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  • 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)

  • 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)

  • A Lynching's Long Shadow

    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)

  • 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 AL.com: "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)

  • 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)

  • 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)