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  • Judge Henry Boroff, Jurist in Residence, participates on a panel before the Hampden County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee

    April 24, 2017

    Judge Henry Boroff, Jurist in Residence, participates on a panel with United States Bankruptcy Judge Joan N. Feeney, United States Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Katz, and Mary Sharon, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (the “BAP”) regarding appellate practice before the BAP in a presentation to the Hampden County Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee. 

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  • Professor Lauren Carasik joins Human Rights blog as co-editor

    Professor Lauren Carasik accepted invitation to join as a co-editor and regular contributor to "Human Rights at Home" blog, which is part of the lawprofblog network.

  • Professor Sudha Setty Recipient of the 2017 Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award

    April 13, 2017

    Professor Setty is the honored recipient of the 2017 Tapping Legal Educator Award from the Connecticut Bar Association. This award is presented to legal educators who have made significant contributions to the cause of legal educations over a period of years and have distinguished themselves as a legal educator of the highest quality. The award will be presented at the CBA’s annual “Celebrate with the Stars” awards celebration on April 13, at the Aqua...

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  • Trump First 100 Days Series: Civil Rights in Education

    April 10, 2017

    The election of Donald Trump heralds a new policy direction for civil rights in education. Already there has been a major reversal of Title IX’s protection of transgender students. Will sexual assault policies and other civil rights be next? Professor Erin Buzuvis of the School of Law will explore these issues in her talk and tell us how the new administration’s policies will impact current and future Title IX...

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  • Trump First 100 Days Series: Trump and Terrorism

    April 6, 2017

    President Trump signaled on the campaign trail and in his first months in office that he intends to make significant changes in the U.S. approach to various national security matters, including scrutinizing particular populations within the United States, tightening immigration and entry policies for people from certain countries, using drones for targeted killing, and using the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. In this...

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  • Professor Lauren Carasik appointed to the Board of Directors of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission

    March 30, 2017

    Professor Lauren Carasik was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, a Washington, DC-based non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala, including through US policy advocacy. The organization is likely expanding its mission to work on advancing human rights Honduras, and promoting cross-border solidarity.

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  • School of Law hosts Community Legal Forum on Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    The recent election and subsequent executive appointments have created a high level of uncertainty for politically marginalized groups. Both the news media and non-profit organizations that monitor hate and bigotry are regularly reporting an increase in these incidents. While these crimes are often discussed at the national level, it is important that communities be alert to local activities that directly affect the lives of their neighbors, families and friends. With this in mind, Western New England University School of Law is hosting A Community Legal Forum on Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts to discuss how communities in western Massachusetts may be affected. This event is open to the public and geared toward local residents, advocates, and all affected constituencies. The Forum will feature representatives from local law enforcement, government agencies, educational providers, community organizations and faith based groups that are involved in these issues on a daily basis. The panelists will discuss their perspectives on these current events. The presenters will also explain how interested students and community members can become involved in reducing these incidents. This Forum is intended to provide accurate and current information, to reduce misinformation in our community, and to further constructive conversation and collaboration.

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  • Trump First 100 Days Series: Trump and International Organizations

    March 28, 2017

    Candidate Trump made statements signaling a pivot in relations with NATO, the United Nations, and other international organizations. With two months of Trump executive branch decisions, Professor Matthew Charity will discuss ramifications of a change in tone and action for United States dealings with international organizations. Presented by the Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs, partnered with the Springfield Public...

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  • Honorable Rupal Shah speaks at Color of Law Roundtable Discussion

    March 24, 2017

    Judge Shah was nominated to the Connecticut Superior Court in 2014 by Governor Malloy and is the first Indian American to serve on the Connecticut Judiciary. Over the last three years, she has served as a trial court judge at the Rockville G.A., the New Britain Judicial District, and the Litchfield Judicial District. She currently presides over civil matters at the Waterbury Judicial District courthouse. Judge Shah is a first generation Indian American who grew up in Glastonbury, CT, attended Glastonbury Public Schools, and has lived in Connecticut for most of her life. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from Georgetown, Judge Shah returned to Connecticut to begin her legal career, which encompassed both the private and public sector and included diverse practice areas.

  • Professor Jennifer Levi presents at Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Symposium

    March 24, 2017

    Professor Jennifer Levi presents at a Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Symposium on federal developments relating to transgender law.

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  • Trump First 100 Days Series: Impact on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

    March 23, 2017

    The Trump administration enjoys a "pro-business" reputation and some of the early policy choices reflect preferences of certain industries.  "Business" is a broad term, however, and the impact of policies that may benefit one type of business may not have the same effect on other businesses.  This talk will focus on how the new administration’s policies will impact small businesses and entrepreneurs. View flyer here.

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  • Professor Lauren Carasik worked with EarthRights International to file a federal lawsuit charging human rights violations in Honduras

    March 20, 2017

    Associate Dean of Clinics Lauren Carasik worked with EarthRights International to file a federal lawsuit alleging two World Bank members aided and abetted gross human rights violations in Honduras.  Background information on the suit can be found here.  The complaint in the D.C. district court can be viewed here.

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  • Professor Harris Freeman quoted in "Stateline" article

    March 15,2017

    Professor Harris Freeman was quoted in a Stateline article about franchise workers and whether they should be considered "employees".

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  • Professor Pat Newcombe publishes book review article

    Professor Pat Newcombe publishes book review article of "David Cole, Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law."

  • Alternative Spring Break at the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

    March 13 -17, 2017

    Law students traveled to Nashville, TN during their spring break to volunteer their time and energy at the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.

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