January 2017

This fall, the School of Law’s Negotiation Teams made a clean sweep at the ABA Region 1 Negotiation Competition, taking first, second, and third place.

The teams build on a history of strong competition at the negotiation table from last year’s finalist team to our 2001 National ABA Champions.

Held at UConn Law on November 14, the regionals included 16 law teams from throughout New England and New York State, including Boston College Law School, UConn School of Law, Boston University School of Law, Albany Law School, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and New England Law.

The Western New England trifecta of teams included Thomas Holman 3L and Joseph Masse 2L in first place, Matthew Minniefield 4L and Kimberly Roche 3L in second place, and Rachna Khanna 3L and Egzon Beha 3L in third place.They were coached by Professor René Reich-Graefe, assisted by alumni Mark Borenstein ’14, Cara Hale ’15, Chris Rousseau ’16, and Sandra San Emeterio ’10.

The first and second place teams will go on to compete in the national competition in Chicago in February. Read more about our teams in the spring edition of Perspectives.


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In July, Linda Fakhoury ’04 from the Law Alumni Association and Kim Roeder in the Office of Alumni Relations set out to rejuvenate the Law School Class Agent program. The Class Agent Program consists of a volunteer for each class who acts as a liaison between the class and the School and the Alumni Association, helping to share news of life events, job changes, etc., to keep alumni engaged with their class and the School.

“We’ve had an increase in the number of alumni submitting Alumni Notes and making sure we have their email address,” said Kim. Alumni can update their contact information or submit an Alumni Note.

The response has been good, but there are still classes without a class agent. The following classes are still in need:  1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2016. If interested in more information, visit the Class Agent page.

Class Agents
Hon. Henry J. Boroff

Hon. Henry J. Boroff has been a visiting professor and jurist in residence at Western New England University School of Law since July of 2016, and previously served as an adjunct professor since 1996. From 1993 until his retirement in 2016, he served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts, handling cases throughout Massachusetts, as well as in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Judge Boroff was Chief Judge of the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court from 2006 until 2010, and an appellate judge on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit from 1996 through 2016. He is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University Law School, and teaches courses in Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions.

Mark Worthington

As has been noted in previous issues of Law Digest and Perspectives magazine, Mark Worthington is serving as the director of the LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning Program and professor of practice. He is widely recognized as a national leader the field of Elder Law having lectured and written for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been a member of the LLM adjunct faculty since 2005. Worthington is a graduate of the University of Rochester, Northeastern University School of Law, and Boston University School of Law. As adjunct faculty, he has been teaching courses in Medicaid Planning and Planning with Grantor Trusts.


On November 17, alumni came together within view of the National Monument in Washington, DC for the Blue and Gold Alumni Reception at the Dupont Circle Hotel. Dean Eric Gouvin welcomed law alumni Zach Hechtman ’87, Sarah Scharf ’11, and E. Rhett Towles ’13 to the event. The next Blue and Gold Reception is March 2 at the Delaney House in Holyoke, MA.

View photos from the event on our Flickr.


In a pro bono project last year, the Environmental Law Association wrote three bills and submitted them to the City of Springfield, which adopted one of them: a Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisory. The ordinance, which will be added to the City Code, warns of the dangers of eating freshwater fish caught in Massachusetts because of high levels of mercury and other contaminants.

The Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH) had established guidelines for eating fish from streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. It advises that pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and children under the age of 12 should not eat fish from these bodies of water. The ordinance requires the City of Springfield to construct and maintain signs informing the public of the DPH blanket advisory.

“The proposals came about through our contact with the nonprofit Arise for Social Justice in Springfield,” says Ryan Director ’16, who helped draft the ordinance with Brendan Cassidy 2L, president of the Environmental Law Association at the School of Law. The drafting was supervised by Dan DePasquale ’16, who was the Association president at the time.

The other two bills, a Single Use Plastic Bag Ban, and a Supermarket Waste Reduction Ordinance, are still under review by the city.


What’s the best medicine for the stresses of law school? Research suggests that the presence of a therapy dog is a great way to reduce stress and offer a bright spot in a busy student’s day, particularly in the first year of law school. That’s why Elska, a Portuguese Water Dog from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, visits the law library twice a month to interact with her law family.


Western New England University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus/a Award


Law Alumni are invited to submit nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.

Sponsored by School of Law Alumni Association, the award is presented to a Law alumnus/a for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and society as a whole. It recognizes distinguished alumni who have contributed to the legal profession and community in keeping with the highest ideals of the School of Law. The award is presented to the alumnus/a whose contributions within his/her profession exemplify leadership, ethics, and integrity, and whose accomplishments reflect great credit upon Western New England University School of Law.

Submit the completed nomination form as well as any supporting materials by April 1, 2017.

By postal mail:
Western New England University School of Law
Office of Alumni Relations
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119

By Fax: 413-796-2219 By Email: kim.roeder@wne.edu


The Legal Research and Writing program needs volunteers to preside as trial judges for oral arguments to be scheduled in April 2017. Judging two arguments will take less than two hours of your time. To volunteer, contact Linda Towne at 413-782-1522 or ltowne@law.wne.edu.


For the latest alumni news from the School of Law, visit wne.edu/alumni/law

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