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  • What To Expect At The Boston Marathon Bomber's Appeal

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH's Morning Edition to discuss the claims being raised by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team. (more)

  • Professor Martha Davis Represents International Human Rights Groups in Florida Sanctuary Cities Lawsuit

    Professor Martha Davis, co-director of the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Human Rights Watch, the Center for Constitutional Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEFopposing a Florida law prohibiting sanctuary policies and requiring local police to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Davis argues that the law, SB 168, is unconstitutional and a threat to the state’s most vulnerable residents. (more)

  • Is Massachusetts Gearing up For a #MassExit?

    “Massachusetts cannot make public health policy based on politically guided statements from the federal government," Professor Leo Beletsky tells Boston Magazine. "It has to chart its own path.” (more)

  • Can a Pill Redress Social and Racial Injustice?

    “The heart of a lot of what I do in the law is looking at intersections between law and science with specific attention to how it impacts issues of racial justice,” says Professor Jonathan Kahn. That’s exactly what he’s done with his examination of the first race-based prescription drug in the US. (more)

  • Built For Counterterrorism, This High-Tech Machine Is Now Helping Fight Fentanyl

    "Drug checking is a legal gray area," Professor Leo Beletsky tells NPR's Morning Edition. "There are provisions in Massachusetts law and the laws of pretty much every other state that might be interpreted to consider drug checking devices as 'drug paraphernalia.'" (more)

  • Boston Couple Texted for Help Minutes Before Being Stabbed to Death in Penthouse Condo

    "The details emerging in the Teixeira trial are horrific and paint a picture of a couple who endured a brutal ordeal in the last moments of their lives," Professor Stephanie Hartung tells USA Today. (more)

  • The Marijuana Paradox

    "The system is overly broad and often penalizes people for things that have nothing to do with the problem they are ostensibly being treated for. It has disastrous consequences: You can lose your kid, lose your job," says Professor Leo Beletsky, director of Northeastern University’s Health in Justice Lab. (more)

  • ABA Honors Strangio and Malalis with Stonewall Award

    Chase Strangio ’10 and Carmelyn Malalis ’01, both nationally recognized LGBT legal activists, will be honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with its eighth annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony in February at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas. (more)

  • Two Northeastern Law Students Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship

    Two Northeastern Law students have been awarded two-year Skadden Fellowships, among the most competitive awards for law students pursuing careers in public interest law. Upon graduation, Emma Halas-O'Connor ’20 and Larisa Zehr ’20 join nonprofit organizations representing those with limited access to legal resources. (more)

  • Peck '96 Pens Op-ed Urging a Stop to Active Shooter Drills in Schools

    In an op-ed recently published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sarah Peck '96, director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative, raises the concern that active shooter drills in schools can traumatize children. (more)

  • Massachusetts to Ban Menthol Cigarettes as Well as Flavored Vapes

    Mark Gottlieb '93, executive director of Northeaster Law’s Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), tells The New York Times that he sees a proposed new Massachusetts bill banning all flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products as a step toward the phasing out of conventional cigarettes entirely: “I have to believe that in the next decade or two, at most, we’re going to see those combusted tobacco products like Marlboro and Camel and the like eventually be regulated out of the marketplace.” (more)

  • Generic Licensing: the Only Path Through the Maze of Gilead and US Patents that Achieves Access to Affordable PrEP

    "CDC and AIDS service organizations should not be in the unenviable position of having to rely on continued high prices charged by Gilead to get dimes on the dollar of what should otherwise be appropriated by Congress on a sustainable basis," writes Professor Brook Baker in his latest opinion piece for the Health GAP blog. (more)

  • Exonerated After 22 Years in Prison, Former Needham Student Advocates for Justice

    When Sean Ellis was 19, a jury in Suffolk Superior Court convicted him in the September 1993 murder of a Boston police detective. After being granted a new trial in 2015 by then Judge Carol Ball ’76, who wrote, “Justice was note done,” in the case, referring to a wave of corruption allegations against the Boston police, prosecutors chose not to pursue another case against Ellis. Last Friday night, Ellis addressed a crowd of over 100 people, who had gathered at the Center at the Heights to hear his story. Sharing the stage with Ellis was Professor Stephanie Hartung, who said, “the way the District Attorney’s office and the Boston Police Department handled the exoneration was disgraceful.” (more)

  • The FIVE Fs : Funding, Attorneys’ Fees, Expert Fees, Full Potential and Fair Burden

    On the 45th anniversary of the enactment of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Robert Crabtree ’76 outlines five issues in special education that every candidate for office should be prepared to address. (more)

  • A Drug Dealer who Gave a College Student Opioids to End Her Life was Sentenced to 24 Years

    “What’s conceptually difficult is that you do have the suicide victim who is ultimately making a decision for him or herself,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Washington Post. “And so it’s harder to say that the perpetrator’s conduct directly caused the death when the victim has made a choice — a relatively autonomous choice — to take his or her own life.” (more)

  • When the Judge Became the Defendant

    “What Joseph’s behavior has become is a rallying cry, not just for judicial independence, not just for states’ rights, but also a form of civil disobedience, that we, as state duly appointed judges, won’t be cowed by federal prosecutors,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The New York Times. (more)

  • A Federal Red Flag Law Would Save Lives and Give Trump a Much Needed Win

    “Although seemingly counterintuitive, now is the perfect time to pass a federal red flag law,” writes Sarah Peck '96, director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute’s United on Guns initiative, in an op-ed for The Hill. (more)

  • Sperm Banks

    Listen: Professor Kara Swanson, author of Banking on the Body (Harvard University Press, 2014), was interviewed by NPR's Planet Money for a segment on sperm banks. (more)

  • Activists Want Congress to Ban Facial Recognition. So They Scanned Lawmakers’ Faces

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog's work on facial recognition is cited by Vox. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Team Takes the Lead in Crafting and Advocating for Conrad’s Law

    A Northeastern Law team of faculty, students and graduates will be watching closely as lawmakers in Massachusetts debate “Conrad’s Law,” a bill that would make coerced suicide a crime. The Northeastern team played a significant role in crafting the law and bringing it to the attention of the Statehouse. Massachusetts is one of only eight states across the country that does not have a law targeting this kind of pressure. (more)

  • Pa. Is Treating More Opioid Overdoses as Homicides. Defense Lawyers Are Learning to Fight Back.

    Our Health in Justice Action Lab joined forces with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Vital Strategies to host a training session in Harrisburg, PA, for defense attorneys handling DDRD cases. “Pennsylvania is ground zero for these kinds of prosecutions,” says Professor Leo Beletsky. (more)

  • Rolland’s New Book Predicts a More Pluralist World

    Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center hosts an official launch today for Professor Sonia Rolland's book, Emerging Powers in the International Economic Order. (more)

  • Life Without Parole Needs to Go

    “We have gotten more and more punitive as a society,” says adjunct professor Patricia Garin ’84, who supervises students in Northeastern Law’s Prisoners’ Rights Clinic. (more)

  • DEA Agents Warn Mexican Cartel Pills Look ‘Exactly’ Like Real Prescriptions and Target US Children

    "If you're concerned about Mexican drug cartels, the best way to defeat them would be to reduce demand, taking their business away," Jeremiah Goulka, a researcher and senior fellow at Northeastern Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab, tells Newsweek. (more)

  • Professor Lucy Williams Honored by University of Chicago

    Professor Lucy Williams, an internationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, has been honored with a professional achievement alumni award by the University of Chicago. (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 welcome two new appointees, Kaila Clark ’20 and Emma Halas-O’Connor ’20, to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

  • Senator Hassan ’85 Receives New Englander of the Year Award

    Maggie Hassan ’85, United States Senator for New Hampshire, received the New Englander of the Year award during the New England Council’s reception at the World Trade Center in Boston last month. The award honors residents of New England for their contributions to their field of work, and their leadership in improving the region's quality of life and economy. (more)

  • Punishing Addiction

    “The very definition of substance-use disorder is continued and compulsive use despite negative consequences,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s not productive to threaten jail for people whose disorder by definition makes them less responsive to those consequences.” (more)

  • DAs Increasingly Treat Overdoses as Homicides. Will November Reel That In?

    “If you are at an overdose scene, and you are faced with the decision of whether or not to seek help, you are likely to be highly affected by having seen or heard prosecutors talk about drug-induced homicide prosecutions,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Appeal. (more)

  • Brendan Dassey's Legal Team Enlists Support of Nearly 250 Experts in Bid for Clemency

    “On the one hand, Dassey in theory might be a good candidate given his youth and the questions about his mental and cognitive capacity,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Post Crescent. “On the other hand, I think the high profile and notoriety of the case cuts against him. I suspect the governor might be wary of signaling that this is a wrongful conviction.” (more)

  • Prosecutors Increasing Pressure on ‘Varsity Blues’ Defendants With New Charges, Experts Say

    "When your defendants are white privileged folks you can't make a classic hardship argument...so you have to come up with a different hardship," Professor Daniel Medwed tells USA Today. (more)

  • Prosecutors Increasing Pressure on ‘Varsity Blues’ Defendants With New Charges, Experts Say

    Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe that new charges in the College Admissions Scandal, including conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, will probably result in the remaining defendants trying to reach a plea deal. (more)

  • Why Defendants in the College Admissions Scam Are Changing Their Pleas

    “The decision to plead guilty right now strikes me as quite rational, given the prospect of a higher punishment if convicted,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells TIME. “Some of us have called the plea system a ‘trial tax’ that pressures you to plead out, because of the stark sentencing differential between post-plea and post-trial sentences.” (more)

  • Professor Davis to Participate Goldberg v. Kelly Panel at NYU School of Law

    Professor Martha Davis visits NYU School of Law today to mark the 50th anniversary of Goldberg v. Kelly, the topic of her seminal book, Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement (Yale University Press, 1995). She will join a panel of experts to discuss the impact of the ruling and the meaning of due process and justice for low-income Americans. (more)

  • Judge Cites Amicus Brief in Public Charge Decision

    The Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern Universitsy School of Law, in collaboration with Public Health Law Watch (PHLW), Health in Justice Action Lab and others, was a signatory to an amicus brief drafted by Professor Wendy Parmet, Health Law Advocates (HLA) and Foley Hoag in response to the recent Public Charge Rule. (more)

  • What Happens When Employers Can Read Your Facial Expressions?

    In an op-ed for The New York Times' "Privacy Project" series, Professor Woodrow Hartzog and his co-author, Evan Selinger, continue to make the case to ban facial recognition technology. (more)

  • First Amendment Fundamentalism and Doctrinal Disarray

    Professor Claudia Haupt shares her thoughts on Mary Anne Franks' new book, "The Cult of the Constitution," in a piece written for the Balkinization blog. (more)

  • Professor Parmet Selected to Receive APHA Law Section's Highest Scoring Abstract Award

    Professor Wendy E. Parmet has been selected as the recipient of the Highest Scoring Abstract Award by the Law Section Award Committee of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her abstract titled, “Health Implications of the Public Charge Rule.” (more)

  • What Happens When Someone Defies a Congressional Subpoena? We’re About to Find Out.

    "Opening an impeachment inquiry without a House vote is unprecedented, but that doesn't make it illegal," says Professor Dan Urman. (more)

  • Northeastern Law to Host Hearing on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse in the City of Boston

    In partnership with Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell and Councilor Ed Flynn, Northeastern University School of Law's Domestic Violence Institute and Center for Health Policy and Law will host a hearing on domestic violence and sexual assault in the City of Boston on Monday, October 28. (more)

  • Boston Is Using A Chemical Warfare Device To Help Fight Fentanyl

    "Drug checking is a legal gray area," Professor Leo Beletsky tells WBUR's CommonHealth. "There are provisions in Massachusetts law and the laws of pretty much every other state that might be interpreted to consider drug checking devices as drug paraphernalia." (more)

  • In College Admissions Scandal, Judge Takes on Privilege as She Sends Parents to Prison

    U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani could be “sending a broader message to the community about privilege and how people shouldn’t capitalize on their privilege in ways that are illegal and immoral,” says Professor Daniel Medwed. (more)

  • Trump: No Health Insurance, No Visa

    “It’s a Catch-22,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells CommonWealth. “The reason why immigrants are less likely to be [publicly] insured is because they’re less likely to be eligible for health insurance programs. Congress and states have decided not to provide coverage. They’re uninsured because of public policies.” (more)

  • Four Grads Honored as Top Women of the Law

    Nancy Lee ’05, Jeannette McLaughlin ’98, Jane Peachy ’04 and Jamie Sabino ’78 will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at an event on Thursday, November 7. (more)

  • He Applied for a Green Card. Then the FBI Came Calling

    "We are not saying that the government can't investigate national security concerns. But the individual should have the right to challenge that information and the right to be heard," Professor Sameer Ahmed, a former ACLU attorney who worked on a class action lawsuit challenging provisions of President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order, tells CNN. (more)

  • Professor Robinson and Colleagues Awarded $1.5 Million Research Grant by NSF

    Professor H.C. Robinson and colleagues at Northeastern University and Boston College have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to research the digital platform economy’s challenges posed to workers, business organizations and the public policy institutions that may regulate it with the goal of making algorithmic workplaces such as Uber, TaskRabbit and Upwork more efficient and economically sustainable over the long term, minimizing the negative effects on the public good and maximizing workers’ autonomy, income security and the information by which they determine their engagement with platforms. (more)

  • Why You Can’t Really Consent to Facebook’s Facial Recognition

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger, Philosophy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, have co-authored an essay on the broken nature of consent regimes for facial recognition: "A complete ban is the only way to ensure that facial recognition does not become entangled and abused in both the sacred and blessedly mundane aspects of our lives." (more)

  • Stop Getting Married on Plantations

    “Esthetically, the antebellum plantations of the Old South are undeniably beautiful,” writes Professor Patricia Williams in her latest op-ed for The Nation. “But they’re built on human degradation, and so they live on as icons of romance premised on the fragile privilege of racial innocence, historical oblivion, and educational denialism.” (more)

  • Did Giuliani Break the Law With His Ukraine Meetings?

    “From my point of view as a constitutional law professor, the most important thing about this moment in history is that we get back to finding out the facts,” says Professor Jeremy Paul. (more)

  • New York TImes Disability Series Publishes Essay by Carol Steinberg ’80

    An essay by Carol Steinberg '80 titled, "Standing Up for What I Need," has been published in an anthology of essays from the New York Times Disability Series. (more)

  • Internet of Thieves

    Listen: Professor Woodrow Hartzog talks internet privacy on Litmus, Northeastern University's new research podcast. (more)

  • Fortin '96 is Fighting the Good Fight

    "My generation’s job is to continue the forward progress so that people can stay in the profession," Joan Fortin '96, CEO-elect of Bernstein Shur, tells Maine Women Magazine. "Women tend not to stay. That’s the nut I’ve been trying to crack.” (more)

  • Medwed and Meltsner: Repealing Life Without the Possibility of Parole

    Professors Daniel Medwed and Michael Meltsner argue in favor of Massachusetts bills to end life without possibility of parole: “Massachusetts law allows judges to sentence certain criminal defendants convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This is cruel, obsolete, and expensive.” (more)

  • Daynard to Receive American Board of Trial Advocates Award

    University Distinguished Professor of Law Richard Daynard has been selected to receive the Robert Morris, Sr. Award for Courage in Litigation from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s Constitution Day Dinner at the Union Club of Boston. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Recognized as a Tier 1 School for Privacy Law

    Northeastern Law has been ranked as a Tier 1 “Privacy School” by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). (more)

  • The “Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019”: What’s Good, What’s Bad, and What Must be Improved

    Professor Brook Baker shares Health GAP's rapid assessment of the "Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019"... (more)

  • Mellon Foundation Awards $750,000 to Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $750,000 to the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law to support its pathbreaking work in investigating and archiving acts of racial terror in the South between 1930 and the 1970s. (more)

  • Danielsen and Rolland Re-envision Trade in Chapters in World Trade and Investment Law Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for an Inclusive Globalization

    As trade wars, tariffs and international economic uncertainty continue to dominate the news headlines, Northeastern Law faculty members Dan Danielsen and Sonia E. Rolland offer insights and expertise in chapters in a new book, World Trade and Investment Law Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for an Inclusive Globalization (Anthem Press, 2019), edited by Alvaro Santos, Chantal Thomas and David Trubek. (more)

  • Cooke '19 Makes History as One of the First Women to Referee an NHL Preseason Event

    “Anytime you have an opportunity to be the first—to open doors for future generations—that’s a big load on your shoulders,” Kelly Cooke '19 told Northeastern News. (more)

  • Professors Silbey and Swanson Contribute Chapters to Seminal IP Book

    Corsets and copiers are at the heart of chapters penned by Northeastern Law faculty members Kara Swanson and Jessica Silbey in the provocative new book, A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Cambridge University Press, 2019), edited by Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter. (more)

  • Can You Actually Trademark Common Phrases Like 'Taco Tuesday'?

    Professor Jessica Silbey, faculty director of Northeastern Law’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), explains what trademarks are and how they function. (more)

  • Margo Lindauer Named Director of Clinical Programs

    Professor Margo Lindauer ’07, a nationally recognized expert in combatting domestic violence, has been named director of clinical programs at Northeastern University School of Law, effective January 1, 2020. (more)

  • SJC Orders Clerks in ‘Secret Court’ Cases to Record All Hearings

    “If the data is showing that defendants who have counsel are much more likely to not have complaints issued against them, we can make the argument that there should be more pro bono services or a right to counsel at clerks’ hearings,” Professor Margo Lindauer, director of Northeastern Law’ Domestic Violence Institute, tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Professor Ramirez to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee

    Professor Deborah Ramirez will testify before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, September 12, in support of a racial profiling data collection bill that would require state and federal law enforcement agencies to better track and accumulate information regarding stops. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Lauded for Health Law, Human Rights and Professional Development by preLaw Magazine

    In both health law and human rights, Northeastern University School of Law has been recognized with an “A+” grade in the 2019 “back to school” issue of preLaw magazine. In addition to lauding Northeastern’s nationally recognized leadership in practical training, the magazine listed the school as one of 10 “professional development leaders” because of its required first-year course, Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC). (more)

  • What Deporting Sick Immigrants Says About America

    "What the administration and its supporters forget in their efforts to squash compassionate care is that they cannot deport their own mortality,” writes Professor Wendy Parmet in a piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • ‘Treatment Facilities’ Aren’t What You Think They Are

    “Civil rights violations in the name of “treatment” are still violations. And jails called “treatment facilities” are still jail,” writes Professor Leo Beletsky in a co-authored New York Times opinion piece. (more)

  • Who Gets the Money From the Big Pharma Opioid Lawsuits?

    Professor Leo Beletsky comments on the Johnson & Johnson opioid trial ruling: "There is no question that pharmaceutical companies played a role in surging rates of addiction and overdose, but this role was far more complex than the picture painted by this decision." (more)

  • 'Search For & Refuse All Deliveries.' Amid Trade War, Trump Urges USPS Crackdown on Fentanyl Trafficking From China

    “We’re much better served in trying to address demand for those substances and not turning to constantly play a cat-and-mouse game,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells TIme magazine. “The evolution of fentanyl has been driven by efforts to crack down on the supply of heroin [and] encourages drug trafficking organizations to create ever more compact and less detectable drugs.” (more)

  • Sanders and Warren Just Released the Most Decarceral Criminal Justice Platforms Ever

    “Criminal justice has emerged as a pivotal part, maybe even the centerpiece, of a major political party’s primary,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Appeal. “So, while federal criminal activity is a drop in the bucket relative to state-level activity, I think there will be a downstream effect because local candidates on the ballot might echo the folks at the top of the ticket.” (more)

  • What We Can Learn From the Blacklash to the The New York Times History of Slavery in the United States

    “There has been a sustained campaign to erase the experience of enslaved people and the consequences and legacy of slavery in America,” Professor Margaret Burnham, director of Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, tells Northeastern News. “But this is American history, and you have to face it to fix it.” (more)

  • Professor Danielsen Speaks at City, University of London Book Launch

    Professor Dan Danielsen joined a gathering of eminent law academics at City, University of London this May to mark the publication of a new book by Dr. Grietje Baars "that should change the way all legal scholars think about their work." (more)

  • Bernie Sanders’s Call to Ban Facial Recognition Tech for Policing, Explained

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog’s work in favor of a facial recognition ban is cited by Vox. (more)

  • Ford Foundation Funds CRRJ Archive

    The Ford Foundation has made a two-year grant of $300,000 to the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) to promote its pathbreaking work on historical racial violence in the United States. (more)

  • The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

    "If the FTC is to be a successful regulator of tech platforms, it needs more resources, more tools, a greater shield from political pressure, and a clear Congressional mandate," argues Professor Woodrow Hartzog in an article co-authored for the Lawfare blog. (more)

  • Ettinger ’88 Elected as Fellow of American College of Environmental Lawyers

    Congratulations to Jonathan Ettinger '88, a partner in the Boston office of Foley Hoag, on being named a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), a professional association of distinguished attorneys who practice in the field of environmental law. (more)

  • Dyal-Chand and Robinson Awarded Grant to Model and Evaluate Interdependencies in Platform-Based Markets

    Professors Rashmi Dyal-Chand ’94 and Hilary C. Robinson have been awarded a Northeastern University grant to examine the impact of PBSs and potential regulatory responses. (more)

  • What Helped This Attorney Qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Diligence—and Social Media

    Jeffrey Morgan ’07, who recently had a portion of his student loans discharged through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF), shares his advice for others seeking to avail of the program. (more)

  • Could The Rising Cost Of Water Leave Some Mass. Residents Struggling To Pay The Bill?

    Listen back: Professor Martha Davis, lead author of a report investigating water affordability policies in a dozen Massachusetts cities, is interviewed on WBUR's Radio Boston. (more)

  • Four Northeastern Law Graduates Selected for BBA Public Interest Leadership Program

    Four graduates of Northeastern University School of Law have been selected as members of the 2019-2020 Public Interest Leadership Program class by the Boston Bar Association: Robert Foster ’16; Tallulah Knopp ’16; Cory Lamz ’17; and Katie Stock ’16. (more)

  • The Trump Administration’s New Public Charge Rule: Implications For Health Care & Public Health

    “In the current climate, health care providers must consider public education as central to their mission as prescribing medicines, washing wounds, and counseling patients,” writes Professor Wendy Parmet in an article for the Health Affairs blog. (more)

  • Hallmarks Of Innocence: Improving The Criminal Justice System

    In the final part of WGBH’s Hallmarks of Innocence series, Professor Daniel Medwed talks about the larger systemic issues that could help reduce wrongful convictions. (more)

  • A Small Claims Program for Copyright Violations? It's an Idea the ABA Supports

    Professor Susan Montgomery ’86, a delegate with the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, participated in the annual meeting of the House in San Francisco earlier this month and successfully advocated a resolution supporting legislation to establish a small claim program in the US Copyright Office. (more)

  • A Platform for Violent Hate Speech Has Been Implicated in Three Mass Shooting. Should Regulators Step In?

    “There’s a lot of damage that could be done to the First Amendment if we start making more speech illegal,” Professor Jessica Silbey tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • Toni Morrison’s Influence Extends Beyond Literature

    Professor Margaret Burnham, director of NUSL’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), reflects on the late Toni Morrison’s 2013 visit to Northeastern, during which she met with three families who’d lost a relative to racial violence in the 1940s: "It was a very special time. She really gave them her heart and listened quite closely as they shared their stories. Ms. Morrison listened intently and knowingly, as good storytellers do. That, to the families, was deeply restorative.” (more)

  • ‘Everybody wants it’: The Thriving Breast Milk Market

    Professor Kara Swanson’s book, “Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America,” is cited on the front page of The Boston Globe! (more)

  • ‘Making A Murderer’: Steven Avery May Have Another Shot At Acquittal

    Daniel Medwed tells the LA Times that chances look for Steven Avery: “This claims seems like fairly compelling evidence: not of innocence necessarily, but of a lack of fair play by the prosecutors at trial, if indeed they mischaracterized the forensic evidence and improperly suggested that everything occurred on Avery’s property.” (more)

  • The ICE Raids Aren’t Just Wrong – They’re Expensive

    “Beyond the countless families and lives torn apart in these operations and mass arrests, the time and financial resources necessary to execute them are wasteful and unnecessary,” writes Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of Northeastern Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, in an op-ed for Politicio. (more)

  • Boris Johnson Interviewed Me for His Column. Here’s What Didn’t Make It Into Print.

    In her latest column for The Nation, Professor Patricia Williams shares a story about what didn’t make it to print when she was interviewed by Boris Johnson for The Daily Telegraph in 1997. (more)

  • The Law According to Rachael Rollins

    Check out Boston Magazine’s profile of Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins ’97, “Boston's greatest hope to bring the criminal justice system into the wide, woke 21st century.” (more)

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Finds Doctrine of Abatement Ab Initio Outdated, Reinstates Aaron Hernandez’s Conviction

    In an article for the NU Law Review’s online forum, Monica DeLateur ’17 writes about the debate surrounding the doctrine of abatement ab initio, “a legal doctrine that allows a defendant’s convictions to be vacated if the defendant dies during the appellate process challenging those convictions.” (more)

  • Equality Goals!

    Watch: Lauren Betters ’15, director of programs and policy at the Gender Equality Law Center in New York, joins Brooklyn’s BRIC TV to discuss gender pay equity in sports. (more)

  • You're Invited!

    Join us October 18-19 as we honor the classes of 1950s, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, 2004, '09 and '14. Former US Senator William “Mo” Cowan, President, Global Government Affairs and Policy, GE, will deliver the keynote address at our Alumni/ae Weekend reunion gala. (more)

  • Tech Addiction and the Dark Art of Persuasive Design

    Watch now: Professor Woodrow Hartzog is featured in the final installment of Al Jazeera's All Hail the Algorithm news series. (more)

  • Angelicque Moreno Has Gone from Bronx Housing Projects to President of the Academy

    Angelicque Moreno ’93, newly appointed president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, is profiled by The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (more)

  • Hallmarks of Innocence: Government Informants

    How do people end up in jail for crimes they didn't commit? On WGBH's ongoing Hallmarks of Innocence series, Professor Daniel Medwed talks about how government informants sometimes land innocent people behind bars. (more)

  • PHRGE ANNOUNCES ITS FALL FELLOWS

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) welcomes two new appointees to its prestigious fellowship program. Congratulations Catalina Carbonell ’21 and Kristen Tully ’20 who will work with partner organizations to protect and promote human rights. (more)

  • Rodriguez '21 Writes about Forced Arbitration for Teen Vogue

    In an op-ed co-authored for Teen Vogue, Kimberly Rodriguez ’21 explains why more than 60 million American workers have signed away their right to sue their employer in public court. (more)

  • Mass. Medical Society Backs End to Religious Exemption for Vaccines

    “There’s no constitutional right to an exemption to a general law that is protecting the public’s health based on an individual religious exemption,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells the Boston Herald. (more)

  • The Mueller Hearing Failed to Move the Needle

    Professor Jeremy Paul weighs in on the Mueller hearing for Northeastern News: "Some Democrats will continue to build the case that Trump should be impeached for obstructing justice but how that plays out will depend on how the coverage of the testimony develops over next few days." (more)

  • Water Is More Expensive Than Ever. Massachusetts Should Do More To Help Residents

    “We can’t afford to ignore the impact of rising water prices on the state’s low-income residents,” says Professor Martha Davis, lead author of a new PHRGE report titled "A Drop in the Bucket: Water Affordability Policies in Twelve Massachusetts Communities." (more)

  • 'Conrad's Law' Would Criminalize Suicidal Coercion In Mass.

    Following the high-profile Michelle Carter case, Professor Daniel Medwed helped craft a bill that would punish people for inducing suicide. “It's designed to send a deterrent message to people that it's not okay to pressure other people into committing suicide,” he says. (more)

  • PHRGE Releases Report on Water Affordability in Mass.

    NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) has published its fourth publication in a series on the human right to water, “A Drop in the Bucket: Water Affordability Policies in Twelve Massachusetts Communities." (more)

  • Three Northeastern Law Students Selected for Prestigious Rappaport Fellowship

    The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School has named three Northeastern Law students among its 2019 Fellows: qainat khan ’20, Brendan Smith ’21 and Dylan O’Sullivan ’21. (more)

  • New Markets for Law Practice

    Listen: Rhonda Rittenberg ’87, director of New Markets at the School of Law, joins Counsel to Counsel podcast host Stephen Seckler ’88 to talk about innovative ways to use a law degree. (more)

  • Is Privacy Dead?

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog’s privacy law scholarship is cited by the Financial Times. (more)

  • Drug Overdose Deaths Are Down for the First Time in 30 Years. Is This the Turning Point of the Overdose Crisis?

    Drug overdose deaths may be down, but there's still a long way to go in treating addiction says Professor Leo Beletsky. (more)

  • 'Underage Women’: The Oxymoron That Hides Jeffrey Epstein’s Crime

    “The term “underage woman” is an oxymoron, a jumbo shrimp for the public to consume. It hides that this is a case about systematic, serial child rape,” writes Professor Daniel Medwed in an op-ed co-authored with Sharissa Jones for the Houston Chronicle. (more)

  • Artificial Intelligence Is Failing Humans

    "What gets lost between life and the screen is that we are contextual beings," writes Professor Patricia Williams in her latest column for The Nation. "That’s where machines and AI fall dismally short." (more)

  • Has The Boston Globe’s Coverage Of DA Rollins Been Fair?

    Watch: Professors Leo Beletsky and Margo Lindauer, who are among 19 Boston-area academics to have signed a letter of protest criticizing The Boston Globe’s recent reporting on Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins ’97, appear on WGBH’s Greater Boston. (more)

  • Amanda Kool On Solving America’s Rural Justice Gap

    In an interview with Law360, Amanda Kool ’09, director of legal operations of Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), an innovative partnership between state government and Kentucky's public universities and colleges, describes how moving to rural America can be a key step in providing access to legal services where it's needed most. (more)

  • Ask a Feminist: Professor Ahmed Discusses Gender and US Asylum Law with Deborah Anker

    Listen back: Professor Aziza Ahmed interviews Deborah Anker, founder and director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC), as part of the Signs “Ask a Feminist” series. (more)

  • Why Race-Based Health Disparities Have Little to do With Genetics

    “Genetics can only take us so far, and it can take us in the wrong direction if we use it as a substitute for or distraction from the legal, political, and economic initiatives that are needed to address the the long, tangled history of racial oppression in this country,” writes Professor Jonathan Kahn in Bill of Health blog post for Harvard's Petrie-Flom Center. (more)

  • How a New Approach to Capitalism Could Rescue America’s Inner Cities

    The average poverty rate of urban centers is 32 percent, which is more than double the national US rate. In her new book, Collaborative Capitalism in American Cities: Reforming Urban Market Regulations, Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand '94 offers a way forward for struggling businesses in America’s inner cities. (more)

  • Attorneys For Michelle Carter Ask Us Supreme Court To Review Her Conviction In Suicide Case

    “This was an unusual case for a guilty verdict,” Professor Daniel Medwed tell The Boston Globe. “There’s a tremendous number of ambiguities.” (more)

  • A Last-Minute Ruling Means TV Ads Won’t List Drug Prices as Planned

    3 drug giants have successfully blocked the drug pricing transparency rule that was due to take effect earlier this week. According to Professor Brook Baker, the Trump administration could appeal the decision. (more)

  • Hallmarks Of Innocence: Forensic Evidence

    ""CSI" created a real misimpression about the level of accuracy involving forensic science, " says Professor Daniel Medwed. "In reality, the reliability varies considerably depending on the precise discipline." (more)

  • How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help The Addicted

    "We must ensure that we do not squander the opportunity to address the opioid crisis," writes Mark Gottlieb '93, executive director of NUSL's Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), in an opinion piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • We're All Pirates

    NOW STREAMING: Professor Jessica Silbey, co-director of NUSL's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), shares her IP expertise via University of Washington School of Law's Discovery podcast. (more)

  • Rivera ’83 Joins The Inspired Service Podcast

    Listen back: As a featured guest on the Inspired Service Podcast, Yvette Rivera ’83 talks about her commitment to public service and the role Northeastern Law played in shaping her career path. #NUSLPride (more)

  • Patricia Williams Joins Northeastern as University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities

    Today, Patricia Williams, one of the most provocative intellectuals in American law and a pioneer of both the law and literature and critical race theory movements in American legal theory, joins Northeastern University as University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, with a joint appointment between the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition, she will serve as director of Law, Technology and Ethics Initiatives in the School of Law and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. (more)

  • Professor Jonathan Kahn Joins Northeastern University as Professor of Law and Biology

    Today, Jonathan Kahn, a leading authority on biotechnology’s implications for our ideas of identity, rights and citizenship, with a particular focus on race and justice, joins Northeastern University as Professor of Law and Biology. (more)

  • NUSL Welcomes New Faculty

    Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two exceptional tenured faculty members: Patricia Williams and Jonathan Kahn. We also welcome five new teaching, clinical and visiting faculty members: Sameer Ahmed, Bruce Jacoby, Deborah Johnson, Stefanie (Stevie) Leahy and Jared Nicholson. (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)

  • Lights, Camera, Action! Silbey’s New Book Explores Depictions of Justice on the Silver Screen

    Professor Jessica Silbey’s newest book, Trial Films on Trial (University of Alabama Press, 2019), includes a collection of wide-ranging critical essays that examine how the judicial system is represented in film. (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)

  • 9:50 AM Delayed Opening

    The National Weather Service is forecasting an expected snow accumulation of several inches for the Greater Boston area this morning. In anticipation of difficult commutes this morning for many, classes that start before 9:50 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) are canceled. There is a significant number of classes that start at or after 9:50 a.m., and these classes will take place as scheduled. Administrative offices will open at 9:50 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)

  • You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog is quoted by The Wall Street Journal. (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)