BU Law Alumni Newsletter - December 2007

in this issue:
Director's message
BU Law featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 170 Law Schools: 2008 Edition”
Congress passes College Cost Reduction Act
Faye G. Stone leaves lasting mark on the School
Lobbyist extraordinaire Mark Molloy ('96) shares with students some tricks of the trade
Alumni in the news
Recent events
Faculty focus
Upcoming events
Did you know?



Director's message:

Christine Marx, Esq., Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Student Affairs’ Office! I’m delighted to share some exciting changes in our office. First, I am now associate dean for Student Affairs and oversee our main student services departments. Second, Nicole Price has joined my office as associate director for Academic & Multicultural Affairs, a new position. Nicole received her J.D. degree from the College of William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. In law school, Nicole was on the Moot Court board, was a student assistant in the career office and Legal Skills office, and was vice president of the Black Law Students Association. Nicole has extensive public and private sector legal experience, and has worked with a bar review company reviewing and grading essays of students preparing for the bar exam.

Nicole will help plan and implement a comprehensive advising program for J.D. students, and will advise students on our new voluntary pro bono program. She’ll also work with the School’s Admissions, Student Affairs, Career Development, Marketing and Communications, and Development Offices on programming and initiatives related to diversity in admissions, and provide ongoing support to a diverse student body. I hope you’ll have a chance to meet Nicole and to share your ideas with her.

Another exciting change is that Josh Cooper, formerly student services coordinator, was promoted to assistant director for Student Affairs. Josh works closely with the Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations. He also is the primary administrative liaison to all of our student journals so that the journals have ongoing support.

Speaking of the SGA, it has undergone changes to better serve the student community. The SGA vice president now serves as chair of the Community Affairs Council (CAC), a group of students, faculty and administrators who volunteer to meet regularly to work on substantive issues of concern to students. This year, the CAC is working on revising course evaluation forms, an evaluation of the lottery system for interviews in the On-Campus Interview program, and curriculum issues. SGA also organizes community-building social events for students, such as an annual ski trip, a Halloween party and a semi-formal at a Boston hotel.

Our students are also very active in student organizations. This year, we have 28 student groups, our largest number in years. Several groups have done extensive programming. For example, the BU Chapter of the American Constitution Society sponsored a debate moderated by BU Law Professor Tracey Maclin on a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on sentencing guideline disparities for certain drug offenses. Panelists included an attorney who argued the case to the Supreme Court.

In addition, the Black Law Students Association has organized several events, including a clothing drive for “Solutions at Work,” a Cambridge-based organization that assists the homeless with their transition to self-sufficiency, and a panel discussion on the treatment of Haitian Refugees post 9/11. Also, the Public Interest Project (PIP), which raises funds for law students who work in non-paying, summer public-interest jobs, had a record-setting fundraising year last spring. With some financial support from Dean Maureen O’Rourke, they awarded $205,000 to 84 grant applicants, compared to $120,000 to 50 grant applicants the prior year. On March 20, 2008, PIP will hold their annual fundraising auction, which we hope you can attend.

Students routinely tell me how much they like connecting with BU Law alumni. Your support for current students makes a huge difference in their experiences, whether it’s volunteering to speak on a current legal issue, helping with job search advice, contributing to causes such as the PIP public interest grant program or volunteering to judge in one of our Moot Court programs. I also hope you’ll stay in touch with me and share your ideas on ways to continue to build community at BU Law.

With best wishes,

Chris Marx
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

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BU Law featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 170 Law Schools: 2008 Edition”

#1 in Faculty Quality ("Professors Rock")
#5 in Best Classroom Experience
#6 in Best Career Prospects

BU Law is one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the School in the just-published 2008 edition of its “Best 170 Law Schools.”
>>Full story

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Congress passes College Cost Reduction Act

New legislation was recently passed this fall that affects students who borrowed federal student loans. For graduate students, the biggest changes will be new repayment options and the opportunity for loan forgiveness. The effective date for many of these changes is July 1, 2009 and we expect to receive information from the Department of Education clarifying the various items as we get closer to the implementation date.
>>Full story

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Faye G. Stone leaves lasting mark on the School

Powerhouse in the National College of Probate Judges, extensively involved member of the Law School Alumni Association and female pioneer in the study of law, Faye G. Stone left a permanent mark on the BU Law community, as well as on those who knew her.
>>Full story

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Lobbyist extraordinaire Mark Molloy ('96) shares with students some tricks of the trade

Mark Molloy (’96), managing director of the lobbying company Lynch Associates, Inc., went to the usual State House office on the morning of October 17th. While used to employing his oral skills inside those doors, this day he would be speaking not to a group of politicians, but to a different group meeting in the State House: BU Law students in Professor Sean Kealy’s Legislative Counsel Clinic.
>>Full story

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Alumni in the news

Four BU Law Alumni named BBA’s Public Interest Leaders: Aaron Agulnek (’05), Sherley Cruz (’03), Heidsha Sheldon (’02) and Christopher Strang (’05) >>Full story

Mark J. Gentile ('82) named one of "World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers" >>Full story

Roberto Grané (LL.M. ’00) named partner at international law firm >>Full story

Richard A. Karelitz (J.D. ’74, LL.M. ’77) appointed to MHA Trustees Advisory Council >>Full story

BU Law mourns the passing of Reuben Landau (’26) >>Full story

Lecturer in Law Ameek Ponda (LL.M. '96) named in Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" and elected to American Law Institute >>Full story

John Quick (’03) voted a Florida Trend Magazine "Up and Coming Lawyer" >>Full story

Michael Spivey (LL.M. ‘97) named PATRIOT ACT compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. >>Full story

Niki Tsongas ('88) elected to represent 5th District of Massachusetts >>Full story

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Recent events:

  • Annual Shapiro Lecture, "Inventing the Public Defender," featuring Professor Barbara Babcock, November 1, 2007 >>More
  • New Media & the Marketplace of Ideas, October 26, 2007 >>More
  • The Role of the President in the 21st Century, October 11 & 12, 2007 >>More
  • A Conversation with Sumner Redstone, September 18, 2007 >>More (includes video)

>>View all recent events

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Faculty focus:

Up Close and Personal: BU Law Professor Kevin Outterson leads groups through Rio de Janeiro

Favelas, more commonly known as slums or shantytowns, account for roughly 20 percent of the homes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city. With the population of favelas growing faster than that of Brazil as a whole, the number of inhabitants is staggering, with one in every four Rio residents calling a favala home. Taking into account the sheer size of the situation, the need to expose outsiders to the community is crucial, and it's high on the list of Professpr Kevin Outterson's priorities. >>Full story

BU Law appoints Professors Lahav, Leonard, Seipp and Silbaugh Law Alumni Scholars

BU Law announces the appointment of four new Law Alumni Scholars: Professors Pnina Lahav, Gerald Leonard, David Seipp and Katherine Silbaugh. These appointments, which support faculty research and scholarship, are made possible through alumni donations to the faculty scholar fund. >>View brief synopses of their research

Professor Mark Pettit interviewed on National Public Radio

"Singing Law Professor Rocks the Classroom"
>>Listen to interview (complete with vocal stylings)

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Upcoming events:

January 3, 2008
Reception in conjunction with the AALS Annual Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Clinton Suite, Second Floor, Hilton New York, 335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

January 18 -19, 2008
"BU Meets China" alumni celebration and global investment forum, Beijing, China >>More information

January 30, 2008
"Building Bridges" cocktail reception for minority student groups and minority alumni in the New England area,
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., African American History Museum, Boston, MA 02108

February 2, 2008
"Tackling Global Health Issues Through Law and Policy," American Journal of Law and Medicine Annual Symposium,
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., BU Law, Room 520

March 20, 2008
Public Interest Auction
Ballroom, George Sherman Union, Boston University

March 24, 2008
"The Future of American Health Law" Conference
9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m., George Sherman Union, Conference Auditorium, Boston University

April 4, 2008
Black Law Students Association Annual Alumni Dinner
6:00 p.m., 10 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215

Please e-mail lawalum@bu.edu for more information.

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Did you know?

Q: Who said "I shall wear the colors of B.U. in these games, and hope to uphold the reputation of the University?"

A: Thomas Edmund Burke

In 1897 Thomas Edmund Burke (Class of 1897) took a six-week leave of absence from BU Law to compete in Athens at the first Olympic competition held since 393 A.D. Winning gold medals in both the 100 and 400 meter running events, Burke became BU Law's first Olympic star and the first athlete in Olympic history to win two championships at the games. He later helped initiate the first Boston Marathon, held April 19, 1897.

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