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  • Biden and Immigration: How to Push the Administration on Immigrant Rights

    In an op-ed co-authored for Teen Vogue, Genia Blaser ’11, senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project, offers actionable advice on advocating for immigrant rights during Joe Biden's administration. (more)

  • It's Not Too Late to Make an Impact

    The past year has brought so many unexpected challenges that it’s easy to get caught up in what didn’t get done, but here at Northeastern University School of Law, we’ve got great news to share about all that we have accomplished and how much we have to look forward to in 2021. As we look to the future, we hope that you will consider supporting some of our key programs and funds (more)

  • LA Was Uniquely Vulnerable To This COVID Catastrophe. Here Is What Went Wrong

    “There’s been a number of instances where restrictions have not been closely tailored to the evidence and haven’t been clearly communicated, which has opened the door to misinformation,” Professor Leo Beletsky, director of Northeastern Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab, tells the LA Times. (more)

  • Federal Agency Reports NIH Doesn’t Consider Drug Affordability

    Listen back: On the Workers Comp Matters podcast, Professor Emily Spieler dismisses hype that Covid-19 will crush workers’ comp systems. (more)

  • Northeastern Named to preLaw’s Top 25 Law Schools for Racial Justice

    Northeastern University School of Law has been named one of the top 25 law schools for racial justice by preLaw magazine. (more)

  • PHRGE Marks Human Rights Day with Release of New Report by Linnea Brandt ’22

    To mark #HumanRightsDay, Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) has released a new publication, “Disconnected: How Household Water Shutoffs in the United States During the COVID Pandemic Violate the Human Right to Water.” (more)

  • The Real Reason Americans Aren’t Quarantining

    "We’ve had a lot more nudges than real, enforceable orders,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Atlantic. (more)

  • Reopening Schools Requires Better State Support

    "It is decades of disinvestment in the public education of our most vulnerable students that’s keeping students out of classrooms, not teachers unions or uninformed school boards disregarding the experts," writes Professor Jared Nicholson in an op-ed for The Boston Globe. (more)

  • The Politics of CDC Public Health Guidance During COVID-19

    "Only when CDC guidance on COVID-19 fully takes the social determinants of health into account will it begin to make a dent in our ability to control the pandemic," writes Professor Aziza Ahmed in a piece for the Petrie Flom Center's Bill of Health Blog. (more)

  • She Climbed Her Way To the Top. Now She’s Helping Others Do the Same.

    Betty Francisco '98, general counsel at Compass Working Capital and co-founder of Amplify Latinx, is profiled by Northeastern News. (more)

  • Covid-19: EU Countries Spent Over €220m Stockpiling Remdesivir Despite Lack of Effectiveness, Finds Investigation

    “The question for the European Commission is: why did it not have a contract with Gilead with an escape clause based on the Solidarity trial outcome?” Professor Brook Baker tells the British Medical Journal. “Regulators and authorities have an ongoing responsibility to ensure safety and efficacy.” (more)

  • Chase Strangio ’10: The Extraordinary Historymakers of 2020

    Congratulations to Chase Strangio ’10, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU, who has been named to Vanity Fair's list of Extraordinary Historymakers of 2020! (more)

  • State Legislature Creates Police Standards Commission, Bans Chokeholds

    “Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Daily Free Press. “If we’re concerned about police abuse … having oversight and statewide accountability is a step forward because people obviously act differently when they know they’re being watched.” (more)

  • Faculty Research That Matters

    Northeastern Law faculty share a commitment to scholarship that promotes mutual collaboration for the common good and offers concrete approaches to pressing legal challenges. Our recent contributions to leading journals exemplify our dedication to improving public health; to devising sustainable paths to economic growth in the information age; and to defending democracy and the rule of law. We are delighted to share a selected list of recent articles. (more)

  • Argument Analysis: Justices Struggle To Define Boundaries of Anti-Injunction Act

    In his latest contribution to SCOTUSblog, Professor Blaine Saito outlines the Argument Summary in CIC Services v. Internal Revenue Service. (more)

  • Legal Industry Forms Fund to Honor Late Chief Justice Ralph Gants

    Professor Deborah Ramirez is quoted in The Boston Globe about a fund that has been set up in memory of her husband, Chief Justice Ralph Gants: “My husband really worked his heart out, trying to rid the criminal justice system of racism and trying to improve access to justice.” (more)

  • Domestic Violence Victims in the US Are Lacking Resources During Pandemic

    Listen back: On WYNC’s The Takeaway, Professor Margo Lindauer ’07, director of Northeastern Law’s Domestic Violence Institute, describes how survivors of domestic violence are affected by COVID’s impact on the courts. (more)

  • Case Preview: Dueling Statutes, Pre-Enforcement Review and the Fight Over Tax Shelters

    In a piece for SCOTUSblog, Professor Blaine Saito writes about the issues at stake in CIC Services v. Internal Revenue Service, a tax case to be argued before the Supreme Court tomorrow that has “great implications for jurisdiction, administrative law and the tax system overall.” (more)

  • The Americans With Disabilities Act Is 30. Why Do We Still Have So Much Work To Do To Improve Access?

    In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, Professor Carol Steinberg '80 calls on the Massachusetts Legislature to fulfill the promise of the ADA in its 30th anniversary year: "We must rally together to see that H.4425 is passed this session." (more)

  • Three Northeastern Law Students Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship

    Three Northeastern Law students have been awarded two-year Skadden Fellowships, among the most competitive and prestigious awards for law students pursuing careers in public interest law. Upon graduation, Oriana M Farnham '21, Erin Stewart '21 and Moriah Wilkins ’21 will join nonprofit organizations representing those with limited access to legal resources. (more)

  • With Limited Boston Homeless Shelter Beds This Winter, Could Taking Private Property Be a Solution?

    “We need to be thinking much more boldly,” says Professor Leo Beletsky, who presented his proposal that the City of Boston should consider commandeering private property for temporary shelter use during a virtual hearing last week. (more)

  • Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

    “The consequence of longtime Gates strategies is that they go along with corporate control over supply,” Professor Brook Baker, policy analyst for HealthGAP, tells The New York Times. “In a pandemic, that is a real problem.” (more)

  • The Change We Need: Rev. Willie Bodrick II

    The Reverend Willie Bodrick II '20 is profiled as one of Boston’s 20 most promising young leaders in the Boston Foundation's annual report. (more)

  • Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

    “The consequence of longtime Gates strategies is that they go along with corporate control over supply,” Professor Brook Baker, policy analyst for Health GAP, tells The New York Times. “In a pandemic, that is a real problem.” (more)

  • Chase '98 Honored by Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

    Lennox Chase '98, director of Needham Bank, has been named to the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber list of the 50 most influential business people of color in the Western Suburbs. (more)

  • NAPABA Honors Karen Kithan Yau ’96

    Karen Kithan Yau ’96, of counsel at Kakalec Law, has been selected to receive a Pro Bono Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) at the organization’s annual ceremony in December. Yau is co-chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service (PBCS) Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). (more)

  • Mass. Gov. On Safe Legal Ground If Strict Virus Rules Return

    "I would be surprised if the court ruled in a way that completely decapitated the governor's ability to respond to the pandemic," Professor Wendy Parmet tells Law360. "I don't think we have a dynamic here that we have in some states with that level of tension between the governor and the legislature." (more)

  • Will Biden’s Proposed Mask Mandate Actually Force People to Wear Facial Coverings?

    “There’s a lot a president can do, but can he just sign a piece of paper that says, ‘Thou shalt wear masks or else?’ No,” says Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law. (more)

  • Zitrin Foundation Provides Largest Endowed Gift in Law School’s History to Fund Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellowship

    To combat racism and create meaningful reforms in the criminal legal system, the Zitrin Foundation of San Francisco is establishing a $2.5 million endowed fund at Northeastern University School of Law to support the Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellowship (more)

  • 108 Convictions Tied to Massachusetts Chemist’s Misconduct May Be Vacated

    Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins ’97 has filed a motion to vacate more than 100 drug convictions that were based on evidence tested by former state chemist Annie Dookhan. “This shameful chapter of our history will take dedication and perseverance to undo,” said Rollins "and I will and we must." (more)

  • Resisting the Rise of Facial Recognition

    "It’s very hard for an individual to understand the risks of consenting to facial surveillance," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells Nature. "And they often don’t have a meaningful way to say ‘no’." (more)

  • Reparations ‘Essential’ to Addressing Systemic Racial Injustice, Speakers Say

    Lurking behind systems from enslavement to segregation, from redlining to police violence, is a “brutal logic” from which the “lives and families of African Americans are subject to the acquisition by people to enrich themselves,” said author Ta-Nehisi Coates during a daylong conference hosted by Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and the Africana Studies Program that also included commentary from noted activist Angela Y. Davis and others, as well as testimony from the descendants of lynching victims. (more)

  • How Biden Can Convince Americans to Wear Masks

    Professor Wendy Parmet tells the National Journal there isn’t a clear way to enforce a national mask requirement: “I personally think that the nudging impact of a mandate at the federal level might be undermined by the almost inevitable political backlash and potential litigation quagmire.” (more)

  • Northeastern University Will Host National Civil Rights Leaders to Explore Reparations for Lynchings

    The families of lynching victims will come together with national civil rights leaders including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Davis, Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee and Dread Scott to explore avenues for compensatory reparations and other forms of repair during “Reparations: Lynching as Restorative Justice,” a conference on November 17, 2020, organized by Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and Northeastern University’s Africana Studies Program. (more)

  • 72 Years Before George Floyd, This Police Killing Sparked National Protests

    “In order to understand what these events are all about today, you have to look back,” Professor Margaret Burnham, director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic, tells Experience Magazine. “We have not yet come to terms with this history. It casts a long shadow over today.” (more)

  • PHRGE Welcomes 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, Zoe Bowman ’21 and Danae Rosario ’22, to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

  • Decriminalizing Drugs in Oregon a 'Victory for Common Sense and for Science'

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells ABC News that Oregon will be closely watched as a model for other states: "Voters are hungry for change in drug policy." (more)

  • Rausch 'Deeply Honored' to be Re-Elected to Attleboro Area State Senate Seat

    “This victory is about all of us and the values we share; justice, fairness and equity for all,” says Rebecca Rausch ’04, who has been elected to serve a second term in the Massachusetts Senate, representing the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District. (more)

  • Andover Democrat Fends Off Republican in Legislative Race

    “I’m just so honored and humbled to have this opportunity to serve the district for a second term,” State Representative Tram Nguyen ’13 tells The Boston Globe upon her reelection in the 18th Essex District. “We have a lot of work to do on Beacon Hill." (more)

  • Oregon Becomes the First State to Decriminalize Drugs

    “To substantially shift the experiences of people who use drugs in their communities, decriminalization must be coupled with meaningful police reform and efforts to build-up systems of support and care,” Professor Leo Beletsky, director of Northeastern Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab, tells The Appeal. (more)

  • Rachel Garcia ’21 Awarded EY Young Tax Professional Scholarship

    Rachel Garcia ’21 has been named as a runner up in the 2020 Ernst & Young (EY) US Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) competition, an exciting international competition that identifies and rewards the next generation of leaders in business, tax, law and technology. (more)

  • The Ghost of Bush V. Gore May Haunt the 2020 Election

    “If it’s anything less than a blowout, decisive victory on Tuesday, watch the Supreme Court,” says Professor Dan Urman. (more)

  • A Legal Overview Of How And When Votes Will Be Counted For Election 2020

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined GBH's Morning Edition to provide an update on some of the voting rights litigation we've seen this election season. (more)

  • Biden Embraces Drug Courts, but Do They Actually Work?

    “It might sound progressive, but when you look at the implementation, ‘mandatory rehab’ oftentimes is just another arm of the carceral system," Professor Leo Beletsky, faculty director of Health in Justice Action Lab, tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Justice Demands That We Strengthen Eviction Protections

    In an article for the CommonWealth journal, Professor Deborah Ramirez and her co-authors present three solutions that the state of Massachusetts needs to enact to address the current eviction crisis. (more)

  • Corporate Charity – Is The Gates Foundation Addressing Or Reinforcing Systemic Problems Raised By COVID-19

    Professor Brook Baker has co-authored a perspective piece for Health Policy Watch on the Gates Foundation and its approach to access to medicines: “The world cannot rely uncritically on the voice and ideas of billionaires, who made their own fortunes through intellectual property rights, to pull us out of this pandemic.” (more)

  • Northeastern University Research Team Launches Resources to Dismantle the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline

    A Northeastern University research team is illuminating the systems that criminalize poor youth of color in order to support law reforms and hold lawmakers and agencies accountable. (more)

  • Courts Take On Mail-In Voting Issues A Week Before Election Day

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined GBH's Morning Edition to discuss some of the major voting rights lawsuits across the country. (more)

  • What Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Means for the Health of Americans

    In a new piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Professor Wendy Parmet and her co-authors explain the most immediate and wide-reaching consequences of Barrett’s elevation to the highest court of the land. (more)

  • Amy Coney Barrett is Poised to Continue Antonin Scalia’s Legacy on the Supreme Court

    Replacing Ginsburg with Barrett would prompt an ideological shift on the Court “as much as any Justice since Clarence Thomas replaced Thurgood Marshall” says Professor Dan Urman, director of hybrid and online programs at Northeastern Law. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Professor, Community Activist Work To Keep SJC Chief Justice Gants' Legacy Alive

    Watch: Professor Deborah Ramirez appeared on GBH’s Greater Boston last night to talk about her late husband, Chief Justice Ralph Gants, and his efforts to fully fund the Rental Assistance for Families in Transition program (RAFT). “It was important enough that all of us honor his memory, not just with stories, but by honoring and continuing his work,” she said. (more)

  • Advocates Press Lawsuit Despite DOC Claims Of Improved Involuntary Addiction Treatment

    "As a member of the Section 35 commission, it's incredibly frustrating to see our worst fears realized," Professor Leo Beletsky tells WBUR's CommonHealth. "Although we didn't foresee the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's precisely the kind of issue that can arise when you put people in correctional, instead of health care, facilities." (more)

  • Northeastern University Launches “Time to Vote” App to Measure Wait Times and More in Two Potential Swing States

    Today, Northeastern University is launching “Time to Vote,” a smartphone app and research study that will measure the length of time people wait in line to vote and collect other information about voting line behavior, polling places and vote-by-mail experiences in North Carolina and Arizona during the national election. T (more)

  • Extending Eviction Moratorium Would Finish Ralph Gants’s Last Project

    Professor Deborah Ramirez talks to The Boston Globe about her work on the Massachusetts eviction crisis, a topic her late husband Chief Justice Ralph Gants considered the “largest civil rights, racial justice, and public health crisis that he had seen in his lifetime.” (more)

  • South Africa and India’s Proposal to Waive Recognition and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights for COVID-19 Medical Technologies Deserves Universal Support, But Countries Also Have to Take Domestic Measures

    "Big Pharma’s monopolies are impeding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic," writes Professor Brook Baker in his latest article for the Health GAP blog. (more)

  • Closed Schools Could Be Putting Children at Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The closure of schools, along with the added stress of balancing work, child care and distance learning, could all be factors that have led to a rise in child abuse seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, says Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute. (more)

  • Ginsburg’s Abortion Jurisprudence Prioritized Women’s Health

    "As the Supreme Court sits on the cusp of becoming more conservative, Ginsburg’s absence will be felt most deeply by the many people seeking abortions that she fought to protect," writes Professor Aziza Ahmed in a symposium piece for the SCOTUS Blog. (more)

  • Ginsburg’s Death Leaves Eight Justices to Deal With the Election

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “was a predictable vote for fairness over process,” Professor Jeremy Paul Tells Bloomberg. (more)

  • Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights

    Chase Strangio ’10, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU, is profiled by The New Yorker: “I want to be part of the story that trans people just are.” (more)

  • Making Supreme Court Justices Great Again

    "Above all, a great Supreme Court justice is one who understands that the genius of the Constitution is not only in the answers it provides (no one under 35 can be President) but in the questions it makes central to our political life," writes Professor Jeremy Paul in an op-ed for the Connecticut Mirror. (more)

  • CLIC Launches Affiliates Program

    The Center for Law Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) at Northeastern Law is pleased to announce the appointment of 42 new faculty affiliates, representing scholars and legal practitioners from institutions around the world. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Welcomes Strongest Academic Class in School’s History

    Northeastern University School of Law is delighted to welcome the Class of 2023, which boasts the strongest academic profile in the school’s history. (more)

  • Does the Public Have a Right to Know the State of the President’s COVID-19 Diagnosis?

    Should the public know the state of the president's health? The short answer, says Professor Wendy Parmet:Yes. (more)

  • RBG's Human Rights Legacy

    In a co-authored blog for the American Constitution Society (ACS), Professor Martha Davis, highlights Justice Ginsburg's human rights-based approaches to equality as a "critical aspect of her legacy." (more)

  • When Health Advice Is Hard to Come by, BIPOC Suffer the Consequences

    "Where access to health advice is hard to come by, BIPOC individuals and communities will suffer the gravest consequences and First Amendment doctrine will continue to exacerbate existing health disparities," writes Professor Claudia Haupt in a piece for the Petrie-Flom Center's Bill of Health blog. (more)

  • Three Northeastern Law Grads Named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50 for 2020”

    Betty Francisco '98, general counsel at Compass Working Capital, Mass. AG Maura Healey ’98 and Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins ’97 has been recognized among the “Power 50 for 2020: Extraordinary Year, Extraordinary People” list by the Boston Business Journal. (more)

  • Alexandra Tarzikhan ’19: Meet a Refugee

    Alexandra Tarzikhan '19 grew up in Aleppo, Syria, but returned to the US at the start of the civil war. As a human rights lawyer, she is focused on bringing awareness and activism around the refugee crisis. Listen to her interview on the Northeastern Next Podcast. (more)

  • Often Cited During Trump Presidency, 25th Amendment Reemerges with President’s Coronavirus Diagnosis

    “You don’t want there to ever be a time when there’s not a president,” Professor Jeremy Paul tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • COVID-19 Diagnostics: The Full Picture

    In an interview with the Geneva Files, Professor Brook Baker calls for wider access to diagnostics for COVID-19 for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). (more)

  • Is This a Moment or a Movement? 6 Civil Rights Lawyers Reflect on Recent Demands for Racial Justice

    Professor Margaret Burnham, director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, is interviewed by the ABA Journal about her work on the front lines of civil rights and social justice.  (more)

  • Could the Supreme Court Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett Backfire on Republicans?

    President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has deepened the U.S. partisan divide in a way that may influence the election in November, says Professor Dan Urman. (more)

  • Northeastern Tops preLaw’s Health Law and Human Rights Rankings

    In both health law and human rights, Northeastern University School of Law has been recognized with an A+ grade in the 2020 “back to school” issue of preLaw magazine. (more)

  • Working With Ruth: A Law Professor Reflects Upon His Time With RGB

    Professor Michael Meltsner was in the room when, in 1972, faculty members at Columbia Law voted to hire Ginsburg as the school’s first female tenure-track professor. In a piece for the Human Rights at Home Blog, he recounts what happened. (more)

  • Police Weren’t Indicted for the Killing of Breonna Taylor. What Happened?

    “Just because Jefferson County hasn’t issued a state court indictment doesn’t mean there won’t be federal charges," says Professor Daniel Medwed. (more)

  • How To Create Anti-Racist Energy Policies

    "Communities of color are disproportionately subsidizing an energy system that is killing them," writes Professor Shalanda Baker in an op-ed for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • Strangio ’10 Honored by TIME Magazine

    Chase Strangio ’10, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU, has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 by TIME magazine. (more)

  • Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Columbia

    Professor Michael Meltsner was in the room when, in 1972, faculty members at Columbia Law voted to hire Ginsburg as the school’s first female tenure-track professor. In a piece for the Human Rights at Home Blog, he recounts what happened. (more)

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves Behind and Unmatched Legacy. How Might Her Death Shape the 2020 Election and Beyond

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg was "careful with her words [and] her rulings," says Professor Dan Urman. He reflects on the justice's legacy and the future of SCOTUS. (more)

  • Remembering SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants

    Professor Daniel Medwed reflects on Chief Justice Gants' impact on the Commonwealth: "He was truly the most honorable justice I've ever met." (more)

  • Community Conversation: Legal and Policy Assessment of COVID


  • Northeastern Law Magazine: Summer 2020 Issue

    Check out the latest issue of Northeastern Law magazine. Features stories include: ‘Where to Now?,’ “No Time to Kill’ and ‘Business as Unusual.” Read it online today! (more)

  • Joe Biden’s “Mandatory Rehab” For Drug Users Are Rebranded Jails That Don’t Work And Cause Overdoses

    "With mandatory or coerced treatment, you actually have something that’s neither ethical nor effective,” Professor Leo Beletsky, director of Northeastern Law's Health in Justice Action Lab, tells Forbes. (more)

  • Comment: Prosecutors Can Free the Innocent They Put in Prison

    "If Washington is to address mass incarceration, freeing the innocent is a good place to start," writes Professor Daniel Medwed in a co-authored op-ed for The Everett Herald. (more)

  • Getting the First Amendment wrong

    In a co-authored op-ed for The Boston Globe, Professor Woodrow Hartzog argues that Clearview AI, a facial recognition software company, is wrongfully trying to use the First Amendment to ensure a freedom to surveil at will. (more)

  • Hartzog Advocates Against Biometric Recognition in AI Now Institute Publication

    Hartzog joins global advocates fighting biometric recognition in an essay penned for a new compendium compiled by NYU Law’s AI Now Institute. (more)

  • Voting Rights Have Never Been Equal. These 6 Reforms Would Help

    “Voter ID laws, voter purges and poll closures have long been used as strategies to alter elections,” writes Rahsaan Hall ’98, director of the racial justice program for the ACLU of Massachusetts, in a co-authored piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. “COVID-19 has just made it a little easier.” (more)

  • Oregon Could Become the First State to Decriminalize Drugs in November

    “To substantially shift the experiences of people who use drugs in their communities, decriminalization must be coupled with meaningful police reform and efforts to build-up systems of support and care,” says Professor Leo Beletsky, director of Northeastern Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab (more)

  • Federal Appeals Court Vacates Tsarnaev Death Sentence, Orders New Penalty-Phase Trial

    “In a case like this, a judge must conduct a very searching and robust jury selection process to ensure that potential jurors haven’t been tainted by negative pretrial publicity,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Online Post Wrong About Some Claims on Sex, Gun Offenses in Jacob Blake’s Past

    “Attacks on a victim’s actions and background can impact both the court of public opinion and the ensuing criminal court actions,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells PolitiFact. (more)

  • Northeastern’s New Testing and Quarantine Guidelines Promote the Safety of the Boston Campus and its Surrounding Communities.

    What can you expect when you arrive on campus? This is your guide to Northeastern's testing and quarantine guidelines. (more)

  • Six Grads Honored as Top Women of the Law

    Shahria Boston ’07, April English ’00, Betty Francisco ’98, Karen O’Malley ’94, Lili Palacios-Baldwin ’98 and Jennifer Suhl ’05 will be honored as trailblazers and role models by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at a virtual event on Thursday, November 17. (more)

  • Can Requiring Police Professional Insurance Tame Police Misconduct?

    Professor Deborah Ramirez joins University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris on the Criminal Injustice podcast to talk about her proposal to make personal liability insurance mandatory for individual police officers. (more)

  • The Unequal Scramble for Coronavirus Vaccines — by the Numbers

    “If you buy up all the supply, it’s just plain hypocritical to argue you’re for equitable access," Professor Brook Baker tells Nature. "You’re for equitable access for what’s left over.” (more)

  • Steven Avery's Fate Hangs in the Balance as Appeals Court Moves Toward Ruling; Brendan Dassey's Case in Limbo

    Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Post Crescent that Stephen Avery's appeal is inherently a long shot: "After conviction, the presumption of innocence vanishes and a presumption of guilt takes hold. It takes a lot to rebut that presumption in a post-conviction filing." (more)

  • Linda Mann Joins CRRJ as Executive Director

    Linda Mann has joined Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project as executive director. (more)

  • Pandemic Policymaking: Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19

    As the nation continues to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern University School of Law is proud to announce that Professors Wendy E. Parmet, Leo Beletsky and Patricia Williams; Visiting Scholar Michael Sinha and Jessica Bresler ’20 are among 50 national experts convened to assess the US policy response to the crisis to date. (more)

  • Legal Experts Blast U.S. Response to COVID-19

    Professor Wendy Parmet tells MedPage Today that the US cannot be alone its COVID-19 response: "Our safety as a nation depends on our engagement and working with other countries to prevent problems in other countries from spreading here." (more)

  • There’s no Question about Harris’s Citizenship. So Why is Trump Questioning It?

    “As long as White Americans remain divided about whether people of color are fully American, we can unfortunately expect debates about birthright citizenship, however much on the fringes, to remain an enduring element of the political landscape,” writes Professor Rachel Rosenbloom in an op-ed for The Washington Post. (more)

  • PHRGE Announces Its Fall Fellows

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to welcome two new appointees, Alexandra August ’22 and Annery Miranda ’22, to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

  • Who’s Gonna Take the Weight: Mo Cowan and Being Black in America

    In a powerful piece co-authored with Parnia Zahedi for Boston Magazine, The Honorable William “Mo” Cowan ’94 writes about navigating around and tackling head-on the realities of structural racism. (more)

  • Meltsner and Burnham Play Significant Roles in Release of Convicted Man

    The release from MCI-Norfolk prison of Arnie King, who committed a murder when he was 18 and served almost 50 years of a life-without-parole (LWOP) sentence, was the work of many hands but Northeastern Law faculty and students played significant roles. (more)

  • Meltsner Awarded Carr Center Fellowship

    Professor Michael Meltsner has been awarded a fellowship by the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. (more)

  • Professor Davis Co-Authors Infertility and Human Rights Publication

    Professor Martha Davis has teamed up with Rajat Khosla, human rights advisor for the Department of Reproductive Health Research at the World Health Organization, to author a new article that explores evolving human rights norms and standards relating to infertility. (more)

  • Wanted: Allies in the Fight for Disability Rights

    While there is much to celebrate about the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Carol Steinberg ’80 is “doing what she always does: pushing hard for more accessibility for people with disabilities,” according to The Boston Globe. (more)

  • How the Trump Administration Is Weaponizing Work Permits

    “In addition to the big splashes this administration makes with major immigration crackdowns, it also works quietly by enacting smaller, more insidious policies that make it ever harder for immigrants to remain in the United States,” writes Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, director of Northeastern Law's Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), in an op-ed for Politico. (more)

  • Int’l Students Contribute Immeasurable Benefits to US Universities

    International students bring a different background and life experience that makes class discussion more vibrant and educational,” says Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-founder and director of Northeastern Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic. (more)

  • How Qualified Immunity Became The Sticking Point In Mass. Police Reform Debates

    Listen back: Professor Deborah Ramirez joined WBUR's Morning Edition to explain Qualified Immunity and its place in the Police Reform debate. (more)

  • Fixing Informational Asymmetry Through Trademark Search

    Recently published in Jotwell, Professor Jessica Silbey reviews Georgetown Law Professor Amanda Levendowski's article, “Trademarks as Surveillance Transparency,” which examines the role of trademark law in exercising oversight within and beyond surveillance. (more)

  • Scientific and Medical Expertise in the Prosecution of Pregnant Women

    In a symposium piece for the Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR), Professor Aziza Ahmed examines the misuse of expertise—from forensic science to medical evidence—to prosecute women for crimes related to pregnancy. (more)

  • The Untold Stories of 123 Black People Killed by White Police Officers in One Alabama County

    These stories had gone untold for decades – until they were discovered by Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ). (more)

  • Pritzker says Illinois Counties Must Act to Stop COVID's Spread. How Much Power Do They Have?

    "The problem of course is that in this messaging environment, in this political partisan toxic messaging environment, persuasion only goes so far," Professor Wendy Parmet tells the Marietta Daily Journal. "And the virus doesn't know county boundaries." (more)

  • Agatep '21 Awarded Public Interest Scholarship by AALFNY

    Jenna Agatep ’21 has been awarded a public interest scholarship by the Asian American Law Fund of New York (AALFNY). She is interning this summer with the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), which runs the Pro Bono Clinic and focusing on the Asian communities in Queens that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. She also volunteers with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON). (more)

  • Imprisoned for Nearly 50 Years, Man Convicted of Murder as a Teen is Free, Seeks New Trial

    Professor Michael Meltsner, who spent years trying to get Arnie King a commutation hearing before the parole board, is quoted in The Boston Globe: "King should have been released long ago, but the state’s commutation system is dysfunctional because governors have consistently denied pleas for commutations for fear of political backlash." (more)

  • The John Lewis Legacy: Protecting the Right to be Free from Racist Policing

    “One can only imagine how different the law would look today, had Congress heeded the young John Lewis’ demand, in 1963, to adopt “Title III.” How prescient, and wise, the young man was,” writes Professor Margaret Burnham in a piece that illuminates an early contribution John Lewis made, long before he was a legislator, to the effort to pass laws controlling racist police violence. (more)

  • Protesters Call for Firing of Jackson County Prosecutor in Jungerman Murder Case

    “Documented cases of misconduct are sort of the tip of the iceberg because there is no way to know how many times things like this happen,” Professor Daniel Medwed tell The Kansas City Star. “There’s no way to know how many statements are known on phone calls that are never disclosed.” (more)

  • Grigsby ’15 Authors New Book on Healthcare Reform

    S. Mayumi “Umi” Grigsby is the author of a new book titled, Empowered: Reforming a Dismissive Health Care System, that addresses the dangerous impact negative interactions with healthcare providers and the healthcare system can have on black women and their health. (more)

  • Saving West Africa’s Last Rainforest

    Listen back: Alfred Brownell, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)and Goldman Environmental Prize winner, joined the Living On Earth podcast to talk about the importance of protecting the remaining Liberian tropical rainforest. (more)

  • Happy 100th Birthday, Shirley Bayle ’54

    The School of Law is sending warm birthday wishes to Shirley Bayle ’54, a longtime Boston trial lawyer who turns 100 today, July 27. (more)

  • In a Moment of Reckoning, New Calls for Justice for DJ Henry

    “We know a lot more about the phenomenon of police shootings, how ubiquitous across the country they are, and we know much more than we did a decade ago,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. “Grand jurors might be more open to understanding this phenomenon.” (more)

  • Legal Issues Around Coronavirus Vaccine Mandates

    Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, tells FOX 5 that the best way to maximize vaccination is with clear messaging, not mandates, from public officials. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Hosts Community Forum on Police Accountability

    Professor Deborah Ramirez, Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins '97 and Willie Bodrick II ’20, senior advisor to US Senator Ed Markey and associate pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, spoke about police accountability and reform at virtual panel on Wednesday, July 22. (more)

  • They're Helping Small Businesses Reopen Responsibly

    Supervised by Professor Jared Nicholson, students at Northeastern Law’s Community Business Clinic are helping small business owners in disadvantaged communities navigate the complex legal and regulatory policies to operate responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic. (more)

  • Six Grads to be Honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

    Congratulations to Avana Anderson '15, Ivria Glass Fried '13, Valerie Jackson '13, Eva Jellison '13, Desiree Murphy '13 and Alicia Selman '17, who are to be honored as Up & Coming Lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at its virtual 2020 Excellence in the Law event this Wednesday! (more)

  • A Black Man Accused of Rape, a White Officer in the Klan, and a 1936 Lynching That Went Unpunished

    The Washington Post reports on the case of Thomas Finch, who was 28 when he was killed by an Atlanta police officer in 1936: "The circumstances of Finch’s lynching — one of more than 6,500 between 1865 and 1950 — were brought to light in 2017 by Carissa Aranda, a civil rights attorney in western Massachusetts who at the time was a Northeastern University law school student investigating cold cases for the school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project." (more)

  • Unearthing the Stories of Yesterday’s George Floyds

    “The civil rights movement sought to democratize America. Now we must finish the work of that great social movement and democratize policing,” writes Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and a close collaborator of Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ). (more)

  • Muhammad ’20 Wins LSAC Writing Award

    Hakeem Muhammad ’20 has been named as one of three winners of the Law School Admission Council’s nationwide biennial writing competition, which is designed to advance the dialogue on diversity, equity and inclusion in legal education and the profession, for his essay, “Why a Diverse Bar is Paramount to Protecting the Constitution.” (more)

  • Championing Water Rights as Human Rights

    In conjunction with her participation in Professor Martha Davis’s Human Rights in the United States seminar, Roshni Patel ’20 is the lead author of a new chapter on the water and human rights, supplementing the 2014 edition of Human Rights in the US: A Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys. (more)

  • Northeastern Supports Multi-State Lawsuit to Protect International Students

    Northeastern University is supporting a multi-state lawsuit, filed by 18 attorneys generals and led by Maura Healey '98 of Massachusetts, against a new federal rule that would bar international students from remaining in the United States if they take classes exclusively online this fall. (more)

  • Breonna Taylor and the Erasure of Black Women from Movements Addressing State Violence Against Black People

    “Centering Black women in the Me Too movement is critical to combatting Black women’s experience of sexual violence at the hands of the state,” writes Sarah Nawab '20 in an article for the Northeastern Law Review’s online forum. “Leaders in both racial justice and gender justice movements should work to ensure that the movements are intersectional and include Black women. There must be justice for Breonna Taylor.” (more)

  • Police Brutality Calls for Police Accountability

    Watch: Professor Deborah Ramirez appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to outline the challenges to holding police accountable for using excessive force and to share her proposed solution. (more)

  • The ADA Has Kept Us Going, But More Must Be Done to Make Us Feel Welcome in Court

    "The ADA has enabled me to do what I love to do for decades," writes Adjunct Professor Carol Steinberg '80 in an op-ed for the American Bar Association. "But in furtherance of its mission, architects should learn to design courtrooms with lawyers with disabilities in mind; judges should be taught how to deal with disabled lawyers that come before them." (more)

  • Biden’s Commitment to Global Sharing of COVID-19 Vaccine Technology is a Step in the Right Direction, Must be Followed by Concrete Plans to Dismantle Dangerous Healthcare Nationalism

    “This first, welcome rhetorical step by Vice President Biden should be followed by a concrete plan to dismantle the misguided, dangerous current policy of ‘America first, everyone else to the back of the queue,’” writes Professor Brook Baker in his latest blog for Health GAP. (more)

  • Knight Foundation Announces $25K Grant for Professor Waldman's Research on the First Amendment

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $25,000 investment to support First Amendment research by Professor Ari Waldman. (more)

  • What Would a New Tsarnaev Trial Look Like, Five Years Later?

    “Unfortunately, I think if there’s a retrial on life vs. death, it’s going to be very similar to what we already experienced,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Boston Globe. “And it would reopen a lot of wounds not only for victims, but for many Bostonians.” (more)

  • Parking Bans, Resident-Only Rules, And Social Distancing Complicate Beach Access

    Listen back: Jennifer Lea Huer, managing director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, joined WBUR's Radio Boston to talk about how communities should balance beach access and public safety during a Pandemic Summer. (more)

  • A Truly Clean Energy System Runs on a Clean Conscience

    “Even in the social impact space, investors need income within the double or triple bottom line,” Professor Shalanda Baker tell GreenBiz. (more)

  • COVID-19 is Making Things Harder for Victims of Domestic Abuse. Here’s a Way to Help

    To enhance access to justice during the current crisis and beyond, Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute and NuLawLab have joined forces to launch the COVID Rapid Response Project. Learn more about the project and how you can help! (more)

  • We know companies are collecting and sharing our data. Is there anything we can do about it?

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog is teaming up with his colleagues at Khoury College to collaborate on a five-year project that will address the urgent need for protection of personal data flow on the Internet. (more)

  • How Secret Deals Could Keep a COVID-19 Drug Out of Reach for Millions

    “These bilateral licenses … are highly restrictive in their application,” Professor Brook Baker tells the Los Angeles Times. “Gilead excluded these countries because they have commercial potential and because Gilead wants to reserve the right to prevent competition and charge higher prices.” (more)

  • Professor Waldman Named to Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts

    Professor Ari Waldman has been appointed by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to a new commission charged with examining the enhanced use of technology and online platforms, among other innovations, and making recommendations to improve the delivery and quality of justice services, facilitate access to justice and better equip the New York State court system to keep pace with society’s rapidly evolving changes. (more)

  • June Medical: Reason or Politics?

    “The right to an abortion is political,” writes Professor Aziza Ahmed in her latest blog for Human Rights at Home. “It was taken out of the domain of health services where women’s health advocates would like to keep it and is volleyed about as a political tool from elections to Supreme Court nominations, costing lives, health, and well-being in the process.” (more)

  • US Procures Almost Entire Supply of COVID-19 Drug

    "Rich countries have more money to spend on research and development,"Professor Brook Baker tells VOA News. "Does that mean that only rich people get medicine? That's highly problematic in a moral, ethical sense." (more)

  • What the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Means

    “We can’t just assume that because we have a conservative majority, the right will always win,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells The Atlantic. (more)

  • How Do You Enforce a Quarantine?

    “Whenever you have something that cannot be enforced widely, if it’s enforced sporadically, that raises concerns about discrimination and profiling,” Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law’s Center for Health Policy and Law, tells City & State. “Who among the people driving up I-95 are the ones who get stopped?” (more)

  • Mandatory Professional Liability for Police Officers: How Insurance Can Step Up According to This Criminal Law Scholar

    "We’re at a critical moment, and the insurance industry can make a real difference," Professor Deborah Ramirez tells Risk & Insurance Magazine. (more)

  • Should Mass. Residents Be Worried About Tourists From Coronavirus Hotspots Importing More Illness?

    “Travel advisories are themselves deeply problematic,” Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, tells The Boston Globe. “The dilemma is showing up the disaster of what’s been happening: the fact that we don’t have a federal policy, and no consistency among the states.” (more)

  • Invention of a Slave and the Ongoing Movement For Equal Justice

    Professor Kara Swanson's new Columbia Law Review article, "Race and Selective Legal Memory: Reflections on Invention of a Slave," is cited by Patentlyo, America's leading patent law blog. (more)

  • “Murder in Mobile” Honored with a Regional Emmy Award for Best Documentary

    "Murder in Mobile” has earned a Boston/New England Regional Emmy® Award in the documentary category! The 23-minute documentary features the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) and the 1948 murder of Rayfield Davis, whose case was unearthed and investigated by Chelsea Schmitz ’13. (more)

  • How the Rise of Digital Media, Innovation and Data Privacy Regulation Have Shifted the Legal Job Market

    Listen back: Professor Jessica Silbey, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), was a recent guest on Counsel to Counsel, a podcast hosted by Stephen Seckler ’88, president of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching. (more)

  • Big Tech Juggles Ethical Pledges on Facial Recognition With Corporate Interests

    "Facial recognition technology is so inherently destructive that the safest approach is to pull it out root and stem," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells NBC News. (more)

  • The Dangers of Tech-Driven Solutions to COVID-19

    In a co-authored essay for the Brookings Institute, Professor Woodrow Hartzog outlines the dangers of deferring to tech firms to respond to COVID-19. (more)

  • Don’t Touch Your Face: Pandemic Within a Pandemic

    Listen back: Professor Margaret Burhman joined Foreign Policy’s Don’t Touch Your Face podcast to discuss the relationship between the COVID19 pandemic and protests in the United States and around the world. (more)

  • Amid Pandemic, a Grave Injustice Goes on for State’s Inmates

    "Thousands of Americans held in close confinement may have sickened or died in institutions under CDC guidance," writes Professor Michael Meltsner in a letter to The Boston Globe. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Welcomes New Faculty

    Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of four exceptional faculty members: Ari Ezra Waldman, Blaine Saito, L. Danielle Tully and Stephanie (Stevie) Leahy. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Community Gathers to Celebrate the Class of 2020

    Fearless but not flawless, Northeastern Law welcomed almost 1,000 participants across Zoom and YouTube to a live, virtual commencement celebration of the Class of 2020 on Thursday, May 21, 2020. More than 200 JD, LLM and MLS graduates were joined by family and friends from the across the globe for the festivities, which included remarks by students, faculty and staff as well as celebratory videos to mark the occasion. (more)

  • Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowships

    Kristen Bor-Zale '19, Sarah Nawab ’20, MacKensie Speer '20 and Alexandra Warren ’20 have been awarded two year fellowships through Equal Justice Works (EJW), an organization that pairs law students and recent graduates with public interest organizations so they can become public service leaders. (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 2020 Fellows: Chris McDonough ’21, Jaime Watson ’21 and Rachael Wyant ’22. (more)

  • Masks and Our Face-Recognition Future: How Coronavirus (Slightly) Clouds the Picture Painted by Tech Firms

    In an op-ed co-authored for the New York Daily News, Professor Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Sellinger argue that that face masks are important for protecting people from COVID-19, not facial surveillance. (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)

  • Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Launches COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal

    Elizabeth Ennen ’08, director of Northeastern Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE),is one of the leaders of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission's COVID-19 Task Force Pro Bono Committee. The Committee has just launched a new online tool connecting attorneys and law students to pandemic-related pro bono opportunities that serve low-income residents of the Commonwealth. (more)

  • If it’s Trending on Social Media, He’s Probably Heard About It

    Northeastern News spotlights Terrence Johnson, a 2020 graduate of Northeastern’s Master of Science in Media Advocacy, who has gone on to co-host a new YouTube show produced by WGBH that features analysis and insights about how social media users are engaging with the social, economic and cultural issues of the day. (more)

  • Professor Waldman Launches Legally Queer

    To spark debate, conversation and intersectional advocacy to advance the cause of LGBTQ liberation, Professor Ari Ezra Waldman has launched Legally Queer, an LGBTQ legal education project on social media that includes daily posts about a case, decision, law (or law-related event) related to the LGBTQ community that took place on that date in history. (more)

  • Overwhelming Support for Banning Face Surveillance in Boston: When We Fight, We Win!

    Northeastern Law’s Professor Woodrow Hartzog was among the tech and policy experts who gave testimony before the Boston City Council last week in support of a proposed ban on facial recognition surveillance. (more)

  • Full-time for Animals

    “There are many valuable parts to play in animal protection, and the law is where I feel like I can personally have the biggest impact,” says Rebecca Cary ’09, a senior staff attorney in the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Protection Litigation department. (more)

  • Joe Kennedy III Accepted $2,500 From A Private Prison Corporate PAC In 2012

    "Accepting political contributions from for-profit prisons, either directly or indirectly from a PAC, strikes me as inconsistent with the objectives of many advocates for prison reform and decarceration,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells the New Boston Post. (more)

  • Four Northeastern Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

    The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Huda Khwaja ’21, Liora Klepper ’21, MaryGrace Menner ’21 and Claudia Morera ’21. The application process is highly competitive and the awards were based on their outstanding qualifications. (more)

  • The Dirty Secret Behind Qualified Immunity for Police

    In an op-ed co-authored for The Boston Globe, Professor Deborah Ramirez and Marcus Wraight ’18 make the case for mandatory individual liability insurance for police (more)

  • Banning Police Chokeholds As A Way To Keep Officers More Accountable

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH's Morning Edition to share his thoughts on police chokeholds. (more)

  • Liability Insurance Could Hold 'Reckless' Police Officers Accountable

    Listen back: On NPR’s All Things Considered, Professor Deborah Ramirez talks about her proposal to make personal liability insurance mandatory for individual police officers. (more)

  • US-, China- and EU-First Nationalism and COVID-19 Technology Hoarding Push the Rest of the World to the End of the Line

    "We must focus on what can be done to secure the up-front conditions that will guarantee COVID-19 vaccines and therapies truly benefit everyone, no matter where they live," writes Professor Brook Baker in his latest blog for Health GAP. "Global solidarity is not naive – it is a necessity." (more)

  • Hundreds of Activists and Elected Officials Call on Mayors and Cops to Decrease Police Power

    “Every city has its own slate of issues,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Intercept. “But there is this common theme and common ground here that does relate to the police in the United States having too much power, being too heavily weaponized, and being too protected by their unions." (more)

  • How Do Today’s Black Lives Matter Protests Compare to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s?

    “I think what the young people who are in the streets today are saying is, it’s not the world we want to live in. We want to create our own world. We want to create a world that is responsive to our understandings of what it means to be human,” says Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ). “And we want a justice system.” (more)

  • Policing the Police with Professor Deborah Ramirez

    Professor Deborah Ramirez joins the PowerPLAY podcast to make the case for mandatory professional liability insurance for police officers. (more)

  • Examining The Updated Charges Against The Officers In George Floyd Killing

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined WGBH’s Morning Edition to talk about the new charges against the officers in the George Floyd killing and how they could play out in court. (more)

  • Todd & Weld LLP Provides Support to CRRJ in Honor of George Floyd

    As the nation yet again faces a crisis steeped in historical racism and the deep social and economic inequities pervading society, the law firm Todd & Weld LLP has stepped forward with a $25,000 gift to Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ). (more)

  • The Half Was Never Told: Honoring George Floyd

    “The protests are about the lingering and still accumulating costs of American racial ideology and the harms ensuing from failure to acknowledge the wrongs, to “call their names”," writes Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), in her latest blog. (more)

  • Michel ’21 and Shoenhard ’22 Selected for Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowships

    Selected from 446 applications, Anna Michel ’21 and Lindsey Shonehard ’22 are two of 35 law students who will serve in the 2020 class of Rural Summer Legal Corps, an initiative funded by Equal Justice Works and the Legal Services Corporation. (more)

  • Statement from Dean James Hackney

    In the middle of the night I was transfixed by the fires ablaze in Minneapolis. The next morning, I awoke to the shock of a CNN reporter of color being arrested, for no articulated rationale. Across the nation, protests are releasing the pain of witnessing racial atrocities—all of this in the midst of a pandemic. (more)

  • What Happens If You Get Coronavirus at Work? Experts Say It Might Be Hard to Prove.

    “The intervention by the federal government in private tort law of states would be extremely problematic,” Professor Emily Spieler tells The Washington Post. “Tort law is a matter of states.” (more)

  • COVID-19 Poses Unnecessary Risk for People with Disabilities

    In an op-ed co-authored for CommonWealth, Professor Carol Steinberg writes about the need for more adaptable housing highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis. (more)

  • Blaine Saito Joins Northeastern as Assistant Professor of Law

    Blaine Saito, an expert in the field of taxation, has been appointed an assistant professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law, effective July 1, 2020. (more)

  • Leahy Appointed as Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern Law

    Stefanie (Stevie) Leahy has been appointed an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University School of Law, effective July 1, 2020. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she was a visiting assistant professor in the school’s Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) program, supervising two social justice projects with LatinoJustice PRLDEF. (more)

  • What To Do When People Don't Practice Social Distancing

    “In these moments of uncertainty we all suddenly feel the need to police our own behavior, but also police other people’s behavior as well,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells Oregon Public Broadcasting. (more)

  • Hakeem Muhammad '20 Receives 2020 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship

    Congratulations to Hakeem Muhammad '20 on being selected as the 2020 recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship. Muhammad plans to devote himself to protecting the rights of indigent clients as a soon-to-be public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in Roxbury. (more)

  • Northeastern Law's Community Business Clinic Assists Local Businesses with Pandemic Legal Aid

    Northeastern Law's Community Business Clinic (CBC) has launched a legal help desk for small businesses in Lynn, Mass. Under the supervision of Professor Jared Nicholson, CBC students will field legal questions, such as those pertaining to reopening under COVID-19 guidelines, financial assistance applications and commercial leases. (more)

  • Intellectual Property Law In The Race To A Coronavirus Vaccine

    How does the patent process work for vaccines in the US, and how does the ongoing global health crisis affect the law? On WGBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed gives a breakdown of the basic intellectual property law related to developing a vaccine for COVID-19. (more)

  • Part-Time Researchers Needed for Project on the Law and Inequality in COVID Workplace Hotspots

    Paid part-time positions (20 hours per week) available for up to four NUSL current students or 2020 graduates to do research mapping legal and other structural determinants of inequality in COVID workplace hotspots. (more)

  • Op-ed: President Ramaphosa Should Support the COVID-19 IP Pool

    In a co-authored op-ed, Professor Brook Baker urges the president of South Africa to declare his support for the Solidarity Call to Action on the COVID-19 technology pool, which will be officially launched on 29 May 2020: “We remind President Ramaphosa that there is work to be done at home amending South Africa’s Patents Act, and instituting emergency measures to temporarily suspend patenting of COVID-19 medical products and to provide for automatic or mandatory compulsory licenses on such products should voluntary measures prove unsuccessful.” (more)

  • A Black Man was Killed in Georgia, Should the Case be Tried as a Hate Crime?

    Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that labels conspiracies to commit hate crimes as lynchings, which would make them a federal crime if the measure is signed into law. Professors Margaret Burnham and Jonathan Kahn say it will be noteworthy to watch how the case proceeds amid a news coverage cycle that is dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. (more)

  • Lack Of Coordination In Reopenings Could Lead To More Coronavirus Spread, Spillover Between States

    “The danger is, it’s a race to the bottom as more and more states reopen,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Boston Globe. "It will be harder and harder for governors to maintain stricter measures in their state. People are tired of the lockdowns and there is a pressure in opening up, but also a lot of risk.” (more)

  • We Celebrate the Class of #NUSL2020!

    The School of Law hosted a virtual commencement celebration on Thursday, May 21. Watch the video highlights! (more)

  • Kansas Gov. Kelly Has Broad Powers in Pandemic. Here’s Why Republicans Want to Curb Them

    Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Wichita Eagle the underlying consensus that appeared to be holding in the early stages of the pandemic is breaking down: "Public health orders are becoming yet another issue viewed through a political prism." (more)

  • Hincapié ’96 Named to Biden-Sanders Immigration Task Force

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have selected Marielena Hincapié ’96, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, to serve as co-chair of their joint task force. Hincapié will advise the Biden campaign on immigration policy. (more)

  • Bringing America Back: The Post-Pandemic Workplace and More to Know

    "There's a lot of talk about getting back to normal after COVID-19, but there's a range of issues where getting back to normal isn't desirable," Professor Leo Beletsky tells ABC News. (more)

  • Coronavirus Tracing Apps Are Coming. Here’s How They Could Reshape Surveillance as We Know It.

    "Good privacy engineering is one piece of the puzzle for contact tracing apps," writes Professor Woodrow Hartzog in an op-ed for the LA Times. "Perhaps even more difficult is weighing the long-term consequences of how these tools will be used after the pandemic ends." (more)

  • Professor Hartzog and Leading Technology Scholars Oppose Facial Recognition Bill

    A group of leading technology scholars led by Woodrow Hartzog, professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, and Evan Selinger, professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, have signed a letter of opposition to AB 2261, a California bill regulating facial recognition technology. (more)

  • Don’t Use Face Recognition to Fight COVID. We Need Disease Surveillance, Not a Surveillance State

    In their latest co-authored op-ed, Professors Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger argue that facial recognition is perfectly tailored to serve the worst impulses of humanity during a time of deep vulnerability: "The thing is, we already know enough to conclude that face recognition technology shouldn't be used to fight COVID-19." (more)

  • Meet Some of Trump’s Most Conservative Judicial Picks

    Judge Elizabeth Branch’s voting record suggests a “highly conservative approach” that is consistent with the rest of President Trump's judicial appointments, says Professor Michael Meltsner. (more)

  • CLIC: Advancing Racial and Health Equity Through the Arts

    The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) at Northeastern University School of Law is part of a team that recently received a Northeastern University TIER 1 Award, which provides support for interdisciplinary research, seeking to stimulate exciting and innovative directions and increase the competitiveness of external proposals. (more)

  • 5 Minutes With... Priya Lane ’13

    Priya Lane ’13, director of BizGrow, a program at Lawyers for Civil Rights that helps entrepreneurs with free legal assistance, is featured in the Boston Business Journal.  (more)

  • Rethinking Freedom: Liberty vs Health is a False Dichotomy

    "When the history of the pandemic is written, our one-sided view of liberty and the devaluation of public health that followed from it may well claim a starring role in the neglect that exacerbated the pandemic’s impact in the US," writes Professor Wendy Parmet in an op-ed for IAI TV. (more)

  • Ari Ezra Waldman Joins Northeastern as Professor of Law and Computer Science

    Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, a leading authority on law and technology, will join Northeastern University’s faculty on July 1 as Professor of Law and Computer Science with a joint appointment at the School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. (more)

  • Years of Advocacy by HIRC Culminate in Landmark Decision by First Circuit

    Congratulations to Deborah Anker '75, Harvard Law clinical professor and founder of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), and John Willshire-Carrera '85 and Nancy Kelly '84, co-assistant directors of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services, for their work contributing to federal court recognition of gender as a basis for asylum claims. Arguments filed by HIRC in an amicus brief cited by the court largely formed the basis of its ruling. (more)

  • Seattle Has a Sane Plan to End Lockdown. It Might Not Work.

    “California and Washington appeared very early to be leaders in taking action, while much of the rest of the country remained in the illusion that somehow this wasn't coming,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Daily Beast. “I don't think any state has done it perfectly—maybe they can’t in this environment.” (more)

  • Neighbors Not Practicing Social Distancing? Here’s What to Do

    “Most people are trying to act in the best way they know how in the context of not knowing too much about a virus that’s killing a lot of people,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells The New York Times. (more)

  • Three Northeastern Law Grads Among Boston's 100 Most Influential People

    The Honorable William "Mo" Cowan ’94, Mass. AG Maura Healey ’98 and Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins ’97 have been named to Boston Magazine's 2020 Most Influential People in Boston list. (more)

  • Honored for Excellence: Bodrick II ’20 Named to Northeastern's Huntington 100

    Willie Bodrick II ’20 was selected as one of Northeastern University’s 2020 Huntington 100 Award recipients. The Huntington 100 honors outstanding students for achievements that are consistent with the university’s mission, ideals, values and academic plan. (more)

  • The Supreme Court is Opening Up the Phone Lines. Here’s What to Listen For.

    For the first time, the nation’s highest court will hold arguments remotely this month and will make live audio of those arguments available to the public. Professor Dan Urman explains the changes and challenges of this development... (more)

  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Releases New Resource Co-Produced by RIttenberg

    Rhonda Rittenberg, co-chair of NALP's JD Advantage Work Group, has contributed to a comprehensive guide for law school career services offices to help students navigate an evolving employment landscape. The JD Advantage Career Guide contains profiles of 10 career areas, appendices and other data about JD Advantage jobs. (more)

  • Will Contact-Tracing Apps Infringe on Data Privacy? Germany May Soon Find Out.

    “The pandemic’s not going to last forever, but the data that’s collected from the pandemic might," Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells News@Northeastern. "Until they feel protected, people are going to be reluctant to participate and share—and rightfully so.” (more)

  • California Closes Orange County Beaches Over COVID-19 Fears – but How Risky Is a Beach Day?

    “If allowing people to have access to sunshine and recreation is what’s going to keep them from protesting and violating laws, that may be a trade-off worth making,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Guardian. “A beach gathering is safer than an indoor party, for example.” (more)

  • As Coronavirus Infections Peak, Profit-Driven Hospital Systems Must Be Held Accountable

    “We call on lawmakers to ensure that people of color and vulnerable populations are not exposed to disproportionate risk in our fight to expand health system capacity,” write Professor Shalanda Baker and her co-authors in an op-ed for The Boston Globe. “Moreover, we request that lawmakers remain vigilant to ensure that market-based rubrics, such as ability to pay for care or reimbursement rate, do not dictate who lives or dies." (more)

  • NU Honors Rolland for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

    Professor Sonia Rolland has been selected to receive Northeastern University’s Excellence in Research and Creative Innovation Award. (more)

  • In`Passage West,’ Reddi ’92 Navigates The History Of South Asians Working In America

    Author Rishi Reddi '92 has published her first novel, `Passage West,’ which follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history. (more)

  • A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No Harm

    “We’ve already learned what moving fast and breaking things can do to society,” Professor Woodrow Hartzog tells The New York Times, referring to the negative consequences of a tech mind-set that values speed and disruption above all else. (more)

  • At Assisted Living Facilities, Poor Safeguards During Pandemic Could Be Considered Neglect

    Listen back: On WGBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed outlines some of the federal and state laws in place that are meant to protect residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and the complicated process of bringing claims of carelessness and neglect. (more)

  • Despite Pandemic, No One Expects OSHA Emergency Regs

    "There's not a lot of good history on [the emergency temporary standard], nor is there a lot of judicial review that provides guidance," Professor Emily Spieler tells Law360. "Calls for emergency standards have often been denied, including during the Obama administration. But then we've not had a pandemic before." (more)

  • Northeastern Law Seeks to Expand Support for Domestic Violence Victims During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Northeastern University School of Law’s Domestic Violence Institute (DVI), NuLawLab and a hotel seek to rapidly expand the ability of the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic to support current victims of intimate partner abuse in Dorchester, Massachusetts (more)

  • If You Test Positive for the Coronavirus, Who Has a Right to Know?

    “It seems fair to say that we might try and regulate an intentional attempt to expose another person to an infectious disease,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells Northeastern News. “But, is there a good way to hold someone accountable that can recognize the complexity of our moment in which confusion reigns? Not really.” (more)

  • The Pandemic May Fuel the Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis

    Professor Leo Beletsky tells the National Geographic that campaigns to get nonviolent drug offenders released during the pandemic may not be sufficient. “Prisoner re-entry into regular society is difficult and dangerous from a health perspective, even during normal times,” he says. (more)

  • COVID-19: The Time for Pocrastination Over Patents is Over.

    "Unless timely action is taken, South Africa could be faced with a new form of “pharmaceutical apartheid,” like that experienced in the early days of the AIDS response, when access to medicines here was blocked by decisions made by rich countries and pharmaceutical companies in the Global North," writes Professor Brook Baker in a co-authored op-ed for Spotlight. (more)

  • In The Age Of Coronavirus, Restrictive Immigration Policies Pose A Serious Public Health Threat

    "There are a few, still weak, glimmers of hope regarding the nation’s response to dangers created by our immigration policies," writes Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, in her latest blog for Health Affairs. "If we are to learn the lessons of this moment, these small glimmers must give rise to a new approach to protecting the health of immigrants. (more)

  • Standing Too Close. Not Covering Coughs. If Someone Is Violating Social Distancing Rules, What Do You Do?

    “The troubling thing about these public health emergencies is it does give governments really wide latitude to enact and enforce laws that we might otherwise see as violations of privacy or civil liberties,” Professor Aziza Ahmed tells TIME. (more)

  • Kara Swanson Named 2020 Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow

    Professor Kara Swanson has been named as the 2020 Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. While in residence at the Lemelson Center in early 2021, she will work on her project, “Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and Patents.” (more)

  • Northeastern Once Again Ranked No. 1 for Practical Training

    In recognition of its national leadership in experiential learning, Northeastern University School of Law has been ranked No. 1 for practical training by preLaw/The National Jurist. This is the sixth year in a row that Northeastern has held the No. 1 spot. (more)

  • As Coronavirus Spread, Dozens of Law Enforcement Agents Raided Virginia Housing Projects Over Alleged Small Drug Deals

    "If we need to triage law enforcement activity, I’d say ‘low-level drug crimes’ are at the top of that list of things we need to take a much more flexible approach on,” Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Appeal. (more)

  • State Alliances Are Leading the US Fight Against Covid-19

    “If one state opens up— whatever that means—in a way that the other states are not ready to do, it could cause a catastrophe,” says Professor Wendy Parmet, director of Northeastern Law’s Center for Health Policy and Law. “The virus doesn’t pay a toll on the George Washington Bridge.” (more)

  • Introducing Shannon Al-Wakeel, Managing Director of CPIAC

    Shannon Al-Wakeel has been appointed managing director of Northeastern University School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC). Al-Wakeel’s background and expertise include community lawyering, direct representation and public policy advocacy challenging state targeting of marginalized communities. (more)

  • Should Pharmaceutical Companies Give up Their Patent Protections to Find a Vaccine for COVID-19?

    Sharing research and discoveries among various pharmaceutical companies—trade secrets that are typically closely guarded and legally protected—would enable scientists to work together and build upon their collective knowledge, says Professor Brook Baker. (more)

  • Wilson ’17 Joins Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute as a Lawyering Fellow

    Morgan Wilson ’17 has joined Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) as a lawyering fellow and director of Legal Assistance to Victims program (LAV), a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston. (more)

  • Stonewall Awardees Reflect on What Lies Ahead for LGBT Community

    Chase Strangio ’10 and Carmelyn Malalis ’01, both 2020 Stonewall Awardees and nationally recognized LGBT legal activists, share their journeys and hopes for the future. (more)

  • Public Health Authorities Need Help Responding to COVID-19. Students Are Answering the Call – by Picking up the Phone.

    Cassandra Dechaine JD/MPH ’21 has joined a coalition of volunteers helping health departments across Massachusetts handle the COVID-19 crisis. “It’s really hard, as someone who’s in school to try to help people as much as possible, to feel like I’m not doing anything actively,” she tells News@Northeastern. “I know the local health departments are just super, super overloaded right now, so to help mitigate and help with that as much as possible really interested me.” (more)

  • COVID-19: Challenges Us to Address Societal Inequalities

    "With water, as with access to education, the tragedies of the pandemic are making clear how interconnected we are, and how deeply societal inequality hurts us all," writes Professor Martha Davis in a blog for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. (more)

  • America Has Conquered Plagues Before. We Can Do It Again.

    “As the memory of epidemics faded, individual rights became much more important than collective responsibility,” Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, tells The New York Times. (more)

  • On Hubris, Isolationism And Distrust During The Pandemic

    Professor Wendy Parmet joined WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss how our attitudes are shaping the response to the pandemic: “Three of the top threats to public health amidst the current global crisis are hubris, isolationism and distrust.” (more)

  • Water is 'A Fundamental Right'

    "Community-wide responses will help to ensure ""affordable water for all,"" says Martha Davis, newly named University Distinguished Professor. (more)

  • Expect a Wave of Pro-IP Proposals from Industry in the Wake of the COVID-19

    "Although we can expect some pricing moderation by industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it seeks to refurbish its tarnished reputation, the industry’s long-term goals are clear: more monopoly protections for a longer period of time and more opportunities to charge ever higher prices," cautions Professor Brook Baker in a piece for Health GAP. "If industry succeeds, we will reap the consequences." (more)

  • Like a Boss Now: One-on-One with Joan Fortin ’96, CEO of Bernstein Shur

    Watch now: Joan Fortin ’96, Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Shur, is featured on The Portland Press Herald’s Like a Boss webinar series and shares her tips managing, adapting and problem solving amid the COVID-19 crisis. (more)

  • COVID-19 Update: Commencement

    Join us for a virtual commencement celebration on May 21. (more)

  • PHRGE Announces Its Summer Fellows

    The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to welcome two new appointees, Cecilia MacArthur ’22 and Andrea Satchwell ’21, 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)

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

    Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka ’80 will 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)

  • Law School Summer Courses to Be Held Online

    Based on continued guidance from public health officials, the School of Law’s summer quarter course delivery will be held online. (more)

  • Upcoming Virtual Events

    We’re moving quickly to transition previously on-the-ground events this spring to virtual opportunities to connect. Check our calendar regularly as we build our virtual programming. (more)

  • Rachel Garcia ’21 Awarded Prestigious CLOC Scholarship

    Rachel Garcia ’21 has been named a 2020 Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) Scholarship recipient. Only 10 CLOC scholarships are awarded each year to graduate degree students who have a business/metrics driven focus as it relates to the practice of law or have demonstrated an interest in legal operations. (more)

  • Community Radio Fights to Stay Live (and Weird) Despite Coronavirus

    The show must go on! Portland lawyer Alison “Tex” Clark ’98 has been pre-recording her weekly community radio show with XRAY.FM from home since the emergence of COVID-19. (more)

  • Rationale for Supporting Costa Rica’s Proposal for Emergency COVID-19 Technology IP Pool for All Countries

    Professor Brook Baker responds to Costa Rica’s request for an emergency COVID-19 Technology Intellectual Property Pool (TIPP) for all countries: “Simply put, no exclusive rights should stand in the way of governments’ and the global community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” (more)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Two Northeastern Law Students Chosen for Prestigious IJC Fellowship

    Brandon Vesely ’20 and Thera McAvoy ’20 have been named to the Class of 2020 Justice Fellows by the Immigrant Justice Corp (IJC). (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

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