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  • 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...

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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. This event is free and open to the general public. Presented by the Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental...

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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

    T he 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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  • 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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  • Trump First 100 Days Series: Environmental Law in the Trump Administration

    March 7, 2017

    This talk addressed President Trump's environmental appointees, agenda, and actions.The discussion centered on policy affecting climate change, water quality, pipelines, and more. The discussion was led by Professor Julie E. Steiner who teaches environmental law and land use at Western New England University School of Law. She frequently speaks and writes on environmental enforcement topics. A video recording of this forum is available through the library archives. View flyer here.

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  • TRUMP FIRST 100 DAYS SERIES: Litigating the Trump Immigration Order

    March 2, 2017

    This event addressed the law suit between the States of Washington and Minnesota and President Trump challenging his Executive Order relating to immigration. It examined the procedural and substantive aspects of the litigation. Topics covered included the district court’s preliminary restraining order preventing nation-wide enforcement of the President's order, the appealability of the district court's order, and the ruling of the Court of Appeals.

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  • Professor Julie Steiner speaks at several events

    March 2017

    Professor Julie Steiner spoke at the Trump 100 Days Public Lecture Series on Environmental Law and the Trump Administration and the National Lawyers Guild on Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration. She also served as the moderator on a Judicial Clerkship Panel.

  • Professor Setty joins editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy

    March 2017

    Professor Sudha Setty invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, a peer-reviewed publication run by Georgetown and Syracuse law schools. Her term on the editorial board will be five years, starting this spring.

  • Professor Lauren Carasik Publishes Article in Foreign Affairs

    February 22, 2017

    Professor Lauren Carasik published an article in Foreign Affairs titled, "Standing Rocked."

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  • The First 100 Days Series: Healthcare Policy Discussion

    February 16, 2017

    The Western New England University School of Law continues its series of national policy discussions, Trump: First 100 Days, with a focus on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The event will be held on Thursday, February 16, in the Blake Law Center at 12:00 noon. The discussion will be led by Attorney Ali Bers from the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Ms. Bers conducts federal litigation aimed at making systemic improvements to Medicare for elders and people with disabilities. She also...

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