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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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  • Women in Public Service are honored

    The Institute for Legislative and Government Affairs hosted event titled Women in Public Service as part of a Women's History Month Event. The event recognized women in elected office for their dedication to the community. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Commissioner on the Status of Women Denise Hurst, who serves on the Springfield School Committee, and City Council Vice-President Kateri Walsh were honored for their public service.

  • Honorable Mary E. Hurley '76 Pays It Forward with New Scholarship

    Western New England University School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin announced a new scholarship created by Judge Mary E. Hurley for law students with financial need. With an endowed commitment of $40,000, a scholarship of $2,000 will be available annually beginning in the 2021--2022 academic year. The Honorable Mary E. Hurley received her Jurist Doctor Degree from the School of Law in 1976, and expressed her deep gratitude for the time spent at the School."When I successfully ran for a seat on the...

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  • Student Transactional Law Meet Team places second in regional meet

    The Western New England University School of Law Transactional Law Meet team finished second (behind the team from Northwestern University Law School) at the regional meet held on Friday, February 23 at Widener Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, PA. The team members included Joseph Masse (3L), Heather Merrill (4L), and Karen Tiroletto Santiago (4L). In the competition they represented the sellers of a high-tech firm that was being purchased by a sovereign wealth fund from China. The facets of the competition included: interviewing their client, drafting an agreement, marking up the other side's document and, ultimately, negotiating a deal. Dean Eric Gouvin served as faculty advisor and former team member Attorney Kelvin Thomas (JD/MBA '14) from the Hartford firm of Ford & Paulekas, did much of the coaching. Additional help was provided by faculty members Rene Reich-Graefe and Robert Statchen, along with attorneys Daniel McKellick ('14) of Bacon Wilson and David Parke of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas.

  • Alum Joseph Bernard '90 awarded Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year in 2017

    Alum Joseph Bernard was awarded Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year for 2017 . Attorney Bernard has been one of the lead attorneys in Commonwealth v. Anania regarding faulty breathalyzer machines.

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    The Western New England School of Law Negotiation Team placed third in the ABA National Negotiation Competition after spending 8 days competing against 13 other teams. The Western New England team included law students Thomas Holman of Middletown CT, and Joseph Masse of Wakefield RI. The team was assisted by former team member Matthew Minniefield, who now works as a law clerk at the New York Court of Appeals. Law Professor Rene Reich-Graefe, who coached and mentored the negotiation team, was thrilled with the outstanding performance of law students representing the Western New England University.

  • Professor Barbara Noah quoted in Business West article on Careers in Health Law

    Professor Barbara Noah was recently quoted in Business West article titled, "Careers in Health Law are Diverse and Often Surprising."

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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,...

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  • Professor Jennifer Levi receives Stonewall Award

    Professor Levi received the Stonewall Award presented by the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Stonewall Award recognizes contributions by the recipients thereof to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the legal profession, and/or to LGBT legal issues.

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  • Vicki Veltri '95 Appointed to Lead Connecticut Office of Health Strategy

    Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced the appointment of Western New England University School Of Law Alumna Victoria Veltri as Executive Director of the state’s Office of Health Strategy. Veltri currently serves as Chief Health Policy Advisor in the Office of Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. Prior to that role, she served as Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate, and was a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc.

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  • Professor Sudha Setty presents on new book

    Professor Setty gave a presentation on her new book, "National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law", for the community organization, Critical Connections, in Amherst. She also discussed book on Bill Newman's radio show (WHMP AM 1400/FM 96.9).

  • Professor Matthew Charity serves on AALS Executive Committees

    Professor Matthew Charity is serving on the executive committee for the AALS sections on International Law and Law & South Asian Studies.

  • Professor Sudha Setty serves on AALS executive committees

    Professor Sudha Setty is serving on the executive committees for the AALS sections on National Security and Comparative Law for 2018.

  • Matthew Charity appointed as SALT co-president

    Professor Matthew Charity formally took over the co-presidency of the Society of American Law Teachers at the SALT annual awards reception in early January. His term runs until January 2020.

  • Dean Gouvin listed in top ten percent of author downloads on SSRN

    Dean Eric Gouvin continues to be listed in top ten percent of authors, by download, on SSRN.

  • Thomas Rumbolt '97 Named Partner of Local Law Firm

    Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Founded in 1913 and with 17 actively practicing attorneys, Donovan O'Connor & Dodig is the region's oldest and largest law firm with offices in North Adams, Pittsfield, and Springfield, as well as in Bennington, Vt.

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  • Laura Chrismer Edmonds ' 97 chosen as new Juvenile Supervising Attorney in Hampshire County

    Laura Chrismer Edmonds has been chosen by CPCS and the Hampshire County Bar Advocate Program as the new Juvenile Supervising Attorney in Hampshire County. Winner of the 2017 Jay D. Blitzman Award for Youth Advocacy, Laura has been a zealous advocate for the legal rights of the indigent for the past 18 years. She has also helped to shape the law in Massachusetts in several monumental appellate decisions. (See, e.g., Com. v. Cameron, 473 Mass. 100 (2015); Doe v. Sex Offender Registry Bd., 81 Mass. App. Ct. 639 (2012).) Most recently, Laura represented a juvenile client before the SJC in the 2017 landmark Samuel S. decision. In addition to her direct representation of indigent clients, Laura has also served for many years, as a mentor for the defense bar.

  • Professor Jennifer Levi Featured in Mirror Article

    Western New England School of Law Professor Jennifer Levi is featured in a Mirror Online article commenting on the Trump administration's decision not to appeal the court ruling which allows transgender service members in the military. Professor Levi is a lawyer with GLAD, and represented plaintiffs in a lawsuit that challenged the administration's policies.

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  • Professor Jennifer Levi Speaks at Women's March

    On Saturday, January 20th, Professor Jennifer Levi spoke at the Northampton "Women's March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote" march and rally, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington.

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  • Luke Ryan '05 Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

    Attorney Luke Ryan was featured in a Rolling Stone Magazine article for his role in helping to expose the falsified drug testing scandals in Massachusetts. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University in 2005 and was selected as Lawyer of the Year in 2016 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

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