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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

Public Interest Job Opportunities Info Session
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00 pm in
 Law Room 3 & 5:00 PM in Law Room 1

Immigration Law Update: In the Courts, at the Border, and in the Pioneer Valley
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Discussing recent developments in immigration law for immigrant rights supporters, advocates, and lawyers.

Law Showcase
April 3, Law Common
The Showcase will include a series of 25-minute concurrent panels highlighting recent cases, community initiatives, promotions, activism, and scholarly and academic work.

Celebration of Bruce Miller's Career/Center for Social Justice Launch Event
April 3, 2020
Details to come.

Massachusetts Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference
Friday, April 24, 2020
The Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference
 brings together people who share a commitment to protecting and furthering the rights of all Americans, both regionally and nationwide. The conference provides an opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of disciplines discuss the state or fair housing and civil rights in America today and share their ideas on how to effectuate change on both a local and national level. The conference will be held at the School of Law.


Past Events

Clason Speaker Series Lectures

  • 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)


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)


  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches in Representing Children and Parents in Child Welfare Cases  (September 2019)
  • Chris Erchull: "LGBTQ+ Advocacy: Advancing Rights & Representation Through Legislative & Administrative Bodies"  (October 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.


  • The Tenant Attorney Network Training (November 2019)