Past Events - 2011



Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Dr. Hannah Starman

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Law Students Association and the BU Law Office of Student Affairs hosted a talk by Dr. Hannah Starman titled "Confiscation and Restitution of Jewish Industrial Property in Slovenia: The 1945 Trial Against Textile Industrialists and Its Aftermath". Dr. Hannah Starman is a fellow of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Her current research explores the issue of Jewish citizenship and property rights in Post-World War II Slovenia.



Federalist Society Lecture with Dr. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law School

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Federalist Society hosted their final lecture of the semester on Thursday, December 1. Dr. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law School discussed his case recently filed with the Supreme Court, Louisiana v. Bryson. The case concerns a challenge to the inclusion of non-immigrant foreign nationals (illegal aliens) in the census data used to apportion seats in the United States House of Representatives.

Professor Baker, Professor Emeritus of Law at LSU Law, is currently Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Catholic University of America Law School. He has taught on the law faculties of Georgetown, George Mason, and NYU, among others. An expert in constitutional and criminal law, Dr. Baker received his Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School.

The BU Federalist Society is a group of conservative and libertarian law students who are committed to the principles of liberty, separation of powers, and limited government. They are committed to individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.


Clark Legal History Series features Kara Swanson, Northeastern University Law School, "Reproductive Medicine in the Legal Shadows: Artificial Insemination, 1890-1945"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The final Fall 2011 installment of the Clark Legal History Series featured Kara Swanson of Northeastern University Law School, "Reproductive Medicine in the Legal Shadows: Artificial Insemination, 1890-1945".

For more information on the Clark Legal History Series, please visit their website: Clark Legal History Workshop.


Interested in Becoming a Prosecutor? Information Session by Assistant District Attorneys from the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Middlesex DA's Office is one of the largest prosecutorial offices in New England and has prosecuted nationally publicized cases. This informational session highlighted the work of the office, career opportunities, summer internships, the application process, and provided an opportunity to ask questions of assistant district attorneys assigned to the juvenile, district, superior and appellate court units in the office.


Civil Liberties After 9/11

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The American Constitution Society hosted a lecture featuring Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Carol spoke about about civil liberties following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the status of our liberties today, especially in light of the controversies surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests. This event was co-sponsored by Student Affairs.



Edward C. Stone Moot Court Awards Reception

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The 2011 Edward C. Stone Moot Court Awards Reception took place on Thursday, November 17th. The names of the 32 students who are invited to move on to the Homer Albers Prize Competition were annouced, as well as the best brief and best oralist awards for each problem.


Clark Legal History Series features Michael Vorenberg, Brown University History Department, "Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance during the American Civil War"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Clark Legal History Series featured Michael Vorenber of Brown University's History Department speaking on "Birth, Belief, and Blood: Allegiance during the American Civil War".

For more information on the Clark Legal History Series, please visit their website: Clark Legal History Workshop.


America at War: US Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Monday, November 14, 2011

The fourth panel in a series of panels examining wars since 2001. Speakers included Neta Crawford of Boston University, Robert Sloane of Boston University School of Law, and Ivan Toft of Boston University.



Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Human Rights Law Society and the Office of Student Affairs hosted a discussion with Professor Charles Fried (Harvard Law School) and Professor Gregory Fried (Suffolk Philosophy Department) on their book, Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror. The moderator was Robert Sloane, Boston University School of Law.

About the Book:

"This is a book born of conversations. Those conversations began between a father and son in the days and weeks after 9/11 and continued on into the years that followed. One of us had been a supporter first of John McCain, then of George W. Bush in the 2000 election. The other certainly was not. One of us supported the war in Iraq, the other only reluctantly. But we were both angered and worried but the 9/11 attacks, and our conversations increasingly focused on two controversial tactics in the war against the terrorists -- brutal interrogations of suspected terrorists abroad and pervasive electronic surveillance at home -- tactics used to get desperately needed intelligence about a hidden and unfamiliar enemy. Both divided opinion in this country. What we realized they shared is the question of whether an executive has the right to break the law in a time of crisis, for both were indeed illegal. The public controversy about these tactics continues, as does the controversy about what to do with those who ordered and carried out what surely were crimes."



Family Law Luncheon with Donald G. Tye

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Family Law Association was pleased to have Attorney Donald G. Tye, the Co-Chair of the Domestic Relations Practice Area of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, share his experience as a practicing family law attorney, and lead a discussion on the practice, as well as issues related to the Probate & Family Courts in Massachusetts. Donald G. Tye is a practicing trial attorney in the areas of civil, probate and domestic relations litigation, and appeals, with over 30 years of experience as an attorney, guardian ad litem, mediator, arbitrator, author, and lecturer. Attorney Tye has given lectures and has conducted workshops and seminars in the areas of trial practice, divorce, and child-related issues.



Women's Bar Association and Women's Law Association: Mentorship Panel and Networking Event

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Women's Bar and Women's Law Associations hosted their annual Mentorship Panel and Networking Event on November 9th. The panel featured distinguished women working in various legal fields who offered their perspectives and advice on transitioning from law student to professional, building a successful career, and developing meaningful and beneficial professional relationships. A structured group speed networking event followed the panel.


The Holocaust and its Legacy, Resiliency, Fragility and Restitution of Survivors
Eighth Annual Pike Conference on Health Law

Sunday, October 23, 2011

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.

Sixty-seven years have passed since the end of the Holocaust, and the remaining survivors are rapidly aging.  This is the first group of genocide survivors to have reached the geriatrics age group. This year’s annual Pike Conference, sponsored by BU Law and the School of Public Health in partnership with the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University, focused on the resiliency, fragility and restitution of Holocaust survivors. Specific topics included: care for aging Holocaust survivors and the subsequent generation, contemporary services for survivors, parallels between the pre-Holocaust and contemporary world, and present threats to Jewish survival. The Hillel Award recipient was child survivor, psychiatrist and author Robert Krell, M.D., who delivered a keynote address entitled “The Resiliency of the Survivor.” The closing program highlighted Rabbi Joseph Polak, a child survivor, who gave a talk entitled “On Being the Last Witness.” This year's conference took place in memory of Magda and Paul Burger, and was held at the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston.



A celebration of the publication of
The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause, coauthored by Gary Lawson, Professor of Law and Abraham & Lillian Benton Scholar

Monday, October 17, 2011

Professor Gary Lawson has recently published The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause (Cambridge University Press, with Geoffrey P. Miller, Robert G. Natelson and Guy I. Seidman). The Necessary and Proper Clause is one of the most important parts of the U.S. Constitution. Today this short 39-word paragraph is cited as the legal foundation for much of the modern federal government. Yet constitutional scholars have pronounced its origins and original meaning a mystery. Through three independent lines of research, Lawson and his coauthors trace the lineage of the Necessary and Proper Clause to the everyday law of the Founding Era—the same law that American founders such as Madison, Hamilton and Washington applied in their daily lives. Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause are found in law governing agencies, public administration and corporations. Moreover, all of those areas were undergirded by common principles of fiduciary responsibility—reflecting the founders’ view that a public office is truly a public trust. This explains the choice of language in the clause and provides clues about its meaning. This book thus serves as a reference source for scholars seeking to understand the intellectual foundations of one of the Constitution’s most important clauses.

To celebrate the publication of this learned and significant book, Boston University School of Law hosted a book symposium, featuring Philip A. Hamburger, Maurice & Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, Ken I. Kersch, Associate Professor of Political Science, History, and Law, Boston Colleg, John F. Manning, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and Gary Lawson, BU School of Law.


Ten Years In: Appraising the International Law of the 'Long War' in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. This conference, co-sponsored by Boston University School of Law, the U.S. Naval War College, and the American Society of International Law's Francis Lieber Society, examined current controversies in the law of armed conflict, the law governing recourse to force, and international human rights law arising out of the continuing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and related operations in Pakistan. Panelists addressed, among other issues, counterinsurgency doctrine, the increasing individuation of warfare, the tactical directive, rules of engagement, the concept of “direct participation in hostilities,” unmanned systems, targeted killings, and cross-border operations. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. David Kilcullen, founding CEO and President of Caerus Associates. During his distinguished career, Dr. Kilcullen has served as counterinsurgency adviser to NATO International Security Assistance Force, special adviser for counterinsurgency to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior counterinsurgency adviser to General David Petraeus, and chief strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The Boston University International Law Journal will publish selected portions of the proceedings.


Live Stream of President Obama’s Champions of Change Event

Thursday, October 13, 2011

BU Law live streamed this national, on-line conversation among law students and faculty, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder. This program sought to get thousands of future agents of legal change talking about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap including a call on law students to step up their pro bono efforts.


A Screening of Academy Award Nominated Restrepo

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A screening the 2010 documentary Restrepo took place on Tuesday, October 1 with Professor Caruso introducing the film and moderating discussion. This event was co-sponsored by the International Law Journal.


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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

On October 5th, we kicked off the school year with an event honoring our distinguished alumni and recipients of the Annual Victor J. Garo Public Service Award:

  • Peter J. Macdonald ('84), Partner, WilmerHale, New York, NY
  • Anna M. Schleelein ('08), Co-Executive Director, Shelter Legal Services, Newton, MA


Antimicrobial Resistance: Biology, Population Dynamics and Policy Options

Monday, October 3 - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, in partnership with Boston University School of Law and Harvard Medical School, held its annual symposium on the topic of Antimicrobial Resistance: Biology, Population Dynamics, and Policy Options on October 3 & 4, 2011. The primary objectives for this event were to discuss the roles of transmission modeling, pathogen genomics, and traditional surveillance in understanding the biology and population dynamics of antimicrobial resistance. In addition discussion occurred on the pros and cons of proposed mechanisms to encourage development of novel antimicrobial agents. An underlying theme was to encourage the collaboration among public health experts, modelers, and biologists in studies of drug resistant pathogens. The antibiotic incentives session was led by Associate Professor Kevin Outterson.


Innovation and The Harmonization of Patent Systems: Does One Size Fit All?

Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1, 2011

The multi-lateral movement to harmonize patent law and procedure across nations has a long history and notable achievements including the Paris Convention and the TRIPS agreement. However, surprisingly little empirical research has explored how harmonization works in practice, how well it fosters trade and whether it fosters innovation. The need for such research seems especially important today because recent efforts at harmonization have been directed toward developing nations where both trade and domestic innovation are often critical to economic growth.

This workshop looked at both legal and empirical economics scholarship on patent harmonization and innovation. The workshop covered the effect of harmonization in both advanced countries, such as the U.S., and in developing nations, especially China, where government policy and rapid growth in patenting highlights some important issues. Some of the questions discussed included:

  • To what extent has TRIPS actually harmonized patent systems? How significant are remaining differences in law? Do subsidies for patenting, patent litigation, and patent practices pose barriers to trade that undermine patent harmonization? And what about other government policies that affect investment in R&D, government procurement, and standard-setting?
  • What role has patent harmonization actually played in increasing trade? What role has it played in increasing FDI?
  • What kind of innovation is best for economic development? How important are: 1) imitation/adaptation of foreign technologies, 2) incremental improvement of mature technologies, and 3) innovation in truly frontier technologies? And how does harmonization affect these different types of innovation in developing nations?
  • How are differences in national innovation systems reflected in patenting behavior? For example, how does the role of technology entrepreneurs differ between nations and how is this reflected in the quantity and quality of patenting by small entrepreneurs and other groups? How has TRIPS affected domestic innovation in different technologies in developing nations?
  • To what extent do private parties find solutions to overcome inadequate harmonization (e.g., contractual enforcement of property rights; extra-territorial litigation)? To what extent do private parties find ways to overcome detrimental effects of harmonization on domestic innovation?



A celebration of the publication of
Habermas: The Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy
by Hugh Baxter, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Monday, September 26, 2011

Professor Hugh Baxter has recently published Habermas: The Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy in the prestigious Stanford University Press Series, Jurists: Profiles in Legal Theory. Editorial reviews from the dust jacket of the book include:

“A must read for all those interested in an exposition of Jürgen Habermas’s fundamental contribution to legal scholarship.”—David M. Rasmussen, Boston College

“A clear, well-judged, and cool assessment of Jürgen Habermas and his debates with Niklas Luhmann, two giants of twentieth-century social theory.”—Tim Murphy, The London School of Economics and Political Science

“An informed and important contribution to our understanding of Habermas’s political, legal, and social theory.”—Kenneth Baynes, Syracuse University

Boston University School of Law celebrated the publication of this insightful and important book with a Faculty lunch and book symposium, featuring Frank I. Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, James Schmidt, Professor of History and Political Science at Boston University, and Hugh Baxter, Professor of Law and Philosophy at Boston University.



BU Law Restitution & Unjust Enrichment Conference

Friday, September 16 - Saturday, September 17, 2011

Restitution Postcard

Boston University School of Law, in cooperation with the American Law Institute (ALI), sponsored an international conference on the law of restitution and unjust enrichment. The occasion of the conference was the publication (in July 2011) of ALI’s Restatement Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, for which BU Professor Andrew Kull served as reporter. Conference papers will be published as a symposium in the Boston University Law Review

Conference papers were presented by distinguished international authorities on the law of restitution. Participants:

  • Andrew Burrows, Oxford University
  • Nili Cohen, University of Tel Aviv
  • Hanoch Dagan, University of Tel Aviv
  • Gerhard Dannemann, Humboldt University (Berlin)
  • James Edelman, Oxford University
  • Daniel Friedmann, University of Tel Aviv
  • Mark Gergen, University of California (Berkeley)
  • Gareth Jones, Cambridge University
  • Doug Laycock, University of Virginia
  • Saul Levmore, University of Chicago
  • Mitch McInnes, University of Alberta
  • Emily Sherwin, Cornell University
  • Lionel Smith, McGill University
  • Robert Stevens, University College London
  • Danie Visser, University of Cape Town
  • Ernest Weinrib, University of Toronto

The new Restatement was the first such treatment of the subject since the original Restatement of Restitution in 1937. ALI’s reporter for the project was BU Law professor Andrew Kull.



BU Law Alumni Red Sox Game at Fenway Park

August 1, 2011

BU Law alumni caught the August 1 Red Sox game at Fenway Park and enojoyed a pre-game gathering at The Lower Depths.


BU Law Alumni Reception at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Toronto

August 4, 2011

Boston University School of Law hosted their annual reception in conjunction with the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Toronto.


BU Law YAC Trivia Night

July 14, 2011

The BU Law Young Alumni Council hosted a trivia night with Professor Volk as Trivia Master at Elephant & Castle.


BU Law Commencement

May 22, 2011

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This year's honored guest speaker was United States Circuit Judge, Denny Chin.


"Our Shrinking Constitution," featuring The Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt, Judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

April 21, 2011

The Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt is a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He attended Pomona College and Yale Law School, and was appointed as a judge in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. Reinhardt has received several awards, including most recently in 2004 when he received the Award for Judicial Excellence by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Meritorious Service Award from the University of Oregon Law School.



"Dodd-Frank and the Financial Crisis," featuring David Arkush and Heather Slavkin ('05)

April 14, 2011

Hosted by the BU American Constitution Society

David Arkush, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division, and Heather Slavkin ('05), senior legal and policy advisor for the AFL-CIO Office of Investment gave their perspectives on the financial crisis and the Dodd-Frank Act. Arkush is an expert on consumer product safety and financial protection, access to justice, and money in politics. He has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and is frequently quoted in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the L.A.Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Roll Call, and the Hill.

Slavkin's work focuses on legal, regulatory and corporate governance issues that impact union- and other worker-based pension, health and savings funds. She is the lead policy advisor on financial regulatory reform for the AFL-CIO and focuses on issues related to derivatives, systemic risk, hedge funds and private equity, and corporate governance. She is also a 2005 graduate of BU Law!



Year-End Pro Bono Celebration

April 13, 2011

BU Law's Year-End Pro Bono Celebration honored the following individuals for their dedication to public service:

  • Christine J. Engustian ('84)
    Recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Alumni Award
  • Professor Tracey Maclin
    Recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Faculty Award



Book Symposium featuring Khiara Bridges' Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization

April 11, 2011

Reproducing Race (University of California Press, 2011), an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. Khiara M. Bridges investigates how race—commonly seen as biological in the medical world—is socially constructed among women dependent on the public healthcare system for prenatal care and childbirth. Bridges argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is not explicitly named, showing how they are marginalized by the practices and assumptions of the clinic staff. Deftly weaving ethnographic evidence into broader discussions of Medicaid and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality, Bridges shines new light on the politics of healthcare for the poor, demonstrating how the “medicalization” of social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color.

To celebrate the publication of this insightful and provocative book, BU Law invited three distinguished scholars from law and anthropology to comment on it.


  • Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
  • Sally Engle Merry, Professor of Anthropology, Law and Society at New York University Department of Anthropology and School of Law
  • Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Response: Professor Khiara M. Bridges, BU School of Law & Department of Anthropology



Characters and the Law – Presentation by Jay Kogan, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Deputy General Counsel DC Comics

April 8, 2011

Jay Kogan discussed legal protections available to characters and explored how such protections affect character creation, exploitation, and rights enforcement. Kogan also examined how the nature of the character (e.g. purely fictional, inspired by a real person, or a stage persona adopted by an individual) changes the analysis.



The BU Law Alumni Association invites you to a "Women in Law" Panel

April 6, 2011

At this event, alumnae with various experiences and backgrounds discussed what makes a female lawyer successful in the workplace.


  • Sherley Cruz, JD'03
    Office of Attorney General - Fair Labor Division
  • Natascha George, JD'95
    Partner - Bingham McCutchen, LLP
  • Erica Hepp, JD'05
    In House Counsel - Reebok
  • Carla Moynihan, JD'95
    Partner - Robinson & Cole, LLP
  • Deanna Sheridan, JD'03
    Contracts Counsel - NORESCO, LLC

Moderated by Professor Linda McClain
Hosted by BU Law's Women's Law Association



Building Bridges

April 6, 2011

Boston University School of Law hosted its 4th 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.



2nd Annual Asian Pacific American Alumni Conference, "Stepping Stones to a Stronger Community"

Hosted by Boston University's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

April 2, 2011

This year’s Conference was entitled "Stepping Stones to a Stronger Community," with the goal of exploring social and legal issues that have implications for the unity of the Asian American community. The Conference offered an opportunity for alumni--old and new, and from any law school--to connect and engage with each other, and for students to experience the legal network of which they are a part.



Shapiro lecture featuring Kenneth J. Rose ('81):
"Finding Purpose: Lessons learned in law school and 30 years of representing inmates on death row"

April 1, 2011

This year's Shapiro lecture featured Kenneth J. Rose, senior staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina. Rose’s 10-year battle to save a mentally challenged farmhand from execution is chronicled in The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates, by John Temple.

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.

>>Video footage



Colloquium Presentation: "Race, Nation and the Development of U.S. Law"

Presented by Professor David Lyons

March 31, 2011


auctionAnnual Public Interest Project Auction

March 31, 2011

Attendees enjoyed this year's BU Law Public Interest Project's silent and live auctions. Proceeds supported 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.



Health Law Career Forum featuring Michael F. Murray, M.D. Clinical Chief, Genetics Division, Brigham & Women's Hospital

March 30, 2011

Co-sponsored by the Career Development Office and the Health Law Association

Guests attended a forum on careers in Health Law featuring guest lecturer Dr. Michael F. Murray. An expert on genetic testing and privacy issues, Dr. Murray serves as director of the Adult Genetics Clinic, as clinical chief of the Genetics Division, and as director of the Combined Training Program in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. As Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Murray teaches the Annual "Genetic Basis of Adult Medicine" course and, since 2003, he has been a member of the Harvard Center for Genetics and Genomics.

In addition to his experience within Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women';s Hospital, Dr. Murray works as principal investigator on a research project funded by Genzyme focusing on exploring whether cases of undiagnosed genetic disease can be identified, using systematic analysis of information contained within the Partners Research Database.

Dr. Murray visited BU Law's Health Law Career Forum to discuss the intersection of his work and careers in the Health Law industry.



Presentation by Katherine Redford, Co-Founder and U.S. Director, EarthRights International

March 29, 2011

BU Law welcomed Katie Redford, the co-founder & U.S. Director of EarthRights International.

EarthRights is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting earth rights and human rights abuses. This event followed that of our fall guest speaker, Mr. Harn Yawnghwe, who presented on Burma's democracy movement. EarthRights has a special" Burma Project," which focuses on human rights abuses taking place in Burma through child labor and the exploitation of oil & gas companies.

Ms. Redford addressed both the Burma Project and the general work of EarthRights.



fun runBU Law 5K Ambulance Chase Fun Run/Walk

March 26, 2011




“Arrivederci, Loser: How My Unpublished Novel About a Blueberry Muffin Rekindled my (Admittedly Mediocre) Writing Career”
Off the Record with Professor Jay Wexler

March 23, 2011



Workshop Series on Financial Reform: International Dimensions

March 21, 2011

The Center for Finance, Law & Policy presented a workshop series on financial reform. Workshops are co-sponsored by: Zvi Bodie, SMG, Con Hurley, Director, Morin Center and Laurence Kotlikoff, Department of Economics.



Franchising: Making Millions

March 8, 2011

The franchising business can provide great career options with the potential to make large sums of money. It can be a particularly good career option for people in a down economy. Banks are tight with credit, but franchisers are continuing to lend money and train franchisees. Before choosing this path, it’s critical to understand the world of franchising.

Attendees learned about the history of franchising, the pros and cons and the keys to a successful franchise business from three experts in the field. The panel helped explain the pros and cons, the keys to a successful franchise business and important issues that arise in this business. The panel also discussed the challenges of legal representation of both franchisors and franchisees.


  • Morton H. Aronson (J.D. ’59), Of Counsel, Federal & Hasson, LLP, is in charge of the franchise practice. He focuses on domestic and international franchising and mediation representing both franchisors and franchisees. He also focuses his practice on the hotel industry. He spent 25 years with the Holiday Inn hotel chain, serving as vice president and general counsel- franchising for much of that time. He also teaches franchise law at Emory Law School.
  • William Hall has been an entrepreneur and investor for over thirty years and currently operates five Dairy Queen locations in Texas He has been a multi-unit franchisee, operating over eighty units at one time of Dairy Queen, Church’s Chicken, Chicken Express, Mr. Jim’s Pizza and other brands.
  • Richard Emmett was a partner at the law firm of Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald before joining the corporate word. He has extensive general counsel experience at big-brand, franchised, food service companies as well as management experience, business and legal acumen, and an impressive track record of developing strong franchisee relationships. He is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Dunkin Brands, the parent company of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

>>Related feature: BU Law Podcast Series features Morton Aronson ('59), Of Counsel, Federal & Hasson, LLP, discussing "The Practice of Franchising" (Audio)



Alumni Panel & Welcome Social: "How to Survive & Thrive as a New Lawyer"

March 2, 2011

The BU Law Alumni Association offered a special opportunity to hear from alumni with various experiences and backgrounds on the things that help make a lawyer successful in the workplace – the "nuts and bolts" of practicing law.


  • Sherley Cruz, JD'03, Office of Attorney General, Fair Labor Division
  • Rebecca Fordon, , JD'05, Associate, Brown Rudnick, LLP
  • Jim Fox, JD'86, Shareholder, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
  • Carla Moynihan, , JD'95, Partner, Robinson & Cole, LLP
  • Irv Rakhlin, JD'07, Associate, Cunha & Holcomb, P.C.
  • Michelle Rothman, JD'07, Associate, Travers Dombroski, P.C.

Moderated by Chris Strang, JD'05, Partner, Desmond, Strang & Scott, LLP



Professor Dan Berman Presents "Taxation in America: Ten Things You Probably Don't Know About the U.S. Tax System"

February 28, 2011




AJLM Symposium: "Marketing Health: The Growing Role of Commercial Speech Doctrine in FDA Regulation"

February 26, 2011

In the past few years, the health care industry has tried constitutional litigation to challenge many statutes and regulations. Some arguments have hinged upon preemption of state tort and common law for drugs and medical devices. Others concern due process and liberty claims asserted against the FDA drug approval system. Additionally, several states are pursuing cases at the moment to challenge the health insurance reforms recently enacted into law. Equally remarkable have been the commercial speech cases bringing First Amendment defenses to block FDA and related regulations. If successful, these cases claim the Constitution prohibits some regulation of drug marketing, including off-label drug promotion.

Clearly, something is afoot, with powerful constitutional arguments being successfully deployed to challenge democratically enacted statutes. But the plaintiffs aren’t oppressed minorities; they are some of the world’s most powerful corporations, with incredible lobbying resources in Washington, the United States and on the international market. How do we mesh theories of the Constitution with these cases? Is commercial speech the new incarnation of Lochner? What does the recent decision in Citizens United mean for commercial speech litigation? This symposium offered lively debate and discourse among some of the top scholars in the field representing both sides of this timely and heated issue.

Symposium Schedule (PDF)

>>Video footage (Afternoon sessions)


Women's Law Association Panel – Life as a Female Attorney at a Global Law Firm

February 25, 2011

BU Law students joined attorneys from the Boston office of Weil for a candid discussion about life as a female attorney. Topics discussed included challenges facing women who work at large firms, legal recruiting, mentoring and more.



Student Event:
Public Interest Pizza Discussion with Samuel Moskowitz, Shareholder, Davis Malm D’Agostine

Pro Bono Work While Working in the Private Sector

February 25, 2011

As part of BU Law's Public Interest Pizza discussion series, students joined attorney Samuel Moskowitz, Davis Malm & D’Agostine P.C. for a discussion of his extensive pro bono work.

Samuel Moskowitz practices in the real estate, business, and litigation areas. He has extensive experience in a broad range of real estate matters, including title issues, leasing, development, conveyancing, and mortgage lending. Over his 30-year legal career, Moskowitz has developed an acknowledged expertise in all facets of condominium law, including both residential and commercial condominium development, operation, and financing. His practice also includes real estate and business litigation, entertainment law, and the representation of closely held businesses. For five of the last six years, Moskowitz has been named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” from a poll of Massachusetts attorneys conducted by Law and Politics Magazine.



Judge Young Motion Session

February 24, 2011

Judge William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts visited BU Law to conduct an afternoon motion session. Following the session, Judge Young conducted a question and answer session.


Legal Follies Annual Show

February 24, 25, and 26, 2011

Legal Follies is BU Law School's premier sketch comedy troupe. The annual show features skits, dancing, videos and a live band. The cast and band are composed entirely of BU Law students. The group's comedy covers a range of topics that audiences find hilarious whether or not they're law students.




2011 International Careers Panel

February 18, 2011

This panel included Boston University foreign LL.M. alumni currently working in the U.S. The event was an opportunity for LL.M. students to learn about different practice areas and to gain insight and advice into entering the U.S. legal market. The panelists, all of whom were alumni of the LL.M programs, shared their experience while at BU, in finding their jobs, advice for taking a U.S. bar exam, and more.



BU Law Exhibit - Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933

February 14 - 22, 2011

The German Consulate General in Boston, with the support of the Boston University School of Law and the German Federal Bar Association, hosted the traveling exhibition, "Lawyer's Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933."

In 1933, more than 3,000 of the practicing lawyers in Germany were Jewish or of Jewish descent. This exhibition charts the life of 20 such German lawyers from 1933 through the years of Hitler’s regime and - for those who survived - beyond.



2011 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium

February 11-12, 2011

Boston University School of Law hosted the 2011 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium. WIPIP offered an opportunity for intellectual property law scholars to present their works-in-progress and get early feedback from their colleagues.



Professor Jay Wexler Presents "Law and Religion in the U.S."

February 8, 2011


"The Bowl Championship Series (BCS): Is It Fair And In Compliance With The Antitrust Laws?"

February 8, 2011

A Lecture and Discussion with Paul M. Kaplan (CAS '73) Introduction by Dean Virginia Sapiro, College of Arts & Sciences

Sponsored by the BU College of Arts and Sciences, BU Law, Law Communication, Entertainment & Sports Law Association, and BU School of Management Department of Markets, Public Policy & Law


Public Interest Pizza Discussion with Professor Virginia Greiman - Government and International Careers

January 28, 2011

Professor Greiman has more than 20 years of experience in federal and state government public policy positions as an appointee of the U.S. Attorney General to the U.S. Department of Justice, as an international consultant to the U.S. Department of State in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as an Administrative Law judge and general counsel to several State agencies. Presently, she is the deputy director and chief legal counsel, Executive Office of Economic Development, Department of Business and Technology for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before this appointment, she served as litigation counsel and director of Risk Management to the Central Artery/Tunnel Project.

She has extensive teaching experience as an adjunct and visiting professor of International and Corporate Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Boston University School of Law, and as a faculty fellow to Oxford University in Comparative International Law. She also serves as a teaching assistant to the Trial Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School. Greiman has served on many boards including Women in World Trade, the Massachusetts Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, and the British American Business Council of New England, and she is a member of the Federalist Society. She has published extensively and lectures internationally.



2011 Distinguished Visitor, The Honorable Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel

February 19, 21, 24, 2011

BU Law hosted The Honorable Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel at the following events:

Wednesday, January 19
Lecture, "On Law and Judging: A Judicial Point Of View"

Friday, January 21
“The Judge” Documentary Film, by Ram Landes and Ami Teer
Viewing and Question & Answer Session with The Honorable Aharon Barak

Monday, January 24
Lecture, "Proportionality"

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