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  • NUSL Welcomes New Faculty

    Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of five new faculty members: Sameer Ahmed, Bruce Jacoby, Jared Nicholson, Deborah Johnson and Stefanie (Stevie) Leahy. (more)

  • Thaete ’19 Awarded Borchard Fellowship

    Kathleen Thaete ’19 has been awarded a prestigious Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging. (more)

  • Murder in Mobile Hits the Red Carpets

    Murder in Mobile continues its festival run this weekend with a screening at the Roxbury International Film Festival! The inspiring short documentary which highlights the work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) will be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Don’t miss it! (more)

  • This Lawyer Helped Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Here's What She's Working on Now.

    “For me, it’s about freeing up people to be who they are, have choices, and be part of the ever-widening circle of belonging,” says Mary Bonauto ’87, who served as the architect and lead attorney in securing same-sex marriage nationwide. (more)

  • Law Schools See 'Trump Effect,' With More Students Studying Immigration Law

    "Northeastern looked and saw how many students were passionate about what was happening and decided to set into motion the Immigrant Justice Clinic," Professor Hemanth Gundavaram tells WBUR News. (more)

  • To Stop Destruction of Liberia’s Rainforest, He Put His Life on the Line

    In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Alfred Brownell, PHRGE Distinguished Scholar in Residence and 2019 Goldman Prize recipient, talks about how Liberia became so overrun by extractive industries and the steps its government can now take to ensure a brighter future for its citizens and natural resources. (more)

  • Sometimes the Best IDEAs Come Through Collaboration

    Sometimes the best IDEAs come through collaboration. The law school’s IP CO-LAB was launched when Northeastern’s student-run business accelerator, IDEA, turned to the law school for IP advice. “I thought, why don’t we start a clinic in the law school with law students helping ventures?” recalls Professor Dan Gregory, founding faculty advisor of IDEA. (more)

  • New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States

    “There haven’t been that many city and state public officials to say we should publicly fund abortions. It’s a big statement,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells The New York Times. “This is a culture war to some degree.” (more)

  • First Sentence in College Admission Scandal Seen as a Setback for Prosecutors

    "Being very aggressive in sentencing recommendations might not always be in the best interest of justice," Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Washington Post. "Some of these defendants are far more culpable than others.” (more)

  • Federal Grants Restricted To Fighting Opioids Miss The Mark, States Say

    "Even just the moniker — 'the opioid epidemic' — out of the gate, is problematic and incorrect," Professor @LeBeletsky tells NPR's All Things Considered. "This was never just about opioids." (more)

  • After Decades In Prison, Darrell Jones' Retrial Jury Only Took 2 Hours To Find Him Not Guilty

    Listen back: Professor Stephanie Hartung joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to break down the jury’s not guilty verdict in the retrial of Darrell Jones. (more)

  • After 32 Years In Prison, Darrell Jones' 'Not Guilty' Retrial Verdict Was Long Overdue

    "It is bad enough that Darrell Jones was wrongfully convicted in 1986 ... ," writes Professor Stephanie Hartung in a piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. "But it is worse still, in 2019, for a prosecutor to ignore evidence of innocence and blindly pursue a retrial against a factually innocent man." (more)

  • Mathew '21 Wins 2019 SABA GB Law Student Public Interest Fellowship

    Shannon Mathew '21 won the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) 2019 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)

  • The Problems of Living in a Post-Truth World

    Professors Jeremy Paul and Wendy Parmet call for renewed efforts to regain the public’s trust to counter misinformation in every sector, particularly as it relates to health. “Only by breaking down the barriers between experts and those who rely on their expertise can we expect our nation’s health to resist today’s political maladies,” they write in the Hartford Courant. (more)

  • The ‘Choice’ is About Community

    "The ultimate reason why decisions about abortion must rest with women is because the right decision about America is that we trust each other to make our own hard choices," writes Professor Jeremy Paul in an op-ed for the Connecticut Post. (more)

  • Are Law Schools Doing Enough to Help with Student Stress?

    Where are we on the path to law student well-being? The forthcoming issue of the Journal of Legal Education, co-edited by Professors Jeremy Paul and Margaret Woo, addresses these questions and more! (more)

  • Gottlieb '93 Warns of Sports Betting's Health Social Costs

    Testifying before the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee last week, Mark Gottlieb, executive director of NUSL’s Public Health Advocacy Institute, urged lawmakers to think long and hard before approving sports wagering in Massachusetts: "For the government to say, 'this is OK and this is going to make everybody better, stronger economically,' there is a cost to it and I think there is a public health cost that has real economic consequences down the road." (more)

  • Rittenberg '87 to Moderate Panel at 2019 NALP Summit

    Rhonda Rittenberg '87, director of New Markets at Northeastern University School of Law, will moderate a deans' panel titled “Setting the Tone From the Top” at the 2019 NALP Summit on Emerging Careers for Law Grads. (more)

  • A Chorus of Objection to DA’s Comments on Crime

    “As the head prosecutor in a large Massachusetts jurisdiction, (Cape and Islands DA Michael O’Keefe) has a responsibility to educate himself about the inequities created and reinforced by the system, ”writes Professor Stephanie Hartung in a letter to The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Williams Elected to the American Philosophical Society

    Congratulations to Professor Patricia Williams, who has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Only three law professors received this high honor this year. Williams is leaving Columbia University this summer to join the Northeastern Law faculty. (more)

  • Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

    The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Alaina Gilchrist ’20, Sean Hansen ’21, MaryGrace Menner ’21 and Kimberly Rodriguez ’21. (more)

  • Judy Perry Martinez Urges Northeastern Law Graduates to Think About Their Legacy as Lawyers

    "Define success not only by how much you get, but how much you give," Judy Perry Martinez, president-elect of the American Bar Association, told graduates in her commencement address on Thursday, May 23. (more)

  • Gallagher ’91 Shares How She Discovered ICE Was Using Solitary Confinement

    Watch: On NBC News, Ellen Gallagher ’91, a former senior policy advisor at DHS, talks about why she decided to come forward to share that ICE was putting civil immigrant detainees in solitary confinement. (more)

  • 'Missed Opportunity.' Warren's Opioid Plan Has a Major Blind Spot, Experts Say

    “There’s a consensus [among experts] that we really need to be working to integrate substance use treatment into mainstream medicine and reduce the barriers between substance use treatment, mental health, and primary care or other kinds of healthcare,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Fortune. (more)

  • Bluefort ’10 Profiled as a Strong Female Leader

    In a Thrive Global feature on Strong Female Leaders, attorney Nicole Bluefort ’10 shares her career path and offers advice for other female leaders: “Constructive feedback is the key to building a team and camaraderie.” (more)

  • It's #NUSL2019 Commencement Day!

    Commencement for the class of 2019 will take place today at 2:00PM. Judy Perry Martinez, president-elect of the American Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address. For those family members and friends who are unable to attend #NUSL2019, the School of Law is pleased to offer a live video stream of the ceremony. The ceremony will also be broadcast via Facebook Live. (more)

  • What’s Next for the Alabama Abortion Law

    The most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the nation has been signed into law in Alabama, but stands little chance of overturning a person’s constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade, say Professors Libby Adler and Dan Urman. (more)

  • Loayza ’20 Selected to Participate in HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute

    Allen Loayza ’20 has been selected to join the highly competitive Hispanic National Bar Association’s/Microsoft Intellectual Property Institute (HBNI/IPLI). (more)

  • Northeastern Law Students to Offer Assistance at Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas

    Dilley, Texas, is home to the nation’s largest family detention center. At the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center, immigrant mothers and children — mostly fleeing extreme violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — need lawyers. For one week in May, Northeastern law students, under the auspices of the school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, will help meet that need. The students will be assisting the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, which operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that offers direct representation. (more)

  • Kohn '84 Discusses Whistleblower Case on 60 Minutes

    Watch now: Stephen Kohn ’84, attorney for the Danske Bank whistleblower, is interviewed on 60 Minutes. (more)

  • Enrich's Seminal Tax Article Makes Yale's Top 50 List

    Professor Peter Enrich’s seminal article, “Saving the States from Themselves: Commerce Clause Constraints on State Tax Incentives for Business,” published in the Harvard Law Review in 1996, has made it to “The 50 Most-Cited Tax Articles of All Time,” a list compiled by NYU law fellow Jonathan Choi for the Yale Journal on Regulation. Enrich’s article came in at no. 9 on this list of what Choi calls “beach reads” for “tax nerds.” (more)

  • Rotschafer ’20 Named a 2019 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows

    Cara Rotschafer ’20 has been selected for the 2019 Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship, a partnership program between Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation. Cara will be hosted at Legal Aid of Nebraska, where she’s tasked with working on the organization’s Housing Justice Project. (more)

  • Man Charged with Rape for a Second Time Pleads Not Guilty

    “I think it’s really important to not rush to judgment in this particular case,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Nancy Prior, the Quiet and Unassuming Trillion-Dollar Woman

    Nancy Prior ’94, president of Fidelity Investments' fixed-income group, is profiled by the Financial Times. Nancy, who served as our 2015 Women in the Law keynote speaker, talks team play, equal opportunities and staying close to her roots. (more)

  • PHRGE ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER FELLOWS

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) welcomes four new appointees to its prestigious fellowship program. Congratulations to Catherine Houser ’20, Tania Murillo ’20, Khalafalla Osman ’21 and Nick Sabin ’20, who will work with partner organizations to protect and promote human rights. (more)

  • Immigrant Justice Clinic Report Cited in Lawsuit Against ICE

    The law school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic is cited in a complaint filed by the Middlesex County DA (Marian Ryan), Suffolk County DA (Rachael Rollins ’99), the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Chelsea Collaborative in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. (more)

  • Alfred Brownell Named a 2019 Goldman Prize Recipient

    Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his extraordinary work protecting land rights. (more)

  • PHAI Initiates E-cigarette Lawsuit against Juul Labs

    NUSL’s Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) has initiated a lawsuit against Juul Labs to pay for treatment of MA teens who want to quit the company’s e-cigarettes. “We don’t have anywhere to send these parents or these kids,” Mark Gottlieb, executive director of PHAI tells The Boston Globe. “There’s a real need for figuring out how to treat them and providing them with treatment.” (more)

  • Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent’s ‘Last Resort’ Has Consequences

    "Limiting someone's civil rights should be the last resort and only reserved for those cases that are truly dire," says Professor Leo Beletsky. (more)

  • Enrich Appointed to Mass. Senate Revenue Working Group

    Karen Spilka '80, president of the Massachusetts Senate, has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Enrich to a newly established Revenue Working Group. (more)

  • New Hampshire Attempts To Abolish Death Penalty

    Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH’s Morning Edition to discuss New Hampshire’s latest attempt to abolish capital punishment. (more)

  • Attorney General William Barr Cleared President Trump of Obstructing Justice. Should He Have?

    “It’s fair to say that Barr interpreted and presented the findings in a way that minimized Trump’s culpability and that it appears as though there’s greater cause for concern raised by the report than Barr would’ve led us to believe,” says Professor Daniel Medwed. (more)

  • MBA to Present $10,000 Scholarship to Rodriguez ’19

    Congratulations to Anna Shaddae Rodriguez ’19, winner of the Mass. Bar Association’s 2019 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship! (more)

  • ABA President-Elect to Deliver Northeastern Law Commencement Address

    Judy Perry Martinez, president-elect of the American Bar Association, will deliver Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement address on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (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. This is the fifth year in a row that Northeastern has held the #1 spot. (more)

  • Sec. Nielsen Is Out, But Her Family Separation Legacy Lives On

    Watch now: Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, joins WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss what’s next on the immigration front in the wake of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation. (more)

  • Can Officials Require Vaccinations Against Measles? a Century-Old Case May Give Them a Foothold

    “We’re living in a time where significant numbers of people — definitely a minority, but significant numbers of people — don’t trust authorities, don’t trust expertise, don’t believe in science,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells STAT. “And in the long run the question’s going to be: How do we figure out how to reknit that trust? And you can’t keep just threatening tougher and tougher things.” (more)

  • We Did It!

    The results are in and NUSL has topped the leaderboard with the most gifts at Northeastern on #NUGivingDay! Thanks to your generosity, we unlocked the $25,000 NU Schools and Colleges Challenge. Thank you for joining in the excitement on our third annual day of giving and for supporting current and future students with your gifts! #NUSLPride (more)

  • Honored for Excellence: Nelson ’19 Named to Northeastern's Huntington 100

    Congratulations to Siri Nelson ’19, who has been selected as one of Northeastern University's Huntington 100 Award 2019 recipients. (more)

  • Does 'Exonerate' Mean What We Think It Means?

    Professor Daniel Medwed outlines two legal conceptions of the term ‘exonerate’: “One is semi-legal, to characterize someone who’s been freed from prison on grounds consistent with innocence. The other, a more formal definition, is used in "compensation statutes and in certain bail laws." (more)

  • 'Bye, Jayme': Jake Patterson's Path to Convictions in the Jayme Closs Case Was Unusual

    "Prosecutors likely made the offer to spare her family the horror and disquiet of a full-blown trial,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells the Post Crescent. "As for Patterson, maybe the idea was to avoid the gruesome details surfacing in court and making him more of a target for violence once he’s behind bars.” (more)

  • Dean Hackney and Professor Woo Visit China

    Dean James Hackney and Associate Dean Margaret Woo are in China to introduce the law school’s new Online LLM program and to discuss possible collaborations in research, teaching and student exchange between Northeastern and various Chinese schools. (more)

  • As Arizona Opioid Overdoses Spike, State Looks To Next Steps

    Professor Leo Beletsky comments on Arizona's drug overdose crisis for KJZZ Phoenix Radio: “Simply cutting off or closing the faucet on prescription drugs tends to produce this unintended consequence of folks moving toward illicit supplies.” (more)

  • Will an ISIS Bride be Allowed to Return to the US?

    In 2014, a woman fled the United States to marry an Islamic State fighter in Syria. Now she wants to return to the US with her 18-month-old son. Whether she’ll be able to could set a major legal precedent, says Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of NUSL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic at Northeastern. (more)

  • Cute Robots, Smart Underwear, and Facial Recognition in Church: Have We Gone Too Far?

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog visited Northeastern's Charlotte campus in March 2019 to discuss trends that he said pose concerns for privacy and shared cautionary tales of technology gone wild... (more)

  • MBA to Honor Liben ’76 with Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) will honor Judith Liben ’76 with a lifetime achievement award at its annual dinner on Thursday, May 9. (more)

  • Gottlieb’s Threat of Federal Vaccine Mandates: Questionable Legality, Poor Policy

    "There is no vaccine against vaccine resistance, and constitutionally dubious actions by federal officials can’t do the trick," writes Professor Wendy Parmet, director of NUSL's Center for Health Policy and Law, in an op-ed for STAT. (more)

  • New York Suburb Declares Measles Emergency, Barring Unvaccinated Children From Public

    “This may be the rare situation where this kind of order is necessary,” Professor Parmet, faculty director of NUSL's Center for Health Policy and Law, tells The New York Times. “But in many of these cases, the devil is in the details.” (more)

  • The Mueller Report Found No Collusion Between Trump and Russia. but the Saga of the Russia Investigation Is Not Over.

    Following the partial disclosure on Sunday of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that cleared Trump of collusion, the House of Representatives is likely to demand the release of any underlying documents and testimony from various players, including Mueller himself, says Professor Michael Meltsner. (more)

  • The Mueller Report Found No Collusion Between Trump and Russia. but the Saga of the Russia Investigation Is Not Over.

    Following the partial disclosure on Sunday of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that cleared Trump of collusion, the House of Representatives is likely to demand the release of any underlying documents and testimony from various players, including Mueller himself, says Professor Michael Meltsner. (more)

  • Richard Burns ’80 Steps in as Interim CEO of Lambda Legal

    Richard Burns ’80, former executive director of the NYC LGBT Community Center, is offering a steady hand as interim CEO of Lambda Legal, which was led by Kevin Cathcart ’82 until his retirement in 2016. (more)

  • Professor Danielsen Invited to Speak at UN Headquarters

    Professor Dan Danielsen will speak on the closing panel of a colloquium on contractual networks and other forms of inter-firm cooperation organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The colloquium, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 25 to 26, 2019, will analyse the relevance of contractual networks to UNCITRAL work on developing an enabling legal environment for Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). (more)

  • PHRGE Marks World Water Day with Release of New Report

    To mark World Water Day on Friday, March 22, 2019, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy has released a new publication, The Human Right to Water: Using Freedom of Information Laws to Understand Rising Water Rates. (more)

  • America’s Overdose Crisis Keeps Getting Worse. Fentanyl Isn’t The Only Drug To Blame.

    “Because we used this framing of the culprit being opioids, it shaped the response and it actually focused the attention of officials and policymakers on just that one element, and as a result we got to where we are today,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells Vice News. “It was the wrong diagnosis. We diagnosed the problem incorrectly. It was not an opioid problem, it was a problem of poly-substance use, and that problem still exists.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Top 10 for Health Care Law in 2020 US News Ranking

    Northeastern University School of Law advanced to the top 10 law schools for health care law in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, released today. The law school was ranked no. 9 for 2020, up from no. 14 in the 2019 rankings. (more)

  • Law and Communications Unite with MS in Media Advocacy

    The MS in media advocacy is an exciting new collaboration between the law school and the College of Arts, Media and Design. Now accepting applications for fall 2019! (more)

  • NJ Teens That Tweeted Their Civil Rights Bill Into Law Will Now Lobby for Federal Funding

    In collaboration with NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project, a group of New Jersey high school students, drafted a successful bill calling for the release of civil rights cold-case files. “It’s going to change our sense of our history,” Professor Margaret Burnham tells Fox News. “It’s going to change our understanding of what the legacy of racial violence has meant for these communities. It’s certainly going to affect the families.” (more)

  • Facebook’s Plan to Put ‘Privacy First’ Could Create New Problems

    “It’s one thing to see a random link that is blatantly false being shared on a News Feed by someone you barely know at all. But it’s another thing entirely when someone you know sends you a blatantly false story or a deep fake video,” Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells CNN News. “You might actually trust it even more.” (more)

  • Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Record Fine on Local Alcohol Distributor

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH's Morning Edition to discuss recent and upcoming developments at the Mass. SJC, including last week’s notable opinion interpreting the “anti-bribery” regulations of Massachusetts state alcohol laws. (more)

  • 11AM Delayed Opening

    The National Weather Service is forecasting a storm overnight with expected snow accumulation of several inches for the Greater Boston area. In anticipation of difficult commutes for many, classes that start before 11 a.m. on Monday morning are canceled. Classes that start at or after 11 a.m. will take place as scheduled. Administrative offices will open at 11 a.m. (more)

  • Professor Hartzog Testifies Before Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on Wednesday, February 27, as part of a hearing titled, “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.” The hearing examined what Congress should do to address risks to consumers and implement data privacy protections for all Americans. (more)

  • Carole Fernandez: Court Fines are Harsh, Counter-Productive

    Kudos to students in last year’s Legal Skills and Social Context program, whose study of Florida’s system of criminal debt is being used by the League of Women Voters of Alachua County to promote change. (more)

  • State Commission on Safe Consumption Sites Expected to Finalize Report by Next Wee

    As the Massachusetts Harm Reduction Commission prepares to release its final report on safe on consumption sites, Professor Leo Beletsky, a member of the 15-person panel, comments for The Boston Globe: "Our Commonwealth has been on the vanguard of advancing a public-health approach...We’ve done a lot of very pioneering work that moves the needle on health care toward more public health approach, so it actually fits in with that overall paradigm.” (more)

  • Trump Grabs Women’s Uteruses at Home and Abroad

    Check out Professor Brook Baker’s latest blog for Health Gap. (more)

  • Professor Hartzog to Testify Before US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog will testify before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this Wednesday, February 27, as part of a hearing titled, “Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.” The hearing will examine what Congress should do to address risks to consumers and implement data privacy protections for all Americans. (more)

  • Reviewing "Human Rights in Global Health"

    "The major takeaway from Human Rights in Global Health is the need to understand the history, process, attitudes, and struggles that have either been overcome or continue to act as barriers to full integration of health policies in international law," writes Jennifer Huer, managing director of NUSL's Center for Health Policy and Law, in a book review for the Human Rights at Home Blog. (more)

  • PHRGE ANNOUNCES ITS SPRING FELLOWS

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) welcomes four new appointees to its prestigious fellowship program. Congratulations to Kristine Chacko '20, Janae Choquette '19, Jessica Faunce '20 and Rebecca Singleton ’20, who will work with partner organizations to protect and promote human rights. (more)

  • AALS Honors Professor Wendy Parmet with Health Law Community Service Award

    Professor Wendy Parmet, a nationally recognized expert on health, disability and public health law and faculty director of the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law, is being honored today with the 2019 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care’s Health Law Community Service Award. According to the section, “Professor Parmet has dedicated countless hours to ensuring health care access to the most vulnerable.” (more)

  • Professor Margo Lindauer ’07 Named a Bellow Scholar

    Professor Margo Lindauer ’07, director of the law school’s Domestic Violence Institute and Domestic Violence Clinic, was named a Bellow Scholar at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans. The Bellow Scholar Program, administered the by the AALS Clinical Section, recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow — a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education. (more)

  • Top Flutist Settles Gender Pay-Gap Suit With Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Top employment and labor attorney Elizabeth Rodgers ‘76 has settled pay equity suit with the BSO on behalf of her star-flutist client. (more)

  • Here’s What These Professors Say is Missing From the National Debate Over Blackface

    What happens when the people we entrust with our lives and well-being compromise their credibility with a single photo? Professor Margaret Burnham, director of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ), shares her take on the recent blackface controversies. (more)

  • Four-Part Series Produced by Khan '20 Airs on WBUR Radio Boston

    Listen now! Qainat Khan ’20 has produced a four-part series on affordable housing for WBUR Radio Boston. The final episode airs tomorrow and will feature Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand. (more)

  • Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Plan to Fight the Opioid Epidemic, Explained

    “People are dropping dead by the thousands [in the opioid epidemic], and we are teetering around the edges,”Professor Leo Beletsky tells Vox Media. (more)

  • Bowman ’21 and Farolan ’21 Named as 2019 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows

    Zoe Bowman ’21 and Christine Farolan ’21 have been selected as 2019 Haywood Burns Fellowship recipients by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The fellowships sponsor law students and legal workers to spend the summer working for public interest organizations across the country in order to build their legal skills, strengthen their long-term commitment to social justice and provide much-needed legal support to under-served communities. (more)

  • Keeping Tabs on the TTAB

    Leading trademark expert John Welch joins with his students in the IP CO-LAB to get it right when it comes to no trademark decision on OOPS! WRONG ANSWER. Check it out on Professor Welch's The TTABlog! (more)

  • Young Mom Killed By Ex-Boyfriend After Being Kidnapped From College Campus

    Margo Lindauer '07, director of the School of Law's Domestic Violence Institute, tells Refinery29 that custody proceedings can increase the lethality of domestic violence situations: “Children are often the last link between abusers and their victims and that abusers often exploit family courts in an effort to retain power.” (more)

  • High Above the City, Healey Feels Grounded

    The 20th-floor work space of Massachusetts AG Maura Healey ’98 is the focus of this Boston Globe feature. And, of course, the AG has her NUSL diploma proudly displayed in her office! (more)

  • Baker Looks to Rein in Drug Prices in Budget Proposal

    “We need to understand that doing nothing isn’t working either, that this is a very complicated but very distorted marketplace and that the lack of intervention by the government is not working,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Huntington News. “I think it will be in the interest of the drug companies, actually, not only the patients, to negotiate in good faith and come up with something that can work for everybody.” (more)

  • Hockey Player Turned Law Student Turned Referee: Kelly Cooke ’19 to Officiate at Tonight’s Women’s Beanpot

    Lawyers notoriously love to make their case, but at tonight’s Women’s Beanpot, Kelly Cooke ’19 will brook no arguments. As one of the two referees at the highly anticipated championship game between Boston University and Harvard, Cooke will bring a lifetime of expertise, both as player and referee, to her officiating duties. She’ll be joined on the ice by Katie Guay, who last week made history as the first female referee in a men’s Beanpot game. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine: Winter 2019 Issue

    “About Face,” “Fighting the Currents,” “Standing Up for Justice” and many more stories await readers in the winter 2019 issue of Northeastern Law magazine. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Trademark Team Takes Third Place in Lefkowitz Competition

    A three-member team from Northeastern University School of Law took third place at the Eastern Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, held at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Amanda Bishop ’19, Jennifer Cullinane ’19 and Shelby Hecht ’19 placed third for their combined brief and oral argument, besting 12 other teams in the region. (more)

  • The Global Fund is Needlessly Undermining the Global Response to HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria with a Weak Replenishment Goal

    In his latest contribution to the Health GAP blog, Professor Brook Baker provides an analysis of the Global Fund’s target for its upcoming replenishment cycle. (more)

  • Professor Montgomery Makes Case for Consistent Approach to Fair Use Doctrine Before the ABA House of Delegates

    In January, Professor Susan Montgomery spoke before the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates in favor of a resolution encouraging courts to take a consistent approach to the "fair use" doctrine, a defense to copyright infringement that permits use of copyrighted works for free without obtaining a license or permission in appropriate circumstances. Montgomery, a member of the ABA’s section of Intellectual Property Law, contended that the resolution addresses an issue that is faced often by both copyright owners and users. (more)

  • Seeking Justice for Hidden Deaths

    Listen back: Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), is interviewed on NU Library’s What’s New Podcast. (more)

  • State is ‘Blazing New Trails’ in Marijuana Equity, Says Lindsay ’07

    Shanel Lindsay ’07, founder and president of the Boston cannabis company Ardent and a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, is profiled in The Boston Globe! (more)

  • Judge Says Tampa Conversion Therapy Ban Violates First Amendment Free-speech Rights

    Professor Claudia Haupt comments on the Tampa conversion therapy ban for The Washingon Post: “If you’re acting in your professional capacity, there are consequences to giving bad advice, so speech can be sanctioned.” (more)

  • Can Accused Killer, Kidnapper Jake Patterson Get A Fair Trial In The Explosive Jayme Closs Case?

    "It strikes me that the high-profile and incendiary nature of the case makes it virtually impossible to have a fair trial in or near Barron,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells USA Today. (more)

  • ‘El Chapo’ Lawyers Aim To Portray Joaquin Guzman As The Victim Of A Vast Conspiracy

    “It sounds like the defense lawyers are doing the best they can with less than ideal facts,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The LA Times. “Being an effective trial lawyer is managing the rules of evidence but also managing the narrative, so that you create sympathy and support for your side in a way that’s almost complementary to the evidence.” (more)

  • A Response to Martin Luther King's Challenge

    On Friday, January 25, the Northeastern community gathered to pay homage to the life and values of Dr. King through the power of film, music and conversation. The event featured the premier of Murder in Mobile, an inspiring short documentary which highlights the work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ). The film tells the story of how Chelsea Schmitz '13 unearthed the case of Rayfield Davis, a black man who was murdered in 1948 in Mobile, Alabama, by a white man who was never prosecuted. (more)

  • A Tribute to the Dream

    Join President Aoun and the Northeastern community in paying homage to homage to the life and values of Dr. King through the power of film, music and conversation. This event will feature the premier of Murder in Mobile, a short documentary about NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) and one family's untold story of race and justice. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with Professor Margaret Burnham, director of CRRJ, and Roderick L. Ireland, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Featuring music by Danielle Ponder '11. (more)

  • Man Charged With Homicide for Sharing Drugs With Woman Who Later Died

    “Fatal overdoses result in part because people use in isolation and because witnesses are reluctant to call 911,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Appeal. “This is why public health efforts like naloxone distribution and Good Samaritan laws try to remove barriers to life-saving interventions.” (more)

  • SJC Rules On Case Challenging The State's Prostitution Laws

    Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH News to discuss recent developments at the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court: "I think the most notable recent decision concerns a Massachusetts law that punishes people for profiting from sex trafficking — so-called pimps." (more)

  • Trademark Expert John Welch Joins Northeastern Law’s IP CO-LAB

    John Welch, a leading trademark expert, has joined Northeastern University School of Law’s IP CO-LAB as a faculty clinic supervisor. Welch is counsel at Wolf Greenfield and has represented clients in scores of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and domain name lawsuits across the country and has handled hundreds of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB and the USPTO. (more)

  • Professor Gundavaram Provides Expert Commentary on NECN's The Take

    Watch now: Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of #NUSL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, appeared on NECN’s The Take. He talked about President Donald Trump’s speech on the border wall, the impact of the government shutdown and the commitment to public interest that he sees in his students at Northeastern. (more)

  • Group Of Attorneys Believe Boston Marathon Bomber Should Be Granted New Trial

    "A jury anywhere in the country might have decided that this young man should be executed, but at least would have a sense that it was a group of people who were dispassionate," Professor Michael Meltsner tells Boston 25 News. Meltsner has signed on to an amicus brief supporting Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for a new death penalty trial. (more)

  • Retired SJC Justice Joins Lawyers Backing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Bid for New Death Penalty Trial

    Former SJC Associate Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly, currently a visiting professor of the practice at NUSL, and professors Daniel Medwed and Michael Meltsner, are among eight attorneys and legal scholars who have signed on to an amicus brief supporting Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for a new death penalty trial. (more)

  • Pursuing Impeachment of President Trump: The Pros and Cons

    Professor Daniel Medwed joins WGBH's Morning Edition to discuss how the federal impeachment process works and obstacles that may stand in the way of an impeachment of the president. (more)

  • Professor Hartzog Delivers Keynote at the IAPP’s 2018 Data Protection Congress

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog was invited to give the keynote address at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels in November 2018. His topic: “The Case Against Idealizing Control.” Watch it now. (more)

  • Stronger Together: A Consortium Case Study and How-to Guide for Marketing JD Advantage Careers

    Rhonda Rittenberg ’87, NUSL's Director of Employer Outreach for New Markets, writes about marketing JD Advantage Careers in this month's issue of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Bulletin. (See page 12 for article.) (more)

  • California Could Soon Have its Own Version of the Internet

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog is quoted by Wired in a story about the possibility of the Internet fracturing: "I think that California, like Brussels, certainly might set the bar for compliance on several important tech issues. But this might not lead to balkanization in the way we’re seeing in China and Russia." (more)

  • New ‘Church’ Wants To Save Lives — By Offering A Safe Place To Shoot Up

    "Public health innovation has often pushed the boundaries of the law, and the law has followed,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Huffington Post. (more)