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Color of Law Roundtable to Feature Labor Attorney Edward Pichardo

Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Western New England University School of Law will present its next Color of Law Discussion Speaker on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 12:00 noon, in the Blake Law Center, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. The keynote speaker will be attorney Edward Pichardo, Counsel to the Government Relations and Labor practices of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

edward_pichardo_portraitjpgAttorney Pichardo is an experienced union-side labor attorney, and government affairs and public contracting specialist. The son of two immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Pichardo grew up in New York City and graduated from Norman Thomas High School. He attended Binghamton University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Afro-American/African Studies. Pichardo later attended Marquette University Law School.

As a former legislative director, he is available to represent both public and private sector clients in Albany and New York City concerning legislative, regulatory, and public contracting matters. 

For more information or to register, please contact Professor Baldwin at or Professor Setty at Seating is limited. Lunch will be served. 


Western New England University Law Professor Assists Guantanamo Bay Prisoner 

Posted Friday, December 12, 2014

mattanjpgGuantánamo Bay detainee Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan was released and transferred to Uruguay this week. Lawyers representing Mr. Mattan including Professor Lauren Carasik, director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law, are pleased and relieved, since Mr. Mattan was previously cleared for transfer three times by two U.S. Presidents since 2007, but not released. Mr. Mattan was the sole Palestinian prisoner remaining at Guantánamo.

“We deeply appreciate Uruguay’s willingness to resettle Mr. Mattan,” Professor Carasik said. “He was unjustly imprisoned for 12 years, and we commend President Mujica and the people of Uruguay for welcoming him and helping him begin a new and promising chapter in his life.” fdbs_carasikjpg

Mr. Mattan was essentially kidnapped and brought to Guantánamo, where he was held without being charged with any crime. Mr. Mattan was cleared for transfer (for the third time) by the Guantánamo Review Task Force in January 2010 after an exhaustive review of his record established what his lawyers long held, that he was not a threat to the U.S. It nevertheless took the U.S. government nearly five years after being officially cleared for transfer to finally release him. 

“We have every confidence that Uruguay and Uruguayans will learn what we have learned, that Mohammed is a man of peace, a man who loves learning, and a man who will be a contributor to Uruguayan society,” said Buz Eisenberg L’80, one of Mr. Mattan’s attorneys.

Sixty-seven men held at Guantánamo were officially cleared for transfer five or more years ago, but remain imprisoned. The International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law urges the U.S. government to either charge them with a crime and give them a fair trial, or release them from detention.

Note: Professor Lauren Carasik’s op-ed essay in Aljazeera America on Wednesday, December 10, can be found at:


Minority Law Day to be Held January 10

Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014


law_logo_finaljpgWestern New England University School of Law will host the annual Minority Law Day workshop on Saturday, January 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Blake Law Center, 1219 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. The goal of the workshop is to educate minority and diversity students about the law school application process and to answer frequently asked questions that law school applicants have. All perspective law school students are welcome to attend.  

The Minority Law Day workshop will allow underrepresented groups to receive information in an informal setting, while learning in an interactive, hands-on environment. Experienced admissions professionals from area law schools will lead sessions regarding various aspects of the application process. Prospective students will also interact with current minority and diversity law students. 

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“Western New England University School of Law has a long and proud history of providing access to the legal profession to under-represented groups. We have sponsored Minority Law Day for many years and remain committed to doing our part to help develop a truly diverse legal profession,” explained School of Law Dean, Eric Gouvin.

Anyone interested in law school is encouraged to attend, as students should find the information useful, regardless of where they decide to apply to law school.

 This event is sponsored by Western New England University School of Law, Boston University School of Law, New England Law Boston, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

The workshop is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is required by visiting or by calling 800-782-6665.


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Supreme Judicial Court Announces Judicial Youth Corps in Springfield
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