Past Events - 2010


Brown Bag Lunch Talk: BU Law Professor Kristin Collins

November 15, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

This faculty brown bag lunch talk featured BU Law Professor Kristin Collins, who spoke on “Sex and Citizenship at the Court: Flores-Villar v. United States."

She discussed the pending US Supreme Court case in which the Court will consider whether American fathers have the same rights as American mothers to ensure that their children are citizens at birth.

Professor Collins is the principal author of an amicus brief filed on behalf of the petitioner and she discussed her involvement in the case.


The First Annual BU Law Talent Show

November 11, 2010

BU Law, Auditorium

BU Law's Public Interest Project (PIP) and Legal Follies co-sponsored The First Annual BU Law Talent Show. Friends and acquaintances sang, danced, acted, played in bands, did magic tricks, told jokes and performed sketch comedy!

All proceeds went to PIP to help fund unpaid summer internships for BU Law students.


SALSA's Annual Diwali/Eid Banquet

November 4, 2010

BU Law, Room 1270

This event celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, and Eid ul-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. The evening's activities included a performance by BU's Jalwa Dance Team, an Indian clothing fashion show, a Henna/Mendhi tattoo artist and a catered Indian dinner.

This event was sponsored by SALSA (South American Law Student Association).


Alumni & Reunion Weekend

October 29 - 31, 2010

Though the character-building law school years, all-night study sessions and the excitement of Ricketts v. Scothorn and Marbury v. Madison may be a distant memory, the friendships and connections you made here endure. This weekend was filled with time to reconnect with your classmates and professors, enjoy autumn views of the Charles River and take advantage of the wonderful City of Boston.


The Role of Fiduciary Law in the 21st Century
A Conference Inspired by the Work of Professor Tamar Frankel

October 29, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Boston University School of Law held a conference on The Role of Fiduciary Law and Trust in the 21st Centuryon October 29, 2010. The Boston University Law Review will publish the papers and proceedings.

About the Conference

To survive and prosper, members of society must depend on each other, and often must entrust others with power over their property, interests and rights. However, entrustment and dependence are risky, for they can be abused.

Fiduciary law is designed to encourage people to rely on experts and other fiduciaries, to facilitate fair and efficient terms of those relationships, and to prevent (and provide remedies for) abuse of power entrusted to the fiduciary. These issues have an ancient heritage, and fiduciary relationships range widely in scope. From the Code of Hammurabi to today’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act, from partnership rules in the Middle Ages to corporate and bank management, and in such varied contexts as hiring a lawyer, consulting a medical doctor, or taking a teacher’s class, people entrust and trust others; at the same time, we rely on law to the extent that social norms to control abuse of entrustment are weak.

This Conference highlighted the nature and scope of fiduciary law, and its relationship to other legal doctrines and categories. It considered how fiduciary law can be illuminated by viewing it through the lens of such disciplines as economics, psychology, history, political science, and philosophy. It also investigated current debates about recognizing fiduciary duties in the determination of executive compensation, in the prohibition of insider trading under the federal securities laws, in the largely unregulated world of securities and mortgage broker-dealers, and in modern capital structure and governance. It further explored the relevance of fiduciary law principles to the abuse of power by public officials and to other issues of democratic legitimacy, as well as the relevance of constraints on political power to the duties of private actors.

About Professor Tamar Frankel

Michaels Faculty Research Scholar and Professor of Law Tamar Frankel is an internationally renowned expert in the areas of financial system regulation, fiduciary law, and corporate governance, and has been a member of the BU School of Law faculty since 1968. She is the author of the forthcoming Fiduciary Law , to be published by Oxford University Press, and
she has published a number of significant books, including: Trust and Honesty, America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad (also published by Oxford University Press, 2006); Securitization (2nd ed. 2006); Investment Management Regulation (3rd ed. 2005 with Clifford E. Kirsch); and The Regulation of Money Managers (2d ed. 2001) (with Ann Taylor Schwing).
She has published more than 60 articles and book chapters, has been a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission and at the Brookings Institution, and has taught and lectured at Oxford University, Tokyo University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. A native of Israel, Professor Frankel served as an attorney in the legal department of the Israeli Air Force and an assistant attorney general for Israel’s Ministry of Justice.

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Coming Home Injured: Care and Advocacy for America’s Veterans
Seventh Annual Health Law Pike Conference

October 29, 2010

BU Law, Room 1270

One in four veterans of the 1991 Gulf War suffer from an illness caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a BUSPH-based research panel. Almost two decades after the war ended, however, no effective treatments have been found. This year's Pike Conference explored the post-Gulf War experience of veterans seeking medical help, the problems encountered and concrete advocacy steps that can be taken to improve the quality of care.

Boston University Schools of Law and Public Health sponsored a one-day forum, Coming Home Injured: Care and Advocacy for America's Veterans. Scientific, medical, and legal experts contributed to framing the issues, but the primary emphasis was on the experience and suggestions for action of the veterans themselves.

The annual Pike Conference is held to honor Neal Pike, a BU School of Law graduate, distinguished lawyer, and lifelong advocate for individuals with disabilities.

>>View conference video

>>Download conference brochure (pdf format)


BU Law Judges Clerkship Panel

October 25, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Judges from local, state and federal courts discussed the responsibilities of clerks in various courts, the qualities that an effective law clerk, and the benefits of clerking, and the criteria that judges look for when selecting clerks.

Guests panelists included Judge William G. Young, of the Massachusetts District Court, Judge Carol S. Ball of the Massachusetts Superior Court and Justice Margot Botsford of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.


Presentation by the United States Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts

October 25, 2010

BU Law, Room 1270

This presentation featured Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Shine and Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Serafyn, from the United States Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts. They discussed summer and post-graduate opportunities with the US Attorney’s Office. Both assistant attorneys also discussed their career paths and what it is like to work for the United States Attorney's Office.



Beantown Shootout to benefit the Public Interest Project

October 22, 2010

BU Law Rally, Barristers Hall
Beantown Shootout, Case Center Gym

The Public Interest Project participated in a Beantown Shootout basketball game with Boston College Law School to raise funds for summer public interest grants for law students.

The BU Law team rallied in Barristers Hall and then enjoyed the game versus BC Law in the Case Center Gym. A joint law school social followed the game to celebrate everyone's support of public interest!


The DOMA Decisions: the National Gay Marriage Debate and the Road Ahead

October 21, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

The DOMA Decisions: the National Gay Marriage Debate and the Road Ahead panel featured Gary Buseck (Legal Director of GLAD) and Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey (Chief of the Mass. AG's Civil Rights Division). Both discussed their roles in the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts federal court.

An Alumni Reception followed in Room 1270 for a discussion.

This event was sponsored by OutLaw and the American Constitution Society.



“Justice Brennan, Meet Justice Roberts:” A Discussion with Stephen Wermiel

October 15, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Sponsored by the BU Law American Constitution Society and the Student Affairs Office

Stephen Wermiel, fellow in Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law, discussed his new biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion, together with BU School of Law Professor Tracey Maclin.



Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Lecture and Symposium on Michael J. Sandel’s Recent Book

October 14, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Professor Michael J. Sandel delivered the annual Boston University School of Law Distinguished Lecture regarding his recent book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?, followed by a symposium on the book. The symposium featured commentators in law, philosophy and political science along with a response by Professor Sandel. Boston University Law Review will publish the lecture, commentaries and response.

Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he also teaches in the law school. He is widely regarded as our nation’s leading civic republican political and constitutional theorist: his work focuses on citizenship and civic virtue, what we owe one another, and what way(s) of life a good society should promote. He is the author of Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1998), Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 1996), Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (Harvard University Press, 2005), and The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Harvard University Press, 2007).

A public philosopher, Sandel has also published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The New York Times. A renowned teacher, Professor Sandel’s famous course at Harvard, Justice, regularly enrolls nearly 1,000 students and is now available around the world through webstreaming, podcasting and a public television series (see In addition, he teaches “Markets, Morals, and the Law,” “Ethics and Biotechnology,” and “Globalization and Its Discontents.” From 2002 to 2005, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, a national body appointed by the president to examine the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies.


Nation of Immigrants: Arizona SB-1070 and the Future of Immigration Law

October 13, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Latin American Law Student Association, Intellectual Property Law Society and co-sponsored by the Career Development Office

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF


  • Diana Sen, HNBA President; Counsel, LatinoJustice/PRLDEF
  • Jeannie Kain, Immigration Law Specialist, Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Elizabeth Badger, Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Law

Speakers discussed current cases and issues arising out of immigration challenges nationally and locally, including MALDEF's lead role in challenging Arizona's SB 1070.


Boston University School of Law Annual Pro Bono Program Kick-Off

Photos (left to right): Dean O'Rourke and LaRae-Perez; Kurt Calia; Calia, LaRae-Perez, and Victor Garo


October 6, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

This year's Pro Bono Program Kick-Off honored the following distinguished BU Law alumni with the Victor J. Garo Public Service Award for their continued commitment to public service:

- Kurt G. Calia ('93), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, CA
- Cassandra C. LaRae-Perez ('02), Associate, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, VT

Calia and LaRae-Perez have made pro bono work an integral part of their professional lives. They have distinguished themselves for their exceptional and long-standing commitment to pro bono, the quality of their work and its impact on the community.

Kurt Calia
Cassandra LaRae-Perez

In his 15 years in private practice, Calia has consistently worked on many large pro bono projects which occupy a significant amount of his time. He is currently representing an Alabama death-row inmate in post-conviction proceedings and DC Appleseed in proposed legislation related to health care insurance.
>>Read more about Kurt Calia

LaRae-Perez’s commitment to the cause of asylum seekers began while she was a student at BU Law and during her participation in the Human Rights/Political Asylum clinic. She has upheld that commitment as a lawyer, making the representation of asylum seekers on a pro bono basis a prominent part of her practice. LaRae-Perez has also been instrumental in the passage of legislation, making mammograms more affordable for women in Vermont.
>>Read more about Cassandra LaRae-Perez

At this event, students learned how to get involved with the BU Law Pro Bono Program, met participating pro bono partners, and honored the pro bono work of students, alumni and faculty.



Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions
Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Joy Gordon ('84)

October 5, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Sponsored by Student Affairs, The International Law Society and The National Security Law Association.

Joy Gordon ('84) discussed her new book Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions.

Joy Gordon has written extensively on international law, foreign affairs and ethics. She has testified before Congress regarding the UN sanctions on Iraq, and published in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, Ethics and International Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Arab Studies Quarterly, and the Yale Journal of Development and Human Rights Law. She has a Ph.D. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is a professor in the Philosophy Department at Fairfield University, and is currently a senior fellow at the Global Justice Program in the Macmillan Center at Yale University.

>>Learn more about the book



So You Want To Launch A Spaceship: An Introduction to Space Law
Brown Bag Lunch Talk on Space Law

September 30, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Sponsored by the BU Law Student Affairs Office

"So You Want To Launch A Spaceship: An Introduction to Space Law," featured Attorney Matthew J. Kleiman, corporate counsel, Draper Laboratory.

With Virgin Galactic and several other companies preparing to begin flying tourists into outer space by 2012, the stage is set for rapid expansion of human spaceflight operations. This raises several legal issues related to accident liability, property rights, civil and criminal jurisdiction and dispute resolution. Attorney Kleiman, an expert on space law, discussed the legal issues of this cutting edge area of law.


Bake Sale to Help Pakistan Flood Victims

September 22, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

The Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), along with the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) and Human Rights Law Society (HRLS), held a Bake Sale to help raise money for the Pakistan Flood Victims.

All proceeds were donated to the Edhi Foundation.


“Changing Views of Copyright Theory: One Scholar’s Evolution”
The Philip S. Beck Lecture delivered by the Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Wendy J. Gordon

September 21, 2010

BU Law, Barristers Hall

Renowned for her application of philosophy and economics to copyright and related common-law areas and for her work on fair use, Professor Gordon has published on four continents, received numerous honors and grants and speaks to audiences all over the world. Her scholarship has been cited in three opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been a Fulbright scholar, a visiting senior research fellow at Oxford’s St. John’s College, a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation retreat in Bellagio, a visiting fellow at Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, and the recipient of a New Jersey Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities. She has also served two terms as the chair of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property.

The Philip S. Beck Professorship was established through the generosity of Philip S. Beck (‘76).



Same Sex Marriage and Prop 8: Making A Federal Case Out Of Marriage
Faculty Brown Bag Discussion

September 20, 2010

Sponsored by the School of Law Student Affairs

Two significant federal cases in California and Massachusetts have addressed whether same-sex couples have a federal constitutional right to marry. The California case, which decided that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, is on appeal. The Massachusetts case decided that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. These cases, which may end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, raise significant constitutional, cultural and political issues.

BU Law Professors Gary Lawson, Linda McClain, Kate Silbaugh and Robert Volk participated in this discussion.

**This event was part of our celebration of Constitution Day**


Government/Public Interest Orientation with Deputy Director Peter Krauthamer ('82)

September 20, 2010

Guests listened to speaker Peter Krauthamer, Deputy Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Colombia – one of the most highly regarded public defender offices in the country. Along with his presentation and a presentation by Dean O’Rourke, a faculty member moderated a student panel discussion.


The Constitutional and Civil Rights of Latinos
Brown Bag Lunch Talk in recognition of Constitution Day and Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17, 2010

John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spoke at this talk. At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Assistant Secretary Trasviña is taking a number of steps to address anti-immigrant sentiment as it relates to housing discrimination. Many Latinos experience housing discrimination but do not fully utilize the civil rights process to seek redress. Assistant Secretary Trasviña explained how fair housing is critical to minorities and can result in less segregation and improved platforms for marginalized communities.

This event was sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) and the Office of Student Affairs.


Off the Beaten Path: Perspectives from Successful Young Alumni who By-Passed Traditional Practice Settings

September 16, 2010

The Career Development Office (CDO) hosted a panel discussion with Mark Kasdorf, Aaron Agulnek, and Matthew Sample, three successful young alumni who by-passed traditional practice settings upon graduation. They spoke about the legal and law-related experiences that prepared them for their positions as entrepreneurs, policy advisers, and general counsels, respectively, and shared creative strategies for achieving professional goals.


Medicines for Neglected Diseases Workshop (MeND): Overcoming Funding, Organizational & Scientific Challenges for ND Tool Development in Academic Partnerships

September 10 & 11, 2010

Panelists presented the foremost scientific & technical challenges in ND research. A discussion of priority medical needs in developing countries focused dialogue on ensuring new medical technologies are made affordable, field-adapted and relevant. Professor Outterson was among those panelists discussing "Funding: Sources, Trends & Policy Proposals."


IP Workshop: Communication of Technical Knowledge

June 17-18, 2010

Typically, invention and innovation are collective endeavors. Many people combine their talent, effort and knowledge to bring new technologies to the marketplace. Effective invention and innovation requires effective communication of technical knowledge between participants. In practice, this communication happens in various ways and different laws and policies affect how well these channels work. Although some research has separately explored each of these different aspects of communication, it might be helpful to gain a more comprehensive view.

This interdisciplinary workshop explored various channels used to communicate technical knowledge among inventors and innovators, and how law and policy affect such communication.

>>Conference agenda (PDF)



Arbitration in Cambodia – Promoting Economic and Social Harmony,
A Roundtable Discussion Comparing the Use of ADR in Cambodia and in the U.S.

May 25, 2010

In Cambodia, a voluntary arbitration system primarily is used to settle labor and employment
disputes in lieu of judicial proceedings. The event featured a group of Cambodian arbitrators from the Cambodian Arbitration Council who discussed how and why their voluntary arbitration system works and how they expect use of this system to expand to other issues. U.S. practitioners and faculty specializing in labor and employment and ADR also discussed the use of ADR in the U.S.

This event was co-sponsored by the following sections of the Boston Bar Association:
Boston Bar Association International Law Section
Boston Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
Boston Bar Association Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee




BU Law Commencement

May 16, 2010

>>More information, including features, photos and video




All-University Commencement

May 16, 2010

>>More information


First Annual BU School of Law Asian Pacific American Alumni Conference

April 9, 2010


Presentation by the Manhattan County District Attorney’s Office

April 14, 2010

Attendees met ADA Mark Dahl (BU ’00) of the Manhattan County District Attorney’s Office. Dahl discussed his career path, the DA’s Office, his work including what it is like to be an ADA, and how to apply for a summer position.



Year-End Pro Bono Celebration

April 14, 2010

This event highlighted the achievements of students, faculty and alumni involved in pro bono work over the past year. Dean O'Rourke presented pro bono certificates to all graduating J.D. and LL.M. students who completed their pro bono pledges.

Dean O'Rourke congratulated Peter Resnik ('70), Clinical Associate Professor Susan Akram and BU Law students for their outstanding contributions at the celebration.

Related features:
>>Spotlight on Peter Resnik: A book club for the homeless: A different kind of pro bono work (Video)
>>Susan Akram's faculty bio


Black Law Students Association Alumni Gala

April 17, 2010

The Boston University Black Law Students Association's Alumni Gala honored:

  • Richard Soden ('70), Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Angela Gomes ('05), Young Alumni Award


The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law

March 31, 2010

The Office of Student Affairs and the Women's Law Association presented a Brown Bag Lunch Talk entitled "The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law" featuring BU Law Vanessa Place ('84) with an introduction by Professor David Rossman.

Drawing on her considerable experience in the trenches representing indigent sex offenders and sexually violent predators in California, Vanessa Place - criminal defense attorney and author of The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law - discussed the ambiguity of rape law and larger ethical questions of what defines guilt, what is justice, and what is considered just punishment.



Worst Case Scenarios and How they Hinder "Preparedness" for Natural (and National) Disasters: H1N1 Flu and Haiti

March 23, 2010

Featuring Professor George Annas,
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights


building bridges

3rd Annual Building Bridges

March 23, 2010

Boston University School of Law cordially invites you to the 3rd Annual Building Bridges event.

This cocktail reception for students of color and alumni of color from the New England area provided a unique opportunity for BU Law alumni to meet with current students and share their wealth of experiences and useful advice.



Annual Public Interest Project Auction

March 24, 2010

This was BU Law's Public Interest Project's 18th annual silent and live auction. Proceeds support BU Law students working in public interest jobs for the summer. The Public Interest Project is a student-run organization with the mission of providing grants to students who accept unpaid summer positions with non-profit, public interest or government organizations. The goal is to foster a commitment to pro bono work and community service in all our grant recipients, whether they chose to pursue a public interest career or to work in the private sector. Info:



"Passion and Reason in European Integration," a keynote address and discussion with former Advocate General Professor Miguel Maduro (EUI)

March 26, 2010

"Passion and Reason in European Integration," featured a keynote address and discussion with former Advocate General Professor Miguel Maduro (EUI). This lecture was part of a day-long EU Law Teaching event.




Latinos and the Law in Massachusetts in 2010:
An Interview with Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall

March 22, 2010

"Latinos and the Law in Massachusetts in 2010," featured an interview with Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, by Boston University alumna Marilu Ramirez (COM'78). The interview covered the range of issues currently facing Latinos in the Commonwealth, including the following: The Status of Women ~ Undocumented Immigrants ~ Crime and Punishment Discrimination ~ Civil Rights ~ Language and Access to Justice Latinos in the Legal Profession ~ Children and Families ~ Education

Sponsored by Boston University Puerto Rican Student Association ~ Boston University School
of Law: Latin American Law Students Association, Women’s Law Association,
Student Government Association ~ Boston University Latino Alumni Network

>>View Daily Free Press feature, "Mass. chief justice celebrates diversity on bench"



Diversity Month Event: "You Can Post This"

March 17, 2010

But what can’t you post? The homeschool ban in Germany. Proposed face veil regulation in France. Freedom of speech restrictions in China and Taiwan. What does freedom mean outside our borders? An LL.M. panel discussed controversial regulations and practices in their home countries.




Rights, Equality and Justice: A Conference Inspired by the Moral and Legal Theory of Professor David Lyons

March 12 & 13, 2010

10th Floor Faculty Lounge, BU Law

Sponsored by BU Law and BU's Department of Philosophy with support from the BU Humanities Foundation

BU Law honored Professor David Lyons with a conference featuring many outstanding scholars in law and philosophy giving papers and commentaries on important topics about which he has written. Professor Lyons gave a response. Boston University Law Review will publish the papers and proceedings.

David B. Lyons is Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Boston University, where he has taught since 1995. Previously, he was a distinguished faculty member of Cornell University from 1964 to 1995. He has published a number of significant books in moral, political and legal theory, including Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism (Clarendon Press, 1965); In the Interest of the Governed: A Study in Bentham’s Philosophy of Utility and Law (Clarendon Press, 1973); Ethics and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 1984); Moral Aspects of Legal Theory (Cambridge University Press, 1993); and Rights, Welfare, and Mill’s Moral Theory (Oxford University Press, 1994). He also has written numerous important articles in these fields, both in law reviews and philosophy journals.



"Off the Record" event featuring Professor Ward Farnsworth: "What Lincoln Knew About Words"

off the record

March 3, 2010

In "Off the Record" lectures, students nominate a professor to speak about...anything. Lectures allow students to find out more about a particular professor and enjoy a post-lecture cocktail hour with other professors and students.



Environmental & Energy Law Career Panel

March 1, 2010

The Environmental & Energy Law Student Group hosted this opportunity for practicing attorneys to discuss diverse career opportunities in Environmental & Energy Law. Attendees learned about different career paths, as well as how to make some good networking connections.


  • BlueEnergy Group Finance and HR Director: Alex Pederson. BlueEnergy Group is a non-profit working to bring sustainable energy to marginalized communities around the world.
  • Mintz Levin Associate: Colin Van Dyke, Esq.
  • Mass. Dept of Environmental Protection Deputy General Counsel: Pamela Harvey, Esq.
  • Conservation Law Foundation Staff Attorney and the Director of Massachusetts Clean Energy & Climate Change Initiative: Susan Reid, Esq.



LALSA/SALSA Diversity Celebration

March 1, 2010

In BU Law's annual Latin American Law Student Association/South Asian Law Students Association Diversity Celebration, guests enjoyed traditional Latin-American and South Asian food and special performances, including a Mexican Ballet Folklorico & a South Asian Acapella Group.



Weil Gotshal: A Day in the Life of a Corporate Associate

February 26, 2010

All Boston University School of Law students were invited to join us this panel discussion, lunch and conversation.



Legal Follies' Annual Law Student Comedy Revue

Thursday, February 25th; Friday, February 26th, and; Saturday, February 27th.

Legal Follies is a sketch comedy group that has made its home at Boston University School of Law. Performances are entirely student-written, produced and directed. This annual show is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. In addition to a hilarious cast of actors and actresses, Legal Follies boasts an incredibly talented band composed entirely of students.

>>More information:



Afghan Defense Lawyers Panel

February 25, 2010

The National Security Law Society, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP) and the Student Affairs Office, hosted a panel of Afghan Defense Lawyers. Panelists spoke about their efforts to build the rule of law in Afghanistan.


  • Mr. Fazluminallah Fazly, Ministry of Justice
  • Ms. Parwin Hamkar, Afghanistan Independent Bar Association
  • Mr. Mohammad Afzal Shurmach Nooristani, Legal Aid Organization of Afghanistan
  • Mr. Ruhullah Qarizada, Afghanistan Independent Bar Association


Shapiro Lecture: "Ground Zero for Justice: Guantanamo Military Commissions and the Future of our Legal Rights”

February 22, 2010

Naval Commander Suzanne Lachelier (’92) was this year's Shapiro lecturer. CDR Lachelier serves as a member of the JAG Corps as a defense attorney who is representing Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

CDR Lachelier currently represents Ramzi bin al Shibh, one of the five men accused in the planning of the 9/11 attacks, and Ibrahim al Qosi, who faces charges on conspiracy and material support for terrorism. Both men are detained at Guantanamo Bay. Notably, CDR Lachelier petitioned for and won access to Guantanamo Bay’s Camp 7, the secret prison site where Ramzi bin al Shibh is held. She has worked as a defense counsel on active duty for nearly seven years.

In her lecture, CDR Lachelier addressed how the military commissions system works and how the decisions made at the military level can filter down and affect the entire United States system. CDR Lachelier drew on her experiences with other agencies, specifically intelligence agencies, and highlighted the implications their interference has on other cases, paying particular attention to the 9/11 trials.

About the Shapiro Lecture:

Max M. Shapiro graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1933 and quickly made a name for himself as an outstanding trial lawyer, practicing in New London, Connecticut. A recognized leader of the profession, he was chosen by his peers to serve as president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Throughout his 60 year legal career, he embraced the role of mentor, inspiring younger attorney’s through the strength of his character.

Max Shapiro never stopped thinking about a lawyer’s duty and he never stopped caring about Boston University School of Law. When Mr. Shapiro died, his son, Andrew Shapiro (‘77), his daughter, Suellen Kadis and his son-in-law, Larry Kadis, established a fund for an annual lecture in their father’s name at the School. The Max M. Shapiro Lecture is the School’s principle endowed lectureship and a fitting tribute to the memory of a lawyer who was devoted to examining the place of legal ethics in trial advocacy.


Presentation and Lunch with Richard Graber (’81), Shareholder, Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic

February 18, 2010

Presentation by Richard Graber, shareholder at Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Attendees heard about Mr. Graber’s experiences in Prague, the life of a U.S. Ambassador, and his particular focus on judicial reform in the Czech Republic. Graber discussed his own career path, his current work, and offered advice for current law students.


Black Law Student Association's 2nd Annual African and Caribbean Cultural Night

February 18, 2010

BLSA hosted its 2nd Annual African and Caribbean Cultural Night. All donations benefitted the Matenwa Community Learning Center of Haiti. Representatives from the organization were at the event to discuss their work.



Presentation and Lunch with Todd Kahn (‘88), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, COACH

February 8, 2010

Alumnus Todd Kahn, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Coach discussed his career path, current work, and offered advice for current law students seeking to enter the entertainment and in-house fields.

Kahn joined Coach as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary in January 2008. Prior to joining Coach, from July to September 2007, he served as president and chief operating officer of Calypso Christian Celle.



American Journal of Law and Medicine Symposium:
"Follow the Money: The Impact of Economics on the Delivery of Health Care"

February 6, 2010

While the financial implications of healthcare reform are the vogue issue in Washington today, Boston University School of Law, under the tutelage of Fran Miller, has been grappling with these complex issues for over thirty years. At the event, guests honored Professor Miller’s contribution to this field and heard her esteemed colleagues speak on the issues she helped bring to the forefront of the healthcare debate.



Motion Session with Judge William G. Young

January 20, 2010

Judge William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts conducted an afternoon motion session at BU Law. Judge Young heard motions, and following the session, conducted a question and answer session. This event allowed students the rare opportunity to see practicing attorneys argue before a federal judge.


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

New Years Day 2010
>>Happy Holidays from Dean Maureen O'Rourke