NUSL professor Margaret Burnham met Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday, when he appointed her to an international human rights commission. Today she shares some of her thoughts and memories of him in the news @ Northeastern 3Qs column.
by Professor Mary O’Connell
Every November, I make my way to Dedham, Massachusetts – which is not on my usual itinerary. There I meet with the judges of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court as part of the Court’s annual Freedman Retreat. The retreat is a rare opportunity for the judges to leave the courtroom for two days and come together to talk about issues of interest and concern in the ever-changing landscape of family law.
by Andrew ’16
The long awaited Thanksgiving break is only a week away! NUSL is literally buzzing with anticipation of the holiday. I know I am looking forward to my annual anniversary trip to Portland, Maine with my partner. I have heard others talk about plane and bus trips to scramble home for the long weekend, while others are making plans locally. Many conversations about the break revolve around the excitement of good food and even more focus on the opportunity to re-experience what law students miss the most…sleep. Some classmates have gone beyond the break and started to ponder next semester by speculating about which professors we will have for our doctrinal classes. However, at the forefront of almost all of our minds at this point in the semester are two things…outlining and finals.
by Professor David Phillips
Criminal prosecutions brought by the Justice Department and civil actions instituted by the Securities and Exchange Commission against parties accused of “insider trading” have been prominent in the news lately. SAC Capital Advisers LP, a hedge fund, in a settlement of a criminal prosecution by the United District Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan, has agreed to pay a penalty of $1.8 billion. That criminal penalty is in addition to an earlier settlement with the SEC involving a civil penalty of $616 million. These actions follow an earlier criminal prosecution involving another prominent hedge fund, Galleon, and its founder, Raj Rajaratnam, also for insider trading.
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 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 Magazine — You 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 Advocate — 1933 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
Contrary to a popular canard, the law is NOT all easily found – and for free! – on the Internet. Paradoxically, the explosion of plentiful on-line legal information is making it more important, not less, for law students and lawyers to become skilled legal researchers and continually update their research skills.
The law permeates everything and changes constantly. Legal research remains a bedrock experiential skill for anyone working in the law. The 2013 National Conference of Bar Examiners’ NCBE Job Analysis: A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer confirmed earlier studies showing that legal research is a crucial experiential skill in practice. 98% of newly licensed lawyers reported performing electronic research, and 91% performed print research. Surveys done last summer at two law schools showed that 66 – 76% of law students reported spending at least half of their time conducting research while on work externships.
by Andrew ’16
It seems crazy, but half the semester has passed already. At this point I am more familiar with my classes and less intimidated by my professors. I feel less frazzled now that I have survived a couple cold calls and turned in a few assignments. Everyone seems less stressed. I think we are all getting to the point where law school seems to make at least some sense, if only comparative to where we were 8 weeks ago.
Maybe it’s the turning of the leaves, the shortening of the days, or the onset of a new academic year, but autumn always feels like a time of transition. Amidst all the change, it’s important to take a moment to stop and reflect. October, which is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Pro Bono Month, is the perfect time for me; the causes honored this month prompt me to contemplate my legal path: what drew me to my work, and how can I ensure that my career is sustainable?
Hi everyone! My name is Cory Lamz. I graduated from the University of Denver in Denver, CO, with a B.A. in Journalism, Digital Media Studies and Marketing. I worked full-time as a journalist in some capacity or another throughout undergrad, finishing my degree in November 2012. I worked in telecommunications for six months before diving into law school. I’m a dual-degree student here at Northeastern, which means that I am in a four-year JD/MS program; the masters of science degree is in Music Industry Leadership Studies.
Our faculty have been weighing in on a variety of cultural and legal topics lately. See what they have say!
- Dean Luke Bierman talks legal innovation on WBUR‘s Radio Boston — Ditch Year Three? Rethinking Law School and the Practice of Law
- NuLawLab gets a mention in the Boston Globe — Start-ups Take on Tough Customers: Lawyers
- Professor Margaret Burnham on WBUR‘s Congnoscenti – A Nation-Creating Moment: Remembering The March On Washington. And on WBUR‘s Here & Now – Special coverage of the “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration on the National Mall in Washington
- Professor Michael Bennett on The Huffington Post — How Best To Spend The Detroit Institute of Arts’ 15 Minutes of Fame
- Professor Daniel Austin comments on Student Loan Debt in the Deseret News — How Bankruptcy Could Help Solve the Student Loan Crisis Student Loan Debt