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Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies to Discuss Domestic Violence and the NFL

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies at Western New England University School of Law will present "Domestic Violence and the National Football League: A Public Discussion with Professor Michael McCann" on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. This timely discussion will focus on the intersection of domestic violence and the culture of sport through the example of recent events involving the National Football League. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Appearing via Skype will be Professor of Law and sports law expert Michael McCann. McCann is the Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He also appears frequently in print, online, and in social media platforms, as well as on television to analyze legal issues in the world of sport. His recent commentary has addressed such topics as the antitrust litigation against the NCAA, the Donald Sterling controversy, and the NFL’s response to Ray Rice.

Contributing to the discussion will be Professor of Law, Erin Buzuvis, Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at Western New England University. Buzuvis researches and writes about sex discrimination and gender issues in the context of sport.

Established in 2012, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies is a resource for students, alumni, and faculty of Western New England University School of Law, the legal community, and the general public. The Center works to engage with the legal community, with the University, and with members of the School of Law on core issues of gender and sexuality across a broad spectrum of law, including criminal law, immigration, employment, family law, health law, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, legislation, leadership and business, and international and comparative law.

Learn more about this event and other programming offered through Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies.


Standing Room Only At Constitution Day Event 

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014


On September 17, Western New England University School of Law celebrated Constitution Day with a panel discussion titled, "Ferguson and the US Constitution." The discussion was moderated by Law Professor Bruce Miller and included (L-R) Dr. John Baick, Professor of History, and Law Professors Matthew Charity and Bridgette Baldwin. “The problem with outfitting local police in towns like Ferguson with military clothing, equipment and vehicles, is that it sends the message of us against them. In that situation, the police are no longer there to protect and serve but instead to confront you and in some cases kill you like you were an enemy of war,” explained Professor Baldwin.

In his opening remarks, Law Professor Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law, reminded the audience, “In most of the world, the idea of nation is defined as ‘A distinct group or race of people that share history, traditions and culture…. But our nation is united by an idea – Constitutional Democracy – and not by common ethnic, racial, linguistic or cultural ties. Indeed the greatest strength of our country is the diversity of our people.” 


Dean Gouvin added, "Let us appreciate on this day, that we are extraordinarily lucky to have a country where laws matter and the foundational law laid out in the US Constitution matters most of all."


Western New England University School of Law to Host Federico Fabbrini on September 15

Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

frederico_fabbrini_2014_smjpgWestern New England University School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series will host Federico Fabbrini on Monday, September 15 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, entitled “Fundamental Rights in Europe: A Comparative Perspective,” is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Decades after the creation of the European Union (EU), nations within the EU continue to struggle with fundamental differences of opinion as to what human rights should be protected, and where the authority to protect those rights comes from. Federico Fabbrini, Senior Assistant Professor of European & Comparative Constitutional Law at the Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands, will discuss his text, Fundamental Rights in Europe, comparing and contrasting models of federalism and human rights protection in the EU and the US, and offering insight into what lies ahead for the continent.

An accomplished academic, educator, and researcher, Professor Fabbrini holds a BA from the University of Trento, a JD from the University of Bologna, and a PhD from the European University Institute, and has lectured at universities in Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan.

Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the Clason Speaker Series presents expert lectures to the School of Law. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent local attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives who held the position of Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. Today, the purpose of the Charles and Emma Clason Endowment Fund is to host speakers who will enhance the academic environment of the School of Law at the University.

For more information, call 413-782-1442 or email Sandra Marques at


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