejects Boston Athletic Association’s Bid to Prevent Clothier from Registering the Term

    John Carl (JC) Zwisler '18 and renowned trademark law expert John Welch have co-authored a timely article for the Boston Bar Journal. (more)

  • Human-Centered Legal Technology: NuLawLab Publishes on Integrating Design in Legal Education

    Executive Director Dan Jackson's new article in The Law Teacher argues that coupling law school technology instruction with training in human-centered design approaches offers educators a means of preparing lawyers not only able to generate novel technology solutions, but able to fundamentally improve legal institutions and programs through those results. (more)

  • NYPD Kicks Wrong Family Out of Their Home in Nuisance Case

    “People are being evicted and their life is being destroyed based on mere allegations that are hardly ever verified. It just flies in the face of the Constitution,” Robert Sanderman '14, an attorney with Queens Legal Services, tells the New York Daily News. (more)

  • Northeastern Researchers Examine the Zika Pandemic | news@Northeastern

    "At present our IP system incen­tivizes bio­med­ical research enti­ties and com­pa­nies to mainly focus research on med­ical con­di­tions for which there’s a high rate of market return," says Professor Brook Baker. (more)

  • Lifting Charter Cap Would Send District Schools Spiraling

    "If the cap on charters is lifted, this downward spiral could irreversibly damage the oldest and most successful public education system in the country," writes Professor Peter Enrich in a letter to The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Vote for NuLawLab!

    NUSL's NuLawLab has been nominated for a People's Voice Webby Award. Please show your support by crowd-voting for their human rights mapping platform today! (more)

  • ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

    On The Week in Health Law, Professor Wendy Parmet discusses some of the cutting edge issues in public health, including the Flint water crisis and the Docs v. Glocks saga. (more)

  • New Report: Over 80 Initiated Evictions since 2013 of Informal Roma Settlements in Sweden

    Professor Martha Davis, Fulbright-Lund University Chair in Public International Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, has co-authored a new report into Sweden's informal Roma settlements. (more)

  • Prosecutorial Misconduct - When Prosecutors Break the Rules

    Watch video: "If prosecutors aren't playing fairly, they can take advantage of the public's faith in them and pervert the whole idea of the presumption of innocence," Professor Daniel Medwed tells NECN Investigates. (more)

  • Michelle Carter Case: Manslaughter Charge Could Prove Tricky for Prosecutors, Legal Experts Say

    "This manslaughter charge is a little bit of a square peg in a round hole," Professor Daniel Medwed tells MassLive News. (more)

  • Parental Rights Case Before SJC Highlights Modern Family Life

    “The two children in this case, like all children, deserve equal consideration under the law, whatever the circumstances of their birth,” says Mary Bonauto '87, who is arguing a parental rights case in the Massachusetts high court. (more)

  • Above the Law

    "If a judge has found reason for concern about an individual prosecutor's behavior, the public should know about that," Professor Daniel Medwed tells Salt Lake City Weekly. "It should be transparent, not hidden behind the scenes." (more)

  • Brookline Article Aims to Create a 'Tobacco Free Generation'

    "This proposal is a very elegant way of achieving a very important health goal. If Brookline adopts this and becomes the first in the nation it will open a lot of eyes across Massachusetts,” says Mark Gottlieb, executive director of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute. (more)

  • LISTEN: SJC Hears Arguments On Taxation Of Catholic Shrine

    Professor Daniel Medwed discusses the La Salette Shrine tax case on WGBH's All Things Considered. (more)

  • What New GSK Patent Policy Means for the Developing World

    “(GlaxoSmithKline) are getting a lot of good publicity for what may be a fairly illusory benefit,” cautions Professor Brook Baker. (more)

  • Should All Parts Of A Religious Institution Be Tax Exempt?

    Watch video: Professor Daniel Medwed appears on WGBH's Greater Boston to discuss an SJC case involving taxes and exemptions for religious institutions. (more)

  • Prosecutors, Politics, And Reform

    "Will the public take a closer look at prosecutorial decision-making that is unrelated to police shootings, and hold prosecutors more accountable to the people?," asks Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest article for WGBH News. (more)

  • James '98 and Maloney '16 to Be Honored by the National Lawyers Guild

    Congratulations to Andrea James '98 and Trevor Maloney '16, who are to be honored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in May! (more)

  • Hassan '85 Nominates Greenhalgh '90 and Messer '91 as Superior Court Judges

    Governor Maggie Hassan '85 has announced her intention to nominate fellow NUSL grads, Charles Greenhalgh '90 and Amy Messer '91, as superior court judges. (more)

  • Wayward Prosecutors Go Unpunished as Prison Time for Victims Piles Up

    Professor Daniel Medwed is quoted by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting: “Prosecutors have more power than anyone, in many respects, over the lives of the average person." (more)

  • MBA Teams With Innovative Legal Incubator on Workshop

    This month's issue of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal includes a report on Lawyers for Affordable Justice (LAJ), a new legal incubator project operated jointly by NUSL, BC Law School and BU School of Law. (more)

  • Gittens is One of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color

    Congratulations to Bob Gittens '78, who has been named to The Boston Globe's 100 Most Influential People of Color list! (more)

  • Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits

    Kudos to Kate Richardson '12, legal director of Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit that provides legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. A report into "bad paper" discharges recently published by the organization is cited by The New York Times. (more)

  • Discrimination Law Puts NC in Legal Hot Seat

    Chase Strangio '10, ACLU staff attorney, talks with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about the lawsuit over North Carolina's new "religious freedom" law that allows discrimination against LGBT people. (more)

  • Orange County Cases That Used Jailhouse Snitch Evidence Must Be Re-Examined, Experts Say

    “The legitimacy of the criminal justice system in Orange County is on the line here,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Huffington Post. (more)

  • Cathcart '82 Honored by LGBT Bar Association Foundation of New York

    Kevin Cathcart '82 has been honored with a Community Vision award by the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of New York. Kevin was presented with his award by Urvashi Vaid '83 at the association's annual dinner. (more)

  • NuLawLab Seminar Named a Top Summer Class

    The law school’s NuLawLab Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment has been named one of the top “10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Classes” by The National Jurist. (more)

  • Calling the Cops After Your Friend Overdoses Can Still Get You Arrested

    On, Professor Leo Beletsky comments on national trends in the use of "Good Samaritan" legislation. (more)

  • NUSL Ranked #1 for Practical Training by The National Jurist!

    For the second year in a row, the National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked Northeastern University School of Law the #1 law school in the nation for practical training. (more)

  • 2016’s Fattest Cities in America

    "We need to understand that the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in the last few decades is not the result of individuals' lack of will, but of a changing food and physical activity environment," Professor Wendy Parmet tells WalletHub. (more)

  • 5 Things You Should Know About James Morton

    James Morton '81, chief executive of the YMCA of Greater Boston, is profiled in The Boston Globe. (more)

  • What Are SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland's Chances Of Being Confirmed?

    On WGBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed weighs up Judge Merrick Garland's chances of becoming the the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice. (more)

  • Buchanan and Swanson to Compete in National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

    Northeastern University School of Law has been selected to participate in the 40th Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. Bridgette Buchanan '16 and Pamela Swanson '16 will compete on behalf of the School of Law, coached by Professor Johanna Dennis. (more)

  • SCOTUS Nomination: The Legal and Political Landscape Ahead

    "We’re seeing the withering, the fraying of the underlying norms of constitutionalism to allow the Constitution to work,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells news@Northeastern. (more)

  • The Failed Branch: Congress and the Hope for Reform

    Join us for an afternoon with Professor Lawrence Lessig on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Lesisg will speak on "The Failed Branch: Congress and the Hope for Reform." Co-sponsored by Northeastern University School of Law and Reforming Institutional and Systemic Corruption (RISC) (more)

  • Professors Ahmed and Danielsen to Serve as IGLP Faculty Members in Madrid

    This summer, Professors Aziza Ahmed and Dan Danielsen will serve as faculty members at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP)’s next intensive global Workshop for young scholars and university faculty in Madrid, organized in collaboration with Complutense University of Madrid. (more)

  • Individual Choice V Collective Destiny: The Future of Public Health

    Join us on Friday, April 15, for the law school's annual Health Law Conference. This year's keynote speakers are Jon Hanson, Harvard Law School and Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health. (more)

  • Four Grads to Be Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

    Congratulations to Laurie Bishop '08, Suzanne Elovecky '07, Katherine McCarthy '13 and Katherine Schulte '09, who are to be honored as Up & Coming Lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at its 2016 Excellence in the Law event in May! (more)

  • The Internet, Newsworthiness and Invasion of Privacy

    On news@Northeastern, Professor Jessica Silbey comments on the ongoing Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial and its potential impact on future litigation and the freedom of the press. (more)

  • #57 Milk Wanted

    Podcast: On Gimlet Media's Reply All, Professor Kara Swanson discusses the surprising history of breast milk in the United States. (more)

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere

    In an article written for PLOS Medicine, Professor Brook Baker describes the potential harms to global health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (more)

  • Sacramento-Area Investigators Want IPhones Unlocked

    In an article written by Hudson Sangree '00 for The Sacramento Bee, Professor Andrea Matwyshyn comments on the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. (more)

  • Are Safe Injection Facilities for Heroin Users a Step in the Right Direction?

    “We need inno­v­a­tive inter­ven­tions because what we are doing is not working,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells news@Northeastern. (more)

  • Margaret Burnham Restores Justice in Violent Cold Cases: Rich Archbold

    Professor Margaret Burnham received a lengthy standing ovation as the guest speaker at the California Conference for Equality & Justice’s 25th Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast. (more)

  • Experts Get Voice In Lilly's $370M Canadian Patent Fight

    Professor Brook Baker tells Law360 that the Eli Lilly suit against Canada risks creating a very negative precedent globally. (more)

  • 2016 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Connie J. Vetter

    Congratulations to Connie Vetter '93, who was presented with the Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award at the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation's Honorable James B. McMillan Fellowship Dinner on Thursday, February 25. (more)

  • Fifty Billion Connected Devices Bring Tort, Software Law Clash

    "The stakes are high in the resolution of legal issues governing connected consumer devices," Professor Andrea Matwyshyn tells Bloomberg BNA. (more)

  • Bloomberg Law: Apple Uses First Amendment in FBI Fight

    Professor Andrea Matwyshyn shares her thoughts on Apple's (expected) 1st Amendment compelled speech and 5th Amendment trade secret takings arguments. (more)

  • The Deplorable State Of Solitary Confinement In Massachusetts

    In an op-ed co-authored for WGBH News, Professor Daniel Medwed sheds light on the practice of disciplinary segregation sentences in Massachusetts. (more)

  • The Implications of Apple's Fight With the FBI

    Professor Andrea Matwyshyn examines how the FBI case against Apple might play out as well as its potential impact on future federal investigations, the average iPhone user’s privacy and the global market. (more)

  • Making Justice in Shelby County

    "Making a Murderer has outraged people across the country, but what those of us who study wrongful convictions know is that the problems plaguing the Avery case are not extraordinary, but shockingly common," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in the Memphis Flyer. (more)

  • 3Qs: Justice Scalia's Legacy, and What His Death Means for Politics and the Law

    Justice Antonin Scalia’s death is “a great blow to Republicans who have lost an icon” and “a gift to Hillary Clinton, who can now make electability even more of a central issue,” Professor Michael Meltsner tells news@Northeastern. (more)

  • Local Legal Expert Talks SCOTUS after Scalia

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH Morning Edition host Bob Seay to discuss Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy. (more)

  • Leadership Award: Elizabeth Zitrin '79

    Congratulations to Elizabeth Zitrin '79, who is to be recognized as a 2016 Justice for All Honoree by the Northern California Innocence Project. As president of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, Elizabeth is a global leader on issues of criminal justice reform and the death penalty. (more)

  • Assessing Antonin Scalia's Legacy

    In his latest op-ed for WGBH News, Professor Daniel Medwed reflects upon Justice Scalia's complicated record in the realm of criminal law. (more)

  • Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders

    In his latest review for the New York Journal of Books, Professor Roger Abrams praises Brady Carlson's new book on the deaths and afterlives of our nation's leaders as a “delightful excursion into Americana.” (more)

  • Law on the Margins: a Profile of Social Justice Lawyer Chaumtoli Huq

    “Law on the margins is so joyful. You are connecting with people!” says Chaumtoli Huq '97, founder & editor-in-chief of Law@theMargins, an innovative social media platform for organizers, academics and lawyers. (more)

  • Expanding Coercive Treatment Is The Wrong Solution For The Opioid Crisis

    "Policymakers face understandable pressure in addressing a surging crisis of opioid abuse. Expanding the scope of involuntary treatment and reducing judicial oversight, however, is an ill-considered response to this public health crisis," argue Professors Leo Beletsky and Wendy Parmet in an article co-authored for Health Affairs. (more)

  • Northeastern Recognized for Its Innovative Commitment to Social Change

    As part of a campus-wide team, the law school’s NuLawLab has secured the coveted Changemaker Campus designation by Ashoka U, the world’s largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education. (more)

  • In-House Counsel Profile: Northeastern University's Ralph Martin

    The National Law Journal profiles Ralph Martin '78, senior vice president and general counsel for Northeastern University. (more)

  • If the US Had a National Human Rights Institution . . .

    "If the US did have an NHRI, it could fill an important gap in monitoring, sharing information, and supporting local implementation of the human right to water and sanitation," writes Professor Martha Davis in her latest Human Rights at Home blog. (more)

  • Abrams Authors New Book on Labor Arbitration

    Professor Roger Abrams’ latest book has arrived! The Labor Arbitration Workshop: An Experiential Approach (Carolina Academic Press) uses unique experiential materials through which students explore the important role of alternative dispute resolution in the workplace. (more)

  • Student Pushes Bill on Autism Training

    The Milford Daily News reports on the important advocacy work Lydia Brown '18 has undertaken over the last seven years. As chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, Brown is urging the Legislature to pass bills on police and criminal justice training for working with people who have autism. (more)

  • Weather Update | Classes, administrative offices open on Tuesday

    The School of Law will be open and fully operational on Tuesday, February 9. All classes will resume as normal and administrative offices will reopen. (more)

  • Five Things You Should Know About LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt

    The Boston Globe profiles LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt '95, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Municipal Securities and Public Pensions Unit. (more)

  • Judge Grants Extradition of Salvadoran Colonel Accused in Jesuit Massacre

    Congratulations to Carolyn Patty Blum '76, senior legal advisor at the Center for Justice and Accountability, which is celebrating a decision ordering the extradition to Spain of Inocente Orlando Montano, El Salvador’s former vice minister of public security, to stand trial for his role in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America in El Salvador. (more)

  • Resources on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the US Context

    In her latest Human Rights at Home blog, Professor Martha Davis provides some useful resources to support classroom discussions of the water issues in Flint. (more)

  • Will the Flint Water Crisis Light a Fire?

    "The right to water and sanitation is not just an issue for developing countries, but must be taken seriously in the US as well," writes Professor Martha Davis in her Human Rights at Home blog. (more)

  • One on One: Karen E. Ludington, President, Chief Executive Officer, Children's Friend Inc., Worcester

    Karen Ludington '79 is profiled by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. (more)

  • Judge Orders Release of Documents from Tsarnaev Trial

    “There is something terrific about transparency in the process,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Daily Free Press. (more)

  • Executive LLM Program Welcomes its First Class!

    In May, the law school's new “hybrid” Executive LLM Program welcomes its first class. Designed for working professionals, the Executive LLM combines two quarters on campus with a flexible schedule of online study. (more)

  • The Boston Doctor Who Studied Autism Before Autism

    “[It's] fantastic to learn more about a marginalized community’s history in part by looking to see evidence of our existence in the past," Lydia Brown '18, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Learning from the Torture Memos

    In her latest blog, Professor Martha Davis reflects on the legal ethics lecture she delivered at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights in Oslo earlier this week. (more)

  • NUSL's LSSC Program Invites Grads to Serve as Oral Argument Judges

    The Legal Skills in a Social Context (LSSC) program is seeking local area alumni/ae who are willing to serve as 1L oral argument judges between Thursday, April 14 and Sunday, April 17. If you are interested, please contact John Cappiello (TA) at or Professor Johanna Dennis at (more)

  • PHAI Urges HUD to Expand Proposed Smoke-free Public Housing Rule to All HUD-Funded Housing

    NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute has submitted comments to a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) to make its public housing smoke-free. (more)

  • NUSL is now on Instagram!

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  • Whole Woman's Health v. Cole: The Face of "Human Dignity"

    "By coming forward, these 113 women may have given women's human dignity a face that the Court will finally recognize," writes Professor Martha Davis in her Human Rights at Home blog. (more)

  • Incivility, Taunting and Hubris in Sports

    "Sports has become a proxy for life's deficiencies," writes Professor Roger Abrams in his latest Huffington Post blog. (more)

  • The State of the Human Rights Union

    Professor Martha Davis and Margaret Drew '80 review President Obama's final State of the Union Address through a human rights lens. (more)

  • Step 1: Police Body Cameras; Step 2: Adopt State-Wide Guidelines

    "We need comprehensive statewide procedures in place to serve the admirable purposes that underlie the practice of recording police-civilian encounters," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in his latest Legal Ease article for WGBH News. (more)

  • Rice '84 Sworn In As US Attorney

    Congratulations to Emily Gray Rice ’84, sworn in as the 56th United States Attorney for New Hampshire! (more)

  • Paris at War: 1939–1944

    Professor Roger Abrams reviews "Paris at War" for the New York Journal of Books. (more)

  • Women in the Law Conference

    Join us on May 20 for the law school's eighth annual Women in the Law Conference. This year's keynote speaker is the Honorable Dana Fabe '76. (more)

  • NuLawLab Nominated for ABA Brown Award

    NuLawLab has been nominated for the American Bar Association's 2016 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access. Show your support by crowd voting here! (more)

  • High-Level UN Initiative On Global Public Health Gap Holds Landmark Hearing

    "There is a need for a system supporting countries to amend their laws in order to be able to issue compulsory licenses," Professor Brook Baker tells IP-Watch. (more)