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  • 2019 recipients of the Jay D. Blitzman Award for Youth Advocacy

    Merritt Schnipper '09 and Robert Hennessy '09 are both 2019 recipients of the Jay D. Blitzman Award for Youth Advocacy. The award is presented to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to juvenile rights, which is the hallmark of Judge Blitzman’s long career as an advocate. The award honors an advocate who has exhibited both extraordinary dedication and excellent performance to assure that children accused of criminal conduct, or otherwise at risk, are treated fairly and with dignity in the courtroom, in the community, and in the custody of the state.

  • Catherine Ady-Bell ’14 and Claudia Quintero ’17 featured in video honoring Central West Justice Center

    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) has presented the Central West Justice Center (CWJC) with its 2019 Reginald Heber Smith Award for Excellence in Legal Services. The Western New England University School of Law is grateful for the important work of our Legal Aid Clinic partner and proud of our alumnae Catherine Ady-Bell (’14) and Claudia Quintero (’17).

  • Presentations given by Professor Julie Steiner

    In January 2019, Professor Steiner was an invited panelist for "The Scenic Roads Law: M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 15C" at the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association 106th Annual Conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.   In November 2018, Professor Steiner was a panel moderator for "Anthropocenic Disruption, Community Resilience, and Law" at Western New England University School of Law.Julie also presented a class in the fall Mini-Law...

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  • Professor Julie Steiner recently hired by the City of Springfield to aid with the process of selecting marijuana shops

    Professor Steiner was recently hired as a consultant by the City of Springfield to assist the city with the with development of a process for inviting marijuana shop applicants to submit their proposals and the creation of evaluation criteria.

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  • Professor Harris Freeman partners with Central West Justice Center to win appeal for workers' rights

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Friday ruled, in an appeal from a case in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield, that state law requires workers at a Whately farm to get time-and-a-half compensation. The court decided that the type of work performed by the plaintiffs did not constitute “agriculture and farming.” Instead, the justices determined that the agriculture overtime exemption applies to planting, raising, and harvesting crops, none of which was work being performed by the plaintiffs. Therefore, those who were part of the lawsuit are entitled to overtime pay for the work they performed in excess of 40 hours per week. Professor Freeman, who filed a “friends of the court” brief, said the decision is a “big victory” and in line with general policies in the state. “This decision represents another step forward for respecting the rights of low-wage workers in Massachusetts,” Freeman said. “We think this places Massachusetts in the forefront of states looking to find ways to protect workers when the federal government has failed on that front.”

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  • Rachel Fain'10 and Casey O’Connell '12 promoted to partner at Halloran Sage

    Halloran Sage has announced attorneys Rachel Fain '10 and Casey O’Connell '12 have been admitted as partners. Rachel Fain is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group, handling personal injury cases and auto, general, and premises liability for both first and third parties. Casey O’Connell is in the corporate business and transactions and real estate practice groups and handles acquisitions, contracts, corporate governance and equity financing for corporate clients.

  • Professor Eric Gouvin's recent accomplishments

    On June 2, 2018 Professor Gouvin presented "Teaching Communication Skills in Transactional Simulations" with co-authors Katherine Koops (Emory), James Moliterno (Washington & Lee), Carol Morgan (University of Georgia) and Carol Newman (University of Missouri) at “To Teach is To Learn Twice: Fostering Excellence in Transactional Law and Skills Education,” hosted at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA. Professor Gouvin was re-appointed as the Technology...

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  • Professor Lauren Carasik's recent publications

    Professor Lauren Carasik served as a member of the International Legal Observer Mission that was convened to monitor the emblematic trial of eight men charged with murdering Honduran indigenous and environmental leader Berta Cáceres in 2016.  Her article on the trial, and the broader humanitarian crisis in which it occurs, Honduran Activist's Murder Addresses Symptoms, Not Causes, of Violence, appears in Foreign Policy (December 7, 2018). She also published another article,...

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  • Professor Steiner participates in panel at Albany Law School

    On Tuesday, February 12, Professor Julie E. Steiner was part of a panel entitled "Challenges in Legal Marijuana" held at the Albany State Capital. Co-panelists included Albany District Attorney David Soares and Attorney Sara Payne of Barclay Damon LLP. The panel was moderated by Attorney Richard Rifkin of the New York State Bar Association. The program is hosted by Albany Law School's Government Law Center as part of the school's 2019 Warren M. Anderson Breakfast Seminar Series, an annual, nonpartisan breakfast program.

  • Professor Erin Buzuvis interviewed on Connecting Point

    Professor Buzuvis recently spoke on Connecting Point regarding recent research on sexual harassment and retaliation.

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  • Professor Jennifer Levi interviewed by Rachel Maddow on Trumps Transgender Military Ban

    Professor Jennifer Levi speaks with Kim Maddow from MSNBC about the status of transgender members of the U.S. military after a Supreme Court ruling, and what remains unsettled.

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  • Kendra Berardi '08 appointed to MCLE Board of Trustees

    Kendra Berardi '08 has been appointed to the MCLE Board of Trustees.

  • WNEU School of Law Tax Challenge team places 2nd at the national competition

    Congratulations to WNEU School of Law's team, who competed in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 18, 2019 at the 18th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge. The team, Emily Eash and Elaina Hoeppner, placed 2nd at the National Championship. They were one of only three teams to make it to the second round. Congratulations to the team and to their coach, Professor Fred Royal.

  • Talia Gee '10 appointed as the City of Springfield's Chief Diversity Officer

    Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the appointment of Talia Gee '10, to serve as the chief diversity and inclusion officer in Springfield “to promote diversity, equity and inclusion” in hiring and career development. Mayor Sarno said Gee, a Springfield resident and lawyer in the city’s Labor Relations Division, "certainly fits the bill" for the new position. She served as an associate city solicitor since June, and was previously in private law practice.

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  • Emily Eash and Elaina Hoeppner to participate in Tax Challenge National Championship

    Senior students Emily Eash and Elaina Hoeppner have been selected as one of the final 6 teams to compete in the Tax Challenge National Championship in New Orleans on January 18, 2019.

  • Anthony Orlando publishes article

    Director of Admissions Anthony Orlando recently published an article in the December 1, 2018 edition of Af-Am Point of View, titled "Justice Kavanaugh and the Future of Affirmative Action."

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    Professor Harris Freeman coauthored an amicus brief to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Arias-Villano v. Chang and Son Enterprises. The brief supports employees who have been denied overtime wages for processing and packing bean sprouts in an indoor growing and processing facility in Whately, Massachusetts. At issue is whether Massachusetts wage and hour law provides overtime protection for workers who are engaged in factory-like processing of agricultural products and do not grow or harvest agricultural products, but happen to work on a farm. This is the first Massachusetts case addressing this legal issue. The amici whose interests are presented in the brief are the ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Yale law professor, Michael Wishnie. The plaintiffs in this case are represented by Central West Justice Center in Springfield, an affiliate of Community Legal Aid.

  • Professor Gouvin in 10% of authors by download on Social Sciences Research Network

    Professor and Dean Emeritus Eric Gouvin continues his long-running streak of being in the top 10% of authors by download count on the Social Sciences Research Network.

  • Dean Setty's Recent Accomplishments

    Dean Setty was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in October. In October, she also gave a talk to a European Union Institute working group entitled, Informal Dimensions of Data, focusing largely on her research into national security law and surveillance. Also, a previous article was featured on the blog, Talking about Terrorism. In addition, Dean Setty recently gave a talk to the Smith College Republicans about the laws governing surveillance as part of U.S. national...

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  • Professor Carasik's recent achievements

    Associate Dean and Professor Lauren Carasik authored a number of articles on human rights and foreign policy, including: The IMF's 'Large Brain, Unhealthy Ego and Tiny Conscience, The Nation (September 14, 2018); How the American Dream is becoming an American illusion, Al Jazeera English (June 7, 2018); and Trump's Cruel Folly: Canceling TPS for Hondurans Will Fuel More Violence, The Nation (May 15, 2018) Professor Carasik also participated in a human rights fact-finding delegation to...

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