Past Events - 2014


The Interface of Social Ethics and The Practice of American Constitutional Law
featuring Daniel P. Sheehan

Friday, April 11, 2014

Daniel Sheehan

What do the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Iran-Contra, American Indian Movement Wounded Knee occupation, Daniel Berrigan, SJ peace activism, Black Panthers, Attica Prison inmates, Karen Silkwood, Three-Mile Island, American Sanctuary Movement, Greensboro Civil Rights, and Lakota People’s Law Project all have in common? Attorney Daniel Sheehan.

Daniel P. Sheehan received a B.A from Harvard College in American Government Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy; a J.D. from Harvard Law School in American Constitutional Law and International Law; and pursued master’s and doctoral studies at the Harvard Divinity School, 1973-5, in Judeo-Christian Social Ethics and Comparative Social Ethics. He is Co-Founder and President of the Cambridge Institute for the Study of Alternative Worldviews at Harvard University.

This lecture was co-sponsored by Boston University School of Theology and Boston University School of Law.



Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing

Friday, April 4, 2014

Protecting Syrian Refugees

The International Human Rights Clinical Program at the Boston University School of Law gave a report on a two-year research project focusing on the legal issues and problems that are creating barriers to relief and protection for refugees fleeing Syria. The project focused on the legal instruments that govern this refugee flow in the most affected states: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt.

Clinical Professor: Susan Akram

Clinic Students: Aaron Lang, Sarah Bidinger and Danielle Hites

This event was sponsored by the Boston University School of Law with support from the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University.


Healthcare Roundtable: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - Examining the Impact on American Families, Industry, and the Nation

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


A panel discussion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often referred to as Obamacare, featuring five noted alumni and industry leaders currently implementing America's century-long effort at national health care reform.

The panel explored how the Affordable Care Act has impacted innovation, affordability, and access to healthcare in America, the business opportunities and challenges that have emerged, if provisions have been left out of the law, and more.


Jeanette G. Clough (SON'75), President & CEO, Mount Auburn Hospital

David Kirshner (GSM'82), Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Valence Health

Bill Matson, Chief Human Resource Officer, Analog Devices

Elizabeth H. Roberts (GSM'84), Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island


Rear Admiral Christine Hunter M.D. (MED'80, CAS'80), Medical Director, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Sponsored by:

Health Sector Management Program & HSMA Student Club (SMG)

Association for Healthcare Leadership (SPH)

Students for Quality Healthcare (SPH)

Health Law Association (LAW)

The alumni offices of the School of Management, the School of Law, and the School of Public Health at Boston University


Do Government Agencies Protect Patients?
The 4th Annual Cathy Shine Lecture with Sidney M. Wolfe, MD

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shine Lecture

Is there a role for regulatory agencies in creating an environment to improve the health of patients? Dr. Wolfe presented the case that, yes, some agencies have a role, but have dangerously failed to perform it adequately. A prime example is the FDA, which should be a more important source of patient protection, especially where it serves as gatekeeper for drugs and devices. Others include medical licensing boards, most of which have failed to take action against physicians who are practicing substandard medicine in their states. Dr. Wolfe offered powerful examples from his experiences monitoring and influencing the FDA and medical licensing boards, and discussed recommendations for improving their performance concerning patient safety.

Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, co-founded Public Citizen’s Health Research Group with Ralph Nader in 1971 and was its Director until June 2013, when he became its Senior Advisor. Under his leadership, the Group has published research on critical issues in health policy such as pharmaceutical safety and effectiveness, workplace safety, and human research subject protection, and advocated for transparency and accuracy in the development of policies affecting the health and safety of patients. Before moving to the Health Research Group, Dr. Wolfe, conducted research on aspects of blood-clotting at the National Institutes of Health. Since 1995 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. His received his medical degree from Case Western University and his internship and residency were in internal medicine. He is currently a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine and served on the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2012. He has published extensively in the medical and health policy literature and, since July 2013, has written a regular column for the British Medical Journal. His awards include receiving the 1990 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.



Meeting the Needs of America’s Heroes: A Lifetime and Community Obligation

The Tenth Annual Pike Lecture, Featuring Keynote Speaker Jonathan Woodson, MD

Monday, February 10, 2014


The tenth annual Pike lecture, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, was held on Monday, February 10.

Dr. Woodson discussed the major medical advances that have led to the highest survivability from warfare in history. He also offered insight into the nation’s long-term obligations to those who are ill or injured as a result of our most recent conflis.

Dr. Woodson serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues and ensures the effective execution of the Department of Defense (DoD) medical mission. He co-chairs the Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management Committee and exercises authority and control over the Defense Health Agency; the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute; and the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Previously, Dr. Woodson served as associate dean for diversity and multicultural affairs and professor of surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine, and as senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He holds the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve.

The annual Pike Lecture on Health Law is held in honor of Boston University School of Law alumni Neal Pike (‘37), a distinguished lawyer and lifelong advocate for individuals with disabilities.

Event recap: Top Military Health Official: Meeting Needs of America’s Soldiers


Distressed Municipal Financing: Navigating Uncharted Waters

A Symposium Presented by the Review of Banking & Financial Law

Friday, February 7, 2014

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This Symposium, presented by the Boston University Review of Banking & Financial Law, brought together practitioners, judges, and leading scholars to discuss key financial issues arising in debt-laden communities across the nation, including: historic bankruptcies in Detroit and San Bernardino, pension obligation conflicts, and the tension between austerity measures and bailouts. Perspectives on municipal use of volatile securities and the effect of voter mobility on local finance policy, among others, were presented. Participants examined how state and local governments can navigate conflicting interests to generate workable financing solutions.

Symposium Schedule

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Diversity & Inclusion: Building Bridges in the New Legal Market

The Second Annual Greater Boston Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Conference

Saturday, January 25, 2014

APALSA Conference

The Greater Boston APALSA Conference celebrates ethnic and professional diversity in the legal world. In the past, BU APALSA has successfully brought together alumni—old and new, and from different law schools—whose collectively diverse background and experience will add a unique dimension to discussions on Asian American unity in the legal profession.

This year's Second Annual Greater Boston APALSA Conference hoped to inspire a new level of appreciation for a stronger connection within a larger APA community. This year's theme was “Diversity and Inclusion - Building Bridges in the New Legal Market.” The conference explored emerging trends in the legal market, diversity and why it is important and instrumental, and more.

For more information, please visit the Second Annual Greater Boston APALSA Conference website.



Improved Health at a Reduced Cost? Economic Perspectives on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

A Symposium Presented by the American Journal of Law & Medicine

Friday, January 24, 2014

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As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented, states, healthcare industry stakeholders, employers, and citizens must navigate their way through a challenging new healthcare market. The administration contends that this new market is the key to improved health at a reduced cost. Panelists analyzed and discussed wide-reaching economic impacts of the ACA, including impacts on provision of healthcare services, labor and employment, state Medicaid programs, and the insurance industry.

Symposium Agenda



The Euro Crisis: Regulatory Responses, Social Consequences, and Legal Strategies

An event co-hosted by the Boston University International Law Journal and the Hellenic Bar Association of Massachusetts

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Eurozone crisis, epitomized by the Greek sovereign debt crash, continues to loom as one of the greatest financial, regulatory, and policy challenges in the history of the European Union to date. One of the long-standing aspects of the European Union’s political integration is the project of a Social Europe - a particular model of polity built upon the legacy of member states' welfare policies. What are the prospects for Social Europe following the recent austerity measures demanded by lending institutions? Can it find room in a new and strengthened political union? In addition to addressing the foregoing questions, this event laid out for discussion the regulatory and investment-climate outcomes of the Greek debt crisis, identifying opportunities for legal strategies concerning both private investment and systemic regulation in Greece and at the EU level.

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