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Students Explore Corporate Law with Attorneys from LEGO and Smith & Wesson

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On February 13 and 20, Professor Alexander Rosas, Western New England University's Pre-Law Advisor, took undergraduate and law students on field trips to visit LEGO and Smith & Wesson corporate facilities respectively, to meet with members of their legal teams. The students heard first hand about the day-to-day issues these corporate attorneys face and the complexities of dealing with a wide range of global customers. Students also toured the facilities at both companies, including the model shop at LEGO and the production factory at Smith & Wesson. 

"Both visits were exciting opportunities for our students to network and to learn more about what it is like to be an attorney for a major international corporation," Dr. Rosas said. "We are very fortunate to have so many attorneys in the community who are engaged in such exciting work and who are so generous in sharing their time with our students."


The students attending the two visits included Adam Cruz, Austin Genchi, Austin Provost, Brittney White, Frank Chiara, Joseph Masse, Kala Chapalonis, Kiara Don, Spencer Cathel, Tyler Mills and Victoria Damato.



University to Host Discussion on Selma Alabama Freedom Marches

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Western New England University School of Law will host a presentation by Department of History Professor John Baick on Wednesday, March 4 at 12 noon in the Blake Law Center Common. Dr. Baick’s talk is titled “Selma: Forgetting the Future.” This event is free and open to the public. 

The commemoration of the Selma, Alabama voting-rights marches has already begun with the 50th anniversary quickly approaching. The recently released film “Selma” is a part of this process, along with countless news stories and civics lessons throughout schools in America. But commemoration is not the same thing as history. To study the past is to understand the present and anticipate—or even shape—the future.

“We have forgotten many of the key lessons that the Selma marchers tried to provide,” explains Dr. Baick. “These marchers that risked—and sometimes lost—their lives to create a better future have been reduced to static heroes, frozen in historical amber, icons instead of living, breathing human beings. Icons can be vitally important symbols, subjects to focus attention and even veneration where appropriate. But icons can also block action,” added Baick. “America has taken many steps forward because of the steps taken by the marchers in Selma in the spring of 1965, but it would be inaccurate to suggest that Americans are still walking in their footsteps. America has lost its way.”

This important presentation and discussion is sponsored by The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law.

The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law was established in 2000 to offer students the opportunity to participate in important activities relating to the legislative process. 

For more information about this presentation contact Linda Towne at or 413 782-1522.



Katherine A. Robertson Appointed Springfield U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge

Posted Sunday, February 8, 2015


Katherine A. Robertson was sworn in on January 5, 2015, during a brief ceremony held in U.S. District Court in Springfield, MA. Robertson, a 1990 Western New England University School of Law graduate, will replace retiring U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Neiman.

Robertson, began her legal career as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Frank H. Freedman in Springfield and then with the Honorable John M. Greaney of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Robertson was a partner in the firm Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas in Springfield, where she had a primary focus on employment law and complex business disputes. In 2011, Robertson was hired as an assistant district attorney in the Appellate Division of Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni (L’89). Judge Mark G. Mastroianni administered the oath to his former colleague.

The position of U.S. Magistrates is to help federal courts handle more trials. According to the Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. federal court system hears more than one million cases per year. U.S. Magistrate Judges have become increasingly important to the judicial system, taking on more cases of greater consequence to relieve the U.S. District Courts of burdensome caseloads.

“Judge Robertson’s reputation in the bar for being smart, fair, ethical, and collegial, makes her an excellent choice for the Magistrate Judge role,” said Eric Gouvin, Dean of the Western New England University School of Law. “Her wide-ranging experience with both civil and the criminal matters will prove to be valuable in her new role as the Magistrate Judge which covers a broad range of matters,” he added. 

Katherine A. Robertson, graduated from Princeton University, B.A., 1975, and Western New England University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1990.


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