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  • How Kim Kardashian, the Koch Brothers, and Jared Kushner Moved the Needle on Criminal Justice Reform

    The First Step Act is on its way to President Trump's desk. Criminal law expert Professor Daniel Medwed explains the legislation's potential impact. (more)

  • It’s Time to Try Something Different on Internet Privacy

    In an essay co-authored for The Washington Post, Professor Woodrow Hartzog argues for a new trust-based American identity for privacy. (more)

  • Harvard Medical School's ROS Podcast Features Vuolo ’14 as Guest Speaker

    Lindsey Vuolo ’14, associate director of health Law and policy at the Center on Addiction, joined Harvard Medical School's Review of Systems (ROS) Podcast to discuss policies affecting the care of pregnant women with substance use disorders. (more)

  • In China, Klare and Williams Exchange Ideas and Lessons

    In November, professors Karl Klare and Lucy Williams taught a three-week mini-course on labor rights and social welfare law to graduate law students at Wuhan University School of Law in China’s Hubei Province. Northeastern has a long-standing memorandum of understanding with the Chinese law school that provides a framework for student and faculty exchanges in both directions. Most recently, several Wuhan students have pursued LLMs at Northeastern. (more)

  • Mass. Police Can Be Secretly Recorded While On Duty In Public, Judge Rules

    "Massachusetts is one of 11 states that have so-called two way consent recording laws," Professor Daniel Medwed tells WGBH News. "And this decision if it withstands scrutiny on appeal could provide precedent in other jurisdictions to allow greater secret recording of government officials including the police.” (more)

  • Rollins ’97 Names Bodrick II, ’20 and Hedges ’99 to Transition Team

    Suffolk DA-elect Rachael Rollins ’97 has named Willie Bodrick II, ’20 and Jessica Hedges '99 as members of her transition steering committee. Bodrick is an ordained Baptist minister serving as the associate pastor of the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury. Hedges is a founding partner of the firm Hedges & Tumposky, a Boston firm focusing on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. (more)

  • Facebook Emails Reveal Debates Over Selling Data Access

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog is quoted in The Information about Facebook’s latest privacy issues: 'I think this may end up only confrming lots of people’s suspicions about Facebook’s incentive to build its platform in a way that favors itself over users." (more)

  • US Attorney Issues Warning to Physicians Over Opioid Prescriptio

    US Attorney Andrew Lelling's warning to doctors in Massachusetts is “a blunt tool that sends waves of terror through the prescriber community,” Professor @LeoBeletsky tells The Boston Globe. “The crisis no longer even involves prescription drugs primarily. It’s driven by fentanyl.” (more)

  • Professor Lindauer Urges Greater Transparency in Clerk’s Hearing

    “The focus needs to be on increasing transparency. I think clerk’s hearings should be public or recorded and accessible,” Professor Margo Lindauer '07, Director of the School of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic, tells The Boston Globe. “And clerks should explain their decisions in writing, especially when they find probable cause but don’t issue a complaint.” (more)

  • ‘Serial' Case, Which Gained Global Attention, Back in Court

    Will Adnan Syed's murder conviction be reinstated? In an interview with Northeastern News, wrongful convictions expert Professor Daniel Medwed talks about media attention and its impact on this post-conviction motion. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Grads Victorious in Midterms

    Tuesday was a big day for the nation and it was a big day for an impressive group of Northeastern law graduates who were elected to public office. (more)

  • Immigrant Justice Clinic Wins First Asylum Case

    The law school’s new Immigrant Justice Clinic has won its first asylum case. The grant of asylum for a woman and her son from Mexico was the culmination of almost a year of clinic work among six different students and the two faculty directors, Rachel Rosenbloom and Hemanth Gundavaram. (more)

  • Beletsky Named to Harm Reduction Commission

    Professor Leo Beletsky has been named to the Massachusetts Harm Reduction Commission by Governor Charlie Baker. The commission is charged with reviewing and making recommendations regarding harm reduction opportunities to address substance use disorder. It is comprised of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and a diverse panel of policymakers, public health professionals, legal scholars, clinicians and local residents. (more)

  • Federal Opioid Funds Target Those Recovering From Addiction

    Professor Leo Beletsky comments on the recovery industry for U.S. News: "It's sort of the wild west. There's a danger of doing more harm than good if it's done in a way that's not grounded in science." (more)

  • Northeastern Law: Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future

    If you missed our 50th anniversary bash, there’s still time to grab some popcorn and soda and watch the best “movie” of the year! (more)

  • Healey '98 Named by Time as One of the Most Influential People In Healthcare

    Thank you to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’98 for keynoting NUSL's reunion gala this weekend and congratulations on being named to Time’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care of 2018! (more)

  • Toni Morgan Shares Advice For Closing The Corporate Opportunity Gap For Women

    In an interview with Forbes, Toni Morgan, managing director of NUSL's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), shares her career advice for women: “Don’t be afraid to assert your style of leadership.” (more)

  • Stop Saying Privacy Is Dead

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog weighs in on the privacy debate in a co-authored article for Medium: "Privacy’s pallbearers have reasons for being so grim, but they’re burdened by the weight of an empty coffin. Privacy may be ailing, but it’s not dead yet." (more)

  • Professor Stephanie Hartung Responds to Boston Globe Column on Kavanaugh Fallout

    "Wrongful-conviction narrative is out of place here," writes Professor Stephanie Hartung in a letter to The Boston Globe. (more)

  • International Human Rights Advocate Alfred Brownell Awarded IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair

    The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) has selected Alfred Brownell, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), to receive its inaugural Beau Biden Chair. Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States, 2009–2017, presented the award to Alfred at the IIE's annual in gala in New York City on October 15, 2018. (more)

  • Meet the Country’s First Openly Gay Attorney General

    Take a look at this inspiring video featuring Mass. AG. Maura Healey ’98 that InStyle just released as part of its Badass Women series! (more)

  • What The FBI Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh Could Look Like

    Listen: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH News to discuss the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh and its possible implications... (more)

  • From Courtroom to Concert Stage, This Criminal Defense Lawyer Uses Her Voice to Push for Reform

    Danielle Ponder ’11, a criminal defense attorney and an internationally recognized singer-songwriter, is featured in this month’s ABA Journal: "For me, writing opening and closing statements is like writing a song. There's a chorus in there that the jury is going to be repeating, and you need to have a good hook." (more)

  • California Judge Rejects Supervised Drug Injection Plan

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Washington Post a federal judge may find in favor of San Francisco’s plans to become the first city in the nation to open safe injection sites: “If you got it before a judge, it’s anyone’s guess. You can make a very reasonable argument that a health care facility of this sort is not something that was ever intended to be covered under the crack house statute.” (more)

  • Inside Our Secret Courts

    The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team interviews Professor Margo Lindauer, Director of NUSL’s Domestic Violence Clinic, about her experience representing victims in show cause hearings. “The clerks’ hearings are like the wild, wild West,” she says. “There are no rules of evidence. It’s not recorded. The clerks don’t have to be lawyers. And they all manage the proceedings really differently.” (more)

  • The Always-On Police Camera

    “Facial recognition is probably the most menacing, dangerous surveillance technology ever invented,” says Woodrow Hartzog. “We should all be extremely skeptical of having it deployed in any wearable technology, particularly in contexts were the surveilled are so vulnerable, such as in many contexts involving law enforcement.” (more)

  • What Will Ford's Testimony Mean For Kavanaugh?

    Listen: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH’s Morning Edition, to discuss the potential implications of Christine Blasely Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday (more)

  • Why Do Supreme Court Justices Have Lifetime Appointments?

    Professor Michael Meltsner thinks it might be time to re-examine the Constitution on this one... (more)

  • Congress’ Woman Problem

    “What we really need are more women in Congress, and more men in Congress to care about women even when it is not politically opportunistic,” writes Professor Martha Davis in a blog for the American Constitution Society. (more)

  • ACLU Challenges Jail’s Policy of Denying Methadone to Inmates

    Professor Leo Beletsky is quoted in The Boston Globe: “Why create a pilot program when we need to be rolling this out? It’s extremely frustrating to see people die unnecessarily when we know we could be helping them.” (more)

  • Professor Leo Beletsky calls for an overhaul of the DEA in a co-authored op-ed for The New York Times

    "The Drug Enforcement Administration has had over 40 years to win the war on drugs. Instead its tactics have fueled the opioid crisis. To finally make a dent in this national emergency, we need to rethink the agency from the bottom up,” write Professor Leo Beletsky and Senior Fellow Jeremiah Goulka in an op-ed co-authored for The New York Times. (more)

  • Rachael Rollins And The Power To Decline To Prosecute

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH's Morning Edition in a conversation about Rachael Rollins ’97, the Democratic nominee for Suffolk County DA. (more)

  • Professor Michael Meltsner Discusses the Kavanaugh Sex Allegation

    Listen: On Radio Sputnik’s The Critical Hour, Professor Michael Meltnser discusses the sexual assault case against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (more)

  • Mo Cowan ’94 Joins the Kennedy Institute’s Board of Directors

    Congratulations to William "Mo" Cowan ’94, who has joined the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate! (more)

  • Walsh Administration Targets Pharmaceutical Industry in Lawsuit Over Opioid Epidemic

    " Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Boston Globe that communities such as Boston should use the lawsuits, and any payouts from them, to confront the opioid epidemic: “A lot of these settlements are a slap on the wrist, and it goes back to business as usual.” (more)

  • Overdose and Punishment

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells The New Republic that handing down harsh prison sentences will do little to address the current addiction crisis: “We’ve had these laws, and we have more people on drug-related charges behind bars, per capita, than any other nation on earth, currently, and yet heroin is more widely available and cheaper than it’s ever been.” (more)

  • Forward-Looking 377 Order Holds Lessons for the World

    "Court decisions declare what is lawful, but extra-judicial organizing, education and political engagement will be needed to extend rights and realize equality for all LGBTQ people,” writes Urvashi Vaid ’83 in an op-ed written for the India Times about the Supreme Court of India’s landmark gay rights ruling. (more)

  • Indigenous People Fight For Their Rights. Governments And Businesses Call Them Terrorists.

    Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), comments for the Huffington Post on a new UN report on the rights of indigenous peoples: Governments and companies are “waging wars against indigenous people ... by criminalizing their legitimate grievances and then threatening, arresting, intimidating and imprisoning those who dare challenge this.” (more)

  • Kavanaugh Behavior on Bench Suggests Opposition to Roe v. Wade

    Watch: Brigitte Amiri ’99, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, talks with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about Brett Kavanaugh's decision in Roe v. Wade. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Brigitte, who personally argued the only abortion case heard by President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, at our upcoming Health Law lecture on Friday, November 9! (more)

  • Rollins ’97 Wins Democratic Nomination for Suffolk District Attorney

    Rachael Rollins '97, a member of NUSL’s Women in the Law advisory group, has won the Democratic nomination for Suffolk district attorney. She is now one step closer to becoming the first woman of color to lead Boston’s criminal justice system as top prosecutor. (more)

  • Boston-Based Phai Helps Secure $113.3m in Virgin Islands Tobacco Cases

    "The trials provide good experience and a boost of morale as PHAI is preparing for three cases set to go before Massachusetts juries in the coming year," Professor Richard Daynard, president of the School of Law's Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), tells Mass. Lawyers Weekly. (more)

  • NU Toronto Interviews Ken Frankel '82

    Ken Frankel ’82, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, discusses changes in the global business economy and talks about how his experience at NUSL has helped him in his international career: “The co-op program taught us that you have to think on your feet. It’s not just a matter of how well you can reason something in an academic setting…you have to throw yourself into strange situations…and think your way out it, act your way out of it.” he says. “Northeastern has been and still remains the leader in cooperative legal education.” (more)

  • New CBS Show Features Chicago Whistleblower Lawyer Michael Behn'87

    The CBS show “Whistleblower” featured the gripping tale of James Holzrichter, a whistleblower represented by Chicago lawyer Michael Behn '87, in its July 27 episode. Holzrichter fought Northrop in a case that lasted more than 16 years and resulted in Northrop paying $134 million to resolve claims of fraud brought by Holzrichter and pursued by Behn. (more)

  • Proud to Live in a Nation That Tolerates Dissent

    "I’m glad we have a country where brave people like Melissa Schlag can express their views and remind us of our legacy of liberty, equality and toleration," writes Matthew Berger '95 in an op-ed for The Day. (more)

  • CPIAC Is Hiring

    The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) at Northeastern University School of Law is now hiring its first managing director and seeks an enthusiastic attorney who will serve as a role model for students and administrators alike. (more)

  • CRRJ Investigation Leads to Restorative Street Naming and Museum Exhibit in Mobile, Alabama

    The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s (CRRJ) investigation of six Jim Crow-era murders will be featured in an exhibit, “Murders in Mobile,” opening August 18 at the History Museum of Mobile in Alabama. In addition, a Mobile street will be named in honor of Rayfield Davis, one of the murder victims. (more)

  • It's Time to Celebrate!

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’98, just named to Time’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care of 2018, will deliver the keynote address at Alumni/ae Weekend’s reunion gala. Join us this weekend as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the re-opening of the School of Law and honor the classes of 1950s, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, 2003, ’08 and ’13. (more)

  • Northeastern University Launches New Graduate Degree in Media Advocacy

    To meet the challenges faced by communications professionals who must be both persuasive and legally savvy in the global, digital age, Northeastern University’s School of Law and College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) are launching a one-of-a-kind graduate program in Media Advocacy. (more)

  • A Massive Number of Iconic Works Will Enter the Public Domain on New Year’s Eve

    “Celebrating the return of a yearly expansion of the public domain is the appropriate response,” Professor Jessica Silbey, co-director of NUSL’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), tells Motherboard. (more)

  • Meth Hospitalizations Soar 245% in 10 Years: Surge in Er Visits Is Flying 'off the Radar' - but It's Hidden by the Opioid Epidemic

    “A function of our society to jump from one crisis to another,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Daily Mail. “We look at what’s sensational whether it's meth in the 1990s or opioids now. It could be function of the media or our very short attention span but if we don't work to address the issue, it's only going to get worse.” (more)

  • This Judge Received Special Treatment After Beating His Wife. Then He Killed Her.

    "We’re so far behind in current practice committed to doing the right thing and offering legal relief for victims of domestic violence. We don’t have teeth as a society to enforce good behavior when others are behaving so badly and not seeing consequences," says Margo Lindauer '07, director of NUSL's Domestic Violence Institute. "The role you play in society naturally expands to your private life — people deserve to be safe in their own homes." (more)

  • Annual Labor and Employment Program

    The 2018 Labor and Employment Program will be held on Thursday, November 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will consist of two topical panel discussions, followed by a networking reception with refreshments and cocktails. Don't miss this chance to gain new connections and new perspectives on issues of critical importance to attorneys, judges, neutrals, government practitioners, union representatives, in-house counsel and human resources professionals. Anyone with an interest in labor and employment law is encouraged to attend! (more)

  • What’s Next for the Mueller Investigation

    “There are a lot of ways Whitaker might frustrate this investigation,” Professor Martha Davis tells Northeastern News. “This will be very complicated.” (more)

  • Facebook’s Failure to End ‘Public by Default’

    Check out Professor Woodrow Hartzog’s co-authored essay for Medium criticizing Facebook’s continued decision to make our profile pictures public by default. (more)

  • Rachael Rollins '97, The Next Suffolk County DA

    Congratulations to Rachael Rollins ’97, elected Suffolk County District Attorney! She is the first woman of color to hold the post! (more)

  • Dean Hackney to Present at the Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair

    Dean James Hackney will be among the featured guest speakers at the 14th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, which will take place at Harvard University from November 9 to 10, 2018. (more)

  • Aggressive Stops And Frisks Won’t Make Chicago Safer

    "The reality is when police aggressively use stops and frisks, everyone loses," write Professor Deborah Ramirez and Tara Lai Quinlan ’04 in a co-authored piece for Law360. (more)

  • Kara Swanson Awarded History of Science Society Top Prize

    Professor Kara Swanson has been awarded the History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize in recognition of her article, “Rubbing Elbows and Blowing Smoke: Gender, Class and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Patent Officel” (more)

  • McCafferty ’85 Assumes New Role

    Congratulations to US District Judge Landya McCafferty ’91, who is assuming the position of chief judge in New Hampshire's federal court. She is the first woman to hold the title, which, according to US Senator Maggie Hassan ’85, is “an accomplishment that will pave the way for girls and women throughout the state and country and will add to the diversity of our federal bench in critical ways.” (more)

  • Northeastern Grads Establish Fund in Response to Immigration Crisis

    In response to the current administration’s actions on immigrant and refugee policy, a generous group of 2006 graduates have established a new Immigrant Family Protection Fund, called the Dolphin Project. (more)

  • PHRGE Announces Its Winter Fellows

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce five new appointees to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

  • Energy Storage: To Be, or Not to Be . . . What, Exactly? That Is the Real Question

    In an article for Extra Legal, NU Law Review’s online forum, Andrew Kinde ’19 discusses the barriers to unlocking the full potential of energy storage in the United States. (more)

  • Russell '11 Honored By the JDAI

    Lauren Russell ’11 has received a “Tenacious Initiative” award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the work of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in Massachusetts. Lauren is a staff attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services/Youth Advocacy Division in Essex County. (more)

  • McLaughlin ’18 Named Northeastern University's First Mosaic Fellow

    Roger McLaughlin ’18 has been named Northeastern University’s first Mosaic Fellow. As Mosaic Fellow, he will play a leadership role in assisting with the operations of the School of Law’s IP CO-LAB (intellectual property law clinic) and the university’s Mosaic entrepreneurship community. (more)

  • Dudley '72 Honored With Lifetime Achievement Awar

    Adriane Dudley '72 has received the American Bar Association's Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the practice of state and local government law. (more)

  • Trump Confronted With ‘Unprecedented’ Legal Issues After Cohen’s ‘Earth-Shattering’ Plea, Lawyers Say

    “This is a cloud that will not dissipate for the remainder of the 45th president’s reign," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. "It’s not a question of politics. It’s just there. There is a strong basis for indicting him.” (more)

  • These Drug Users Don't Want Their Dealer Prosecuted if They OD

    “There’s definitely symbolic value to people clearly stating their preferences that their untimely passing mustn’t be used as an excuse for the criminal justice system to devastate the life of another,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Vice. (more)

  • After Seven Decades, Alabama Honors Jim Crow-Era Victims

    NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) gathered with more than 100 people in the city of Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, August 18, 2018, to honor the lives of six local black men who were murdered in the 1940s by white men who had not been prosecuted for their crimes. The cold cases were uncovered, investigated and brought to light by CRRJ. (more)

  • Are Trump’s NDAs legal?

    Stephen Kohn ’84, a partner in the whistleblower rights law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, blogs for The Hill: "Payments of money for silence undermine law enforcement and erode democracy." (more)

  • Cuomo, Underwood Accuse Pharma Company Of Downplaying Opioid Risks

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells WCBS News Radio, “This lawsuit fits in with a pretty broad pattern of litigation by states and localities across the U.S. that have pointed the finger at pharmaceutical companies.” Beletsky said there is a false narrative that pharmaceutical companies have caused the opioid crisis. He said they are just a piece of the much larger puzzle, and said it might be difficult for the governor and AG to prove their allegations. (more)

  • The SJC’s Recent Jurisprudence Deconstructed

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH’s Morning Edition to discuss some of the most notable decisions issued by the Mass. SJC this summer. (more)

  • Lawyers, Writers, Data Analysts: Digital Internship Program Had It All

    Siri Nelson ‘19, a 2018 Rappaport Fellow, shares her advice and reflects on what she learned on co-op with the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS). (more)

  • A ‘Holistic’ Approach to Wrongful Convictions

    The Crime Report highlights Professor Stephanie Hartung's recent article for the Suffolk University Law Review, in which she argues that courts must adopt a holistic approach that accounts for the ways that errors in evidence-gathering often work in concert to obscure innocence. (more)

  • CRRJ Featured in The Washington Post

    The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s investigation of the Jim Crow-era murder of Rayfield Davis is featured in The Washington Post! On August 18, the city of Mobile, Alabama, will host a street naming ceremony next to the ditch where Davis was killed in 1948, to honor his life and legacy. The ceremony will be followed by the opening of an exhibit at the History Museum of Mobile featuring CRRJ’s investigation of six local murders . (more)

  • Can Technology Help Undo The Wrongs of The Past?

    In an article for Medium, Rashida Richardson ’11, Director of Policy Research at New York University's AI Now Institute, discusses how tech developers’ own biases and prejudices and the problems with how we remember the past, can result in technologies reproducing prejudices and inequities. (more)

  • Demese LLM '19 Awarded AAUW International Fellowship

    Congratulations to Meskerem Demese LLM '19, who has been awarded an international fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)! Meskerem, who is from Ethiopia, is currently pursuing a master of laws at NUSL with a concentration in human rights. (more)

  • Facial Recognition Is the Perfect Tool for Oppression

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog has co-authored an essay on facial recognition technology for Medium: "With such a grave threat to privacy and civil liberties, measured regulation should be abandoned in favor of an outright ban." (more)

  • Justice Delayed: Why Mickey Rivera Went Three Years Without Trial Before Fatal Crash That Killed New Father Kevin Quinn

    "Prosecutors and defense lawyers are so busy they often mutually agree to an adjournment, Judges are complicit in this too, because my impression is judges all too often just accept these adjournments without much examination," Professor Daniel Medwed tells MassLive. "Everyone is to blame." (more)

  • Abolish ICE? Reform it? Or what?

    “Advocates know they can count on the administration to do more harm to more people because its policies are so incendiary,” Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of the School of Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic tells The Christian Science Monitor. "So I think the momentum for change will continue to increase." (more)

  • Spilka '80 Takes Over as President of Mass. Senate

    Congratulations to Karen Spilka '80, newly elected president of the Massachusetts Senate! (more)

  • What Is Amazon's Responsibility Over Its Facial Recognition Tech?

    "The idea that this is simply neutral technology that can be used for good or evil and Amazon shouldn't be responsible, I think is purely wrong," Professor Woodrow @hartzog tells CNN News. (more)

  • A Pennsylvania Man Survived an Overdose Only to be Charged With Homicide

    “The evidentiary mechanics of these cases makes it difficult to charge people who are one or two steps removed from the transaction,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Appeal. “That’s why prosecutors go for the low-hanging fruit, which is people who are intimately tied to the victims.” (more)

  • Activists Sue For The Right To Secretly Record Police

    Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH's Morning Edition to discuss a pending lawsuit filed by the ACLU that challenges Massachusetts' wiretapping statute. (more)

  • PHRGE Announces Its Fall Fellows

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce four new appointees to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

  • The 'Noble Idea': Inside the Job of District Attorney

    "The county district attorneys are arguably the most powerful players in our legal system," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Berkshire Eagle. "They decide who to charge with crimes, what crimes and whether to offer plea bargains at all." (more)

  • Professor Jessica Silbey and Seven Grads Honored as Top Women of Law

    Professor Jessica Silbey, Nicole Bluefort '10, Ashley Brooks '05, Chelsea Loughran '08, Karen O’Toole '86, Raquel Webster '03, Heather Yountz '07 and Rachael Splaine Rollins '97 will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at an event on October 18, 2018. (more)

  • ABA's Landslide Magazine Publishes Article by Alvin Carter III '18

    In an article for the July/August issue of the ABA's Landslide Magazine, Alvin Benjamin Carter III '18 examines the role university-based venture incubators play in the entrepreneurial landscape. (more)

  • Human Rights Advocate Alfred Brownell Achieves Victory Stopping Destruction of Tropical Forest in Liberia, Invited to Meet with Other Leading Human Rights Advocates at Carter Center

    Alfred Brownell, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Northeastern University School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), has been invited by The Carter Center to attend its upcoming Human Rights Defenders Forum, “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” (more)

  • NuLawLab and Stable Ground Project to Host Block Part in Dudley Square

    The Stable Ground Project will host a Block Party on Palmer Street, Dudley Square, on Saturday, July 21, from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. The Block Party will feature a performance of Invisible: Imprints of Racism by Anna Myer & Dancers / in conjunction with Trend Stream and Dudley Square’s Inner Sanctum. (more)

  • Uber Fills 'Critical' Role of Chief Privacy Officer

    "It's surprising to me that this company, which has had such high profile privacy failures and is sitting on such a large body of personal data had yet to hire a CPO or face significant public pressure to do so," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells CNN. (more)

  • Justice Innovation with Law School Design Labs

    The law school’s NuLawLab was listed among 10 law school innovation labs nationwide in an article, “Justice Innovation with Law School Design Labs,” that appears in the ABA’s Dialogue. Professor Margaret Hagan, director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford Law School, wrote the article, in which she notes, “[Law design] offers a powerful way to understand the human experience of courts, legal aid, and solving life crises, and then to use this understanding to generate and vet promising new products, services, and policies.” (more)

  • Haupt’s Articles Featured in Groundbreaking Journal Issue on Opioid Crisis

    Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Claudia Haupt has two groundbreaking articles on the opioid crisis in a special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. The issue is the capstone of a class, “Law and the Opioid Crisis,” offered at Yale Law School in fall 2017. (more)

  • Judges Can Require Drug Users On Probation To Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules

    "In many ways it's high time for us to revise how the law considers addiction," Professor Leo Beletsky tells WBUR News. "If you say someone dealing with addiction isn't capable of making decisions and we can lock them up to pursue treatment, we can't then say on the criminalization side that people with addiction retain control over their decisions." (more)

  • Why Brett Kavanaugh Is a Huge Threat to Minority Rights

    "In this time of political polarization, the middle is more important than ever," writes Professor Martha Davis in an op-ed for Fortune. "And before they vote on Kavanaugh, U.S. senators should make sure that he at least knows where the middle is." (more)

  • Amazon: Stop Giving Dystopian Facial Recognition Tech to the Government

    In an op-ed co-authored for The Guardian, Professor Woodrow Hartzog joins five other scholars in arguing that Amazon should not provide facial recognition technology to the government. (more)

  • The International Entrepreneur (IE) Rule: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    “By removing the IE Rule, the DHS eliminates a clear avenue for talented and accomplished entrepreneurs to come to the United States and develop their businesses,” write Angelika Romero ’19 and Timothy Sheble-Hall ’19 in an article co-authored for the NU Law Review’s online forum. (more)

  • Hampden District Attorney Asks Judge to Dismiss Claims His Office Failed to Properly Investigate Alleged Police Beating

    "Suing prosecutors in federal court is like scoring a touchdown on a Hail Mary pass when you have eight men on the field," Professor Daniel Medwed tells MassLive. (more)

  • Brendan Dassey: Is Convicted Killer in 'Making a Murderer' Case a 'Tragic Figure?'

    “The fact that he was on the precipice of release adds insult to injury,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells the Post Crescent. “This has to be another setback.” (more)

  • Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

    “We’re in a new world now,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells The New York Times. “The majority of American women are on some form of contraception. We take it for granted that we can control when and how we want to reproduce. We see pregnancy as within the realm that we can control.” (more)

  • Dyal-Chand Says Sharing is a Path to Business Success in Collaborative Capitalism in American Cities: Reforming Urban Market Regulations

    In many American cities, the urban cores still suffer. Poverty and unemployment remain endemic, despite policy initiatives aimed at systemic solutions. In Collaborative Capitalism in American Cities: Reforming Urban Market Regulations (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand focuses on how businesses in some urban cores are succeeding despite the challenges. (more)

  • Gadre '19 Reports for The TTABlog

    While on co-op at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, Susmita Gadre '19 has contributed an article to The TTABlog. (more)

  • Ice on Ice? Move to Abolish Ice, at Center of Storm in Immigration Battle, Has a Long Way to Go

    “Our immigration system should not exist to focus solely on national security and terrorism,” Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Center, tells USA Today. “ICE represents the idea that all immigration is dangerous and a threat to our security.” (more)

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, has written an analysis of Pereira v. Sessions for (more)

  • Supreme Court Ruling on Martha’s Vineyard Man Could Change How Some Deportation Proceedings Are Initiated

    “These are tough laws. Often, the government wants to take these laws to a more extreme interpretation than they need to,” Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic tells The Boston Globe. “This case reaffirms that courts are ready to take the arguments of immigrants seriously.” (more)

  • Trump Signed an Executive Order to Stop Separating Families at the Border. but What Does It Actually Do?

    "The big picture here is that the government is trying to bring back family detention,” Professor Rachel Rosenbloom tells Northeastern News. “But the court that put a stop to family detention under the Obama administration was absolutely clear that family detention violates Flores. Children should never be subjected to detention.” (more)

  • Amazon Needs to Stop Providing Facial Recognition Tech for the Government

    "By being courageous and voluntarily acting in an ethically conscientious way consistent with shareholder values, Amazon can send a strong message about why facial recognition technology is dangerous and why companies shouldn’t be complicit with the government’s agenda of expanding its surveillance infrastructure," writes Professor Woodrow Hartzog in an article co-authored for Medium. (more)

  • Deep In The Weeds With Daniel Part 3: Local Governments' Resistance To The Recreational Marijuana Industry

    In this week’s installment of WGBH’s In the Weeds series, Professor Daniel Medwed explains the tactics local governments are using to ban recreational marijuana within their borders and how those decisions are reverberating across the state. (more)

  • Rasay '18 Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship

    Jen Samantha Rasay '18 has been awarded an Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship, sponsored by Faber Daeufer & Itrato. EJW fellowships provide the opportunity for lawyers to positively impact vulnerable communities around the country. Jen Samantha will serve her fellowship at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), where she will advocate for low-income individuals with hidden disabilities to challenge work requirements that bar access to public benefits. (more)

  • Separating Families at the Border Takes Harsh Immigration Enforcement Practices to a New Extreme

    "What is happening at the border is not a migrant crisis but an enforcement crisis – a grossly disproportionate, punitive response to those who are fleeing extreme levels of violence in Central America," writes Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, in a blog for the London School of Economics and Political Science. (more)

  • Major Opioids Legislation Is Taking Shape. Can It Make a Dent in a National Epidemic?

    “People with substance use disorders by and large have other things going on, so separating their substance use treatment from other treatment doesn’t make sense,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells STAT. “And it further stigmatizes and embodies this idea that addiction treatment is somehow different.” (more)

  • Can Airport Checks Detect Fentanyl Shipments?

    “The biggest indictment of that entire system (of drug interdiction) is that our streets are more awash in black market drugs than ever, and we’re spending much more effort and time than ever trying to stop it,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Crime Report. (more)

  • Deep in The Weeds With Daniel Part 2: Legal Cannabis Still Carries Threat of Criminal Charges

    Listen: In part 2 of WGBH's Deep in the Weeds series, Professor Daniel Medwed explains the sensitive line businesses owners have to walk as federal prosecutors still have the power to enforce national marijuana laws. (more)

  • Trump’s Targeting of a New York Times Journalist, Explained by Experts

    "Neither the Obama administration then or the Trump administration now has avoided intruding into the important newsgathering role of the press, but it’s a big mistake to equate the two," Professor Michael Meltsner tells Vox. "Attacking the press is pervasive with Trump. Obama's practices were situational." (more)

  • Unheralded Advocate is Taking a Break

    The Boston Globe profiles Leslie Walker ’85, who retires this month after 17 years at the helm of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, fighting for the rights of inmates in the state’s prisons and jails. (more)

  • Lawsuit: Washington Jail Must Provide Addiction Treatment

    "This effort is not only timely, but is long overdue,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Washington Post. “There is no empirical or public safety rationale for the existing barbaric standard of care.” (more)

  • Fast-improving Northeastern Law Names New Dean

    The Boston Business Journal shares the news of James Hackney's appointment as dean and touts our “fast-improving” law school! (more)

  • User Agreements Are Betraying You

    “Online services are usually built to make you feel safe sharing — even when you’re not,” writes Professor Woodrow Hartzog in an essay contributed to (more)

  • Professor Duffly and Dr. Tabashneck '18 Present at AFCC Conference

    Professor Fernande (Nan) RV Duffly, retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Stephanie Tabaschneck ’18 were invited to present at the 55th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 8, 2018. (more)

  • ‘Is This a Case About Cake or About the People Trying to Buy a Cake?”

    The Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission “focuses on government treatment of the baker rather than the baker’s treatment of the gay couple,” says Professor Dan Urman, Director of NUSL’s Online & Hybrid Programs. (more)

  • Deep in the Weeds With Daniel Part I: Retail Pot Shops In Massachusetts

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed breaks down the various complexities packed into Massachusetts' new marijuana rules in a weekly series for WGBH’s Morning Edition. (more)

  • No, The Government Hasn’t Lost 1,500 Children. What’s Actually Happening Might Be Worse.

    The problem is not that federal authorities lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children, as reported by almost every major news outlet in recent weeks. The problem is that the well-intended outcry over the news obscured the larger issues with immigration policy, say Professors Hemanth Gundavaram and Rachel Rosenbloom, co-directors of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic. (more)

  • She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh?

    Should a person with addiction who relapses be punished with a criminal sanction? The law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law weighed in on the case, Commonwealth v. Eldred, as a signatory on an amicus brief to the Massachusetts SJC. (more)

  • Donald Trump Says He Has the Absolute Right to Pardon Himself, Would That Even Be Legal?

    Could President Trump pardon himself? Not without violating the constitution, Professor Martha Davis tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • James Hackney Appointed Dean of the School of Law

    Northeastern University Provost James C. Bean has announced the university’s appointment of James Hackney as dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2018. (more)

  • Rasquinha '19 Wins 2018 SABA GB Law Student Public Interest Fellowship

    Erica Rasquinha ’19 won the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) 2018 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, sponsored by a generous donation from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. The $5,000 fellowship award enables law students to work in otherwise unpaid summer internships with community and public interest organizations. (more)

  • Richard Painter, Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer, Urges Northeastern Law Graduates to Stand Up to Corruption

    “Our Constitution depends on you,” Richard W. Painter, Author and S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School, told graduates in his commencement address on Thursday, May 24. (more)

  • Quick Question with Brigitte Amiri '99: 'We need the next generation of lawyers to do this work.'

    Brigitte Amiri '99, deputy director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project and one of the loudest voices of the #JusticeforJane movement, shares her advice for young graduates and lawyers. Brigitte will deliver the Center for Health Policy and Law's annual lecture on Friday, October 9, 2018. (more)

  • Watch Commencement 2018!

    Commencement for the class of 2018 will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 2:00PM. Richard W. Painter will deliver the keynote address. For those family members and friends who are unable to attend #NUSL2018, the School of Law is pleased to offer a live video stream of the ceremony beginning at 2:00 PM on Thursday. The ceremony will also be broadcast via Facebook Live at (more)

  • We Know You’re Not Reading All Those New Terms of Service Emails. You Might Want To.

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog explains what the new European data protection law that goes into effect this Friday means for Americans, as well as the potential implications for those who fail to read all those lengthy terms of service policies. (more)

  • Immigrant Justice Clinic Achieves First Victory

    Northeastern University School of Law’s new Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) has achieved its first victory. Students Tess Foley ’18 and Alicia Cook ’18 secured the release of their client from an immigration detention center. (more)

  • Matwyshyn’s Expertise Sought by The Washington Post’s New Cybersecurity 202

    Professor Andrea Matwyshyn has been invited to join The Washington Post’s Network — a group of high-level digital security experts from across government, the private sector and security research community who vote in surveys on the most pressing issues in the field for The Cybersecurity 202, the Post’s new daily newsletter. (more)

  • Strangio '10 Receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Grinnell

    Grinnell College awarded Chase Strangio '10 an honorary doctor of law degree on May 21, 2018. (more)

  • ‘Change Requires the Courage to Act'

    Northeastern News reports on NUSL's 10th Annual Women in the Law Conference. “What I learned is not to be afraid of rejection, not to be afraid of failure,” Vicki Kennedy told a standing-room only crowd in her keynote address. (more)

  • John Lewis and Other Black Leaders Spurn Black Challenger in Boston

    Willie Bodrick II '20, an associate pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, is quoted by The New York Times: “The generational struggle, this pull and tug, is showing itself across the board here. This is about just what kind of party the Democratic Party wants to be.” (more)

  • Dames '95 Appointment Boston University Librarian

    K. Matthew Dames, a nationally recognized scholar in copyright law and innovator in library sciences, has been appointed the next Boston University Librarian. Currently Georgetown University Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services, K. Matthew will assume his new position July 1. (more)

  • “Raise the Age” Legislation: Developmentally Tailored Justice

    “As legislatures across the country continue to seek balanced solutions for addressing juvenile crime, it remains to be seen how far policymakers are willing to go to ensure developmentally appropriate justice,” writes Stephanie Tabashneck ’18 in an article for the ABA's Criminal Justice Magazine. (more)

  • Questions Surround ‘America First’ Plan on Overseas Drug Prices

    Professor Brook Baker is quoted by Roll Call: "Big Pharma companies soak US patients and payers for whatever they can get away with because the US government lets them do so." (more)

  • Supreme Court Ruling Will Make Watching Sports More Fun for Some Fans. You Can Bet On It

    In an interview with Northeastern News, Professor Roger Abrams discusses the potential impact of the Supreme Court's sports-betting ruling. (more)

  • ‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’

    “I fear Dershowitz has allowed his celebrity to stand as an apology for a great danger to the civil liberties he claims to cherish,” Professor Michael Meltsner, former first assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, tells Politico Magazine. (more)

  • Wolf’s Reluctance to Back Philly Injection Site Leaves Door Open to US Crackdown

    “I think that the legal concerns, frankly, are a smokescreen for something that they see is politically inexpedient,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells WHYY Radio's All Things Considered. (more)

  • Two Northeastern Students Created an App to Revolutionize the School Bus Industry

    Northeastern University’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem” in action: Business students Keith Corso and Evan Eddleston worked with the School of Law’s Community Business Clinic and IP CO-LAB to launch BusRight, a new app aimed at revolutionizing the school bus industry. (more)

  • State's Highest Court Rules On College Liability For Student Suicide

    Professor Daniel Medwed explains the Mass. SJC’s ruling in student suicide lawsuit. (more)

  • State Supreme Judicial Court Considers Another Chapter in Drug Lab Scandal

    Listen back: On WGBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed discusses the key cases on the Mass. SJC’s docket this week. (more)

  • Martín Espada ’85 Wins Prestigious Literary Award

    Congratulations to Martín Espada ’85, who has been named the 2018 winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize by the Poetry Foundation! The award, which honors a living US poet for outstanding lifetime achievement, will be presented to Martín at a ceremony on June 11. (more)

  • English ’00 and Liggio ’09 Honored by Mass. LGBTQ Bar

    Congratulations to April English ’00 and Blake Liggio ’09, on being honored by the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association at its annual award ceremony! April was recognized with the Mass. LGBTQ Bar's Community Service Award and Blake received the Gwen Bloomingdale Pioneer Spirit Award. (more)

  • Lynching Memorial Forces Us To Confront Our Racist Past — And Present

    "Perhaps the most lasting legacy of lynching is in the legal code it produced," writes Margaret Burnham, Director of the School of Law's CivilRights and Restorative Justice Project, in her latest piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • CRRJ Uncovers the Stories Behind the Victims Of Lynching and Other Racial Violence in the Jim Crow Era

    Watch video: On WGBH's Greater Boston, Professor Margaret Burnham, director of the law school's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), and Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, discuss the impact of CRRJ's research and community initiatives. (more)

  • Lies, Distortions and False Promises: The US Position on Compulsory Licenses in the 2018 Special 301 Report

    In his latest blog for Health Gap, Professor Brook Baker outlines "three lies and one distortion/false promise in the 2018 Special 301 Report that those who are concerned about affordable medicines for all should know about." (more)

  • DACA and Dreamers

    Watch video: Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), discusses the current climate of #DACA reform and the impact of new policy enforcement on Dreamers. (more)

  • Do Iranian Americans Receive Equal Rights Before the Law?

    Professor Martha Davis says the lack of counsel provided to immigrants who are in removal proceedings is an acute issue in the access to justice gap. (more)

  • Bill Cosby: The Trial, Sentencing and Local Ramifications

    Listen back: On WGBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed discusses the Cosby trial, the upcoming sentencing hearing and the case's local ramifications. (more)

  • 'He Left a Great Legacy:' Ceremony to Commemorate Killing of Black Man in Gretna 70 Years Ago

    An investigation by the School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) into the death of Royal Cyril Brooks, who was fatally shot by police in 1948, led to a commemoration ceremony at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Harvey, LA, last weekend. (more)

  • Engaging Imaginations, Making History

    “This is not the brightest moment as far as our racial history is concerned, in part because our country is so deeply divided along lines that could be described as political but certainly have racial dynamics,” Professor Margaret Burnham, director of NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, tells the Carnegie Reporter. “So this is a time in which we need to understand why we look like we do as a country.… History can enlighten our inquiry and has to enlighten our inquiry into all of this.” (more)

  • #NUSL2018 Commencement to Be Held on Thursday, May 24

    Commencement for the class of 2018 will take place on Thursday, May 24. Richard W. Painter will deliver the keynote address. Faculty and student speakers to be announced soon. For those family members and friends who are unable to attend #NUSL2018, the School of Law is pleased to offer a live video stream of the ceremony beginning at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The ceremony will also be broadcast via Facebook Live. (more)

  • Bill Cosby Conviction Is Victory for #MeToo Movement, Legal Game-Changer

    “In many of these cases, the rules and the cultural norms historically were stacked against victims, and now, maybe the balance is shifting, making it a more even playing field," Professor Daniel Medwed tells People. (more)

  • Adler Calls for LGBT Movement to Change Course in New Book, Gay Priori

    Many legal issues that greatly impact the lives of the LGBT community’s most marginalized members — especially those who are transgender, homeless, underage or non-white — often go unnoticed, argues Professor Libby Adler in her new book, Gay Priori: A Queer Critical Legal Studies Approach to Law Reform (Duke University Press). (more)

  • Is the Illinois Lottery Pulling a Fast One on Scratch-off Customers?

    “The state of Illinois probably should be more responsible than your average for-profit business in the way it administers the lottery, and that does not seem to be the case," says Mark Gottlieb '93, executive director of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute. (more)

  • The New York Times reports on the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Project and student Kyleen Burke’s investigation of a 1935 lynching.

    With the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved people and those terrorized by lynchings, among others, The New York Times reports on the work of the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the investigation by Kyleen Burke ’18 into the 1935 lynching of Elwood Higginbotham. (more)

  • 50th Anniversary of Green vs. New Kent Provides a Look at School Desegregation

    On the 50th anniversary of a historic Supreme Court ruling requiring school integration, Professor Michael Meltsner, first assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1960s, reflects on the case: “…when the Supreme Court of the United States accepted our argument that you would no longer have to sit on your hands and wait for a courageous black student to ask their parents to go to a white school, when a white student never asked to go to a black school.” (more)

  • The Future of Stun Gun Regulation In Massachusetts

    Listen back: On WGBH News, Professor Daniel Medwed discusses the Mass. SJC's recent decision striking down the state's ban on civilian possession of stun guns. (more)

  • With In-Car Delivery, Amazon Tests Whether Customers Will Sacrifice Privacy for Convenience

    Commenting for the LA Times, Professor Woodrow Hartzog flags some of the privacy issues raised by Amazon's new in-car delivery service. (more)

  • What the US Supreme Court Decision Means for the Deportation of Criminal Immigrants

    "This is about whether these noncitizens are deportable, not whether they are free to go," Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, tells PolitiFact."If the person is not deported, the person must go through the criminal justice system and will have to serve their time, if convicted, like anyone else." (more)

  • Physical Evidence of Certain Opioids Banned from Massachusetts Trial Courts

    In an article for the NU Law Review’s online forum, Monica DeLateur '17 writes about the Massachusetts Trial Court’s new policy banning fentanyl and carfentanil from being brought into courthouses as exhibits. (more)

  • Second Edition of Professor Martha Davis’ Human Rights Advocacy in the United States Now Available

    The second edition of Professor Martha Davis’ co-authored book, Human Rights Advocacy in the United States, has been released by West Academic Publishing. First published in 2014, it is the only law school casebook devoted to human rights advocacy in the United States. (more)

  • Featured Scholar: Alfred Brownell

    Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence with NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), is profiled by the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund. (more)

  • Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Brazilian Immigrant Who Lives on Martha's Vineyard

    “This is an important issue that will affect quite a few people,” Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Davis Participates in Submitting Brief to US Court of Appeals in Texas Abortion Case

    In a legal challenge to Texas’ restrictions on a safe and common form of late-term abortion, Professor Martha Davis and attorneys from the law firm Paul, Weiss have submitted a brief to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (more)

  • Richard W. Painter to Deliver Northeastern Law Commencement Address

    Richard W. Painter, who served as the White House’s chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, will deliver Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement address on May 24, 2018. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and the author of a number of books, including Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference. (more)

  • Illinois Lottery Sells Tickets for Instant Games After Top Prizes Are Gone — 'Inherently Unfair,' One Critic Says

    “Normally, if this was any other product, this would be the kind of consumer protection concern that the state attorney general would be investigating,” Mark Gottlieb, executive director of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) tells the Chicago Tribune. “But because it’s the state lottery, they’re exempt from just about all consumer protections that Illinois law would provide a consumer for any other industry.” (more)

  • Social Justice Baked Into the Laws Regulating Massachusetts’ Budding Marijuana Industry

    Social Justice Baked Into the Laws Regulating Massachusetts’ Budding Marijuana Industry As the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission prepares the framework for legal marijuana businesses, research conducted by LSSC students has informed the foundation of its plan to address a disparity in the way authorities used to apply anti-drug laws. (more)

  • New Dangers for Immigrants and the Health Care System

    Professor Wendy Parmet and Elisabeth Ryan, legal fellow with the Center for Health Policy and Law, have co-authored an article for the Health Affairs blog. (more)

  • Mass. “Student Loan Bill of Rights” Passes Senate with Recommendations from NUSL Student “Law Office”

    The “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” which was passed last week by the Massachusetts Senate, included key recommendations made by a group of Northeastern law students. As part of the law school’s Legal Skills in Social Context program, a “law office” of 15 first-year students provided research and recommendations to the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) in its effort to stop the predatory practices that frequently plague student loan borrowers, particularly marginalized borrowers who are most often the victims of these practices.  (more)

  • Lydia Brown '18: The Autistic, Non-Binary, Queer, Law Student Fighting for Disability Justice

    “I believe very strongly—and I have for my entire life, it’s a model that I live by—that each one of us is obligated to use whatever resources we have to fight and challenge oppression in all of its forms,” says Lydia Brown '18, who was recently named the National Association for Law Placement Pro Bono Publico Award winner. (more)

  • A Marriage Used to Prevent Deportation. Not Anymore.

    Genia Blaser '11, staff attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project in New York, is quoted by The New York Times. “For many individuals, it’s sort of this Sophie’s choice of remaining in the shadows, without formal immigration status, or hazarding arrest." (more)

  • Surgeon General Wants Naloxone Widely on Hand. Is This feasible?

    Professor Leo Beletsky commends the Surgeon General's call for more people to carry overdose-reversal medication as "an unequivocally positive step forward." (more)

  • Nursing Homes Routinely Refuse People on Addiction Treatment — Which Some Experts Say Is Illegal

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells STAT that failing to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for people with opioid use disorder “is a missed public health opportunity that is probably measured in lives.” (more)

  • Explaining The 'Red Flag' Bill That's Pending On Beacon Hill

    Professor Daniel Medwed talks to WGBH News about the “red flag” bill that would allow courts to issue protection orders to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who pose a significant danger. (more)

  • What Really Happened Between Hugh Freeze, Alabama and the SEC

    Professor Roger Abrams comments for "Like everything else, the effect of the consultation with the commissioner depends on the personalities involved. Not all universities are equal within any conference." (more)

  • Should Privacy Law Regulate Technological Design? An Interview with Woodrow Hartzog

    "The Internet is exceptional in many ways, but it is still of this Earth. Digital technologies are still just tools created by people," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells TAP. "And like other tools, companies can use them to deceive, abuse, manipulate, and harm us. Until lawmakers take that power seriously, our privacy rules will remain incomplete." (more)

  • Finding Impartial Jury for Greitens Trial? 'Pretty Close to Impossible,' Experts Say

    Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Kansas Star that finding impartial jurors for Governor Greitens’ trial will be a tall order... (more)

  • US Wants Patent Form Recall

    “The ease of doing business argument is largely without merit. The USPTO has long been an agent of pressure by direct interference in India’s intellectual property policy as evidenced by its submission concerning the Form 27 dispute,” Professor Brook Baker tells The Hindu. (more)

  • Medwed Appointed University Distinguished Professor

    Congratulations to Daniel Medwed on his appointment to the rank of University Distinguished Professor, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a faculty member! (more)

  • Fact-checking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional Testimony

    "Platforms like Facebook have overwhelming incentives to extract the maximum amount of value and data out of us," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells PolitiFact. (more)

  • #NUGivingDay is here!!!

    For 24 hours, graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends can get in the NUSL spirit with a gift of any size to the law school. NUSL has given so much to so many of us — today is the day to show your school spirit and support our community. Check out this great video to get you in the Giving Day mood! (more)

  • What's at Stake for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as He Testifies Before Congress.

    "We can learn a lot from watching what happens after FTC reaches the conclusion of its investigation," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells USA Today. (more)

  • Professor Woo, Fulbright Specialist, Launches Lecture Series at the University of Florence

    In Milan, Italy, Professor Margaret Woo today launches a series of lectures under the auspices of her award as a Fulbright Specialist for spring 2018. At the University of Florence, Woo is presenting a series of comparative law seminars that address the changing landscape of international cooperation over the past year, including BREXIT, multi-lateral treaties and ongoing political developments in the US and Europe that, as a whole, suggest further withdrawals from international law institutions, comparative law projects and multi-lateral institutions may be imminent. (more)

  • Ennen Appointed Chair of SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

    Elizabeth Ennen ’08, assistant director of Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), has been appointed chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) Standing Committee on Pro Bono. (more)

  • Must-watch video: NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) is featured on the CBS Evening News

    The segment, highlighting CRRJ’s work with the family of Georgia lynching victim Lent Shaw, includes interviews with Professor Margaret Burnham and Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and one of CRRJ’s close collaborators. (more)

  • Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

    The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Queen Arsem-O’Malley ’19, Nicholas Balatsos ’19, Keally Cieslik ’19 and Alaina Gilchrist ’20. (more)

  • Silbey Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

    The law school is thrilled to congratulate Professor Jessica Silbey, who has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. This year, 173 scholars, artists and scientists were selected for this prestigious award from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. While a Guggenheim Fellow, Professor Silbey will work on a new book that considers intellectual property debates in law and culture as a bellwether of changing social justice needs in the 21st century. (more)

  • This is How Zuckerberg’s Facebook Will Likely Get Regulated

    “When you download an app, the entire experience is engineered to get you to give permission,” Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells Quartz. “We think we have control, but in fact our ability to say no or exert meaningful control is slowly eroding.” (more)

  • Don't Go to Georgia, His Mom Said. But He Had to Know Who Lynched His Great-Grandfather

    Shondiin Silversmith, who earned a master’s in journalism at Northeastern, writes in USA Today about a case investigated by the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project. “On April 10, 1936, [Lent] Shaw, a 42-year-old black farmer, was accused of attacking Ola Franklin, an 18-year-old white woman, with the intent of raping her along a road in Colbert. Eighteen days later, a mob stormed the Royston, Ga., jail where he was being held, dragged him to a tree-lined creek bed near Mill Shoal Creek and killed him.” (more)

  • The ‘Serial’ Case: A Rare Ruling, And What Comes Next

    Speaking with Northeastern News, Professor Daniel Medwed says it’s “very uncommon” for a court to overturn a conviction based on a defendant having ineffective counsel. He goes on to explain under what circumstances elements of popular podcasts such as “Serial” might make their way into a retrial. (more)

  • Bill Cosby Faces His Retrial in the #MeToo Era

    "If the obstacles of the prosecution at the first trial related to the credibility of the survivor and why Bill Cosby would act this way, then I think the #MeToo movement has provided a cultural context and validation of Constand's account," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Los Angeles Times. (more)

  • Trump Silences Labor Department’s Workplace Safety Panels

    In an interview with The New Mexican, Professor Emily Spieler, chairwoman of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, says that she and her fellow committee members “worry that the failure to convene the committee may be a lack of dedication to whistleblower issues.” (more)

  • Click by Click, Drowning in Data, We Internet 'Users' Are Being Used

    "Until lawmakers fill the design gap and we all demand trustworthy technologies, industry’s unquenchable thirst for data will dictate how these companies build their technologies," writes Professor Woodrow Hartzog in an op-ed for The Boston Globe. (more)

  • What Can the Federal Trade Commission Actually Make Facebook Do?

    Podcast: Professor Andrea Matwyshyn, a former FTC adviser, joins Marketplace Morning Report to discuss the agency's investigation of Facebook. (more)

  • NUSL Welcomes New Faculty

    Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two new associate professors: Claudia Haupt and Hilary Robinson, who will join the faculty this July. (more)

  • Cat Ladies, Quilters and Creativity

    In the ABA’s Landslide, Professor Kara Swanson writes, "While gender disparity in copyright has been decreasing since the 1970s, women receive only slightly over 30 percent of copyright registrations, ranging from barely over 10 percent in software to almost 50 percent in art. These disparities in both patents and copyrights reflect long-enduring and consequential institutional structures and implicit biases ….” (more)

  • March Madness: A Month Of Political Quagmires In Massachusetts

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH's Morning Edition to discuss corruption cases pending in the Commonwealth. (more)

  • Hartzog Calls for Reframing Privacy Law in New Book, Privacy’s Blueprint

    Every day, internet users interact with technologies designed to undermine their privacy. Social media apps, surveillance technologies and the internet of things are all built in ways that make it hard to guard personal information. And the law says this is okay because it is up to users to protect themselves — even when the odds are deliberately stacked against them. In Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies, Professor Woodrow Hartzog pushes back against this state of affairs, arguing that the law should require software and hardware makers to respect privacy in the design of their products. (more)

  • US, States Step Up Pressure on Facebook

    “Facebook now faces a pivotal moment in its corporate governance and history,” Professor Andrea Matwyshyn, co-director of NUSL's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), tells The Wall Street Journal. (more)

  • Bayh-Dole Could Be a Drug Pricing Fix, If the Feds Want It

    "It’s kind of a wacky system, to pay someone to charge you a monopoly price,” Professor Brook Baker tells Law360. “You look in a mirror and say, why are we doing this?” (more)

  • 7 Ways 2018 is the Year of Access to Justice

    Legal Tech News highlights “RePresent,” NuLawLab’s online game for self-represented litigants, as a new way of thinking to help reduce the justice gap. (more)

  • Extreme Poverty in the US: A Map Tells the Story

    Raphael Hirsch LLM ’18 has used the NuLawLab mapping platform to create a visual, interactive map of the UN Special Rapporteur's visit in December. Please spread this work by sharing the map widely! (more)

  • Northeastern Once Again Ranked #1 for Practical Training

    In recognition of its national leadership in experiential learning, Northeastern University School of Law has been ranked #1 for practical training by preLaw/The National Jurist for the fourth year in a row. (more)

  • Cambridge Analytica's Ad Targeting Is the Reason Facebook Exists

    “You have to proceed on the assumption that this information has been extracted from you,” says Professor Woodrow Hartzog, author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies. “Cambridge Analytica used an information extraction technique that was well-known to technologists for years. The implications of this debacle is about crystallizing the threat about how dangerous the information ecosystem is.” (more)

  • IJC Report Cited in Lawsuit Filed to Block Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

    Congratulations to NUSL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) whose recent report on ICE raids in state courthouses has been cited as evidence in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups seeking to prevent courthouse arrests. (more)

  • Professor Hartzog Joins EPIC Advisory Board

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog has joined the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, DC, that aims to protect privacy, freedom of expression and democratic values in the information age. (more)

  • Tuesday classes canceled, administrative offices closed

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a snowstorm starting later tonight and continuing throughout Tuesday evening with an expected snow accumulation of 12-18 inches for the Greater Boston area. The Tuesday morning and evening commutes will be severely impacted with blizzard conditions anticipated at times. As a result, Northeastern is canceling all classes at its Massachusetts campuses and closing administrative offices on Tuesday, March 13th. (more)

  • When Relying on Fair Use Isn’t Fair: Creating Around the Copyright Act

    In a blog post published as part of Harvard's Fair Use Week 2018, Alvin Carter III '18 shares his perspective on copyright law as a DJ/producer. (more)

  • What it’s Like to Attend the ‘Party of a Lifetime’

    “Attending the Oscars was like having your finger in a light socket for five hours straight. It was the most overwhelming experience of my life,” David Heilbroner ‘84 tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • The Supreme Court Punts on the Constitutional Right to a Bond Hearing for Detained Immigrants

    "While last week’s Jennings decision is a disappointing loss for immigrants and advocates, it is premature to interpret the decision as the Supreme Court’s stamp of approval for the indefinite detention of immigrants," writes Amy Grenier '18 in a piece written for the Migrationist Blog. (more)

  • Uber ‘Surprised’ by Totally Unsurprising Pennsylvania Data Breach Lawsuit

    "I would be skeptical of the claims that a unified data security protection law are going to provide clarity and better data protection at the same time," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells WIRED. "A movement to have a single unified standard among the United States would be seen as an opportunity to water down those requirements." (more)

  • DA: Former Prosecutor Withheld Key Email in Death Row Case

    "There's a general concept that prosecutors should serve as ministers of justice and that their guiding light should be a goal for justice instead of convictions," Professor Daniel Medwed tells the Houston Chronicle. "The problem is a lot of the incentives in prosecutors' offices are aligned around securing convictions and maintaining convictions." (more)

  • IJC Report Documents Harmful Effects of Immigration Enforcement at Massachusetts Courthouses

    A new report released on March 2, 2018, by the Northeastern University School of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic documents the harmful effects of arrests of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at courthouses in Massachusetts. (more)

  • Williams Selected for a Fulbright Specialist Award

    Professor Lucy Williams, a leading expert on welfare law and low-wage labor, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist award for spring 2018. In partnership with Wuhan University School of Law in China, she will develop a Public Interest Law Clinic Program to address the existing gap between legal education and current needs in China. (more)

  • How to Turn off Facebook's Face Recognition Features

    "Facebook users need to realize that they are being actively nudged toward the use of biometrics," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells WIRED. (more)

  • The Future of Energy

    What will tomorrow’s energy system look like, and how can we shape it? The latest episode of the NU Library’s podcast series features Professor Shalanda Baker, who shares her insights into the energy industry. (more)

  • Eastern Bank Names Henry ’00 as Executive Vice President

    Kathy Henry ’00 has been promoted to executive vice president at Eastern Bank and appointed to its management committee. Henry, a member of NUSL's Women in the Law conference steering group, joined Eastern in 2016 as general counsel and secretary. (more)

  • Don't Be Afraid of Compulsory Licenses Despite US Threats

    "Despite its many complaints, veiled threats, and backroom maneuvers against compulsory licenses, the USTR’s bark has been much, much louder than its bite," writes Professor Brook Baker in a blog for InfoJustice. (more)

  • Tarzikhan JD/MPH ’19 Selected to Speak at TEDxTufts

    Alexandra Tarzikhan JD/MPH ’19 will deliver a TEDxTufts talk on Sunday, March 11, at noon. Alexandra, who is from Aleppo, Syria, is pursuing a dual degree in law at Northeastern University School of Law and a master's in public health at Tufts University School of Medicine. (more)

  • Collins ’00 and Spofford ’89 Recognized as In-House Leaders

    Jessica Collins ’00, vice president, general counsel and secretary, athenahealth, and Juliana Spofford ’89, assistant general counsel, privacy and compliance, Dun & Bradstreet, have been named 2018 In-House Leaders by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly and New England In-House in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the legal community. (more)

  • Nelson '19 Named a 2018 Rappaport Fellow

    Siri Nelson '19 has been named as one of twelve Boston-area law students to receive The Rappaport Fellowship award, an honor bestowed to students interested in pursuing opportunities in public policy by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School. (more)

  • NuLaw Review Launches Website Honoring Professor Michael Meltsner

    The Northeastern Law Review has created an official website for Professor Michael Meltsner's Festschrift in honor of his notable career. Take a moment to leave your own note for Professor Meltsner, learn about his life in the law and read through the tributes from other scholars. (more)

  • Law Clinic Fights for Immigrant Justice

    "What’s really special about the clinic is that the students have an enormous amount of responsibility combined with comprehensive supervision and time for reflection,” Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • Could Civil Rights Go Up In Smoke?: The Future of the SJC’s Barbuto Decision Under The Trump Administration

    “The Barbuto case connected the legality of marijuana with an individual’s firmly established civil rights to be free from discrimination in employment,” writes Amanda Ghannam ’18 in a post for the NU Law Review’s online forum. “Federal prosecutors should not be given free reign to infringe on those rights when it suits Sessions’ agenda.” (more)

  • Court Defends Officers' Use Of Traffic Stops To Investigate Unrelated Crimes

    "Pretextual stops are very controversial, in part because the police sometimes resort to racial profiling or racial bias — driving while black — to warrant these stops, and that sometimes can lead to violent confrontations," Professor Daniel Medwed tells WGBH's Morning Edition. (more)

  • State Senator Karen Spilka '80 Receives Semper Fidelis Award

    Congratulations to Senator Karen Spilka '80 on being honored with the 2018 US Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Public Service Award! (more)

  • Statutorily Stifling: The Legal Burden Copyright Places on the Hip-hop Community

    In an article written for the NU Law Review’s online forum, Alvin Benjamin Carter ’18 looks at how the art of sampling music from one recording and using it to create a new musical work is stigmatized by statute. (more)

  • Ask a Feminist: Dolores Huerta and Rachel Rosenbloom Discuss Gender and Immigrant Rights

    Professor Rachel Rosenbloom, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, speaks with Dolores Huerta, renowned labor organizer, immigrant rights activist and feminist advocate, about the role that gender plays in today's struggles and social movements, especially those working on behalf of immigrants and workers. (more)

  • President Trump Has Been Dangerously Silent on This Year’s Deadly Flu Epidemic

    “There has been remarkable turmoil around health issues and a vacuum of leadership in the health area,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells Vox. “Public health prevention itself just does not seem like a priority for this administration.” (more)

  • 7 Legal Experts on What Due Process Is in Law, Culture, and the Context of #MeToo

    “Due process isn’t deaf, dumb, and blind,” Professor Michael Meltsner tells Vox. (more)

  • Q&A: A Civil Rights Lawyer Who Helped Defeat Jim Crow Looks Back

    Professor Michael Meltsner is interviewed by Dorothy Samuels '75 for the National Book Review. (more)

  • Proposed Millionaire's Tax Heads Before State's Highest Court

    Professor Daniel Medwed comments on proposed state constitutional amendment that would impose a 4% surtax on incomes in excess of $1 million: "This entire battle revolves around different interpretations of Article 48 of the constitution." (more)

  • Buy a Shirt, Get Pot ‘Gift’: Companies Exploit Law Loophole

    Professor Leo Beletsky is quoted by The Washington Post: “If the feds somehow came down on state regulators or licensed retail operations that could provide a convenient opening for these gray-market operators to scale up what they’re already doing.” (more)

  • Subpoenas Flying in Tony Gwynn Tobacco Case as Mr. Padre Documentary Premieres

    “The tobacco companies are indeed infamous for their scorched-earth litigation tactics,” Professor Richard Daynard, president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, tells USA Today. (more)

  • Pharmacist Charged In Meningitis Outbreak Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

    Professor Daniel Medwed comments on the New England Compounding Center trial for WGBH News: “No one will be held accountable for murder.” (more)

  • Boston May Seek To Sue Pharmaceutical Companies For Opioid Crisis

    "The legal theory here is based on deceptive marketing, that the pharmaceutical companies knew about the hazards of Vicodin, Oxycontin and other opioids but nevertheless continued to peddle those drugs to doctors, and therefore deserve to shoulder a large part of the legal responsibility for the rise in opioid addiction," Professor Daniel Medwed tells WGBH News. (more)

  • Abortion Access, the Supreme Court, and a Troubling Case of Déjà Vu

    In an article for The American Prospect, Dorothy Samuels '75 writes about Planned Parenthood's recent filing with the Supreme Court. (more)

  • Immigration Issues

    On WCVB's CityLink, Professor Hemanth Gundavaram discusses immigration issues with Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and Isra Chaker, Oxfam America Refugee Campaign Leader. (more)

  • PHAI Submits Comment Opposing Proposed School Food Nutrition Rollbacks

    NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) has submitted a comment to the US Department of Agriculture opposing the rollback of healthy eating requirements for school food. (more)

  • Land Rights: A Crucial Strategy for Combatting Climate Change

    In a blog for Rightscapes, Alfred Brownell, PHRGE Distinguished Scholar in Residence, and Devan Braun ’18 look at the connection between land rights, community resilience and strategies to mitigate climate change. (more)

  • NUSL Ranked #2 for Public Interest, #19 for African Americans

    Northeastern University School of Law has been recognized as the #2 law school nationwide for public interest in the winter 2018 issue of preLaw magazine. The ranking is based on job placement data, school curricula and debt and loan repayment options. (more)

  • Ravos Quartet to Perform at Northeastern Law

    New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Ravos Quartet will hold a performance and “open” rehearsal on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, at Northeastern University School of Law. (more)

  • Involuntary Treatment for Substance Use Disorder: A Misguided Response to the Opioid Crisis

    In an article co-authored for Harvard Health, Professor Leo Beletsky, Professor Wendy Parmet and Elisabeth Ryan, legal fellow with the Center for Health Policy and Law, provide an analysis of Charlie Baker’s proposed CARE Act . (more)

  • Snow Angel: Alumnus Creates Masterpieces in Snow

    Northeastern News profiles David Rothstein ’97, who has combined three of his great passions—snow, art and the environment—into a hobby that takes him around the world! (more)

  • Could Massachusetts Become The First Sanctuary State For Marijuana?

    "We've been battling over federalism ... since the dawn of the republic," says Professor Daniel Medwed. "But I think it's really reached a heightened state because of the unprecedented gulf between the electorate and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the policies of our federal government." (more)

  • Decoding the Cryptocurrency Craze

    "It’s too soon to know how widely blockchain technology will spread," Professor Andrea Matwyshyn tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • CLIC Sponsors Leading International Privacy Conference

    The School of Law's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) is proud to be an official sponsor of the 11th annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference, which takes place in Brussels from January 24 to 26, 2018. The CPDP is the European Union's largest international forum for academics, practitioners, policymakers and civil society to meet and discuss issues of IT, privacy and data protection. (more)

  • IP CO-LAB Visits Fish & Richardson

    A panel of attorneys at Fish & Richardson treated members of the IP CO-LAB to lunch and an informative panel discussion on IP Law at their head office at One Marina Park Drive, Boston. (more)

  • How the 7-Eleven Immigration Raids ‘Feed on Fear’

    "The people who are being arrested are both contributing to our economy and supporting their families,” Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL's Immigrant Justice Clinic, tells Northeastern News. “These are not the violent criminals the president and his administration at different points has made all undocumented people look like.” (more)

  • Immigration and Health Care Under the Trump Administration

    "The Justice Department’s continuing refusal to permit immigrant women in custody to undergo abortions suggests that immigration has become the next battlefield in the war over reproductive rights," writes Professor Wendy Parmet in a blog for Health Affairs. (more)

  • The (Legal) Case Against Bidding Wars Like Amazon's

    “The politics of this are kind of bizarre,” Professor Peter Enrich tells CITYLAB. “The business community has every interest in their ability to get the states to compete against one another, and the voices of state government leadership have tended to like to preserve their ability to engage in this competition.” (more)

  • Rescinding Federal Marijuana Enforcement Guidelines Could Spark ‘Chaos’

    “The Controlled Substances Act is a pretty drastic piece of legislation that’s been around for a long time,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • Bad Teacher: The Developing Legal Standard In Massachusetts For Teacher-On-Student Harassment

    In an article for the NU Law Review's online forum, Michael Stefanilo Jr. ’12 provides an analysis of recent legal developments under the Commonwealth's anti-sexual harassment statute. (more)

  • Upcoming Author Events Featuring Professor Michael Meltsner

    Professor Michael Meltsner will read from his new book, With Passion: An Activist Lawyer’s Life, recently published by the Twelve Tables Press, at two author events this month: (more)

  • The Opioid Crisis is Blurring the Legal Lines Between Victim and Perpetrator

    “The opioid crisis, first and foremost, is an indictment of decades of failed drug policy,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells SLATE. (more)

  • Chuck Johnson's Twitter Free Speech Suit Is Probably DOA

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog comments for WIRED on the legal principal known as "promissory estoppel" and its applications with regard to social media. (more)

  • Brown '18 Awarded 2017 Irving K. Zola Award

    Lydia X.Z. Brown ’18 has been awarded the 2017 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies for their paper, "Legal Ableism, Interrupted: Developing Tort Law & Policy Alternatives to Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life Claims." (more)

  • Leonard ’18 Pens Article for NU Law Review's Online Forum

    In a post for the NU Law Review's online forum, Madison Leonard ’18 writes about bail sentencing in Massachusetts, three months after the SJC's ruling that judges must consider a defendant’s financial ability before setting a bail amount. (more)

  • Zak '82 Named President-elect of Agnes Scott College

    Congratulations to Lee Zak ’82 on being named president-elect of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, an independent national liberal arts college for women. She will officially become the college’s ninth president on July 1, 2018. (more)

  • New Media Advocacy Master’s Program Will Equip Students to ‘Change the World’

    Dean Jeremy Paul tells Northeastern News: "We’re training people to be consummate communications directors in an environment where you’re not just talking about selling a product, but selling points of view, selling policy.” (more)

  • Federal Law Could Complicate The Path To Legalized Marijuana In Massachusetts

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH’s Morning Edition to discuss a new federal policy that may have a big impact on marijuana. (more)

  • Forced Rehab Isn't the Solution

    Professor Leo Beletsky comments on Massachusetts’ addiction commitment law for TONIC. (more)

  • Brown ’18 Honored by the American Association of People with Disabilities

    Lydia X.Z. Brown ’18 has been honored by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) with a 2018 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award. Lydia plans to use the award to establish a community/peer empowerment fund in partnership with the Autism Women’s Network to award micro-grants to autistic people of color seeking support for education, professional development, art, health and safety, and community organizing. (more)

  • High Stakes for Politics, SCOTUS in 2018

    News@Northeastern looks to Professors Martha Davis and Michael Meltsner for their expert opinions on some of the big stories and bright ideas primed to make headlines in 2018. (more)

  • Team Trump’s Audacious “Complicity” Claim for Nullifying Abortion Rights

    In an article for The Washington Spectator, Dorothy Samuels ’75 addresses the Trump administration's stance in the Jane Doe abortion case now known as Hargan v. Garza, (more)

  • And Justice For None: Inside Biggest Law Enforcement Scandal in Massachusetts History

    Professor Daniel Medwed comments on the Massachusetts drug lab scandal for Rolling Stone Magazine. (more)

  • An Interview with Justice Dana Fabe

    "Choosing Northeastern as my law school because of the co-op program is what led me here," the Honorable Dana Fabe '76 tells The Judges Journal. (Login required.) (more)

  • To Address Opioid Crisis, Researchers Call for Focus on Root Causes of Suffering

    "There are a lot of major problems, health and otherwise, in America. The over-reliance on opioids is one symptom of that,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Northeastern News. (more)