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Western New England University School of Law is renowned for its focus on real-world lawyering, a commitment to social justice, and an ethos of student-centered learning. Since 1919, the School of Law has been synonymous with practical lawyering, innovative programming, and entrepreneurial thinking and is committed to contributing to a fair and just society through an impactful, practically-focused 21st Century legal education.

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Western New England University Hosts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s Reproductive Justice Unit Convening

June 19, 2024

WNE hosted AG Campbell’s Reproductive Justice Unit Convening, uniting experts to discuss strategies for protecting reproductive and gender-affirming care amid national legal challenges.

Guest Speaker Dr. Deepu Thomas, MD

Western New England University and Springfield Dementia Friendly Coalition Co-hosts the Brain Health Conference

April 11, 2024

On April 26, 2024, Western New England University hosts the Brain Health Conference, offering valuable insights into dementia and Alzheimer's disease management, led by keynote speaker Dr. Deepu Thomas, MD.

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WNE School of Law Offers Unique Three-Week Mini-Law Program for the Community

March 15, 2024

Western New England University's Mini-Law School demystifies the law in a three-week program, covering constitutional law, digital literacy, and labor rights for the community.

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Western New England University Explores Entrepreneurial Minded Learning and DEI in Higher Education at Lunch and Learn Event

March 14, 2024

Join Western New England University's Lunch and Learn event on March 27 for insights into Entrepreneurial Minded Learning and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) in higher education. Facilitators Dr. Devina Jaiswal and Dr. Lisa Murray will explore the connection, fostering an environment where DEI is integral to academic excellence.

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Western New England University Presents Wellen Davison Seminar: "Disability 101" Featuring Keynote Speaker Nadine O. Vogel

March 01, 2024

Join Western New England University for the Wellen Davison Seminar, "Disability 101," featuring keynote speaker Nadine O. Vogel, a global leader in disability inclusion, on March 14th.

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Western New England University School of Law's Black Law Student Association Recognized as NEBLSA Medium Chapter of the Year 2023-2024

February 29, 2024

Western New England University School of Law's Black Law Student Association (BLSA) earns the NEBLSA Chapter of the Year 2023-2024 award, recognizing its commitment to diversity, excellence, and community impact.

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Color of Law Roundtable Discussion Series Explores Career Path with Associate Justice Arose Watson Nielsen

February 28, 2024

Join WNE's Color of Law Roundtable with Justice Arose Watson Nielsen, as she shares her career path from Springfield native to the Hampden County Juvenile Court.

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Western New England University and Greenfield Community College Forge Joint Admissions Agreement

February 23, 2024

Western New England University (WNE) and Greenfield Community College (GCC) reaffirm their commitment to student success through the re-signing of a joint admissions agreement, enhancing transfer pathways and academic support for GCC students.

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School of Law Named Finalist in Bloomberg Law School Innovation Program

February 05, 2024

Western New England University School of Law is named a finalist in Bloomberg Law's Law School Innovation Program. The school's innovative "Teaching Legal Research Through Community Outreach" program, focusing on real-time research, accessible communication, and skill cultivation, places it among 12 institutions leading legal education with forward-thinking initiatives.

(L to R:) Faculty mentor Professor Fred Royal joins law student winners, Joy Vincenzo and Brendan Morrison, to celebrate their recent victory at the ABA Tax Challenge Competition.

School of Law Students Secure Best Written Submission Prize at Prestigious ABA Tax Challenge Competition

February 01, 2024

Western New England University law students, Joy Vincenzo and Brendan Morrison, demonstrated exceptional tax law proficiency by securing the Best Written Submission prize at the ABA Tax Challenge against 64 competing teams.

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School of Law to Host Lunch and Learn Event on January 22

January 08, 2024

Save the date for Western New England University's School of Law Lunch and Learn event on January 22, focusing on "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ChatGPT, AI, & Algorithmic Bias." Facilitated by Nicole Belbin and moderated by Dr. Bridgette Baldwin, the event delves into AI's impact on DEI issues.

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Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

November 02, 2023

Seeking legal help for your small business? Apply for free assistance at Western New England University Small Business Legal Clinic, where law students address various legal issues under faculty supervision.

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Growing Pains: Financial Distress in the Cannabis Industry and Strategies for Managing Risks

November 01, 2023

Western New England University hosts a panel discussion, "Growing Pains: Financial Distress in the Cannabis Industry." Gain insights from experts on industry challenges, risk management, and legal perspectives in the evolving cannabis market.

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WNE School of Law Alumna Appointed as Second Black Woman to Western Massachusetts Superior Court Bench

October 31, 2023

Tracy E. Duncan, a distinguished alumna of Western New England University School of Law, secures her place as the second Black woman to join the Western Massachusetts Superior Court bench. Her appointment is a testament to her remarkable legal career and commitment to justice.

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WNE School of Law's Dr. Luwam Dirar Champions Human Rights of Migrants at African Commission Event

October 30, 2023

Western New England University School of Law's Dr. Luwam Dirar's tireless efforts result in the adoption of African Guiding Principles on Migrant Rights by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, showcasing her dedication to human rights and migrant issues.

Color of Law speaker Sanjiv Reejhsinghani.

School of Law to Host Attorney Sanjiv Reejhsinghani

October 23, 2023

The WNE School of Law is hosting Attorney Sanjiv Reejhsinghani, a WNE School of Law alumnus, in a virtual roundtable discussion. Attorney Reejhsinghani's legal practice includes real estate, civil litigation, and landlord/tenant law.

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School of Law Launches Educational Initiative for Springfield High School Students

October 17, 2023

WNE School of Law introduces educational initiative for Springfield high school students, providing an immersive experience in the world of law school. The program aims to inspire future legal scholars and underscores the university's commitment to nurturing Springfield's future.

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Clason Speaker Series to Feature Judge Michael A. Ponsor

October 12, 2023

The WNE School of Law is proud to host Judge Michael A. Ponsor as part of the Fall 2023 Clason Speaker Series. In his talk, "Small-Town Judicial Ethics Writ Large," Judge Ponsor offers his unique perspective on the ethical challenges faced by the judiciary.

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WNE School of Law to Host the Color of Law Symposium on October 13

October 11, 2023

The Western New England University (WNE) School of Law is hosting "The Color of Law: The Intersection of Race and the Law," a virtual symposium on October 13, exploring the historical context and impact of racial segregation in the United States.

Clason Series guest speaker Matt Segal

WNE School of Law Clason Speaker Series to Feature Attorney Matt Segal

October 05, 2023

Western New England University (WNE) School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will feature attorney Matt Segal, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's State Supreme Court Initiative. Segal will discuss the constitutional obligation of the state to disclose evidence of police misconduct to public defenders, a critical issue currently before the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Attorney Ginny Kim

School of Law to Host Attorney Ginny Kim

September 25, 2023

Join Western New England University (WNE) School of Law for a Color of Law Roundtable Discussion featuring Attorney Ginny Kim, Chief Compliance and Diversity Officer for the State of Connecticut. Attorney Kim brings over 25 years of legal experience will share her career path and her role in fostering diversity and compliance within the state.

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MGM Springfield and Western New England University Announce Expungement Events and Partnership

September 22, 2023

New England University (WNE) and MGM Springfield partner for criminal record expungement events, offering individuals a second chance at employment and housing opportunities, reinforcing their commitment to social justice.

Western New England University Law Professor Bridgette Baldwin

Bridgette Baldwin Recognized for Social Impact by The Connecticut Law Tribune

August 24, 2023

Western New England University honors Professor Bridgette Baldwin's remarkable achievement as she is recognized in the Social Impact category at the 2023 New England Legal Awards. Baldwin's impactful work in the legal field, her commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her dedication to community betterment stand as a testament to her exceptional contributions.

Zelda B. Harris, incoming Dean of Western New England University School of Law

Zelda B. Harris Joins the Community as the New Dean of the School of Law

August 01, 2023

Western New England University appoints Zelda B. Harris as the new Dean of the School of Law, praising her experience, leadership, and commitment to social justice.

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Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

July 03, 2023

WNE Small Business Legal Clinic offers free legal assistance to local entrepreneurs for fall 2023.