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  • Count NUSL in for the Dr. Fauci Fan Club

    In developing responses to COVID-19, it’s important to consider lessons learned by past epidemics, as Dr. Anthony Fauci told us at our 2017 conference, “Between Complacency and Panic: Legal, Ethical and Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases.” (more)

  • How the Pandemic Will End

    “People believed the rhetoric that containment would work,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Atlantic. “We keep them out, and we’ll be okay. When you have a body politic that buys into these ideas of isolationism and ethnonationalism, you’re especially vulnerable when a pandemic hits.” (more)

  • Immigrant Detainees are at High Risk for COVID-19. Should They be Released?

    The facilities that house the more than 37,000 detained immigrants across the United States, with their close communal living quarters, can be a breeding ground for disease, says Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-director of Northeastern Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic. (more)

  • COVID-19 Update: Community Message from the Dean

    Dean James Hackney shares his thoughts with students, faculty and staff (more)

  • National and International Media Look to Professor Wendy Parmet for Expert Comments on COVID-19 Outbreak

    Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, provides expert commentary on the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. (more)

  • 'We Are All In This Together'

    Mass. AG Maura Healey '98 joined WBUR's All Things Considered to answer questions about labor and consumer rights in the age of the coronavirus. (more)

  • Suffolk District Attorney’s Office Is Identifying Most ‘Vulnerable’ Jail Inmates for Release

    “The courts are trying to use video and teleconferencing to keep the wheels of justice turning,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. “What sort of remains to be seen is not which cases are emergencies, but how is technology up to this crisis." (more)

  • COVID-19 Update: Buildings, Commencement and Summer

    The School of Law’s Dockser, Knowles and Cargill buildings are among those that the University is securing as of Friday, March 20, at 5 pm. (more)

  • A Wisconsin Sheriff's Move to Stop Arresting People for Non-Violent Crimes Is One of the Ways Law Enforcement Are Trying to Conserve Resources During the Pandemic

    "The courts and law enforcement are just a piece of this broader societal puzzle, and [in] that puzzle, the general theme is triage," Professor Daniel Medwed tells Insider. (more)

  • How The Coronavirus Is Affecting The State's Courts And Criminal Trials

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBHNews' Morning Edition to talk about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the Mass. court system: "It's a whole new world." (more)

  • That Text You’re Getting Is a Hoax. Trump Is Not Calling for a National Quarantine.

    "There’s been a troubling lack of consistency in messaging and policy from Washington and that helps to sow the seeds of rumors,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells Mother Jones. “Trust is an absolutely critical ingredient to an effective public health response. If people don’t trust the leadership, that’s a bad situation. Unfortunately, we’re in that bad situation.” (more)

  • What More Could He Do? A Look at Trump's Extreme Powers

    “The federal public health power is pretty awesome … awe-inspiring in its breadth,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells Politico. “But there’s also obviously a lot of danger.” (more)

  • Updates on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    Northeastern University is closely tracking the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and university leaders are making contingency plans and decisions in accordance with global public health authorities. (more)

  • Northeastern University Transitions to Online and Remote Learning on March 12

    Beginning Thursday, March 12, Northeastern University will transition to online and remote learning. (more)

  • GOP is Using Coronavirus as an Excuse to Push for Trump's Wall

    "Respiratory diseases don't care about walls or immigration status,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The American Independent. “If we think we can protect the public from COVID-19 or a similar outbreak by building a wall, we are in big trouble." (more)

  • County Says a Father Ignored a Coronavirus Quarantine Directive. His Lawyer Says He Was Never Told.

    To get people to comply with self-quarantine requests before legal orders come into play, officials should streamline their messaging about the virus and the purpose of staying away from other people, says Professor Wendy Parmet. (more)

  • How Much of the World Will Be Quarantined by the Coronavirus?

    “It’s mind-boggling that the United States could be at the bottom of the developed world in terms of getting testing kits out and issuing policies that mitigate the disease,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The New Yorker. "We need a much more robust strategy to manage community transmission.” (more)

  • Home Care Workers Are Underpaid, Uninsured, and on the Front Lines of Fighting Coronavirus

    “Non-citizens make up a very significant proportion of the workforce in healthcare, and particularly in places like nursing homes, where patients are especially vulnerable,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells Mother Jones. “If we want to protect those patients, it’s really important that the people who are caring for them, many of whom are immigrants… are comfortable with getting health care, getting tested. Otherwise, there’s potential for exasperating the outbreak.” (more)

  • A Heroin Case with ‘Breaking Bad’ References Ensnares a Small-Time Dealer

    "It’s the impulse to do something to combat the opioid crisis that has fueled the recent increase in drug-induced homicide prosecutions nationwide," Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Appeal. "These prosecutions take resources away from more effective interventions." (more)

  • Let’s Make Workers’ Comp Work

    In a co-authored op-ed for CommonWealth, Professor Emily Spieler makes the case in favor of H. 4174/S. 2401, An Act to Protect Injured Workers. The proposed bills would protect workers who seek their rightful access to medical care and workers' compensation from retaliation from their employer. (more)

  • Trump’s Immigration Policies Will Make the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse

    "With a pandemic upon us, it doesn’t require compassion to ensure that our immigration policies don’t threaten public health," writes Professor Wendy Parmet. "It just requires common sense." (more)

  • Professor Wendy Parmet Among Public Health and Law Experts Who Issue Guidelines for US Response to “Inevitable” Widespread Coronavirus Transmission

    Widespread transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus within the United States is “inevitable” and a successful response to the epidemic must protect the health and human rights of everyone in the country, over 450 public health, human rights, and legal experts and organizations warned today in an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence and other government officials. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Team Places 4th at 9th Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition

    Emily Kaiser ’21 and Ryan Smith ’21 placed fourth at the highly competitive 9th Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Cary School of Law on February 22. (more)

  • Katy Tu '13: Ten Things that Scare Me

    “When I'm feeling stressed about something it makes me feel calm when I take an inventory of the things that I own and I can see it in my head,” says Kathy Tu ’13, co-host of a WYNC podcast called the 10 Things That Scare Me.  (more)

  • Silbey Selected as the 56th Robert D. Klein Lecturer

    Professor Jessica Silbey has been selected as the 56th Robert D. Klein Lecturer. She will deliver her talk, “Against Progress: Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Internet Age,” at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in the Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University. (more)

  • Nabiha Syed to Deliver Northeastern Law Commencement Address

    Nabiha Syed, president of The Markup, will deliver the commencement address at this year’s May 21 graduation ceremony for Northeastern University School of Law. The Markup is a new online publication illuminating how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact society. (more)

  • Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 to Deliver Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend Keynote

    Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 ill deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Reunion Gala Dinner on Saturday, October 24, as we honor the classes of 1950s, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, 2005, ’10 and ’15. (more)

  • PHRGE Announces Its Spring Fellows

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to welcome three new appointees, Jeanette Kernizan Adelson ’21, Colleen Maney ’20 and Eric Quetglas-Larrauri LLM ’20 to its prestigious fellowship program. Every quarter, PHRGE provides fellowships to outstanding JD and LLM students who have chosen to work with co-op organizations that protect and promote human rights. Each fellow receives $3,500 in financial aid. (more)

  • Fighting Coronavirus Means Relying on the Truth -- Not Political Fiction

    In the Hartford Courant, professors Jeremy Paul and Wendy Parmet write, “Battling diseases and other threats requires hard, unglamorous work by experts who have the trust of the community and the resources necessary to get the job done. Just the kind of efforts that don’t translate easily into sound bites or tweets.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine Wins Honors in the Mercury Excellence Awards 2019-2020

    Congrats to the law school’s magazine, Northeastern Law, which won Honors in the Mercury Excellence Awards 2019-2020 for magazines — overall presentation: non-profit. Read the latest issue now! (more)

  • Fighting Coronavirus Means Relying on the Truth -- Not Political Fiction

    In the Hartford Courant, professors Jeremy Paul and Wendy Parmet write, “Battling diseases and other threats requires hard, unglamorous work by experts who have the trust of the community and the resources necessary to get the job done. Just the kind of efforts that don’t translate easily into sound bites or tweets.” (more)

  • Why Europe's GDPR Magic Will Never Work in the US

    "Any US version of GDPR would, in practice, be something of a GDPR-lite," writes Professor Woodrow Hartzog in a co-authored op-ed for Wired. (more)

  • The Cruise Ship Was Kept at Bay. the Spread of Coronavirus Was Not.

    “This is not a problem of passports and nationality. This is a problem about human beings,” says Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law. “Until the global community sees this as a global problem, that everybody needs to work together in terms of resources and dollars and having a coordinated response, then we’re going to have a problem.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine: Winter 2020 Issue

    The latest issue of Northeastern Law magazine is now available online. The Winter ’20 issue, featuring a cover story on the social implications of technology and healthcare for civil rights and historically marginalized populations, includes articles on criminal justice reform, public health impact litigation and much more. (more)

  • What Are So-Called Deaths of Despair? Experts Say They're on the Rise

    "If we had easier and more affordable access to high-quality, evidence-based physical and mental health care, many, many fewer people would die," Jeremiah Goulka, a researcher and senior fellow at Northeastern Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab, tells Newsweek. "And it would also reduce the stigma toward seeking treatment for a lot of the problems that fall into the bucket of deaths of despair." (more)

  • Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog says we need policymakers to pass laws that more effectively guard our privacy and give us control over our data. “Until then, we’re playing cat and mouse,” he tells The New York Times. “And that always ends poorly for the mouse.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Trademark Team Takes Third Place in Lefkowitz Competition

    Anna Daniels '21, Ana Teixeira '21, Allen Loayza '20 and Sarah Odion Esene '20 took third place at the New York 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 8, 2020. (more)

  • Symposium: Will the Supreme Court legitimate pretext?

    In a recent SCOTUSblog post, Professor Aziza Ahmed examines June Medical Services v. Gee - which raises questions similar to those in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016) regarding targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP) laws and admitting privileges. (more)

  • Should Cities and Towns Ban Their Government’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology?

    In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, Professor Woodrow Hartzog argues in favor of a ban on facial recognition, calling it “the most dangerous surveillance technology ever invented.” (more)

  • Hope Lewis: Disability Rights in Black 2020

    As part of its Black History Month celebrations, the National Disability Rights Network has produced a video tribute in in memory of Professor Hope Lewis: "Although Professor Lewis passed away in 2016, her continual efforts to protect the human and economic rights of impoverished/marginalized people still live on around the world through her legal research, teachings and prolific advocacy." (more)

  • How Long Can China’s Mass Quarantine Stave off a Coronavirus Pandemic?

    "It’s easy to think of diseases as ‘over there, them, we built a wall—problem solved.’ And that’s just not the way it works, especially with respiratory diseases,” cautions Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law. (more)

  • Want to Take Back Your Online Privacy? 7 Easy Steps to Stop Facebook and Others From Spying on You

    “Obscurity is really important and really powerful in the modern-day privacy debates because it’s intuitive to all of us in the way that we live our lives, but we don’t often think about it in terms of privacy,” Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells USA Today (more)

  • Coronavirus: Could the US Government's Quarantine and Travel Ban Backfire?

    “Quarantines and travel bans have a really, really ugly history," Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Guardian. " Everyone always wants to do it when people are scared. But the downsides are high and the risks are high.” (more)

  • Betty Franciso '98: Building Power in Massachusetts’s Latino Community

    Betty Francisco '98, general counsel at Compass Working Capital, is profiled as the co-founder of one of the most important networking organizations in Massachusetts’ fast-growing Latino community. “We could see there was a lot of talent,” she tells The Boston Globe. “But oftentimes, it was not very visible to those who could open a door for them.” (more)

  • Professor Swanson to Deliver Luncheon Keynote at IIPSJ's IP and Social Justice CLE Seminar

    Professor Kara Swanson will deliver the luncheon keynote at the Seventeenth Annual IP and Social Justice CLE Seminar on February 28 at Howard University School of Law. Professor Swanson will talk about, "Remembering Invention of a Slave: Patents and the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights." (more)

  • Why We Should Be Wary of an Aggressive Government Response to Coronavirus

    "Rather than contain an epidemic, harsh, coercive policies often scapegoat already-marginalized populations and intensify panic rather than quell it, write Professor Wendy Parmet and Visiting Scholar Michael Sinha in a co-authored op-ed for The Washington Post. (more)

  • Parmet Awarded Prestigious RWJF Grant

    Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, has been awarded a grant of approximately $500,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. (more)

  • Domestic Violence Looks Different in LGBTQ+ Community

    "The social understanding of the kind of domestic abuse that can occur in straight relationships has many benefits. Conversely, the lack of understanding of domestic abuse in queer relationships can also translate into a lack of access," writes Savannah Weinstock, a student in Northeastern Law's MS in Media Advocacy program, in a piece for US News. (more)

  • Weinstein Must Tread Carefully in Rape Trial Defense, Experts Say

    Professor Daniel Medwed comments for Reuters on the Weinstein defense strategy: “If the defense lawyers are perceived as being too aggressive and challenging, it’s going to make the witnesses more sympathetic.” (more)

  • The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

    “I don’t see a future where we harness the benefits of face recognition technology without the crippling abuse of the surveillance that comes with it," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells The New York Times. "The only way to stop it is to ban it.” (more)

  • Butt Out! New York Lawmakers Want to Ban Cigarette Filters as Bad for Environment

    "Adding plastic filters to cigarettes poses no health benefit to smokers and creates a massive source of toxic tobacco litter," says Ilana Knopf, director of Northeastern Law’s Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center. "This bill corrects a history of industry deception and protects both human health and the natural environment." (more)

  • Virginia Just Passed the ERA. What Happens Now?

    “There is increasing popular support for recognition of women’s rights in the Constitution, and I think that’s only going to continue,” Professor Martha Davis tells The Cut. “This is a campaign that’s gone on for 96 years, and it has not gone away. There’s a lot of energy, and it’s just going to keep going.” (more)

  • Baker Joins the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) as a Member Scholar

    Professor Shalanda Baker ’05, an expert in the fields of environmental law and energy law has been invited to join the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) as a Member Scholar. (more)

  • Now That SCOTUS Has Denied Michelle Carter's Appeal, What's Next?

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH News to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to deny Michelle Carter’s appeal in the texting suicide case. (more)

  • The Old, the New, and the ‘Spaghettification’ of the LGBTQA+ Community

    Victor Madrigal-Borloz visited Northeastern Law yesterday and shared his experience as the United Nation’s first independent expert on sexuality and gender identity. “In situations of complete exclusion, states refuse to acknowledge individuals as good citizens, as contributors to society,” he said. “In that sense, the key factor is to acknowledge politically, that LGBT persons, that persons of sexual diversity and gender diversity, bring contribution to society.” #NUSLPride (more)

  • The Equal Rights Amendment Could Soon Hit a Major Milestone. It May Be 40 Years Too Late.

    "Nobody thought this would be easy," Professor Martha Davis tells NBC News. "It's been many decades and generations in the making, and there's excitement that it's moving forward." (more)

  • Virginia May Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment. What Would Come Next Is Murky.

    "There certainly would be the opportunity to argue about abortion under the Equal Rights Amendment, but it's not clear how that would come out," Professor Martha Davis tells NPR. (more)

  • Rolland to Join ASIL Executive Council

    Professor Sonia E. Rolland has been nominated to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), which fosters the study of international law and promotes the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. (more)

  • Professor Haupt Named to the Board of ASCL's Younger Comparativists Committee

    Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Claudia Haupt has joined the board of the Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) at the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL), the leading organization in the United States promoting the comparative study of law. (more)

  • Boy Scout Sex-Abuse Suit Involving Floridian Could Open Floodgates for More Victim Claims

    “What we have now understood in a way that we did not a couple of decades ago is the rampant cover-up,” Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick, associate director of Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project tells the Miami Herald. “The idea of corporate or organizational responsibility is now coming into the courts.” (more)

  • AALS Honors Beletsky for Community Service

    Professor Leo Beletsky received the Association of American Law Schools’ Law, Medicine and Health Care Community Service Award at the organization’s annual meeting in January. (more)

  • Michele Coleman Mayes to Keynote Women in the Law

    Michele Coleman Mayes will deliver the keynote address at the School of Law's 12th annual Women in the Law Conference on Friday, May 15, 2020. A renowned speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion, Coleman Mayes is vice president, general counsel and secretary for the New York Public Library. She is a co-author of the book, Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500. In 2012, Coleman Mayes received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer. In 2014, she became chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association. (more)

  • Here’s What Massachusetts Political Leaders Are Resolving to Do in 2020

    Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 shares her New Year’s resolution with The Boston Globe: “To get people talking — really talking — about the need for mental health care to be fully integrated into our health care system.” (more)

  • Hoffmeister '98 Elected Wyoming’s First Black Mayor

    On December 1, 2019, Thaddeus Hoffmeister '98 was unanimously selected by the Wyoming, Ohio, City Council to become the city’s first African American mayor.  (more)

  • Kresge Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to NuLawLab

    The Kresge Foundation has awarded a renewal grant of $250,000 to Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab to provide ongoing support for Stable Ground, a collaboration among three organizations: NuLawLab, which leads the project and has engaged arts-based disciplines since 2013 to imagine and realize new models of legal empowerment; the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability, which works to prevent displacement and promote housing preservation and stabilization; and Violence Transformed, which fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. (more)