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Western New England School of Law has a long history of programming that, in many cases, have become staple events for our campus and the community.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Clason Speaker Series Lectures

  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia: "Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump." (October 2020)
  • Rachel Meeropol: Litigation in Support of Struggle: from Standing Rock to Solitary Confinement (November 2019)
  • Alfred Woodfox: "How I Survived Four Decades in Solitary Confinement"  (November 2019)
  • Jennifer Rushlow: "No Time to Lose: Addressing the Climate Crisis in Court"  (October 2019)
  • Annette M. Martinez-Orabona, Esq.: "(Un)Natural Disasters and Human Rights: Hurricane Maria and the Politics of Disaster in Puerto Rico"  (October, 2018)
  • Professor Muneer Ahmad, Esq.: From the Muslim Ban to DACA Termination: Protecting Immigrant Rights in the Trump Era  (October, 2017)
  • Katharine B. Silbaugh: "Reactive to Proactive: Title IX's Unrealized Capacity to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault"  (September, 2015)
  • Dr. Christina M. Greer: "Race, Gender and American Democracy"  (October, 2015)


  • The Rule of Law, The Supremacy Clause and Permanent Homelands through Treaties, presented by Angelique W. EagleWoman, (Wambdi A Was'teWinyan), director of the Indian Law Program and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. (September 2020)
  • Immigration Law Update: In the Courts, at the Border, and in the Pioneer Valley (2020)
  • Impeachment Seminar
    Professors Art Wolf and Bruce Miller led a discussion on the Impeachment Hearings (2019)
  • A Community Legal Forum: Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities, and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts (2017)
  • A Forum on Immigration Issues in Hampden County (2017)

Western New England Law Review Symposia

  • New Abolitionism - ending civil immigration detention and criminalization - policy, history, and legal strategies (February 2021) The symposium explored various arguments that challenge the systemic use of civil detention of migrants and asylum seekers entering the United States.
  • On Account of Sex: Women's Suffrage and the Role of Gender in Politics Today (November 2019)
    The Symposium commemorated the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment by providing a forum to discuss the historic centennial of women’s suffrage and explore its relevance in politics today.
  • Anthropocenic Disruption, Community Resilience and Law  (October, 2018)
    The Symposium discussed all matters relating to sustainability, including the intersectionality between sustainable communities and practices, permaculture, the impact of large-scale corporations, international issues, and the law.
  • Perspectives on Racial Justice in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter  (October, 2017).
    The Symposium program featured discussions of race in the context of the criminal justice system, health care, voting rights, and the LGBTQI community. It featured leaders recognized in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a panel discussion offering reflections on the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in City of Springfield v. Kibbe, concerning an African American man killed by a white city police officer, and inadequate police training.
  • Gender and Incarceration  (October, 2016). The Symposium featured an interdisciplinary discussion related to contemporary issues facing incarcerated individuals, such as parental rights of incarcerated people, treatment of transgender inmates, sexuality-based segregation, sexual violence, pregnancy, solitary confinement, and the intersection of race and gender in confinement. 
  • Environmental Accountability in an Age of Consequences  (October, 2015). The Symposium presented perspectives on “environmental accountability” in this pivotal moment of climate change, which encompasses a broad range of mechanisms that expose environmental actions and create either a legal obligation, or a stronger sense of responsibility, to improve environmentally consequential behavior.

Panel Discussions

  • Confronting Racial Injustice Panel Series. Panel #1 (February 2021)
  • Big Dirty Money: Professor Jennifer Taub hosts in conversation about her new book with Helaine Olen from teh Washington Post. (September 2020)
  • From the Courthouse to the Streets: Lawyering in the Time of Black Lives Matter Virtual Panel (July 2020)
  • The Color of Life In A Time Of Crisis: Thinking through Racial Disparities During COVID-19 (June 2020)
  • Supreme Judicial Court Panel on Pro Bono Work  (October 2019)
  • All Power to All Power: A Critical Discussion about the BlackKkKlansman Movie  (November 2018)
  • Wakanda Forever: A Critical discussion of the Black Panther Movie  (March 2018)


  • Dr. Vicki Vernon Lott: "The Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." (January 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SteYPwHHjtQ&feature=youtu.be
  • Elaine Brown: Activist, Writer, Singer and formber Black Panther Party Chairman. (October 2020)
  • Gervino-Ward LGBTQ+ Speaker Series Presents: Evan Wolfson: founder of Freedom to Marry—the successful campaign for marriage equality in the United States. (September 2020)
  • Chris Erchull: "LGBTQ+ Advocacy: Advancing Rights & Representation Through Legislative & Administrative Bodies"  (October 2019)
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches in Representing Children and Parents in Child Welfare Cases (September 2019)


  • Classcrits Conference (November 2019)
    ClassCrits is a network of academics and activists focused on economic justice. 
  • The Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference (April 2019)
    This conference is convened annually in Springfield, sponsored by the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Wayfinders and the School of Law. The conference brings together hundreds of professionals from multiple disciplines, a wide range of advocacy organizations and government agency employees whose work touches on civil rights and fair housing issues, with a focus on formulating plans of action to effectuate change on a local and national scale.


  • Consumer Debt Initiative Training and Information Session (October 2020)
  • Off the Record: Expungement and Sealing Training (October 2020)
  • Friday, June 12, 2020 Legal Observer Training  
  • The Tenant Attorney Network Training (November 2019)

Informational Sessions and Other Events

  • Lessons from the pleasure and power of black music in the age of Hip Hop. (February 2021)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (February 2021)
  • Social Justice Lawyering webinar (November 2020)
  • Special Celebration Honoring Professor Bruce Miller (November 2020)
  • Social Justice Drive-In Movie Night for Students (October 2020)
  • National Expungement Week virtual clinic (September 2020)
  • Public Interest Job Opportunities Info Session (January 2020)