Faculty Post: Fighting for Whistleblower Rights

by Emily Spieler, Hadley Professor of Law

Edward Snowden caused an international debate about whistleblowers when he turned secret national security information over to the media.  The conversation that has ensued about our privacy has been deeply important – both to our sense of our own democratic principles and to our understanding of the needs for secrecy in national intelligence.

But while Snowden may not be the typical whistleblower, he nevertheless represents a class of people who decide that they must step forward and raise concerns about activities they believe to be illegal or unsafe.  Sometimes, these concerns involve suspected evasion of laws.  Often they raise issues that affect the well-being of others.
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Student Post: Let’s Talk About Co-Ops, Baby

by Cory Lamz ’16

It’s finals time for 1Ls at NUSL – so what does that mean? Little time, lots to do and handfuls of stressed students. One thing that helps alleviate some of that stress is knowing what co-op you have lined up for summer 2014.

Let’s start with the basic question: what is a co-op? A co-op is a hands-on learning experience during which you, the student, get to live, breathe, and work as a lawyer. NUSL is unique in that the co-op program, the school’s experiential learning component, is built into the curriculum such that, upon graduating, you have completed one year of lawyering work. Pretty cool.

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Student Post: Bring on Exams! We’re Ready

by Cory ’16

Hi folks! Cory here, reporting from 11 weeks into the first semester of law school at Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). In my last post, I wrote a bit about the community at NUSL. As someone who moved from 2000 miles away, having a Boston community on which to rely was imperative to my success in law school. And in these past few weeks of high stress levels, this group of people has kept me sane.

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NUSL in the News Round-Up

Over the past month a number of our students and faculty have been featured in a variety of publications. Read on to see what the NUSL community has been up to lately!

Emily Rochon ’13 is Boston Community Capital’s first public-interest law fellow — Boston Community Capital launches a $100K public-interest law fellowship

Professor Brook Baker is quoted in a Tempo.co article about the anticipated affects of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement on Indonesia — Take it or Leave it 

news@Northeastern asks Professor Rachel Rosenbloom three questions about immigration enforcement — 3Qs: Who is American?

Professor Daniel Medwed in the New York Times Parole Is Granted in a 1995 Killing Investigated by a Brooklyn Detective

Dean Jeremy Paul shares his opinion on legal education in preLaw MagazineYou Could Look it Up: What Does Legal Education Really Teach?

The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, continues to do important research on Civil Rights-era (and earlier) cases, like the one recently reported on in the Baton Rouge Advocate1933 La. lynching receiving new scrutiny

Professor Dan Austin shares his ideas about solving the student loan debt crisis in the Huffington Post — Not So Fast, Senator! How to Really Solve The Student-Loan Debt Crisis

Student Post: LSSC — Not Just Another Class

by Andrew ’16

NUSL has a unique take on education, and it shows by the focus it gives to experiential learning.  In addition to doctrinal classwork, students get experience working in the law long before they graduate.  It is one of the features of NUSL that initially caught my attention, and it ultimately became the reason I chose to come to this school.  The Cooperative Legal Education Program is one way they accomplish the task of exposing students to legal world.  The other way is through their Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) curriculum.  In LSSC’s Social Justice Program, students work with a small group of other students, a faculty supervisor, and a supervising attorney to do substantive legal work with a legal organization or task.  This is not a lecture class or a seminar.  Instead it is a dynamic, year-long project working for a real client doing real legal work.

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Student Post: U.N. Human Rights Committee

This post was re-reblogged from the PHRGE Fellow Talk Blog. You can view the original post here.

See the video below for an update from the Law Center’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellow, Kirsten Blume, from her first two days in Geneva. Kirsten was able to make the trip to Geneva and attend scheduled meetings with UN Special Rapporteurs and various non-governmental organizations despite the postponement of the U.S. hearing before the Human Rights Committee in Geneva due to the U.S. Government shutdown. Stay tuned for more video updates about her advocacy efforts on behalf of the Law Center in Geneva this week!


The original version of this post can be found on the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s website blog.

Student Post: Co-oping for the U.S. District Court in Detroit

During the fall quarter we’ll be featuring some posts from students currently on co-op. They’ll discuss the type of work they’re doing, their experiences in a new city, tips and tricks about surviving & thriving on co-op, etc. Today we hear from Alisyn ’13.


Where did the time go? As I begin my law school departure, let me introduce myself: my name is L. Alisyn Daniel, and I am a JD/MPH student. I will be sitting for the Michigan Bar Exam this coming February. My final co-op is currently underway, where I am gaining immense legal knowledge co-oping for the Honorable Judge Victoria Roberts (NUSL Alum) at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Co-oping in Detroit, my hometown, has been eye opening and humbling experience.

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