‘Genius’ NUSL alumna advocates for elder-​​abuse reform

Marie-Therese Connolly, a 1984 School of Law graduate who received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant in 2011, returned to campus this week as a Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Abuse is endemic among the nation’s senior pop­u­la­tion, with a large per­centage of older Amer­i­cans suf­fering from often-​​unreported cases of abuse, neglect, or exploita­tion, according to School of Law alumna Marie-​​Therese Con­nolly. And with the number of Amer­i­cans entering their golden years about to sky­rocket as the baby boom gen­er­a­tion ages, Con­nolly is leading the charge to pro­tect one of society’s most vul­ner­able cohorts.

“Elder abuse top­ples over oth­er­wise autonomous people’s lives,” said Con­nolly, a 1984 law grad­uate who in 2011 was awarded a Genius Grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foun­da­tion. “The trauma is so depleting that they often don’t have the ability or the time to recover the way younger people do.”

Con­nolly is back at North­eastern this week through the Day­nard Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fel­lows Pro­gram, which brings notable prac­ti­tioners of public-​​interest law to campus for a three-​​day visit. Con­nolly deliv­ered a lec­ture to stu­dents and fac­ulty on Monday and will par­tic­i­pate in a round­table dis­cus­sion on elder abuse on Wednesday at noon in 240 Dockser Hall.

Richard Day­nard, center, a Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Law, and his wife, Carol Iskois Day­nard, sup­port the Day­nard Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fel­lows Pro­gram. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

The bian­nual series was estab­lished in 2004 and is sup­ported by Richard Day­nard, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Law, and his wife, Carol Iskois Day­nard. In October, the series fea­tured Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immi­grant Women’s Advo­cacy Project.

Con­nolly, who is director of the Life Long Jus­tice ini­tia­tive at the Apple­seed Foun­da­tion and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Inter­na­tional Center for Scholars, said elder abuse is a growing problem that lacks a cohe­sive infra­struc­ture for advo­cacy. Without strong orga­ni­za­tions working to combat the issue, it is dif­fi­cult to frame a national con­ver­sa­tion, draw aca­d­emic atten­tion, or craft mean­ingful solu­tions, she explained.

Her pro­posed Elder Jus­tice Act—which was con­sid­ered by Con­gress five times before a lim­ited ver­sion was enacted in 2010—is mod­eled after 1974’s Child Abuse Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment Act and 1994’s Vio­lence Against Women Act, both pieces of leg­is­la­tion whose impact still res­onates strongly today.

Con­nolly said law stu­dents can approach the issue of elder abuse from myriad angles, working any­where from within grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions to posts at the highest level of fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Because most Amer­i­cans do not con­sider elder abuse to be a per­sonal issue, the cause needs legal pro­fes­sionals to serve as advo­cates who can influ­ence change.

“The target audi­ence is not just old people—we have to reach everyone,” Con­nolly said. “These are issues that impact your par­ents or your grand­par­ents or some­body else that you know and care about.”

Con­nolly said North­eastern was the per­fect place for her to hone her skills and foster an advocacy-​​focused mindset.

“The way North­eastern went about edu­ca­tion was the best—and maybe the only—way I could learn about the law,” Con­nolly said. “North­eastern is full of people like us who want to use the law to make real change … and it helps us to buff out those rough edges and get to work.”

Article from news@Northeastern by Matt Collette

Attention prospective law students! Boston forum this weekend!

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An interior shot of the ICA Founders Gallery facing Boston Harbor, September 2, 2007. The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) is one of Boston’s many cultural riches and is located just a few minutes’ walk from the Boston Forum location. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Come and meet us this Saturday from 11 AM to 4 pm at the Law School Admissions Council
Boston Forum at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel!

NUSL alumnae, administrators, and admissions staff will be on hand to talk with you about what makes NUSL unique. Learn more about our innovative and distinctive Cooperative Legal Education Program, our warm and diverse community, our talented faculty, and our accomplished graduates. Ask a question about our admissions process, pick up some materials, and join our mailing list.

You can just show up, though you can also register in advance.

To recap:

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 11 AM to 4 PM


Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

WHY: Get your questions answered and learn more about NUSL (and many other law schools)


Info session tomorrow night!

Northeastern University School of Law


Join us for an information session for prospective students!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:00-7:30 pm

Optional tours begin at 5 pm from the Office of Admissions (101 Knowles Building)

Northeastern University School of Law

250 Dockser Hall

400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

See our website for more information or contact us at (617) 373-2395.

Kaplan Insider Event Today at NUSL





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Kaplan is hosting a “Learn About Law School” event today (7/31/2012) at NUSL in our Dockser Hall (400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA).This is an opportunity for anyone to come and  learn more about law schools, the LSAT, and the law school admissions process. Representatives from several law schools (including Northeastern, obviously :)) will be on hand to meet-n-greet during a mini law fair. There will also be a panel where you can get your questions answered and learn what admissions offices are looking for. The event is from 7:00-9:00 PM.

You can register here in advance or just show up and join us.


We’re chatting today!

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We hope you’ll join us for an online chat for prospective students today at 12 noon (EST). Get your questions answered and learn more about our Cooperative Legal Education Program and the admissions process. Pre-registration is not required and you can join us at any time from 12 noon – 1 pm.

Contact the Office of Admissions (lawadmissions@neu.edu or 617-373-2395) for more information.

Friendly Reminder – Deposit Deadline for the Class of 2015 is TOMORROW!

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Just a friendly reminder for admitted students that the deposit deadline (we have one) for the Class of 2015 is tomorrow, May 1st!

Instructions are posted on the admitted student website and came in your admitted student packet.

Questions or need any help? Contact our office and we’ll help you in any way possible.

Decisions are (mostly) done.

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With the exception of a handful of applicants who have yet to complete (or just completed) their applications, all of our initial admissions decisions for fall 2012 have been issued as of Friday. (This does not include any waitlist admissions that we may engage in as the spring/summer progresses. Waitlisted applicants who indicated they would like to remain on the waitlist will be getting more information from us in thenext few weeks about the process moving forward.)All applicants should have received an email telling them to check their online status checker when decisions were issued. Those candidates who were admitted also should receive a welcome packet in the mail including a hard (paper) copy of their acceptance letter and other information, including how to deposit. As a reminder our deposit deadline is May 1.

Waitlisted applicants or applicants who were denied will not receive a paper copy of their admissions decision letter in the mail unless specifically requested. If you have a need for paper copy of a waitlist or deny decision letter, please contact the Office of Admissions at 617-373-2395.

That said, it was a difficult year this year. (And yes, I know that is cliche and many folks will dismiss what I have to say, but I am going to say it nevertheless, because it’s true). There were some absolutely great candidates in our pool, including some wonderful, impressive people who we were unable to admit at this time. Using a holistic admissions process — you know, one where we don’t use an index and read every word of every sentence of each applicant’s entire application, whether they scored a 120 on the LSAT or a 180– means that (hopefully) we get to know you well. We very much care about your lives: your professional accomplishments, personal stories, adversity you’ve overcome, your inspirations and passions. We’re very fortunate to have such an interesting, engaging, fascinating, and diverse applicant pool who span the world, more than six decades in age, endless different academic interests and professional experiences, and thousands of perspectives, ideas, and opinions. You made us laugh (usually it was a good thing), cry, and run into each other’s offices saying, “You HAVE to read this essay!”So to all of our applicants, as we conclude the main application evaluation period, I just wanted to thank you for applying.