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  • Professor Lauren Carasik publishes article in Boston Review

    Professor Lauren Carasik recently published an article in the Boston Review titled, "The Government is Targeting Immigration Lawyers, Activists, and Reporters."

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  • Joseph D. Bernard '90 receives the Kent B. Smith award

    Joseph D. Bernard '90 was awarded the Kent B. Smith award on March 28, 2019 for his outstanding work in the legal community. The award is given to an outstanding citizen of the law community and a dedicated contributor to the advancement of the practice of criminal law. Attorney Bernard was given this award due to his stellar work as lead defense counsel in the statewide breath test litigation in Commonwealth v. Ananias. Due to the revelations arising from this on-going case, prosecutors are no longer able to utilize breath tests in the prosecution of OUI cases in Massachusetts. As a result, Attorney Bernard was also named 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly, as well as being awarded the Trial Advocacy Award by the National College for DUI defense in July of 2018.

  • Professor Gouvin's paper listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list

    Professor Eric Gouvin’s paper, "Teaching Communication Skills in Transactional Simulations," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Clinical Law Teaching & Practice eJournal, EduRN: Rhetoric & Communication Education (RCRN) (Topic), Humanities Education eJournal, LSN: Courses, Cases & Teaching Materials (Topic) and PSN: Communications (Topic). As of April 18, 2019, the paper had been downloaded 25 times.

  • Dean Sudha Setty participates in panels

    On March 11, Dean Sudha Setty participated in a panel at Siena College in Albany, titled “Women in Law and Government.” On March 23, she also participated in a panel on intersectionality and leadership at the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, held at American University.

  • Professors Erin Buzuvis and Jennifer Levi speak at the spring meeting of the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE)

    Professors Erin Buzuvis and Jennifer Levi recently spoke at the April 5 spring program of the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE). The program was titled Gender and Sexuality Law.

  • Claudia Quintero '17 appears on Connecting Point

    Claudia Quintero '17 was recently interviewed on Connecting Point regarding a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on farm worker overtime.

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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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