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  • 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)


    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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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 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)