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  • Professor Jeanne Kaiser lead attorney in historic fifth amendment case

    On April 9, 2018 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a decision in the case of CARE AND PROTECTION OF M.C. (SJC-12339), which was argued at the SJC by Professor Jeanne Kaiser on behalf of the Children and Family Law Program (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). Professor Kaiser prevailed in the case and the head of appeals for CAFL called the case a "historic contribution" to fifth amendment and privilege jurisprudence. The case involved parallel proceedings in the juvenile and criminal courts. Professor Kaiser represented the mother, who was trying to preserve her parental rights in juvenile court while facing criminal charges in the superior court. The question was whether the Commonwealth and the co-defendant father were entitled to review the otherwise impounded material from the juvenile court. The most noteworthy part of the case involved the court's ruling on the fifth amendment and psychotherapist's privilege. The case makes it clear that a parent who testifies at a care and protection trial retains her fifth amendment privilege not to testify at the criminal trial and that furthermore that the prior testimony is inadmissible in the criminal trial. This is a huge gain for parents because they previously faced an impossible choice--either waive the privilege or let the juvenile court draw an inference against them for not testifying. The case also provides that a parent does not waive her psychotherapist privilege when she allows the psychotherapist to testify at her trial. Another huge gain, because parents were previously deterred from entering helpful testimony from their therapists.

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  • Professor Sudha Setty Named Dean of School of Law

    Sudha N. Setty has been named the next Dean of Western New England University School of Law. University President Anthony S. Caprio announced the appointment, effective July 1, 2018. “Professor Setty is a fine teacher and scholar who understands fully the challenges we currently face in higher education and those which we will continue to confront in these times of unprecedented change in legal education,” said President Caprio. “Her wisdom, intellect, training, experience, and energy will serve the Law School (its faculty, staff, students, and alumni), the University, and the legal community very well for many years to come.” Setty will succeed Eric J. Gouvin, who has chosen to return to the faculty after five years at the helm of the School of Law. “It is an honor to lead an institution in which I strongly believe, with students that I care about deeply, and with talented faculty and dedicated staff. Law schools are in a unique position of needing to think broadly about the future of legal education, as well as the future of a just society,” says Setty. “I am excited to commence my term as the dean at Western New England, where our driving focus is to launch the careers of thoughtful, dedicated lawyers who work in the service of their clients and for the betterment of society.”

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  • The Honorable Michael Powers '82 is doing his part to help educate the public on the dangerous opioid crisis

    Honorable Michael Powers '82 participated as a panelist in the "Opium Prevention Education Night held at Clarence High School. The forum allowed students to direct questions toward a series of panelists who have had experience on the opiod epidemic.

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  • Margot Parrot '03 speaks at School of law

    Attorney Margot Parrot '03, Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, will speak at Western New England School of Law, at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Attorney Parrot will speak about the Commission’s work in gathering information on the needs of Massachusetts women and girls and translating those needs into legislative advocacy.

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  • Claudia Quintero '17 quoted in Hampshire Gazette

    Claudia Quintero '17 was quoted in Hampshire Gazette article titled, "Forum explores effects of immigration policy on workers and food availability."

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  • Professor Robert Statchen presents at Community Small Business Legal Workshop

    Professor Statchen presented at the Community Small Business Legal Workshop in Worcester, MA.

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  • Professor Sudha Setty wll be visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town

    Professor Setty will be a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town for 10 days in May. She will be teaching several classes and participating in a book event.

  • Professor Harris Freeman's Recent Accomplishments

    1. Quoted/interviewed in Mass.Live.com article on discriminatory hiring practices against Latinos at MGM Springfield http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2018/04/no_english_no_luck_how_mgm_springfield_i.html. 2. Initiated and Coordinated a Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference Workshop on Immigrant Rights as Civil Rights for ACLU's Immigrant Protection Project. 3. Spoke on panel for Labor and Immigrant Rights at UMass Amherst conference, "Labor in the Age of Trump: Fighting...

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  • Professor Setty keynote speaker at Law Day 2018

    Professor Sudha Setty will be the keynote speaker at Law Day 2018 on May 3, 2018 at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Topic is "Separation of Powers."

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  • Lisa Marrello '92 Received Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Law and Lobbying

    Lisa M. Marrello '92 received the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Law & Lobbying by City & State. The award was presented at City & State’s Above & Beyond Gala on March 28 at The Dream Downtown in Manhattan. Ms. Marrello was one of 30 women honored for their demonstrated exemplary leadership, distinguished professional accomplishments and significant contributions to society.

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  • Professor Jennifer Levi recognized in Advocate listing as LGBT Innovator

    Professor Jennifer Levi recognized in the Advocate listing of 2018's Icons, Innovators, and Disrupters.

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  • New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Law School Naturalization Ceremony

    Western New England University School of Law recently hosted naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, in the Blake Law Center. Thirty immigrants from western Massachusetts took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, and were sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony. The citizenship candidates included immigrants from China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq,...

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  • Joella Fortier '01 nominated by MA governor to clerk magistrate at Orange District Court

    Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Joella E. Fortier '01 to be clerk magistrate at Orange District Court. Attorney Fortier of Belchertown, has served at the Orange District Court for the last five years in several different roles, including assistant clerk magistrate and first assistant clerk magistrate.

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  • Law School co-sponsors Judges Dinner with Hampden County Bar Association

    The School of Law co-sponsored the Judges Dinner with the Hampden County Bar Association. The event was held at the Log Cabin and was a big success.

  • Professor Erin Buzuvis sits on panel to discuss the Black Panther Movie

    Professor Erin Buzuvis was one of three panelist in a critical discussion of the Black Panther movie.

  • Brian Ade '80 invited to join CLM

    Brian Ade '80 has been invited to join the prestigious CLM, a nonpartisan alliance of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership invitations based on nominations from CLM Fellows. Brian was also recently retained by the Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association (CICLA) to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Continental Insurance Company, et als. v. Honeywell International, Inc., Docket No. 078152. The case involves allocation issues in the context of asbestos claims, and whether the trigger of coverage should extend beyond the introduction of asbestos exclusions into Honeywell's insurance policies. The Order granting CICLA's motion for leave to appear amicus curiae was entered on March 21, 2017.

  • Jennifer Levi interviewed on Connecting Point

    Professor Levi was recently interviewed on WGBY's Connecting Point regarding her work on transgender rights.

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  • Kaley Lentini '14 quoted in article on legalizing marijuana in CT

    Kaley Lentini '14 was quoted in article titled, "Will this be the year Connecticut legalizes marijuana?"

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  • Professor Erin Buzuvis featured in recent Comcast Newsmakers segment

    Professor Buzuvis discussed the origins and applications of Title IX and gender equality on Newsmakers with Eric Clemons.

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  • Law Faculty Speakers Bureau brings legal expertise to college campuses

    Today's college students have many questions when it comes to the law and issues impacting our society and their futures. Through the newly formed School of Law Speakers Bureau, our legal experts are available to talk to groups at area campuses about cutting-edge topics trending today. Through the Speakers Bureau, faculty members seek to use their expertise beyond the legal classroom to inform, educate, and inspire dialogue. Click on link below to learn more about participating bureau members and their expertise. To request a speaker, contact Professor Tina Cafaro at tcafaro@law.wne.edu.

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