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  • Proposed Policy Would Help Mayors Respond to a Mass Shooting

    In new op-ed co-authored for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sarah Peck, director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute’s United on Guns initiative, and Northeastern Professor James Alan Fox, urge President Biden to take action to help mayors deal with mass shootings (more)

  • Digital Short: The War at Home

    atch now: American Experience | PBS has released a short documentary featuring the case of Booker Spicely, a soldier killed by a bus driver in Durham, North Carolina, in 1944 because he protested Jim Crow seating. The long-forgotten case was uncovered and investigated in 2014 by then-CRRJ law student Shaneka Davis ’14. Professor Margaret Burham, director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project (CRRJ), and Dr. Jay Driskell, CRRJ historian, worked closely with the filmmakers to produce this powerful short. (more)

  • Osman '21 Chosen for Prestigious IJC Fellowship

    Khalafalla Osman ’21 has been named to the Class of 2021 Justice Fellows by the Immigrant Justice Corp (IJC). (more)

  • 3 Books You Should Read Before Starting Law School

    The BARBRI Law Preview touts Professor Jeremy Paul’s best-selling book, Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams, as a “must read” for all incoming 1L students. (more)

  • Giving Day Generates Record Engagement – More Than 17,000 Gifts From Across the Globe

    Northeastern Law received 1,024 gifts and took second place in Northeastern University's Challenge of the Colleges during #NUGivingDay on April 8, 2021. (more)

  • Rahsaan Hall On Derek Chauvin’s Murder Trial

    Watch: On GBH's Greater Boston, Rahsaan Hall '98, director of the Racial Justice Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, discusses the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. (more)

  • Why “Fixing” Section 230 Will Not Save Anyone

    "Curtailing Section 230 has only led to greater exploitation and harm to sex workers," writes Leila Selchaif ’22 in an article for the Northeastern University Law Review's online forum. (more)

  • The Wall that COVID-19 Built: Barriers to Immigrant Justice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    In an article for the NU Law Review’s online forum, Sam Chang ’21, a student clinician for the Immigrant Justice Clinic, reflects on her experience representing clients remotely and how the pandemic impacted the immigrant community. (more)

  • How Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines

    Professor Brook Baker '76, senior policy analyst for Health GAP, tells The New Republic that Bill Gates has always been wary of the Unitaid Medicines Patent Pool as going too far in the direction of infringing on intellectual property. (more)

  • Conservative Courts Say They Can’t Set Health Policy — and Then They Do It Anyway

    "For many elected officials, and even many judges, partisanship, rather than salus populi, seems to be the supreme law," writes Professor Wendy Parmet in an op-ed for The Washington Post. (more)

  • Stalled At First Jab: Vaccine Shortages Hit Poor Countries

    “Celebrating doses sufficient for only 19 million people, or 0.25% of global population, is tone deaf,” says Professor Brook Baker, senior policy analyst for HealthGAP (Global Access Project). (more)

  • A Lens On Capital Punishment

    Watch: Professor Michael Meltsner, a leading expert on the law of capital punishment, is interviewed as part of the National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA) video series. (more)

  • ACC News Special Report on the Trial of Former Police Office Derek Chauvin

    Watch: Professor Deborah Ramirez, founder of NUSL's Criminal Justice Task Force and a long-time advocate for policy changes in the criminal justice system, contributes to an ABC News Special Report on the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. “This trial is really about policing in America and police accountability,” she says. (more)

  • Help Us Top the #NUGivingDay Leaderboard Once Again!

    It's #NUGivingDay and Dean James Hackney will be leading the charge with a smorgasbord of fundraising activities throughout the day to keep you motivated (and entertained!) (more)

  • Derek Chauvin’s Murder Trial Is Smashing Cops’ ‘Blue Wall of Silence’

    “To rally around Chauvin and say, ‘This is policing as normal, this is acceptable practice,’ would risk greater harm to the reputation of the police than basically just coming forward and saying, ‘This is not who we are, and this is not what we do,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells VICE News. “I think all of them are aligned with coming forward and saying Chauvin is outside of our group: that he is a bad apple but we are a good tree.” (more)

  • Atlanta's All-Star Loss Shows Economic Fallout From Ballot Fight

    “Calls to boycott baseball or stop attending games are unlikely to have much of an effect on the MLB’s bottom line, judging from the experience of other major professional leagues,” Professor Emeritus Roger Abrams tells Bloomberg. (more)

  • Asa Hutchinson, G.O.P. Governor of Arkansas, Vetoes Anti-Transgender Bill

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill that would prohibit gender reassignment surgery and treatment is “an important rebuke of this sweeping range of legislation targeting trans youth across the country,” Chase Strangio ’10, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU, tells The New York Times. “I hope Alabama’s watching. I hope Tennessee’s watching.” (more)

  • Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun Pledges Action Plan Following Rise of Anti-Asian Bias in the US

    At an event held on April 5 in response to a rise in racist acts in the UN against people of Asian and Pacific Island origins, Professor Margaret Woo joined a panel of Northeastern students, faculty, and staff who shared personal experiences and called for action—both personal and institutional. (more)

  • Professor Nicholson Joins Editorial Board of ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development

    Professor Jared Nicholson has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development, the journal of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. (more)

  • Fentanyl Seizures Rise in Houston

    “We need to recenter science in how we approach problematic substance use,” says Professor Leo Beletsky. (more)

  • BBA Spotlight Series - Get to Know Boston's Rising Stars

    Alvin Carter III ’18, an associate in Rudick Brown’s corporate practice group, is featured as a Rising Star in the Boston Bar Association’s Spotlight Series. (more)

  • Professor Hartung Joins BU's Center for Antiracist Research Affiliates Program

    Professor Stephanie Hartung has been appointed to the affiliate program at Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research. (more)

  • Dean Eshghi ’96 Named as One of Boston’s 50 Most Influential People of Color in Higher Education

    Nima Eshghi' 96, assistant dean of Northeastern Law’s Center for Co-op and Career Development, was honored by Get Konnected as one of Boston’s 50 Most Influential People of Color in Higher Educations at a virtual celebration on March 30. (more)

  • Biden Can’t Correct Vaccine Apartheid on Big Pharma’s Terms

    "This pandemic won’t end if policy solutions prioritize keeping Big Pharma happy by pursuing one-sided compromise while millions of people are getting sick and dying due to lack of access to life-saving vaccines," writes Professor Brook Baker '76 in his latest Health GAP blog. (more)

  • #WIL2021 Speaker Lineup Confirmed with Addition of Nina Totenberg

    Nina Totenberg, NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the 13th annual Women in the Law Conference (#WIL2021), to be held virtually on Friday, May 21. T (more)

  • Northeastern Law Leaps to No. 5 for Health Care Law in 2022 US News Ranking

    Northeastern University School of Law is ranked No. 5 for health care law in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings, released today. The law school was previously ranked No. 11 in the 2021 rankings. (more)

  • Activist Lydia X. Z. Brown on Disability Justice, Mutual Aid, and How Race and Disability Intersect

    In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Lydia X.Z. Brown '18, talks about how they came to advocacy work; disability justice; and the intersections between disability, gender and race. (more)

  • Professor Davis Co-Edits New Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

    Professor Martha Davis, faculty director for Northeastern Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and the NuLawLab, is a co-editor of the newly published Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021). (more)

  • The Jurors Who Will Decide Derek Chauvin’s Fate

    “Transparency is the coin of the realm in the trial,” Professor Daniel Medwed tells The Washington Post.“But transparency has no currency in the deliberation room.” (more)

  • Sunu Chandy ’98 Named to the 2021 Queer Women of Washington List

    Congratulations to Sunu Chandy ’98, legal director of the National Women’s Law Center, on being been named to the 2021 Queer Women of Washington by The Washington Blade. (more)

  • Drug Companies Defend Vaccine Monopolies in Face of Global Outcry

    “It doesn’t make any sense for rich countries to think they can vaccinate their own and let the rest of the world live off dribs and drabs,” Professor Brook Baker, senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project), tells The Washington Post. (more)

  • Merrick Garland Faces First Death Penalty Test in Boston Marathon Bomber Case

    “It is unlikely that Garland will keep up Barr’s push for Tsarnaev’s execution, especially since Biden has been so forceful in his opposition to the death penalty at large,” Professor Michael Meltsner tells The Washington Examiner. (more)

  • Healey '98: A Climate Liability Lawyer to Watch

    Mass. AG Maura Healey '98 is profiled by E&E News as one of "five of the top attorneys to watch in the ongoing climate liability brawls nationwide." (more)

  • Why Won't Companies Share Their COVID-19 Vaccine Formulas?

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined GBH's Morning Edition to talk about US intellectual property law and at least one effort underway to get companies to share their vaccine formulas. (more)

  • Professor Brook Baker Speaks Out at Coronavirus Vaccine Day of Action

    Watch: Professor Brook Baker '76 was interviewed by Boston 25 News on scene yesterday at the Cambridge Moderna demonstration calling for global vaccine equity. (more)

  • Northeastern Law Ranked as a Top 20 School for Female JD Enrollment in the US

    We believe representation in the legal profession matters, which is why we’re proud that our law program ranked as a top 20 school for female JD enrollment in the US! (more)

  • Day ’21 Awarded Prestigious Justice Catalyst Fellowship with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

    Sarah Lee Day ’21 has been awarded the highly competitive Justice Catalyst Fellowship, a project-based, post-graduate fellowship that funds ground-breaking social justice advocacy projects through partnerships with nonprofit organizations around the world. (more)

  • Professor Davis Named to Advisory Council of Equal Rights Amendment Project

    Professor Martha Davis has joined the academic advisory council for the ERA Project, a new law and policy think tank housed at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. (more)

  • She Wants to Build a Sense of Campus Community for Black Women

    Professor HC Robinson was interviewed by News@Northeastern for a story about CAMD student Kiera Perryman and her efforts to foster solidarity among black women across Northeastern. (more)

  • COVID-19 Fueled a Domestic Violence Crisis. Now, the Stimulus Bill Could Help Women and Children Leave Abusers

    "It's layer upon layer upon layer of barriers to effectively leaving and being self-sustaining." Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law's Domestic Violence Institute, talks to USA Today about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic violence in the US, adding that legislation that expands access to safe, quality child care is one of the best ways to break the cycle of abuse. (more)

  • Why It’s Time to Abandon Drug Courts

    "If we want to move beyond the discredited War on Drugs and save lives, we must abandon the fixation on drug courts, invest in proven solutions, and let healthcare professionals ― not lawyers and judges ― guide treatment," writes Professor Leo Beletsky in a co-authored op-ed for The Crime Report. (more)

  • "Vaccine Tourism" Stretches States' Supplies

    "If there’s not a lot of transparency and trust in the system, in its fairness and equity, then there are always going to be some people to game the system, creating a vicious cycle of inequity," Professor Wendy Parmet tells Axios. (more)

  • COVID-19 Made it Harder to Escape Domestic Violence, Technology Offers Some Tools to Help Victims.

    A pandemic-era drop in calls for help means victims aren’t getting the support they need, says Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law’s Domestic Violence Institute. Now, she and her colleagues are working to reach victims who may be trapped at home their abusers. (more)

  • Smaller Juries in Mass. Courts Could Hurt Defendants in the Long Run

    As Massachusetts loosens COVID-19 restrictions, Professor Daniel Medwed joins GBH Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu to talk about the measures that are in place to keep everyone in the courtroom safe during in-person jury trials and how those measures could impact trials. (more)

  • How The Merck-Johnson & Johnson Collaboration Could Factor Into The Global Vaccination Effort

    Listen back: Professor Brook Baker '76, senior policy analyst for Health GAP, talks to NPR’s Here & Now about the news that Johnson & Johnson will work with rival Merck to ramp up production of its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine. (more)

  • Local Pharmacies and Global Systems: Two Ways to Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

    “There’s a crisis of inequality that plagues us in multiple areas,” Professor Brook Baker '76, senior policy analyst for Health GAP, tells Northeastern News. “But certainly in the context of a global pandemic like COVID-19, it’s one that leaves us all vulnerable to the disease." (more)

  • The Story of Ralph Martin Endures

    Ralph Martin '78, now senior vice president and general counsel for Northeastern, was district attorney of Suffolk County in the 1990s, a tumultuous time that has spawned a Showtime drama and a Netflix documentary. “If there's a world's most interesting man, he's on the list,” says Michael Davis, vice president for campus safety and chief of police at Northeastern. (more)

  • The ‘New Normal’ Is Coming: Mass. Set To Enter Final Phase of Reopening in March

    “People do need to hear some good news, but it can be dangerous to send the message that things are OK. We don’t want everybody to think ‘we got this,’ because we don’t,” Parmet said. “If this is a leap too far too fast, we won’t know that for a while.” (more)

  • Jones '21 Takes First Place in BPLA Writing Competition

    Technology Law Scholar Evan Jones ’21 has been awarded first place in the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) Writing Competition for his paper, “Reckoning Patents as Public Franchise.” (more)

  • The Honorable Donald Cabell ’91 to Deliver Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend Keynote

    The Honorable Donald Cabell ’91, US Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address at the 2021 Reunion Celebration on, October 23, as we honor the classes of the 1950s, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, 2006, ’11 and '16. (more)

  • Boston Fed Advisory Council Member Has a Goal: Help Others “Exit Poverty in a Generation”

    "There’s no grand idea that will end poverty,” says Betty Francisco '98, general counsel of Compass Working Capital and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. “But rather a collection of ideas, solutions and players in ecosystems that work cohesively and collaboratively around achieving racial equity outcomes. That’s how we can begin breaking the cycle of poverty.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Magazine: Winter 2021 Issue

    Check out the latest issue of Northeastern Law magazine. Features stories include: ‘Future Focused,' Creativity On Demand' and 'Full Speed Ahead." Read it online today! (more)

  • The European Medicines Agency’s COVID-19 Vaccine Leaks: Hacks, Regulatory Pressures And Manufacturing Concerns

    “Transparency by regulatory authorities and WHO prequalification with respect to COVID-19 vaccines is absolutely critical to vaccine acceptance by medical providers, opinion makers, and ultimately individual patients and the public-at-large," says Professor Brook Baker '76, senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project). (more)

  • Massachusetts Wants To Decriminalize Drugs, And We're Not Alone

    Listen back: Professor Daniel Medwed joined GBH's Morning Edition to talk about a new bill that would decriminalize drug possession and use in Massachusetts. (more)

  • Vaccine Nationalism: Why Hoarding COVID Jabs May Prolong Pandemic

    Professor Brook Baker tells Al Jazeera that inoculating the population of a single country will not protect them if it means that the virus continues to spread elsewhere unchecked: “You’re not protecting your citizens; you’re giving your citizens an illusion that you’re protecting them.” (more)

  • It May Have Come and Gone, But the 1776 Commission Was No Fluke

    Former President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission was situated within a long history of reinterpreting the history of slavery in the US, says Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project. (more)

  • It's Not Over: Trump's Acquittal Is Not The End Of The Legal Challenges Against Him

    "The impeachment process is really a unicorn in the legal system," says Professor Daniel Medwed who joined GBH's Morning Edition to talk about what legal actions could still be taken against the former president. (more)

  • WHO Recommends AstraZeneca Vaccine, but Questions Complicate Rollout

    "We're going to see the same cycle again," Professor Brook Baker '76, senior policy analyst for Health GAP, tells VOA."The rich countries will run to the front of the line for the new variant vaccines. And countries will be left behind again as petri dishes for new variants to develop." (more)

  • GameStop Investors and Hedge Funds May Not Have Violated Laws—but Market Chaos Has Other Dangers

    “There are arguments of market manipulation on both sides, levied against the hedge funds that lost billions of dollars, as well as the retail traders,” says Shaswat K. Das ’94, who served as senior counsel for the SEC in the early 2000s. “In neither case is it abundantly clear or immediately apparent that there was any securities fraud going on.” (more)

  • Trump Impeachment Trial, Take Two Letters to the Editor

    "It is the height of naïveté to believe that words in a political speech can be understood in isolation from their context," writes Professor Michael Meltsner in a letter to the New York Times. (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, Catalina Carbonell ’21, Huda Khwaja ’21 and A. Tope Tokan-Lawal LLM ’21 to its prestigious fellowship program. (more)

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

    Seven graduates of Northeastern University School of Law have been selected as members of the 2020-2021 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) class by the Boston Bar Association (BBA). (more)

  • We Can’t Rely on the Private Sector to Protect Public Health

    “To depend now on the private sector to increase vaccination rates would further underscore America’s tepid commitment to the basic principles of public health,” writes Professor Wendy Parmet in an op-ed for The Atlantic. (more)

  • Gates Versus the Pandemic

    Professor Brook Baker talks to Fast Company magazine about philanthropy’s function in public health: “A fundamental question is, Well, because you have the money, should you be able to control the architecture of global health?” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Celebrates Black History Month

    Northeastern Law will celebrate Black History Month 2021 with a slate of virtual events, including a virtual bookclub on February 4, hosted by Professor Patricia Williams, one of the most provocative intellectuals in American law and a pioneer of both the law and literature and critical race theory movements in American legal theory. (more)

  • NuLawLab Hosts Bhatnagar for Research Residency

    The law school’s NuLawLab is welcoming design strategist Sankalp Bhatnagar for a six-month research residency focused on developing and testing critical approaches to legal design, with an emphasis on generating a shared language around the topic. (more)

  • How Red States Might Block Biden’s Roadmap to Covid Recovery

    “Biden speaks to the aspiration of unity, and it’s nice to hope for that, but the pandemic has been understood by much of the country through deeply polarized and politicized lenses,” Professor Wendy Parmet tells The Guardian. (more)

  • Former Methuen Police Chief Facing More Scrutiny Over Salary

    "I think the issue is not so much whether the salary is over the line," Professor Daniel Medwed tells WGBH News. "It's whether there was fraudulent activity in securing that salary." (more)

  • BBA Honors Ralph Martin '78

    At the 2021 Boston Bar Association (BBA) Beacon Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations and corporations that are creating new paths toward a more inclusive profession, Ralph Martin ’78, senior vice president and general counsel for Northeastern University, received the Voice of Change award given to a“luminary leader in the legal community who has forged a new path and has played an extensive role in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the profession.” (more)

  • Northeastern Law Launches Part-Time, Online and On-Campus FlexJD Option

    Northeastern University School of Law is launching a part-time, online and on-campus FlexJD option, the first hybrid JD program in the school's history of delivering top-quality legal education. The school is accepting applications for this blended learning legal experience to begin in fall 2021. (more)

  • COVAX Planning Per-Dose Vaccine Levy To Fund Compensation Scheme

    “No-fault compensation schemes can be overly bureaucratic and costly to maintain and administer”, cautions Professor Brook Baker '76, policy analyst for Health GAP. “Resource poor countries with weak regulatory capacity would have particular difficulty setting up and running a no-fault compensation mechanism at the national level.” (more)

  • Here’s Why the New Union at Google Could be Good for Silicon Valley

    Professor Emily Spieler tells Northeastern News that the Alphabet Workers Union, which represents Google workers across the globe, "may really be able to have an impact, despite the relatively small number of people involved.” (more)

  • Domestic Violence via Technology on the Rise During Pandemic

    In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law’s Domestic Violence Institute, shares her perspective on the increase in technology-assisted domestic violence during COVID-19. (more)

  • What Happens When You Click ‘Agree’?

    Professor Woodrow Hartzog is quoted by The New York Times editorial board in a piece about needed reforms for terms of use agreements: “The idea that anyone should be expected to read these terms of service is preposterous — they are written to discourage people from reading them.” (more)

  • Professor Martha Davis and Four Northeastern Law Students Contribute to Mass. SAC Report on Water Affordability

    As a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights, Professor Martha Davis has contributed to a newly-released report on Water Affordability in Massachusetts. Northeastern Law students Nilo Asgari ’22, Linnea Brandt ’22, Liam O'Leary ’20 and Samantha Cardwell '22 also worked on the report. (more)

  • We Asked Some of Boston’s Leaders (Who Aren’t Running for Mayor) What the City’s Next Mayor Should Do. Here Are Their Answers

    Commenting for The Boston Globe, Betty Francisco '98, general counsel of Compass Working Capital, says the next mayor of Boston should be someone who “represents Boston’s new majority, and who will fulfill the promise of making this the most inclusive, equitable and welcoming city in the country.” (more)

  • Sued by Worker, Agricultural Producer Agrees to COVID-19 Safety Measures at West Texas Greenhouse

    Maxwell Dismukes '19, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, comments on a consent decree that he obtained for his client in El Paso: "This order delivers a clear message to agricultural producers across the country that they can and should implement certain basic measures to keep migrant farmworkers safe during the pandemic." (more)

  • Professor Baker '05 Joins Biden-Harris Administration to Help Tackle Climate Crisis

    Professor Shalanda Baker ’05 has been appointed Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Biden-Harris administration’s Department of Energy. In this historic role, the first of its kind, Baker will be charged with designing, building and driving the President-elect's initiative to move 40% of all climate investments to frontline, environmental justice communities. (more)

  • How President Joe Biden Could Use the Defense Production Act To Increase Vaccine Production

    “A more ambitious use of the Defense Production Act would be for the government to combine it with its other rights, and demand that vaccine manufacturers share their technology with other manufacturers,” Professor Brook Baker ’76 tells Marketplace. (more)

  • Three Northeastern Law Grads Join Biden-Harris Administration

    Professor Shalanda Baker ’05, Melissa Hoffer ’98 and Emma Leheny ’97 have been named to senior leadership positions in the Biden-Harris administration. (more)

  • A Tribute to the Dream: The Need for 'Good Trouble'

    The legacy of civil rights activist and leader John Lewis was the focal point of Northeastern University’s annual Martin Luther King commemoration on Monday, January 18, 2021. Northeastern Law Professors Shalanda Baker and Hilary Robinson were among the guest speakers. (more)

  • BBA to Honor COVID Relief Coalition with Empowerment Award

    The Boston Bar Association (BBA) will honor the COVID Relief Coalition with its 2020 Empowerment Award at the organization’s virtual Beacon Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Priya Lane ’13 and Russell Paul ’18 have played pivotal roles in the success of the COVID Relief Coalition, which synthesizes the sources of relief that are available to small businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Boston area into a single online resource, and then offers small businesses and nonprofits pro bono legal services. (more)

  • 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)

  • CRRJ Documentary to Air on Channel 5's Chronicle

    WCVB's Chronicle will air “The Lynching of Henry ‘Peg’ Gilbert" on Channel 5 this Friday, January 22, 2020 at 7:30pm. This documentary, released in October 2020, is a production of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), ABC 7 Chicago and the Northeastern University School of Journalism. (more)

  • In a Divided Washington, Biden Has Some Paths To Unity, Northeastern Experts Say

    The political tide may work against President Joe Biden, but early wins are possible, predicts Professor Dan Urman. (more)

  • Forced Addiction Treatment Could be Death Sentence During COVID-19

    “The use of civil commitment as a means of addressing the growing burden of overdose deaths, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, is both unjust and unsafe," writes Professor Leo Beletsky in a co-authored piece for CommonWealth magazine. (more)

  • As Trump Leaves Office, the Future of Federal Executions Is Likely To Change

    When President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated tomorrow, he’s likely to dramatically shift the federal government’s approach to capital punishment, say Professors Michael Meltsner and Dan Urman. (more)

  • How Joe Biden's Presidency Could Influence The Boston Marathon Bombing Case

    Listen back: On GBH's Morning Edition, Professor Daniel Medwed talks about Biden's stance on the federal death penalty and what it could mean for the Boston Marathon bombing case. (more)

  • Rashida Richardson ’11 Joins Northeastern as Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science

    Rashida Richardson ’11 will join Northeastern effective July 1, 2021, as Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science within the School of Law and the Department of Political Science within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. (more)

  • Banning Trump from Twitter and Facebook isn’t nearly enough

    In an op-ed co-authored for the LA Times, Professor Woodrow Hartzog addresses the need to hold social media companies accountable for their role in fostering political violence. (more)

  • Baker Harnesses “Revolutionary Power” in New Book

    In Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition (Island Press, 2021), Professor Shalanda Baker ’05 arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity. (more)

  • Local Expert Says Trump Social Media Ban Does Not Infringe on First Amendment Rights

    Watch: Professor Claudia Haupt talks to 7News Boston about social media and the First Amendment. (more)

  • Haupt Named Health Faculty Fellow

    Professor Claudia Haupt has been named the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law faculty fellow for the current academic year. Haupt’s research is situated at the intersection of the First Amendment, health law and torts in the context of professional speech. (more)

  • There Are White Supremacist Hate Groups Everywhere. Even In 'Blue' Mass.

    "Racism is everywhere, including in Massachusetts, and we have an obligation to fight it," writes Janelle Dempsey ’17, alegal fellow at Lawyers for Civil Rights, in a co-authored piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. (more)

  • The Shameful COVID-19 Death of Joseph Messere

    In a powerful piece for CommonWealth Magazine, David Apfel ’87, a partner at Goodwin and a former federal prosecutor, writes about the death of his client, Joseph Messere: "As a prisoner at MCI-Norfolk, he never had a chance." (more)

  • The Higher Education Industry Is Embracing Predatory and Discriminatory Student Data Practices

    Rashida Richardson '11, who joins the Northeastern Law faculty in July, has co-authored a new article for Slate on student data practices in higher ed: "Algorithms cannot correct the racial, gender, and disability discrimination of the past and should not be used to reverse the progress we are making toward equality and accessibility in higher education." (more)

  • 157 Law Deans Publish Rare Joint Statement on the 2020 Election and Events at the Capitol

    Today, 157 law school deans from schools across the country published a statement addressing the 2020 election and the events that took place in the United States Capitol last week. The statement marks a rare occasion. It is unusual for such a diverse group of law deans to come together to speak as one on an issue that falls outside the ambit of legal education. (more)

  • Momentum Grows for a Trump Impeachment

    An impeached president can be barred from serving in a federal office, but there is debate about whether that ban includes elected office, like the presidency, says Professor Jeremy Paul. (more)

  • Twitter and Facebook Have the Right to Ban Trump’s Accounts. But That Won’t Stop the Violent Rhetoric.

    Professors Claudia Haupt and Woodrow Hartzog comment on social platforms and free speech for Northeastern News.... (more)

  • Rolland’s Book is a Top CHOICE

    Professor Sonia Elise Rolland’s book, Emerging Powers in International Economic Law — Cooperation, Competition and Transformation (2019, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David M. Trubek) has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Titles for 2020 by CHOICE — the review publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Only 10 percent of approximately 6,000 eligible reviewed titles are awarded each year. (more)

  • Domestic Violence, Gun Sales Are on the Rise. Does a Louisiana Parish Have a Solution?

    "The pandemic has exacerbated an already really challenging public health crisis," Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law’s Domestic Violence Institute, tells the Tennessean. "It’s hard to understand the scope of the issue of intimate partner violence because so much is unreported. We know based on expertise and what we’re seeing that intimate partner violence is going up.” (more)

  • Coca-Cola Hires Star Lawyer, Signals Aggressive Tax Fight

    Professor Blaine Saito comments for Bloomberg Tax on Coca Cola's multibillion-dollar tax fight. (more)

  • After Protests, Attention Turns to Possible Consequences for Trump

    "One far-fetched but not impossible repercussion for Trump could be impeachment in the final days of his presidency," Professor Daniel Urman tells Northeastern News. (more)

  • Professor Waldman Appointed to Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry

    Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, a leading authority on law, technology and society, has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry (LSI), a peer-reviewed journal that publishes work on sociolegal issues across multiple disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, economics, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology and social psychology. (more)

  • Prisoner Advocates Call For Reform Of Parole Board As COVID Spreads

    “We have not seen any progress in a long time," Professor Patricia Garin '84, co-director of Northeastern Law's Prisoners' Rights Clinic, tells WGBH News. “We're hoping to get some support from the executive branch and the Legislature to get the parole board to do its work more effectively and expeditiously.” (more)

  • What Will It Take To End The COVID-19 Pandemic?

    "The [vaccine] innovators hold patent rights and trade secret rights over those technologies, and they're unwilling to share them broadly to other manufacturers. So we have artificially constricted supply," Professor Brook Baker tells NPR. (more)

  • Domestic Abuse Survivor Works to Help Women and Kids as Cases Skyrocket During Pandemic

    “Calls to hotlines and 911 are up, which isn’t surprising because in times when familial, health and economic stress is exacerbated in relationships that are already violent, the severity of violence escalates,” Professor Margo Lindauer '07, director of Northeastern Law’s Domestic Violence Institute, tells People magazine. (more)

  • From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Climate Justice

    In an op-ed coauthored for The Hill, Professor Shalanda Baker ’05 offers concrete proposals to turn climate justice goals into climate justice policies. (more)

  • Professor Ramirez Testifies Before the California Legislature

    Professor Deborah Ramirez, chair and founder of Northeastern Law’s Criminal Justice Task Force, was invited to speak before the California Assembly select committee at a virtual hearing on police accountability last month. Professor Ramirez explained how her idea to make personal liability insurance mandatory for individual police officers would work. (more)

  • New Grants Bolster Initiative for Energy Justice

    The Barr Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation have joined the roster of funders to the Initiative for Energy Justice, which supports the delivery of equity-centered energy policy research and technical assistance to policymakers and frontline communities across the country. (more)

  • Birmingham Public Safety Task Force Report Draws on CRRJ Findings

    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force have released Reform and Reimagine Birmingham Public Safety, a report which relies on CRRJ’s investigations of police killings in Jefferson County to provide historical context about policing in Birmingham. (more)