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Past Events - 2008

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APALSA: Meet the Firms

December 3, 2008

Meet the Firms is APALSA's biggest event and one of the first opportunities for 1L's to meet and network with major Boston law firms. The event (now in its fifth year) included a panel discussion with hiring partners followed by a reception with attorneys and recruiters from participating law firms.

 

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Human Rights Law Society Lunch

November 24, 2008

Leslie Walker, executive director of Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, discussed her career path, the work done at MCLS and her involvement in a recent case involving mentally ill prisoners' access to health care.

 

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series featuring Professor Kent Newmyer, University of Connecticut Law School

November 21 , 2008

Professor Kent Newmyer, University of Connecticut Law School, The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation

 

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American Constitution Society welcomes speaker David Ardia

November 21, 2008

David Ardia is a fellow at the Berkman Center and the director of the Citizen Media Law Project, which provides legal education, training and resources for individuals and organizations involved in citizen media. The CMLP provides research and advocacy on free speech, newsgathering, intellectual property and other legal issues related to citizen media. One of their first projects is to cultivate support for a federal shield bill.

Ardia's talk focused on the legal challenges facing people who are involved in citizen media, (blogging, sousveillance, and more) and how they are being handled. Such issues include questions about IP, defamation and privacy concerns, and most topically, a special set of issues related to covering elections.

 

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diwali.jpgSALSA Diwali/Eid Celebration

Sponsored by SALSA (South American Law Student Association)

November 20, 2008

This program celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and Eid ul-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. The evening's activities consisted of welcoming remarks, an informative lecture by Professor Korom of BU's Theology department, Henna stations, Rangoli (art making), and a full Indian dinner. Approximately 150 faculty, attorneys and students enjoyed the festivities and dinner. >>View photos from event

 

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ESLA Career Panel

November 20, 2008

Attendees joined the Education and School Law Association to hear from five distinguished guests on their work in education and the law. Panelists include:

  • Todd Klipp (General Counsel at Boston University)
  • Rhoda Schneider (BU Alum and General Counsel at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
  • Elizabeth Valerio (Attorney at Deutsch Williams serving as outside counsel to school districts)
  • Meira Russ (recent BU Alum and Attorney at Children's Law Center)
  • Joan Meschino (Executive Director at the Appleseed Center of Law and Justice)

Moderated by Maura Kelly (CDO).

 

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National Security Court After Gitmo: Justice on U.S. Soil

November 17, 2008

Professor Robert Sloane and Professor Guy Seidman spoke at a brown bag lunch to discuss the legal challenges and consequences of trying "enemy combatants" on U.S. soil in a National Security Court System.

 

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The Most Disparaged Branch: The Role of the Congress in the 21st Century

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November 14 &15, 2008

If the judiciary has been called "the least dangerous branch," and the executive "the most dangerous branch," then surely Congress has been "the most disparaged branch" (or "the least respected branch"). What is more, there is considerable talk of failure in the air these days – including constitutional failure, moral failure, political failure, and institutional failure – and criticisms of Congress figure prominently in this discourse. Is Congress up to the challenge of meeting the daunting problems that it will face in the 21st Century? Are there plausible and attractive reforms that might better equip it to face these problems?

Boston University School of Law held the conference, The Most Disparaged Branch: The Role of Congress in the 21st Century, to address such questions. It was the third in a series of conferences at BU that began with The Role of the Judge in the 21st Century and continued with The Role of the President in the 21st Century. Jeremy Waldron delivered the keynote address on November 14 and Lawrence Lessig gave a lunch address on November 15.

>>View schedule of conference events

 

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OutLaw’s 30th Anniversary Cocktail Reception

November 13, 2008

Remarks by

  • Maureen O’Rourke, Dean
    Boston University School of Law
  • Laura Maechtlen (‘02), President
    National Lesbian and Gay Law Association

 

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"US War Crimes Issues and the Change of Administration" featuring with Ambassador-at-Large Clint Williamson

November 13, 2008

Dean Maureen O'Rourke, the Office of Student Affairs, the Career Development Office, the International Law Society and the International Law Journal presented "US War Crimes Issues and the Change of Administration"

A discussion with Ambassador-at-Large Clint Williamson, key advisor to Secretary of State Condoleeza rice on global war crimes issues. Introduction by Dean Maureen O'Rourke.

Ambassador Williamson regularly meets with top foreign government and United Nations officials to promote accountability, peace and stability, and the rule of law. He will provide an overview of the evolution of war crimes policies during the past eight years and offer insights on where we might be headed. Ambassador Williamson worked for seven years as a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), before later serving as both the director for Stability Operations on the National Security Council staff and as the acting special assistant to the president and senior director for relief, stabilization and development at the NSC.

 

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series featuring Professor Claire Priest, Northwestern Law School

November 12 , 2008

Professor Claire Priest, Northwestern Law School, presented: "Understanding the End of Entail: Information, Institutions, and Slavery in the American Revolutionary Period"

 

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Justice Gary Hicks ('78) NH Supreme Court to speak at BU Law

November 11, 2008

Sponsored by the Public Interest Project

Justice Gary Hicks from the NH Supreme Court spoke about the importance of public interest work and community service and about being an attorney in the public sector. He also discussed career opportunities in New Hampshire and the New England states.

Prior to his appointment to the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 2006, Justice Hicks ('78) served on the NH Superior Court (2001-2006), was a partner in private practice at Wiggin & Nourie, PA, and served as a summer clerk for NH Supreme Court Justice Frank R. Kenison.

 

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Balancing Work and Family: Policy and Practice

November 10, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Women's Law Association and the Student Affairs Office

One of the most complicated issues facing young lawyers is how to balance work with family and other life obligations. Professor Silbaugh discussed work-family policy generally, plus highlights from her research in the field and insights gleaned from her own experiences.

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Professor Silbaugh is widely recognized for her pioneering work on the legal response to women's domestic labor. She is a leader in the emerging legal literature on the stresses of the work-family conflict. Her research highlights the economic and social value of work done within households, and the inadequacy of the legal response to that labor. She clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She later collaborated with Posner on a survey of sexual regulation, "A Guide to America's Sex Laws," published by the University of Chicago Press. She also is the author of numerous journal articles in publications that include the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Northwestern Law Review, as well as contributor to the plaintiffs' case in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the landmark Massachusetts case leading to the first court-approved same-sex marriages in 2004.

 

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A Debate on the Fourth Amendment's Exclusionary Rule
The Implications of Herring v. United States and the Survival of the Exclusionary Rule

November 6, 2008

Sponsored by the Career Development Office and the Public Interest Law Journal.

Panelists:

  • BU Law Professor Tracey Maclin
  • Lincoln Jalelian ('92)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Levitt ('93).

Moderated by BU Law Professor David Breen ('90)

Herring v. United States was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in early October 2008. Professor Maclin and Attorneys Jalelian and Levitt will debate the merits of this case and the possible impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on the future of the exclusionary rule.

 

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Discussion on Racial Justice with Amy Reichbach, Racial Justice Advocate, ACLU of Massachusetts

November 6, 2008

Speaker:
Amy Reichbach, Attorney/Racial Justice Advocate & Equal Justice Works Fellow, ACLU of Massachusetts

Attorney Amy Reichbach focuses on two related problems: the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system and the school-to-prison pipeline, which refers to the policies and practices that push children out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Reichbach's current position builds on her work for six years as a high school teacher and director of a non-profit delinquency-prevention program in North Philadelphia.

A graduate of Brown University (B.A.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed) and Boston College (J.D.), Reichbach has authored two law review articles on education reform. After law school, she clerked for Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Judge Reginald Lindsay of the District Court of Massachusetts. She is an appointed member of the Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association and serves on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Disproportionate Minority Confinement Subcommittee, the Education Law Task Force, the Massachusetts School-to-Prison Pipeline Workgroup, and the Steering Committee of the Boston Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

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Law Students for Justice Recruitment Kick-off

November 6, 2008

This year, The Equal Justice Coalition hosted an intercampus kick-off recruitment event for the Walk to the Hill for law students. Law students were invited for a night of refreshments and networking to learn more about the importance of civil legal aid and the impact of participating in the lobbying event, Walk for the Hill.

 

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Meet Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone

November 5, 2008

A program for law students of diverse backgrounds. Students learned about careers and summer internships at the Middlesex DA's Office.

 

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Does the Constitution Encourage (or Even Necessarily Permit) Rule by 'We the People?': Reflections on Election Day

November 4, 2008

Professor Pnina Lahav and the Student Affairs Office present this Brown Bag Lunch talk.

Featured speaker:
Professor Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas Law School; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School.

Professor Levinson is one of the most distinguished constitutional law scholars of our generation. In his 2007 book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where The Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It), Levinson offers a strong critique of the U.S. Constitution. On election day, he will offer his thoughts on the relationship between elections and the concept of democracy in the context of the US Constitution.

 

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“Is this Justice?: Technicalities and Bad Lawyers in Criminal Cases”
Shapiro Lecture featuring Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights

October 27, 2008

Stephen B. Bright is president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights
in Atlanta and teaches at Yale and Georgetown Law School. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and judicial independence.

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He argued Snyder v. Louisiana before the Supreme Court in 2007. The Court reversed the
conviction and death sentence due to the prosecutor’s racial discrimination in striking the jury.
His work has been the subject of a documentary film, Finding for Life in the Death Belt, (EM
Productions 2005), and two books, Proximity to Death by William McFeely (Norton 1999) and
Finding Life on Death Row by Kayta Lezin (Northeastern University Press 1999). He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

 

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The Art Market, Museums and the Legacy of the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Issues

October 21, 2008

Hosted by the BU Art Law Society

Attendees heard from:

  • Thomas Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP, Washington D.C.; Assistant Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University
  • Lucian Simmons, Senior Vice President, Sotheby's worldwide head of Restitution and Provenance Research Team
  • Monica Dugot, Senior Vice President, Christie's; International Director of Restitution
  • Torie Reed, Monica S. Sadler Assistant Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Sarah Kianovsky, Assistant Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, Fogg Museum, Harvard University

Panel discussion involved recent legal claims that have been brought in the area of Nazi-looted art, and in particular, how museums and auction houses handle these types of claims.

>>View BU Today video & feature

 

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Torture and "Enhanced Interrogation:" A Perspective From Inside the CIA featuring former CIA Officials

Sponsored by the National Security Law Society and the Career Development Office

October 16, 2008

Former CIA Officials Professor Arthur Hulnick and Professor Joseph Wippl of the Boston University Department of International Relations spoke in a panel discussion on one of today’s hottest topics.

 

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Brown Bag Lunch Talk: "Profiling: Shifting the Focus from Criteria to Effects"

October 15, 2008

The National Security Law Society and the Student Affairs office presented: "Profiling: Shifting the Focus from Criteria to Effects" featuring Professor Daphne Barak-Erez, Faculty of Law of Tel-Aviv University & Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Comments by BU Law Professor David Rossman.

Professor Barak-Erez is an expert in national security law and served as director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights. She is the author of several books, including Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion and Culture in Israel (Univ. of Wisconsin Press) and co-editor of Exploring Social Rights (Hart Publishing). She discussed the controversial practice of using profiling to deal with terrorism and argued for a shift in the focus of the debate from the controversy around the legitimate criteria for profiling to the context in which profiling is used and the kind of decisions to which it applies.


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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series featuring Professor Daniel Sharfstein, Vanderbilt Law School

October 15, 2008

Professor Daniel Sharfstein, Vanderbilt Law School presented: "Becoming White in Washington, D.C.: The Passing of the Wall Family,1870-1910"

 

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Brown Bag Lunch Talk: "The Role of Securitization in the Financial Crisis" featuring Professors Tamar Frankel & Mark Fagan

October 14, 2008

Why and how are the financial markets and the banking system being dismantled? What happened to the innovations and creativities of the market wizards, their models and numbers? What happened to the market solutions of problems? Why should the government interfere now in the failure of Fannie Mae? Why did Merrill Lynch succomb to the acquisition by Bank of America and Lehman Brothers file for bankruptcy?

This presentation described the securitization process and some of the other innovations that have recently enriched some traders and are plaguing the markets today. Tamar Frankel, a world expert in mutual funds, securitization and financial system regulation and Mark Fagan, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, will be teaching Securitization next semester.

 

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J.D. Reunion 2008

October 10 - 11, 2008

A sampling of panels featuring BU Law alumni...

Current Challenges Facing the Financial Industry: Insights from Three Industry Professionals, featuring

  • William McDonough ‘68, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Marc D. Puntus ‘93, Managing Director, Miller Buckfire
  • Lisa Roitman ‘94, Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

Where Is Health Care Really Going These Days? Three Legal Pros Give You the Inside Scoop on the Cutting-Edge Issues of Medical Tourism, Transparency & Accountability, and Privacy & Technology

  • Fran Miller, LLB'65, Professor of Law, Public Health and Management
  • Krietta Bowens, '05, Associate, Health Practice, Mintz Levin
  • Douglas Brown, '88, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.
  • Daniel Walden, '78, Senior Vice President - Corporate Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.

>>More information

 

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Faith & the Environment: A Conversation with John Nagle

October 8, 2008

Professor Nagle is the John N. Matthews Professor of Law at Notre Dame and the co-author of The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. His newest book Law’s Environment: How Environmental Law Affects the Environment will be published by Yale University Press in 2008. Nagle's writings explore such topics as the relationship between religion and environmental law and the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species.

 

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series featuring Professor Kerry Abrams, University of Virginia School of Law

October 8, 2008

Professor Kerry Abrams, University of Virginia School of Law presented: "Marriage, Immigration, and the Settlement of the West: The Case of the Mercer Girls"

 

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Pro Bono Kick-off, featuring Martha Koster (‘71)

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October 2, 2008

Guests found out how to get involved, met our pro bono partners and alumni and heared from our student panelists and distinguished speaker:

Martha Koster (J.D. ‘71)
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

 

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Beantown Shootout: BU vs. BC

October 2, 2008

For the past three years, BU Law's Public Interest Project (PIP) and BC Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation have faced off at the Beantown Shootout, a basketball game between students from the two rival schools. Money raised benefits BU Law's Public Interest Project.


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Department of Homeland Security Presentation

September 25, 2008

Mark Patton, Associate General Counsel in the General Counsel’s Office of the DHS delivered an informative presentation on their 2009 Honors Attorney Program and Summer Law Intern Program.

 

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Health Law at Boston University 50th Anniversary Celebration:
From Forensic Medicine to Global Human Rights

September 24 - 27, 2008

Boston University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Health Law at Boston University with a series of programs highlighting critical issues in human rights and health law. The event featured distinguished experts in the field, including Boston University alumni and visiting scholars, and health law faculty in the schools of Law, Public Health, and Medicine.

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"Talking Money and Voting Judges: Campaign Finance and the Role of the U.S. Judiciary" featuring Roger Pilon, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies; Director, Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies

September 24, 2008

The BU Law Federalist Society and the School of Law Office of Student Affairs presented a Brown Bag Lunch Talk featuring comments by Professor James Fleming, Boston University School of Law.

Discussion on judicial activism and restraint. Is it activist to follow the text of the Constitution and to strike down a law? Or is this restraint? Dr. Pilon made the case that both sides of the political aisle use the terms activism and restraint primarily to criticize decisions they don't like and to favor those they do. He used examples from campaign finance reform to illustrate this, specifically regarding McCain-Feingold (overall) and the millionaire's amendment. He also discussed incumbent protection aspects of campaign finance reform.

Dr. Pilon founded the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies in Washington, D.C., which is a force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. Before joining Cato, he held senior posts in the Reagan administration and was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, National Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Stanford Law & Policy. Dr. Pilon received his J.D. degree from George Washington University School of Law and his PhD from the University of Chicago.

 

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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Turbulence in the Financial Markets

September 23, 2008

The Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law presented a panel discussion on the current financial markets turmoil.

A Panel Discussion Featuring

  • Robert R. Bench, Former Deputy Comptroller of the Currency
  • Patrick E. Clancy, President and CEO, The Community Builders, Inc.
  • Arthur R. Connelly. Chairman, American Bankers Association
  • James E. Post, Professor, BU School of Management
  • Moderated by Professor Cornelius K. Hurley, Director, Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law

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"A Constitution Day Celebration," featuring The Honorable Peter J. Rubin

September 18, 2008

The Boston Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society; the Boston University School of Law Student Chapter; the Boston College Law School Student Chapter, the Harvard Law School Student Chapter;the Northeastern University School of Law Student Chapter; the New England School of Law Student Chapter; and the Suffolk University Law School Student Chapter presented: A Constitution Day Celebration with The Honorable Peter J. Rubin, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court and Founder, American Constitution Society.

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Honorable Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice

A Special Engagement with Chief Justice Williams ('70), "Why The U.S. Constitution Is Still Relevant"
Part of Boston University Constitution Day events

September 18, 2008

Justice Williams was sworn-in on February 26, 2001, by Governor Lincoln Almond. For the five previous years he served as an associate justice on the Rhode Island Superior Court. He has also served as Probate Judge in the towns of West Greenwich and Hopkinton, Rhode Island. On December 30, 2003, the President of the United States, through the Secretary of Defense, invited Chief Justice Williams to be a member of the then Military Commissions Review Panel for tribunals to be held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the rank of major general. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 created the Court of Military Commission Review on which Williams serves as a civilian appellate judge. He now serves as chief judge of the Court of Military Commission Review.

 

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Women's Law Association Meet and Greet with Female Faculty and Administrators

September 18, 2008


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Public Interest Orientation, featuring Sean Maher ('95)

September 17, 2008

BU Law hosted its 4th Annual Public Interest Orientation, inviting faculty and students to learn more about public interest/government (including pro bono) opportunities available to BU law students. Along with presentations by our guest speaker and Dean O’Rourke, Professor Stanley Fisher moderated a student panel discussion.

Sean Maher ('95) is a partner at a public interest law firm with offices in New York and Miami. He has represented clients charged with a wide array of criminal activity. Before entering private practice, Maher was a supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, representing hundreds of clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges. He also handled hundreds of felony cases as a senior trial attorney at the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his own practice, Maher has served on the faculty of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Litigation Persuasion Institute, the Southern Public Defender Training Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council Trial Advocacy Program. He graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995, where he was an article editor of the Boston University Law Review. While in law school, Mr. Maher interned at Kunstler & Kuby and the Office of Navajo Uranium Workers.

 

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Northeast People of Color (NEPOC) Legal Scholarship Conference 2008: Education & the Economy: The Real Lives of People of Color

September 12, 2008

We live in interesting times. In the midst of this historic presidential election, it is important to take advantage of the opportunity to engage in discussions that will advance the real lives of people of color. Many adults of color struggle to support their families while many children of color receive an inadequate education.The everyday struggles of people of color portend a disturbing future. Let us work together to change that.

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Morin Center/ABA Banking Law Basics

June 16 - 18, 2008

In association with the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association, the Morin Center offered a National Institute on banking law entitled "Banking Law Basics," which provides practicing lawyers from around the country with an opportunity to study the subject of the basic laws and regulations governing banks and law banking regulation intensively over a three-day period. The course was designed for attorneys, consultants and bank professionals who intend to work in the field, as well as experienced banking law practitioners who seek a more comprehensive understanding of this area of law.

 

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Luncheon honoring Professor Ryckman

June 10, 2008

>>View feature sign Professor Ryckman's Virtual Guestbook

 

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BU Law Hosts "Prescription Policy Choice" Meeting

May 22, 2008

BU Law hosted the next meeting of Prescription Policy Choices. PPC is an independent think tank for prescription drug policy, working with state legislatures across the country. BU Law Professor Kevin Outterson is a member of the Board.

 

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BU Law Commencement

May 18, 2008

>>Slideshow, bios and feature recaps

>>Video

 

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Practicing Law in State Government - New Lawyers Section

April 30, 2008

This was the fourth annual Brown Bag Lunch on the practice of law in state government. Mark A. Reilly, Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor; Aaron Agulnek, Legal Counsel to State Senator Marian Walsh; and Jennifer Saubermann, Committee General Counsel for the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, provided:

  • A brief overview of how the branches work together to create and implement laws
  • Practical advice on how a lawyer can begin to practice law in this context
  • Stories of their experience and how they ended up in their present positions

The New Lawyers Section is Co-chaired by Matthew Moschella and Jacy L. Wilson

 

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Noam Chomsky Lectures on Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond

April 24, 2008

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
Sarah Gordon, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, "Holy War: Secular Humanism and Women's Legal Activism, 1975 - 1990"

April 24, 2008

 

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Retirement Party for Professor William Ryckman

April 22, 2008

>>View Ryckman feature & sign virtual guestbook

 

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
Michael Grossberg, Indiana University Department of History & School of Law
"Saving Our Kids: Child Protection in America"

April 14, 2008

 

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"Current Market Turmoil: Supervisory Focus and Risk Management Lessons Learned" featuring William Rutledge

April 10, 2008

William Rutledge, Executive Vice President, Bank Supervision Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, delivered a lecture entitled "Current Market Turmoil: Supervisory Focus and Risk Management Lessons Learned" as part of the Morin Center Financial Services Lecture Series.

 

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SALSA Panel: Diverse Perspectives on Current South Asian Legal Issues

April 10, 2008

Panelists Ameek Ponda from Sullivan & Worcester, Tania Shah from Shah & Phillips, and Sonia Shah from Casa Myrna discussed current South Asian legal issues ranging from domestic violence to business ventures abroad and within the United States.

 

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International Human Rights Students Conduct Simulated UN session with Guantanamo Defense Lawyers

April 10, 2008

Students in international human rights participated in a simulated session at the UN Human Rights Council called by five of the Council's Special Rapporteurs (SRs) about the situation of U.S. military prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At the simulation, the SRs heard presentations and asked questions relating to their mandates over thematic human rights issues. The students simulated representation of actual Guantanamo prisoners, and asked the UN SRs to issue conclusions and make interventions on behalf of their detained clients.

Panelists included the following lawyers from Boston law firms who have been representing Guantanamo prisoners pro bono for a number of years:

  • Stephen Oleskey and Mark Fleming, Wilmer Hale
  • Jerry Cohen, Burns & Levinson
  • Ellen Lubell & Doris Tennant, Lubell & Tennant

 

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BU Law Carnival Day

April 9, 2008

Students enjoyed carnival foods (popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels) outside on the first floor patio.

 

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"Copyright Law: Two Cases, Three Issues" featuring Andrew Epstein

April 7, 2008

Andrew Epstein is an established Boston litigator who specializes in copyright and art law. He discussed two recent cases he has litigated and three important areas of those suits: moral rights, fair use and damages.

 

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
"Corporate Directors: Trustees, Representatives, Agents" featuring Dalia Tsuk Mitchell, George Washington University School of Law

April 7, 2008

 

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L'ART: Student Art Exhibit

April 7, 2008

BU Law's first annual law student art exhibition featured food, drink, open mic, a peformance by the Follies band, and of course, student art on display. Co-sponsored by Coffeehouse.

 

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Eye on Africa and the Diaspora Conference:
Transnational Movement and Transformative Law Reshaping our World

April 5, 2008

Hosted by BU Black Law Students Association

Keynote
Dr. Francis M. Deng, UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide

Panelists

  • Richard Chacon, Director of the MA Office of Refugees and Immigrants
  • Karen Jacobsen, Tufts Feinstein International Center
  • Ashleigh Lawrence, UNICEF
  • Robert E.B. Lucas, Professor of Economics, Boston University

Schedule:
8:00a - On site registration (Barrister's Hall)
8:30a - Welcome and Opening Statements (Barrister's Hall)
9:00a - Panel: Massachusetts to Mozambique - Moving People, Changing lives, (room 920 B) Panelists: Richard Chacon, director of Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants; Karen Jacobsen, Tufts Feinstein International Center; Ashleigh Lawrence - UNICEF; and Robert E.B. Lucas, Professor of Economics, Boston University
10:00a - Keynote Presentation, Dr. Francis M. Deng, UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (Barrister's Hall)
11:00a - Lunch with Presentation to Haitian Multiservice Center (room 1270)

 

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Lecture: "Open Source Software Licenses in Practice" featuring Attorney Peter Gordon

April 3, 2008

Attorney Peter Gordon was responsible for creating and running an extensive open source software education and licensing program at Avid Technology, where he was the director of Intellectual Property. In his talk he explained the challenges involved in managing such a program and in incorporating software covered by multiple open source licenses and proprietary licenses into a single software product. Gordon is of counsel to Fish & Richardson in Boston, where he focuses on strategic patent portfolio development, patent prosecution emphasizing computer hardware and software, and licensing.

 

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April 3, 2008

2007-2008 Distinguished Lecture
“Looking Over a Crowd and Picking Out Your Friends” featuring Harold Koh, Dean, Yale Law School

Dean Koh began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and has served as dean since 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he served as assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Before joining Yale Law School, he practiced law at Covington and Burling and at the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.

Video footage (BU login required)

 

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Women, Violence and the Law: A Presentation and Book Signing by Wendy Murphy

April 3, 2008

Author of And Justice for Some: An Expose of the Lawyers and Judges Who Let Dangerous Criminals Go Free" Wendy Murphy is a former assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, MA who specialized in child abuse and sex crimes cases. Having served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Murphy now represents crime victims in civil and criminal cases and teaches an advanced seminar on sexual violence at the New England School of Law in Boston. As an adjunct professor, she also manages the Sexual Violence Legal News and Judicial Language projects at her law school and consults with crime victims across the country to help them achieve justice. Murphy writes scholarly and pop culture articles, and lectures widely on victims' rights, sex crimes, violence against women and children, media coverage of crime and the criminal justice system. Murphy has worked as a legal analyst for CBS News, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. She appears regularly on cable and network news programs to provide commentary on legal news stories. And Justice For Some is her first book.

 

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Contaminated Property Litigation Talk featuring Peter Sutton ('71), Paul Sampson ('75) and Arthur Kavanos

April 2, 2008

The Environmental Law Society and the Real Estate Club co-sponsored this talk on contaminated property litigation. Peter Sutton ('71) & Paul Sampson ('75) of Riemer & Braunstein and Arthur Kavanos (Trustee of the properties at issue) spoke about their recent big win in a lawsuit against Bayer Corporation for hazardous chemical contamination of properties in eastern Massachusetts, and more generally about legal issues involved in contaminated property remediation and reuse.


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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
“"Holding the Line: Constitutional Conservatism in The National Review, 1955-1964” featuring Kenneth Kersch, Boston College, Political Science Department

March 31, 2008

 

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Women in Law Conference 
13th Annual Meet the Women Cocktail Reception: A Tribute to BU Female Alumnae and Their Achievements

March 27, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Law Women's Law Association

Honorees:

  • Bettina B. Plevin ('70)
  • Deborah E. Barnard ('87)
  • Julia Huston ('92)

 

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Lecture: "Software Licensing in Practice" featuring Attorney Michael Cavaretta

March 27, 2008

Attorney Michael Cavaretta discussed the most common types of software license agreements, the most frequently-negotiated terms, and considerations to take into account when negotiating software licensing agreements for the licensor or licensee. Attorney Cavaretta is a member of Morse, Barnes-Brown, & Pendleton in Waltham, and is experienced in strategic alliances, intellectual property licenses, videogame development and publishing deals, technology development and distribution transactions, and trademark and copyright protection and registration.

 

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"Clean Tech and the Law: Perspectives from Diverse Sectors"

March 27, 2008

The Career Development Office, The Student Affairs Office and the Environmental Law Society hosted a clean technology panel which featured the following distinguished speakers:

  • Tom Burton, Esq., Chair of Mintz Levin's Energy and Clean Tech Practice Group
  • Walter Foskett, Esq., General Counsel, World Energy Alternatives
  • Susan Reid, Esq., Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Matt Schemmel, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
  • Moderated by Professor Jay Michaelson, Esq.

 

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Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono

March 26, 2008

At this event BU Law welcomed members of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono. Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice, the Honorable Francis X. Spina was in attendance along with prominent members of the Massachusetts legal community. Through a series of panels, members of the BU Law community highlighted the many pro bono and public interest activities that take place at BU Law.

 

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Women in Law Conference 
"Women's Rights and Islamic Law"-- A panel of scholars and activists in the field of women's legal rights in relation to Islamic Law share their knowledge, research, and personal experiences

March 26, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Law Women's Law Association

Moderator: Sadiq Reza, visiting professor at BU Law; professor, New York Law School. Reza's current research and writing is in criminal law and procedure in Islamic law (sharia) and in countries of the contemporary Muslim world.

Panelists:

  • Mehrangiz Kar, visiting professor at Wellesley College. Kar is also a prominent lawyer and one of the most celebrated human rights activists in the history of the women's movement in Iran.
  • Kecia Ali, assistant professor of Religion at Boston University and author of the recently published book, Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence (2006).
  • Havva Guney-Ruebenacker, a S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School whose thesis is a comparative research of theories of legal changes in Islamic and western jurisprudence especially in the areas of family law and women's rights.

 


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"She Works Hard for the Money: Female Alumnae Share Their Experiences in Corporate America"

March 25, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Law Women's Law Association

Featured Panelists:

  • Kay Hodge, partner at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, specializing in litigation and employment law. She received her J.D. from BU Law in 1972 and an LL.M. in 1977. She is also a former BU Law instructor (1974-1975) and former president of the Massachusetts Bar Association (1994-1995)
  • Lizette Perez-Deisboeck, partner at Goodwin Procter in the Business Law Practice. She is a member of the Technology and Private Equity Groups and a BU Law alumna from the class of 1991.
  • Stephanie Ives, associate at Goulston Storrs in the Real Estate Department. She graduated recently from BU Law, summa cum laude, in 2003.  She clerked for a federal judge in D.C. and in Israel. She was actively involved with the Public Interest Project while at BU Law.
  • Jennifer Greaney,partner at Sally & Fitch LLP.  Greaney is a commercial litigator with a concentration in real estate disputes.  She is a 1999 graduate of BU Law, magna cum laude.  Ms. Greaney spent four years working as a daily newspaper reporter prior to beginning law school.
  • Elizabeth Reza, partner at Ropes & Gray in the Corporate Department with a focus in the investment management area. Reza attended Columbia Law School and graduated in 1997.

 

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Women in Law Conference 
"Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law," A Presentation and Book Signing by Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen

March 24, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Law Women's Law Association

 

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"The Future of American Health Law" Conference

March 24, 2008

This event brought together professors of law, medicine and health from around the country to listen to presentations, report on works-in-progress and exchange ideas which offered differing perspectives on the current and future state of American health Law, 50 years after the founding of Boston University's Law-Medicine Institute.

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IP Dialogues

March 20, 2008

IP Dialogues brought to academia projects that lead the current debate in the Intellectual Property Arena. This first conference focused on two main issues related to pharma and biotech innovation and collaborative approaches (Open Innovation) that are being explored as complementary mechanisms for innovation and the legal scheme behind it. It asked the question: Can these collaborative approaches be appropriate for developing countries?

PANEL 1: Innovation Policy and Open Innovation Models: Are patents the problem?
Michael J. Meurer - BU Professor of Law
John Wilbanks - Vice President for Science Commons at Creative Commons
Moderator: Carolina Rossini - LL.M. in Intellectual Property

PANEL 2: Database Protection Policy and Access to Data
Wendy J. Gordon - BU Professor of Law
Thinh Nguyen - General Counsel for Science Commons and Creative Commons.
Moderator: Daniel Pinto - Diplomat – Intellectual Property Division – Embassy of Brazil, Washington, D.C.

Closing remarks: Daniel Pinto

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Public Interest Project Auction

March 20, 2008

Auction Gala Sponsor: Goodwin Procter

BU Law's Public Interest hosted a silent and live auction on weekend getaways, dinner packages, sports and arts event tickets and much more. Proceeds supported BU Law students working in unpaid public interest jobs for the summer. The Auction serves as the main source of funding for these summer grants.

 

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"Legal Issues in the Restitution of Art Looted by the Nazis or Otherwise Displaced during Wartime" featuring Thomas R. Kline

March 19, 2008

Thomas Kline, a parter at Andrews Kurth law firm in D.C. who specializes in Art and Cultural Property litigation and advice, discussed cases he has handled and the legal issues that arose in those cases. In addition, Kline met with students in individual counseling sessions to discuss Art Law, paper topics or career opportunities at Andrews Kurth.

 

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"Prosecuting Pregnancy: What Are the Public Policy and Constitutional Implications of Including Pregnancy as an Element in Drug Crimes?"

March 18, 2008

Sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Student Affairs Office.

Jill Morrison of the National Women's Law Center discussed a range of prosecutions brought against women based on their drug use while pregnant. Crimes charged have included reckless endangerment, child abuse and homicide. Morrison will address the illegitimacy of such prosecutions as both poor infant and maternal health policy and serious violations of the constitutional rights of women.

 

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ABA – Pathways to International Law

March 18, 2008

The Career Development Office in co-operation with the ABA Section of International law hosted this unique forum which brought law students and new lawyers together with experienced practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law. A panel of experienced international lawyers shared their experiences to help attendees:
•Learn about International Internship Opportunities
•Network with legal experts from around the world
•Understand other legal systems and cultures
•Become active in international organizations and societies

 

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Student Clerkship Panel

March 17, 2008

Current and former clerks discussed their experiences, tips on working with judges and the benefits of clerking.


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Health Law Panel

March 17, 2008

Health law attorneys from public and private sectors discussed hot topics in health law, their individual experiences and how to break into the field.

 

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International Career Paths for U.S. Attorneys

March 5 , 2008

A panel of international LL.M. students discussed opportunities and barriers for U.S. attorneys wishing to working abroad in their home countries. The panel was moderated by Sabrina Halloran, associate director for International and LL.M. advising. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate and International Programs.

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SALSA and LALSA’s Annual Food and Dance Celebration

March 5 , 2008

Dance performances by Essencia Latina and the Boston University Bhangra Team. Sponsored by SALSA and LALSA.

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Tax Time: A Discussion of Diversity within the Tax Law Profession

March 4 , 2008

The ABA Section of Taxation and Ropes & Gray presented a tax career panel & networking event. This event was designed to present information about tax law practice and to provide the opportunity to network with some of the top tax attorneys in Boston. Panelists included Ameek Ponda, Sullivan & Worcester, Nelson Suit, Wellington Management, Stephen Mosha, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tamara Ashford, Acting Program Manager for the Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre (JITSIC). Moderated by Barbara Lum, Co-Chair, APALSA. Sponsored by the American Bar Association and Ropes & Gray.

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
“Hume on the Origins of Law” featuring Aaron Garrett, Boston University, Philosophy Department

March 3, 2008

 

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Silencing the Minority? What do Voter ID Laws Mean for Minority Voters?

March 3 , 2008

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board was argued before the Supreme Court on January 9, 2008. This case was discussed by BU Law Professor Hugh Baxter and Glenn Magpantay, attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and co-author of an amicus brief to the Supreme Court opposing the Indiana voter.

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“A Primer on US Health Care,” LLM Spring Colloquium Presentation featuring Professor Kevin Outterson

February 25, 2008

The Spring Colloquium Series is an event for all LL.M. in American Law and LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law students. The featured presenter for the first colloquium was Professor Kevin Outterson, who discussed globalization and health.

 

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The New Bedford Raids: U.S. Immigration Policy in Action

February 25, 2008

Harvey Kaplan (’74) and BU Law Professor Nancy Kelly discussed the facts and issues surrounding the New Bedford raids that involved 350 workers and left 100-200 children without parental supervision. As part of the New Bedford Massachusetts Raids Response Legal Team, Harvey has argued for temporary restraining orders that would prevent the deportation of workers. Students had the chance to ask questions about the effects of the raids, immigration policy and related topics. Sponsored by the Student Affairs Office.

 

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Lecture featuring Justice Caroline Berger ('76)

February 25, 2008

Justice Berger ('76) discussed her career in the judiciary and recent developments in Delaware corporate law. Justice Berger received a Masters in Elementary Education in 1971 from the Boston University School of Education and her J.D. from BU Law.

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The Elizabeth Battelle Clark Legal History Series
“Administration and ‘The Democracy’: Administrative Law from Jackson to Lincoln, 1829-1861” featuring Jerry Mashaw, Yale Law School

February 25, 2008

 

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“The Twist of Long Terms: Disasters, Elected Judges, and American Tort Law” featuring Jed Handelsman Shugerman, Harvard Law School

February 20, 2008

 

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Brown Bag Lunch Talk featuring Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith

February 20, 2008

Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President Bush which, according to The NewYork Times, "...put him at the center of critical debates within the ush administration about its continuing response to 9/11--debates about coercive interrogation, secret surveillance and the detention and trial of enemy combatants." According to The NewYork Times, he and other administration lawyers challenged what he considered to be "constitutional excesses" of legal policies related to the war on terror. Professor Goldsmith subsequently wrote a book which recounts his experiences as head of the OLC titled, "The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration."

 

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Morin Center Derivatives lecture featuring David Rosato

February 14, 2008

David Rosato, senior vice president and and treasurer of Webster Bank NA and a board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, delivered a lecture on derivatives. This lecture introduced students to the concept of derivative securities and how they are used by companies and financial institutions to hedge against risks.

 

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Public Interest Lunch featuring Professor Sean Kealy

February 14, 2008

Professor Sean Kealy spoke to students interested in careers in public policy or the legislature regarding his experience working for the Attorney General’s Office and a State Senator.



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Lecture featuring Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)
Chairman, House Financial Services Committee

February 11, 2008

Sponsored by the Morin Center for Banking & Financial Law
 
Congressman Barney Frank brings his well-deserved reputation for wit and wisdom to his new role as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.  In these tumultuous times, he is shaping the debate over the economy and the international capital markets.  Chairman Frank's remarks promise to be provocative.
 
Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981.  He is the chairman of the Financial Services Committee.  Previously, he was a Massachusetts State Representative and an assistant to the mayor of Boston.  He has also taught at several Boston area universities.
 
This event marked the third lecture of the Edward Lane-Reticker Speaker Series, a series of lectures delivered during each academic term to honor the life and work of Edward Lane-Reticker, a distinguished friend, mentor and teacher who served as associate director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law.

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Lecture featuring Attorney Alan Gura: "District of Columbia v. Heller- Does a D.C. Law Violate the Second Amendment Rights of Individuals Not in a State- Regulated Militia? But Who Want Handguns and Other Firearms for Private Use in Homes?"

February 5, 2008

Sponsored by the BU Law Federalist Society and the Student Affairs Office

Attorney AlanGura is the lead counsel for the Heller plaintiffs in this case, which will be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in March. At issue is a 31-year-old Washington, D.C. law banning handguns and requiring that all shotguns and rifles be kept unloaded and either trigger-locked or disassembled at all times. There is no exception for self-defense.

Gura is a founding member of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, a Washington, D.C. law firm focusing primarily on civil rights, appellate litigation, intellectual property and media/entertainment matters. Prior to opening his own practice in 2001, Gura's experience included service as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as an attorney with the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley & Austin. He began his legal career clerking for the Hon. Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He received his BA from Cornell University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

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Lecture: " Lawyering from Washington, D.C." featuring Judy Waxman, Vice President, National Women's Law Center

February 4, 2008

Sponsored by BU Law's Women's Law Association & the Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Judy Waxman, Vice President and Director of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center shared her vast experiences as a lawyer in the public sector. She spoke specifically to her current work at the National Women's Law Center, including her efforts on lifting religious restrictions in hospitals, obtaining contraceptive insurance coverage and fighting pharmacy refusals.

Judy Waxman has been an advocate for low-income families on health issues for more than 25 years. She joined the National Women's Law Center in February 2003 after more than a decade at Families USA, where she served as deputy executive director. Waxman now leads the National Women's Law Center's health team, which is at the forefront of major legal and public policy initiatives to protect and advance women's health and reproductive rights. In addition to working for non-profit advocacy organizations, Waxman has worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served on the staff of a Congressional Commission on Health Care chaired by Senator Rockefeller, and taught health law at Georgetown University Law Center. She is the author of numerous publications.

 

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"Tackling Global Health Issues Through Law & Policy"
The American Journal of Law and Medicine Annual Symposium

February 2, 2008

This working conference brought together a broad spectrum of scholars and key stakeholders to discuss how the law can address global health issues. A wide range of topics was discussed, including: how the law can be used to combat disease in the third world (including the AIDS epidemic), government regulatory efforts on the American health care system and legal and policy issues for the global pharmaceutical industry.

 

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