Spring 2014 classes you may have overlooked

We’ve been asked to share information about a couple of classes that are relevant to students considering legal careers and that still have spots open for the Spring 2014 semester.

The first is EDUC 202—Intergroup Dialogue:

Imagine sitting in a circle with 15 other students talking about subjects you rarely get to discuss?

EDUC 202: Intergroup Dialogue: Social Issues in Intergroup Relations is a course where you and your voice and your experience are central.

In this course you will learn from other’s experiences, examine social justice issues on campus and in the community (e.g., gender roles, immigration, violence, race and gender in sports, sexism and racism on campus, ally relationships), and explore different perspectives and controversial issues using constructive approaches to dialogue and the bridging of differences. All majors are welcome!

EDU 202: INTERGROUP DIALOGUE is a 4 credit graded... read more »

Not the end of the world

Perhaps something like this has crossed your mind in the last 48 hours or so:

“Omigod, there’s no way I’m gonna get my applications in by Thanksgiving like the pre-law advisor told me to, and now I’ll never get into law school, and my life is ruined, and I’ll have to wait tables for the rest of eternity, and what am I gonna say to my family over dinner on Thursday?!?”

(It’s like I’m inside your head, isn’t it?  Creepy.)

First: Deep breath.  Maybe two.

Second: remember, that “deadline” is aspirational, not a cliff.  I used to say “December 1st” instead of “Thanksgiving,” but then I thought it’d be nice for at least some of you to actually enjoy the long weekend at home, so I moved it up.  See,... read more »

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 »

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