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  • February 16, 2017

    President Trump First 100 Days: The Future of Healthcare

    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 represents individuals who have been denied coverage for medically necessary care, and has litigated numerous class action lawsuits addressing policies and practices that improperly deny Medicare coverage, or block fair access to Medicare’s appeal system. She frequently speaks and writes on Medicare topics.

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  • February 10,2017

    Joseph Aboyoun, L’78, publishes article in the ABA’s Franchise Law Journal

    Joseph Aboyoun, L’78, has published an article titled, “The Franchisor’s Right of First Refusal: An Automotive Industry Perspective", in the ABA’s Franchise Law Journal. The article gives an overview of legal issues surrounding rights of first refusal in the automotive context and provides a state-by-state summary of the law on the topic across the United States.

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  • February 9, 2017

    The First 100 Days Series: Replacing Justice Scalia

    The panel will discuss President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United Sates Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to replace Justice Scalia. The President sought to find a nominee that would mirror Justice Scalia in judicial philosophy and approach to deciding cases. Topics will include originalism, interpreting statutes, and the politics of confirming a candidate for the Supreme Court, including the Senate's filibuster rule.

  • February 6, 2017

    Thomas Reidy, L '11 is named a shareholder at Bacon Wilson P.C

    Bacon Wilson P.C. announces that Thomas Reidy has been promoted to shareholder of the firm. Reidy is a member of Bacon Wilson’s real-estate and zoning team, where he handles land use, zoning, permitting, real-estate, environmental, and licensing matters. He focuses his practice in Bacon Wilson’s Amherst location, where he represents the interests of both individuals and businesses. He serves on the board of the UMass Court Club, and received the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award for 2015 and 2016.

  • February 3-4, 2017

    WNE School of Law Teams ranked 7th in the Nation at ABA Negotiation Finals

    Our First and Second place negotiation teams from the recent ABA regionals (held November 2016 at UCONN) have returned from the ABA National Negotiation Competition, held at ABA headquarters in Chicago, Friday and Saturday, February 3-4.   We were the only law school with two teams in the competition: Thomas Holman & Joseph Masse and Matthew Minniefield & Kimberly Roche, first- and second-place finishers, respectively, at last November's regional competition.  The teams had the crucial support of our regional third-place team, Egzon Beha & Rachna Khanna. According to the coach, Professor Rene Reiche-Graefe, “Kim, Matt, Joseph and Thomas cleared the two-preliminary-rounds hurdle beautifully (and with their scores tied) and, thus, landed us with two teams representing Western New England University in Saturday's semifinal round of 16 teams.  When the dust settled on the semifinals, both of our teams were tied again, namely, as the seventh-best negotiation teams in the country in 2016-17!!!” A hearty Congratulations to the teams for representing us so well! To Professor Reiche-Graefe for the excellent preparation of our teams and special thanks to the coaches and supporters involved.

  • February 3, 2017

    Law School to host A Forum on Current Immigration Issues in Hampden County

    The recent election has focused significant attention on potential changes to the nation’s immigration laws and policies.  While immigration issues have national implications, the ultimate impact can be very local.  The Western New England University School of Law is hosting a forum to highlight emerging issues under the new administration, drawing on the expertise of local community organizations and law firms that work in this area on a daily basis. This forum is intended to provide as much information as is available and further conversation and collaboration among our local advocates and affected communities.    

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  • February 2, 2017

    Laura Fredericks L'83 is featured guest on Anderson Cooper 360 CNN Program

    Noted author Laura Fredericks L'83,  best known for “The Ask” series of books offering time-tested tips, tools, and best practices for acquiring financial rewards and many different contexts of life, was a featured guest on the Anderson Cooper 360 program on CNN.  Laura and Anderson discussed the scenario of what Planned Parenthood will do if half a billion dollars are cut from its budget and the implications of that cut on other nonprofits across the world.

  • January 27, 2017

    Professor Sudha Setty recipient of the 2017 Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award

    Professor Setty was the honored recipient of the 2017 Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award. The award is given to a member of the Connecticut Bar Association who has contributed greatly to the legal education of his or her colleagues, as a member of the faculty, a clinical instructor, or an adjunct instructor at UConn Law School, Quinnipiac Law School, Yale Law School, or Western New England University School of Law.

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  • January 26, 2017

    Session Two of THE FIRST 100 DAYS series - President Trump’s Inaugural Address

    The First 100 Days program will provide a venue for discussion of the critical issues that President Trump’s Administration is likely to address in its early days. This program begins on January 19 and will continue through the spring. Each session will be led by experts on the issue being addressed. Audience participation is encouraged. All events are held in the Blake Law Center at 12:00 noon. This series is free and open to the general public.

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  • January 25, 2017

    Professor Setty speaks at event titled "Freedom and Justice for All? Civil Rights in the Age of Trump"

    Critical Connections and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding are launching the 'Transforming This Moment' series to address questions and concerns surrounding the future of civil rights under the Trump administration.. Pofessor Sudha Setty will be the speaker at the first event titled, "Freedom and Justice for All? Civil Rights in the Age of Trump."

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  • January 21, 2017

    Come See and Experience Law School for a day at our Open House

    The School of Law is opening its doors to all interested persons on Saturday, January 21 from 12:00 noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Blake Law Center. Current students will conduct tours, answer any questions you may have and speak candidly about their own experiences. There will also be opportunities to speak informally with professors, students, and admissions officers.

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  • January 19, 2017

    Session One of THE FIRST 100 DAYS series - Electoral College and Inauguration

    The First 100 Days program will provide a venue for discussion of the critical issues that President Trump’s Administration is likely to address in its early days. This program begins on January 19 and will continue through the spring. Each session will be led by experts on the issue being addressed. Audience participation is encouraged. All events are held in the Blake Law Center at 12:00 noon. This series is free and open to the general public.

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  • January 19, 2017

    Attorney Jonathan Tolentino receives the Florida Bar Pro Bono Award

    Attorney JonathanTolentino was honored with the Florida Bar Pro Bono Award for his unpaid work assisting low-income families with various financial problems since 2012. He has helped provide relief for 21 households; delivering more than 200 hours of cost-free-aid. Attorney Tolentino received his Law degree in 1999 starting in Western New England University, and completing his last years at Nova Law School in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • January 9, 2017

    James Harrington L'10 argues tribal case before U.S. Supreme Court

    Attorney James Harrington argued case in the U.S. Supreme Court involving whether the sovereign immunity of an Indian tribe bars lawsuits seeking damages from tribal employees individually for wrongs they commit within the scope of their employment.

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  • January 7, 2017

    Diversity Law Day Workshop at Western New England University School of Law

    The School of Law will host the annual Diversity Law Day workshop on Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Blake Law Center, 1219 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. The goal of the workshop is to help diversity candidates strengthen their applications by addressing diversity related issues as they pertain to law school and the application process. We hope that the program is a step towards bridging the law school gap that currently exists for diversity students in the New England region. All prospective law students are welcome to attend.

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  • January 7, 2017

    Professor Charity speaks at 2017 AALS Conference

    Professor Matthew Charity will speak on a panel for the section on International Human Rights, titled‚ Domestic Humanitarian Law. This panel will investigate how domestic courts handle war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities. What are the virtues and drawbacks of domestic adjudication? Does this lead to a stronger respect for humanitarian law?‚ The session will be held at 8:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 7.

  • January 7, 2017

    Professor Setty speaks at 2017 AALS Conference

    Professor Setty will moderate the program for the section on National Security Law. The program is titled‚ "Domestic Responses to Declared and Undeclared National Security Emergencies", and will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, Jan. 6. She will also speak on the Domestic Humanitarian Law panel on Saturday, Jan. 7.

  • January 5, 2017

    Dean Gouvin presents program called “So… You Want to be a Dean? at the 2017 AALS Conference

    As part of the AALS Arc of the Career series, Dean Eric Gouvin will moderate and present a program with the following sitting deans: D. Benjamin Barros, University of Toledo College of Law; Leonard M. Baynes, University of Houston Law Center; Danielle M. Conway, University of Maine School of Law, Jane Byeff Korn, Gonzaga University School of Law; Francis J. Mootz, III, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Camille A. Nelson, American University, Washington College of Law; and, Rachel A. Van Cleave, Golden Gate University School of Law. The program titled, "You Want to be a Dean?"  Why Considering a Deanship Matters will provide a primer on what deans do and how one becomes a dean. It will be presented on Thursday, January 5‚ from 1:30-3:15 pm. It is co-sponsored with the Deans Section of the AALS.

  • January 1, 2017

    Adjunct Professor and Alum Justin Dion appointed as BBO Hearing Officer

    Justin Dion L'00 has been appointed to one of the eight volunteer attorney hearing officer positions for the Board of Bar Overseers. The Board of Bar Overseers was established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as an independent administrative body to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers.

  • December 9, 2016

    Professor Sudha Setty appears on Ludlow Community TV Critical Conversations

    Professor Sudha Setty was interviewed by Mehlaqa Samdani of  Critical Conversations. The interview was about the potential impact of the incoming Trump administration on Muslims in the United States, covering topics such as a proposed Muslim registry, detention and internment, and surveillance.

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  • December 7, 2016

    Alum Kenneth Baldwin L’ 94 helps build character at The First Tee of Connecticut

    Kenneth C. Baldwin of Robinson & Cole has joined the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Connecticut. An organization dedicated to teaching youth life skills through the game of golf. The non-profit organization has helped more than 70,000 young people through educational programs that teach life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Mr. Baldwin is a partner in the firm's Environmental & Utilities Group. His practice includes all aspects of utility, energy, and land use regulation before state and local administrative agencies, with an emphasis on energy and telecommunications regulation and facility siting.

  • December 6, 2016

    Elizabeth Scheibel L'80 named to UMass trustees board by Governor Baker

    Gov. Charlie Baker names former Northwestern DA Elizabeth Scheibel, L'80, to UMass trustees board. Attorney Scheibel served as District Attorney for Hampshire and Franklin counties from 1993 through 2011.

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  • December 2, 2016

    Professor Emeritus Arthur Leavens is new Director of Legal Education and Training for the Hampden DA Office

    Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni has hired Professor Emeritus Arthur Leavens as Director of Legal Education and Training for his office. His responsibilities will include design and implementation of standardized orientations for new prosecutors, developing a curriculum for courtroom advocacy, advance trial and motion practice, and legal updates.

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  • November 30, 2016

    44th Annual Dean's Holiday Reception

    The Dean's 44th Annual Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, November 30 in the Law Common. The reception traditionally held the last week of classes for the fall semester just before final exams is the highlight law community event of the year. Dean Gouvin avidly supports the tradition by happily mingling with the students and enjoying the festivities along with members of the law school community. The fun included delightful food such as Coconut Shrimp, Vegetarian Potstickers, Gourmet desserts and Eggnog that accompanied an extremely competitive and hilarious game of Heads Up played on an iPad with faculty vs. students. Followed by an Ugly Sweater contest with prizes that included School of Law swag and Dean Gouvin's parking spot for a week. Judging from the smiling faces and laughter of the guests in the audience it can be said a good time was had by all. Can't wait till next year!

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  • November 29, 2016

    Professor Freeman quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

    Professor Freeman contributed to a Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report article titled, "Franchise Technology May Tip Scales in Joint Employer Cases." The article discusses whether corporate technology used by franchisees opens up corporations to joint employer liability.

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  • November 22, 2016

    Professor Setty speaks to NEPR on Trump administration refugee policy

    Professor Setty contributed to a New England Public Radio (NEPR) broadcast on Morning Edition that discussed the likely changes to federal refugee policy under the Trump administration. 

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  • November 17, 2016

    Professor Julie Steiner speaks to NPR about the recent changes in Marijuana Legalization

    On Wednesday, November 17th, New England Public Radio aired an interview between Professor Julie E. Steiner and Susan Kaplan, Host of All Things Considered to discuss a high-stakes issue implicated by state marijuana legalization laws. Specifically, because marijuana is still federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, institutions of higher education fear that they will lose federal funding if they accommodate marijuana use in any form including medicinal marijuana on campus or at off-campus school-related locations or activities. Federal laws tie funding to a requirement that university provide a drug-free campus and work environment. As a result, schools ban marijuana and extend that ban to students and employees who are prescribed medical marijuana in accordance with state law. This is true even those in states like Massachusetts that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana. This policy will likely continue until the federal government eliminates the federal-state conflict by (i) removing marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act or (ii) downgrading it from a Schedule I controlled substance to a lesser Schedule II-V status. Alternatively, an appropriate executive agency could issue guidance to institutions of higher education to assure them that their school will not lose federal funding if they accommodate students and employees taking prescribed medical marijuana in accordance with a state humanitarian use program.

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  • November 16, 2016

    SBA 5th Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

    The Student Bar Association (SBA) held their 5th Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Tuesday, in the Common. This tradition was started five years ago by administration to give students who could not go home for the Thanksgiving holiday a "home away from home." It is always well attended and many law community members contribute their best dishes and best wishes for all the students who attend.

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  • November 15, 2016

    Representative Jose Tosado - “Latinos, Leadership and the Law Series”

    Representative Jose Tosado, Democrat for the 9th Hamden district appeared at the School of Law as an invited guest of the Latino/a Law Association (LLSA) and sponsored by the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs to participate in their "Latinos, Leadership and the Law Series. Representative Tosado spoke about his experiences as a law maker and on current matters he is working on before the Massachusetts legislature. With regard to the issues facing the Latino communities he represents he mentioned he is enthusiastic and hopeful about the new Trump administration. Representative Tosado was recently reelected and said he will continue to work diligently for his constituents continued progress in the City of Springfield and Westermass area.

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  • November 9, 2016

    Representative Aaron Vega - Latinos, Leadership and the Law Series

    Representative Aaron Vega, Democrat for the 5th Hamden district, city of Holyoke, Massachusetts appeared at the School of Law as an invited guest of the Latino/a Law Association (LLSA) and sponsored by the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs to participate in their "Latinos, Leadership and the Law Series." Representative Vega is a proud native of Holyoke and small business owner who is enthusiastic about serving his city. He spoke about the need for law students to get involved with the issues in their home towns and and to give back to the communities. During the question and answer period following his presentation, Representative Vega briefly discussed the proposed high speed rail and economic development plan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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  • November 9, 2016

    Professor Carasik publishes article in Foreign Affairs

    Professor Lauren Carasik published an article in Foreign Affairs titled, "Showdown at Standing Rock."

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  • November 7, 2016

    Professor Kaiser Argues Case of First Impression Concerning Adoption

    Law Professor Jeanne Kaiser, professor of Legal Research and Writing at Western New England University School of Law, argued a case of first impression in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on November 7 of this year.

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  • November 6, 2016

    The School of Law Sweeps the ABA Region 1 Negotiation Competition

    The Western New England University School of Law teams (three teams of two) placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the final round of the ABA Region 1 Negotiation Competition held this past weekend, November 4th and 5th, at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Our three teams competed against 13 additional teams from law schools in New England and Upper New York State.

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  • October 31, 2016

    School of Law Hosts Program on Racial Profiling

    Law Professor Frank Rudy Cooper presents talk titled, Trumped Up Racial Profiling?: Enforcing Civil Rights and the Policing of Black Men in the Era of Black Lives Matters.

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  • October 28, 2016

    School of Law hosts naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Several immigrants from western Massachusetts take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, and are sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony.

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  • October 28, 2016

    Professor Setty speaks at International Law Weekend

    Professor Sudha Setty was a panelist at the International Law Weekend, hosted by the American Branch of the International Law Association, in New York. The panel discussed Surveillance and Human Rights, and whether the U.S. framework for national security surveillance violates international law and/or European Union law.

  • October 27, 2016

    Attorneys Tahirah Amatul-Wadud L'05 and Marylou V. Fabbo L'93 named as Mass Lawyers Weekly's Top-Women-Of-Law

    The Top Women of Law event on October 27, 2016 celebrated outstanding achievements made by exceptional women lawyers. Each year Lawyers Weekly honors women attorneys who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business. The awards highlight women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models.

  • October 17, 2016

    Professor Baldwin speaks on panel organized by University Department of Sociology

    The panel discussion was titled, "Difficult Dialogues: Talking About Race in a Post-Ferguson America."

  • October 14, 2016

    School of Law Hosts Regional Gender and Incarceration Symposium

    The symposium featured an interdisciplinary discussion of issues facing incarcerated individuals such as parental rights, treatment of transgender inmates, sexual orientation-based segregation, sexual violence, pregnancy, solitary confinement, and the intersection of race and gender in confinement.

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  • September 28, 2016

    Chris M. Erchull L'14 named Associate at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP

    Chris M. Erchull is an Associate working in the Litigation Department of the Springfield Office of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP. He is a 2003 graduate of New York University, and in 2014 earned his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • September 23, 2016

    Rick Sullivan L’84 honored with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

    Rick Sullivan L'84 of Westfield, MA, was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award at the School of Law Alumni Recognition Reception. Sullivan is the president and chief executive officer of the Western Mass Economic Development Council, a private nonprofit corporation that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region by aiding in expansion, relocation and networking.

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  • September 23, 2016

    William Reichelt Jr. ’13/L’14 and Judge Stephanie Silvas L’11 receive Ascending Alumni Award

    West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt Jr. L'14 and Judge Stephanie Silvas L'11, of Bee County, TX, received the Ascending Alumni Award for their contributions to their communities, the Law School community, and the profession. The Ascending Alumni Award spotlights the achievements of new alumni who have graduated 10 years or less from the School of Law. Nominees are those who have shown leadership in their chosen field and/or in the community. Candidates are those who stand out from their peers and have a great deal of drive and potential.

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  • September 23, 2016

    Judge Anne M. Geoffrion L’79 honored with The Dean’s Award

    Judge Anne M. Geoffrion L'79 was honored with The Dean's Award at the School of Law Alumni Recognition Reception. The Dean's Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments bring credit to the School of Law and who has a record of service that demonstrates the core values of the Western New England University School of Law. Judge Geoffrion's career epitomizes the kind of lawyer this award is meant to honor, says Western New England University School of Law Dean and Professor Eric J. Gouvin. As a member of the bar and as a judge on the bench, she has not only met the highest level of professional competency, but she has given back to her community and to the School of Law in many ways.

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  • September 15, 2016

    Professor Freeman is published in Hampshire Gazette

    Professor Harris Freeman co-authored an op-ed in the Hampshire Gazette on the future/fate of the UMass Labor Center.

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  • September 14, 2016

    National Constitution Day Commemorated

    School of Law commemorated Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with a special presentation and discussion by Law Professor Sudha Setty titled United States Constitutionalism in the Global Context.

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  • September 16, 2016

    Wendy Berg L’89 awarded the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys' (COSA) Direct Service Award

    Community Legal Aid (Families and Children Unit) announces Attorney Wendy Berg L'89 was awarded the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys' (COSA) Direct Service Award for her outstanding work in Hampshire County.

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  • September 7, 2016

    David McGuire, L'06 appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Connecticut State Advisory Committee

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announces the appointment of David McGuire to the 15 member Connecticut State Advisory Committee, charged with the evaluation and reporting on civil rights concerns in the state.

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  • September 2, 2016

    Michael J. Lyon L' 82 appointed Vice-President of Tax at Kaman Corp.

    Michael J. Lyon was appointed Vice President of Tax at Kaman Corporation. Michael J. Lyon brings a range of domestic and international experience to the position. He has experience supervising tax functions in multinational corporation settings as well as public accounting. Prior to joining Kaman Corporation, Mr. Lyon served as Vice President of Corporate Tax at Gerber Scientific, where he was the senior tax executive responsible for worldwide transaction planning, transfer pricing, accounting for income taxes, tax compliance and supervision of tax audits. He has also held progressively responsible positions in tax at Lydall, Inc.; Deloitte Tax, LLP; Top-Flite Golf Company; and Dexter Corporation. Mr. Lyon received his J.D. from Western New England College's School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar shortly after his graduation. He is a CPA and earned his B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Western New England College.

  • September 2016

    Sandra San Emeterio L'10 honored by ABA as one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers

    The Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association is pleased to announce President-Elect Alfredo Fernandez and Secretary Sandra San Emeterio have been named as American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division "On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers" 2016 Honorees. The Annual award provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.

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  • September 2016

    Professor Newcombe elected Vice-president/President-elect by the NELLCO Board of Directors

    Professor Pat Newcombe was unanimously elected by The NELLCO Board of Directors to serve as Vice-president/President-elect for the 2016-2018 term. Service on the Executive Committee at this level is a 5-year commitment. Pat will serve as President in 2018-2020 term, followed by a year as Immediate Past President.

  • September 2016

    Deans Cohen and Newcombe's article accepted for publication

    "What Legal Writers Can Learn from Paint Nite"‚ by Beth D. Cohen and Pat Newcombe, has been accepted for publication in Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, volume 25, Fall 2016.

  • August 31, 2016

    Richard Sullivan L '06 named Associate at Crevier & Ryan, LLP

    Crevier & Ryan, LLP announces the addition of new Associate, Richard K. Sullivan III to the firm.

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  • August 29, 2016

    Professor Carasik publishes article in Foreign Affairs

    Professor Lauren Carasik published an article in Foreign Affairs titled, "New UN Secretary General Must Commit to Accountability."

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  • August 28, 2016

    Professor Carasik publishes article in Aljazeera America

    Professor Lauren Carasik published an article in Aljazeera America titled, "New UN Secretary-General Must Commit to Accountability."

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  • August 23, 2016

    Professor Freeman publishes coauthored article in Labor Notes

    Professor Harris Freeman published a coauthored article in Labor Notes, titled "Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost from NLRB."

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  • August 5, 2016

    Professor Levi is plenary speaker at national conference

    Professor Jennifer Levi was a plenary speaker at the national conference of the National LGBT Bar Association.

  • July 14-16, 2016

    Professors Charity, Freeman, and Setty participate in conference in Bengaluru, India

    Professors Matthew Charity, Harris Freeman, and Sudha Setty participated in a three-day conference reflecting on 25 years of liberalization and globalization, held at the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru, India. In addition to chairing and moderating panels, each professor presented a paper, and those papers will be part of a forthcoming book published as part of the NLSIU book series. Matthew Charoty's presentation was titled, "Human Rights Anti-Globalization in a Multi-National Corporatized State." Harris Freeman's presentation was titled, "Law and the Rise Non-Traditional Forms of Worker Organization in the Neo-Liberal, Globalized Labor Market." Sudha Setty's presentation was titled, "Neoliberal National Security: Wielding Counterterrorism Powers to Protect Economic Growth."

  • July 13, 2016

    Professor Orlen presents at Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute

    Professor Myra Orlen presented a session titled "Using Academic Success Strategies and Legal Writing in a Blended Classroom" at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Orlen is also serving a two-year term as the co-chair of the LWI Awards Committee.

  • July 11, 2016

    Professors Cohen, Freeman, and Kaiser present at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute

    Professors Beth Cohen, Harris Freeman, Jeanne Kaiser, and Pat Newcombe led a session titled, "Social Justice Panel on Community Engagement with LRW Classrooms" at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute.

  • June 22, 2016

    School of Law and Elms College execute 3+3 Agreement

    Western New England University School of Law and The College of Our Lady of the Elms executed a 3 + 3 agreement that allows students to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year at Elms College.

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  • June 22, 2016

    Amelia J. Holmstrom L'11 presented with Community Service Award

    Amelia J. Holmstrom '11, an attorney with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. was recently honored by the The Massachusetts Bar Association affiliate the Hampden County Bar Association and presented with the Community Service Award. This award is presented to worthy attorneys who are members of both their local and state bar associations that have demonstrated excellence in community service. "I am honored to have been presented with this Community Service Award. The award truly speaks volumes about the atmosphere that I work in. Everyone at Skoler Abbott is extremely supportive of community-service initiatives and understands the value of extending a helping hand to others," Amelia said. Her activities in the community include an ad hoc membership of the personnel committed for the Food Bank of Western Mass, a member of the board and executive committee for Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, and board clerk at Friends of the Homeless.

  • June 16, 2016

    Professor Freeman testifies before U.S. Senate Committee

    Professor Harris Freeman was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which held a hearing to address the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent ruling on joint employer status and the impact it would have on small business. Professor Freeman's testimony defended the NLRB's 2015 ruling in Browning Ferris Industries of California, which makes it easier for workers in the temporary staffing industry and franchised fast-food restaurants to join labor unions and engage in collective bargaining.

  • June 14, 2016

    Professor Levi participates in presentation hosted by the NY City Bar Association

    Professor Jennifer Levi participated in a panel presentation hosted by the New York City Bar Association and Co-Sponsored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Appellate Division, the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, and the Practice Institute.

  • May 13, 2016

    National Lawyers Guild Honors Law Student Tasha Marshall

    The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild held their 2016 Testimonial Dinner on May 13, 2016. At the dinner, Tasha Marshall, a third year law student at Western New England University School of Law, was given a student award for spearheading many progressive and anti-racist projects.

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  • May 2016

    Professor Miller appointed as member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services

    Professor Bruce Miller was appointed to be a member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the governing body of the Commonwealth's Public Defender and Bar Advocate programs. The Committee is a 15-member body appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. It oversees the provision of legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.

  • April 29, 2016

    Professor Leavans speaks as the CT Tolland County Law Day

    Professor Leavans spoke at the Connecticut Tolland County 2016 Law Day. The topics was "Miranda, More than Words," to mark the 50th anniversary of Miranda.

  • April 29, 2016

    Dean Gouvin presents at the Annual Transaction Clinical Conference

    Dean Gouvin co-presented a session titled, "Case Method for Teaching Transactional Skills: Extended Case Simulations" at the 15th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference.

  • April 29, 2016

    Professor Statchen presents at the Annual Transaction Clinical Conference

    Professor Statchen co-presented a session titled, "Student Pre- and Post-Semester Self Assessment Online Survey" at the 15th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference.

  • April 19, 2016

    Professor Freeman speaks at the Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival

    Professor Freeman spoke at the Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival, held at UMass and sponsored by the UMass Amherst Labor Center and the Pioneer Valley Jobs with Justice. The four films shown during the festival provided an opportunity to discuss strategies for organizing the unorganized and the need for broad-based alliances within and across diverse communities. The film A Days Work was presented with commentary by the film-maker, Dave DeSario, and followed by a presentation from Professor Freeman discussing the plight of temp workers and the dismal state of health and safety protections through the wrenching account of a young temp worker killed his first day on the job.

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  • April 13, 2016

    Carol Shaw L'98 nominated to the Massachusetts Juvenile Court

    Governor Charlie Baker nominated attorneys Carol Shaw L'98 and Tracie Souza, both of whom bring nearly two decades of experience in litigation and support services for families and children, to the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. "Throughout their careers, Carol Shaw and Tracie Souza have served many of the Commonwealth's most vulnerable families and children facing difficult circumstances," said Governor Baker. "Both attorneys understand the tremendous legal and personal pressures facing any resident who comes before the Juvenile Court, and I look forward to seeing their combined experience strengthen its mission of protecting our youth. Attorneys Shaw and Souza have served their communities with distinction, and their practice before the Juvenile Court will bring strong local perspectives to the bench in support of children and families," said Lt. Governor Polito.

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  • April 12, 2016

    Professors Freeman and Levi present opening lecture of the Mini-Law School

    Professor Freeman along with colleague Professor Jennifer Levi presented the opening lecture of the 2016 Spring semester of Western University School of Law's five-week lecture series Mini-Law School. The lectures focused on the topic of Gender, Sexuality and Families.

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  • April 3-5, 2016

    Professor Freeman organizes and moderates panel at the 43rd Annual National Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions

    Professor Harris Freeman, who is a Massachusetts Commonwealth Employment Relations Board member, organized and moderated a panel at the 43rd Annual National Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, held at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The panel included Wilma Liebman, Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations and former NLRB Chairman, Joe Ambash, Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Paula Voos, Associate Dean and Director, Undergraduate and Master's Programs in Labor and Employment Relations, Rutgers University. The panel addressed whether the National Labor Relations Act and the NLRB will permit graduate students and graduate researchers to organize unions and engage in collective bargaining.

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  • March 31, 2016

    Professor Levi publishes law review article

    Professor Jennifer Levi co-authored Boston College Law Review Article with Kevin M. Barry, Brian Farrell, and Neelima Vanguri titled, "A Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause," 57 B.C.L. Rev. 507 (2016).

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  • March 22, 2016

    Representative Juan Candelaria -" Latinos Leadership and the Law"

    Representative Juan Candelaria Democrat for the Connecticut 95th District, appeared at the School of Law as an invited guest of the Latino/a Law Association (LLSA) and sponsored by the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs to participate in their "Latinos, Leadership and the Law Series." Representative Candelaria spoke candidly about how his latino roots influenced his interest in community activism and subsequent rise to political office in 2002. He also spoke about his work on legislation that allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for Connecticut Drivers License, and Connecticut's in-state tuition legislation in 2011 to allow students without legal documentation to pursue their educational dreams. See video here: http://web7.streamhoster.com/wnecvideo/law-library/2016Candelaria.html

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  • March 17, 2016

    Professor Freeman testifies before the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives

    Professor Freeman was invited to testify before the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee held a hearing titled Risky Business: Effects of New Joint Employer Standards for Small Firms on the topic of the NLRB's Joint Employment Standard and its Effect of Small Business. This was the second time Professor Freeman has been asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives on a labor law issue.

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  • February 2016

    Renee Rastorfer and Liza Rosenof publish article in Law Library Journal

    Head of Research Services‚ Renee Rastorfer and former colleague Liza Rosenof, co-authored an article for the Law Library Journal titled, "Mentoring Across the Generations: The Training of a Millennial Librarian‚ 108 LLJ 101.

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  • February 19-20, 2016

    Professor Freeman is panelist at the Yale Rebellious Lawyering Conference 2016

    Professor Freeman was a panelist at the Yale Rebellious Lawyering Conference 2016 and participated in session V of the Program titled, Building Sustainable Careers in Public Interest Law: Organizing Public Interest Lawyers. The session discussed the struggle to win collective bargaining rights for lawyers and other employees of the state public defender agency in Massachusetts, and of the UAW's National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local 2320 in New York. Also disscussed were strategies for organizing with veteran public interest lawyers and labor activists, and conversation about the pros and cons of lawyers for the public interest having a voice for themselves at work.

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  • January 6 - 10, 2016

    Dean Gouvin appointed to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC's & Unincorporated Associations

    Dean Gouvin was appointed to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC's & Unincorporated Associations at the AALS Annual Meeting. Dean Gouvin also acted as Moderator and Facilitator at the Deans' Break-out Session on "Staff Morale and Motivation."

  • November 6, 2015

    Professor Buzuvis presents at symposium sponsored by the Journal of Law and Inequality

    Professor Erin Buzuvis presented on policies governing the participation of transgender athletes in interscholastic sports, as part of a symposium called "Playing with Pride: LGBT Inclusion in Sports" sponsored by the Journal of Law and Inequality at the University of Minnesota School of Law.

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  • October 20, 2015

    Dean Gouvin and the Honorable Kenneth Neiman present session at the Mini-Law School

    Dean Gouvin, together with the Honorable Kenneth Neiman, presented a session on "Legal Analysis and Legal Reasoning" at the Mini-Law School held at Western New England University.

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  • September 29, 2015

    Law Student Daniel J. DePasquale Wins First Prize in National Writing Competition

    Law student Daniel J. DePasquale won first prize in the annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition for his paper titled, "Land Use Planning - A Pragmatic Proposition: Regionally Planned Coastal TDRs in "Light of Rising Seas." As the first place winner, Dan will receive a $2,000 prize and publication of his winning paper in "The Urban Lawyer", the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.

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  • September 15, 2015

    Professor Setty recipient of Trailblazer Award

    Professor Sudha Setty was the recipient of the Trailblazer Award at the South Asian Bar Association's Ninth Annual Awards Dinner.

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