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  • Western New England University School of Law Hosts Springfield Stop of the MA Clean Energy Tour

      On Monday, June 12, the Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs hosted the State Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.  Senator Jim Welch introduced Senator Marc Pacheco, the Committee chair, who noted that the Committee was holding hearings at nine locations around the State from the Cape to the Berkshires.  “This tour is an answer to thousands of constituent conversations, calls,...

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  • Alum Raquel E. Stevens L'12 receives 2017 Outstanding New Lawyer Award

    The Capital District Women's Bar Association (CDWBA), local chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York will honor Alumna Raquel E. Stevens, Esq. (formerly known as Raquel E. Babeu) with the 2017 Outstanding New Lawyer Award.  Ms. Stevens, currently serves as Confidential Law Clerk to Associate Justice Robert S. Rose of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. The Award will be presented at CDWBA's Annual...

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  • School of Law Class of 2017

      The School of Law held their commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Alumni Health for Living Center located on the Western New England University campus. The 109 happy graduates filled the center with their families and friends. The ceremony started promptly at 2:00 p.m. with a Scottish pipe player leading the procession into the center, followed by the singing of the National Anthem with remarks by the Board of Trustees Chairman, Michael A. Serafino ’77...

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  • LL.M. In Elder Law and Estate Planning Graduate Program Welcomes 2017 Grads and Guests

    The LL.M. In Elder Law and Estate Planning Graduate online program held it’s graduation reception on Sunday, May 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Blake Law Center Common. It was well attended by approximately 75 people that included 14 graduates and their guests. The program has been in existence since 2005 and was a pioneer in the field of Elder Law. Now in it’s 12th successful year the online program has graduates all over the world including: Kodiak, Alaska, Gujarat, India and...

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  • Alum James Harrington wins 8-0 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case regarding Tribal Immunity

    Law Alum James M.Harrington L'10 of Polito & Associates, LLC experienced a huge win before the United States Supreme Court on  April 25, 2017 in Lewis et al. v. Clarke. The  8-0 opinion in his clients’ favor by The Court unanimously overruled the Connecticut Supreme Court which had previously ruled 7-0  against his clients in March 2016. The Connecticut Supreme Court had found that Attorney Harrington’s clients could not proceed against a...

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  • Western New England University Law School's Innovative Family Mediation Project to be Discussed at Family Court Conference

    The Association for Families and Conciliation Courts will hold its 54th Annual Conference, "Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony" in Boston from May 31 through June 3.  On Friday, June 2, 2017, Judge David Sacks of the Hampden Probate and Family Court in Springfield and Adjunct Professor Oran Kaufman, who teaches the Family Law Mediation Clinic at Western New England University School of Law, along with Jocelyn I. Axelson, of the Hampden Probate and...

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  • Hyman Darling L'77 named President and honored Fellow by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

    NAELA has named Hyman Darling as incoming president and honored him as a NAELA fellow at their 2017 annual conference. He will officially assume his duties as president on June 1. Additionally, the fellow designation is the highest honor bestowed by NAELA to attorneys that signifies an attorney recognized by his peers as a model for others, and an exceptional lawyer and leader.

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  • Alum Kevin Murphy L’78 awarded the Kent B. Smith Award

    The Hampden County Bar Association welcomed more than 250 members of the local legal community to its Annual Judicial Dinner at the Delaney House in Holyoke on March 30, 2017. Attorney Kevin G. Murphy '78 was given the Kent B. Smith Award. The Kent B. Smith Award is given to an outstanding citizen of the law community of Hampden County and a dedicated contributor to the advancement of criminal law. Judge Smith was widely beloved by the bench and bar and was a loyal friend of the School of Law. In 1972 Smith was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court by Gov. Francis Sargent.He served on that court until 1981, when he was appointed an associate justice of the Appeals Court. He retired from the Massachusetts Appeals Court at the mandatory age of 70, but continued to serve as a recall judge on that court. Judge Smith died in October 2012 at age 85.

  • Claudia Quintero wins 2017 Law Students Ethics Award

    3L Claudia Quintero was awarded the 2017 Law Student Ethics Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter. The award was presented on April 27, 2017 at the thirteenth annual Law Student Ethics Award celebration held at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. This award recognizes and encourages the ethical practice of law at the earliest stages of a young lawyer's professional career.

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  • Professor Sudha Setty speaks to World Affairs Council Members

    Professor Setty will be speaking to members of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 10 at 12:00 noon in the third floor Community Room at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street (Corner of Main & Court), in downtown Springfield. The talk is entitled, Security and Civil Liberties under Trump: What Can We Learn from the First 100 Days? The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times. For more information please see link below.

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  • 3L Students Sarah Morgan and Kylie Brown receive Pro Bono Committee Award

    Third year law students Sarah Morgan (l) and Kylie Brown (r) appear with Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court at the Hampden County Bar Association's annual Judicial Dinner that was co-sponsored by Western New England University School of Law.  The event was held at the Delaney House on March 30, 2017.   Sarah and Kylie were recognized by the Bar Association at this dinner for the outstanding work they did for the Pro Bono Committee by...

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  • Dean Beth Cohen reappointed to the Supreme Judicial Court's Professionalism Committee

    Dean Beth Cohen was recently reappointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to a second term on the Court's Professionalism Committee.

  • Professor Erin Buzuvis concludes visitorship at Utrecht University in the Netherlands

    Spring 2017

    This spring Professor Buzuvis participated in a three week visitorship at Utrecht University in the Netherlands on a grant from the Fulbright Specialist Program. While there, she co-taught a class in the law school international master's program on Gender, Human Rights, and Sport with a Dutch law professor, Majorlein van den Brink. Professor Buzuvis also gave two public lectures on gender verification in international sport, one to an audience of graduate students in gender...

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  • Dean Pat Newcombe receives AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

    May 2017

    The American Association of Law Libraries recently awarded Pat Newcombe, our Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources the AALL SPECTRUM ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD for her article, "Crowdsourcing Legal Research: The Opportunities and Challenges," which appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of AALL Spectrum.

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  • Professor Erin Buzuvis coauthors article on transgender athletes and locker rooms

    Professor Buzuvis co-authored a column with Professor George B. Cunningham of Texas A&M University about transgender athletes and locker rooms published on March 27, 2017.

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