Lawyer-alum profile: Noelle Barrist Stern (‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00)

Noelle Barrist Stern (Legal Studies and Natural Resource Studies ‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00) Judicial Case Manager Berkshire County (MA) Probate & Family Court

What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am the Judicial Case Manager at the Berkshire Probate and Family Court.  My primary practice areas are probate and family law.

How did you get here – what led you to this field and practice setting? I have only recently started this position.  I spent eleven of my thirteen years in practice at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, originally as a Staff Attorney and for the most of the time as a Supervisory Staff Attorney. 

After moving to this area from New York and telecommuting, I wanted to work locally and be part of the legal community here.  After working... read more »

Meet the Lawyers of “Meet the Law”

We’ve got a great group of lawyer-alums coming to campus next week for our “Meet the Law” speed networking event (Wednesday, 10/30 at 6:00 pm).

Have you signed up yet? Do it now, before the event fills up!

Check out all the bios right here.

Nicholas Ferron (English ‘05, UConn Law ‘10) Associate, Kahan, Kerensky and Capossela LLP Nicholas (“Nick”) Ferron is an attorney at Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela, LLP, in Storrs, Connecticut, where his work includes Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate.  While Nick’s firm has 17 lawyers, Nick works in a very small office and enjoys being a “small-town lawyer” who represents friends and neighbors in a wide variety of matters.  He doesn’t work weekends and rarely goes to court.

Nick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Commonwealth Honors College in 2005, with a degree in English.... read more »

Baseball, law school, and you

October 2013 is shaping up a lot like October 2004 and October 2007.  Excellent news for New England sports fans, right? Of course right. 

But here’s the thing. When people get excited about sporting events, especially when those people have been drinking and/or find themselves in large crowds, bad things happen. People end up doing things they wouldn’t normally do.  Things that violate university policies and/or the criminal law.  Even people on the fringes of these large drunken crowd activities find themselves accused of violating university policies or the criminal laws.

It happened in 2004, and again in 2007.  And significant numbers of those people ended up with disciplinary records or criminal records, including people who may have had little if anything to do with the celebrations or riots (or whatever you want to call them).  They had to spend... read more »

LSAT prep materials available at Du Bois Library

Thanks to the generous donation from alum Josh Burday—a law student at the University of Chicago—the W.E.B. Du Bois library now has an extensive collection of LSAT prep materials available for review.  The collection includes various prep manuals, as well as over 60 full-length practice tests.  The materials are do not circulate (i.e., you cannot take them out of the library) so that they can be more readily available to all, and so that you will be trapped in the library and forced to really focus on your preparation.  All the materials can be found in the law collection of the 5th floor at call number KF 285 Z9.

Photocopy the scantron sheet at the back of any of the books and get to work!

Thanks to law librarian Barbara Morgan for expeditiously making the materials available.

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How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you.

Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin.

A: Personal statements are often the most difficult part of the application process, but they’re also one of the most important.  If you haven’t seen it already, I have a few pages on my website with general tips on personal statements and other essays/addenda you may need to draft. I urge you NOT to look at sample personal statements, because it is very difficult to get that other person’s voice and life story out of your head once they’re inside.  It’s critical that your statement be as genuine... read more »

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