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  • Dean Sudha Setty elected to American Law Institute

    Dean Setty has been elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

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  • Professor Matthew Charity speaks on WGBY's Connecting Point

    Professor Matthew Charity discusses the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States on WGBY's Connecting Point.

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  • Dean Sudha Setty's recent speaking engagements

    Dean Setty gave three public talks as a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law in May: one on government accountability and transparency, one on her book titled National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law, and one on comparative presidential power. She also spoke on two panels at the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference/Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, held at Albany Law School on June 1: one panel was the SALT/NEPOC Panel on Challenges Facing Administrators of Color: Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education and Legal Education. The second panel was on national security, and she gave a talk entitled, Framing the national security dialogue: National security "othering" as a political tactic. On June 11, Dean Setty spoke on a panel at the New York State Bar Association Global Law Week, entitled "War without Limits? Recasting the National Security Legal Framework." On June 29, she spoke at the South Asian Bar Association of North America's annual convention on a panel called "Carrying the Torch."

  • Professor Jennifer Levi publishes chapter on Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts

    Jennifer Levi recently had a chapter published in the 3d Edition (2018) of an MCLE publication on Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts called Transgender Parents and Children Born Outside of Marriage.

  • Professor Matthew Charity moderates panel on Diversity and Inclusion in Education

    On June 1, Matthew Charity moderated a panel at The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC) and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF). The panel was titled Challenges Facing Administrators of Color: Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Legal Education.

  • Associate Dean Beth Cohen serving on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism

    Associate Dean Beth Cohen is serving on a newly created working group as part of her membership in the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Dean Cohen also served as a judge in the final round of the National Association of Women Lawyers Student Writing Contest and the National Scribes Best Brief Award Contest.

  • Professor Erin Buzuvis publishes article in Point of View

    Professor Erin Buzuvis published article titled, "Transgender Civil Rights on the Ballot in November" in Point of View community newspaper.

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  • Alum Brian S. Cantor '87 moderates panel discussion

    Brian S. Cantor '87 moderated a panel discussion on Airbnb Law: The Implications of Short-Term Rentals for Property Owners and Municipalities at the Connecticut Bar Association's Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11th. Attorney Cantor is the chairperson of the Real Property Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • 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, training, experience, and energy will serve the Law School (its faculty, staff, students, and alumni), the University, and the legal community very well for many years to come.” Setty will succeed Eric J. Gouvin, who has chosen to return to the faculty after five years at the helm of the School of Law. “It is an honor to lead an institution in which I strongly believe, with students that I care about deeply, and with talented faculty and dedicated staff. Law schools are in a unique position of needing to think broadly about the future of legal education, as well as the future of a just society,” says Setty. “I am excited to commence my term as the dean at Western New England, where our driving focus is to launch the careers of thoughtful, dedicated lawyers who work in the service of their clients and for the betterment of society.”

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  • Professor Julie Steiner speaks on Cannabis Law

    In May, Julie gave the first of three talks across the Commonwealth about the new adult-use cannabis regulations. Her first talk was at U. Mass. Law School: "Getting Into the Weeds: A Primer for Solo and Small Firms on the Commonwealth's New Marijuana Regulations." The panel was co-sponsored by the Social Law Library and U. Mass. Law. The other panelists were Cannabis Control Commissioners Britte McBride, Esq. and Kay Doyle, Esq.

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  • Professor Fred Royal speaks on recent tax law changes

    Tax law expert Professor Fred Royal speaks on recent tax law changes affecting the state of Vermont.

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  • Professor Justin Dion '00 quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune

    Professor Dion '00 is quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune article titled, "You have to Eat: How Working During Law School Hurts Bar Exam Performance."

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  • Maureen McMahon Driscoll '89 confirmed as a Connecticut Workers Compensation Commissioner

    Maureen McMahon Discoll '89 was recently confirmed as a Connecticut Workers Compensation Commissioner.

  • Professor Erin Buzuvis quoted in article on faculty/student relationships

    Professor Erin Buzuvis was quoted in article titled, "Relationship Restrictions" on Inside Higher Ed.com. The article discusses restrictions placed on personal relationships between faculty and students.

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  • Dean Eric Gouvin's Farewell Message

    Dean Eric Gouvin will be concluding his tenure as Dean at Western New England School of Law on July 1, 2018. Please read his farewell message in the link below.

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  • Lisa Marrello '92 Received Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Law and Lobbying

    Lisa M. Marrello '92 received the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Law & Lobbying by City & State. The award was presented at City & State’s Above & Beyond Gala on March 28 at The Dream Downtown in Manhattan. Lisa Marrello was one of 30 women honored for their demonstrated exemplary leadership, distinguished professional accomplishments and significant contributions to society. Lisa Marrello was also selected for inclusion on "The 2018 Albany Power 100" list by City & State NY. The publication's annual list features the most powerful people in New York State. She was selected for her legal prowess and her work as Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis P.C.'s Government Relations Practice Group.

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  • Ellen Freyman '88 Named Citizen of the Year by Chamber

    The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Ellen Freyman '88, an attorney with Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. in Springfield, its 2018 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award is given annually to honor the memory of Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the chamber who gave of his time, talent, and personal and professional resources to the local community.

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  • Associate Dean Pat Newcombe participated in panel at the NELLCO Symposium

    Dean Newcombe participated as a panelist at the NELLCO Law Library Symposium. She spoke on the "Noteworthy Projects and Programs" panel and discussed the success of our Mini-Law School program.

  • Professor Jennifer Levi participates in Ideas-In-Action Summit at Harvard Law School

    Professor Levi participated in a panel titled, "Do Ask, Do Tell, Do Justice: Pursuing Justice for LGBTQ Military Veterans" at the Ideas-In-Action Summit held at Harvard Law School.

  • Professor Jeanne Kaiser lead attorney in historic fifth amendment case

    On April 9, 2018 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a decision in the case of CARE AND PROTECTION OF M.C. (SJC-12339), which was argued at the SJC by Professor Jeanne Kaiser on behalf of the Children and Family Law Program (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). Professor Kaiser prevailed in the case and the head of appeals for CAFL called the case a "historic contribution" to fifth amendment and privilege jurisprudence. The case involved parallel proceedings in the juvenile and criminal courts. Professor Kaiser represented the mother, who was trying to preserve her parental rights in juvenile court while facing criminal charges in the superior court. The question was whether the Commonwealth and the co-defendant father were entitled to review the otherwise impounded material from the juvenile court. The most noteworthy part of the case involved the court's ruling on the fifth amendment and psychotherapist's privilege. The case makes it clear that a parent who testifies at a care and protection trial retains her fifth amendment privilege not to testify at the criminal trial and that furthermore that the prior testimony is inadmissible in the criminal trial. This is a huge gain for parents because they previously faced an impossible choice--either waive the privilege or let the juvenile court draw an inference against them for not testifying. The case also provides that a parent does not waive her psychotherapist privilege when she allows the psychotherapist to testify at her trial. Another huge gain, because parents were previously deterred from entering helpful testimony from their therapists.

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