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Clason Speaker Series at School of Law to Host C. Thomas Brown on October 13

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2015

clason_brown_c_thomas_410jpgWestern New England University School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies will host a talk by Public Interest Week, Keynote Speaker C. Thomas Brown on Tuesday, October 13 at 12:00 noon in the Law School Common. The talk, entitled “Litigating Marriage Equality: A Law Firm Attorney’s Role in Obergefell v. Hodges,” is free and open to students, alumni, the University community, as well as to the general public. Pizza will be served.

This summer, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which interpreted the Constitution to protect the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry in all states. The Court’s decision would not have been possible without the work of many attorneys from non-profit organizations and law firms, who worked tirelessly to create the winning arguments. In honor of Public Interest week, we will hear from one such attorney, C. Thomas Brown. He will discuss his role in the marriage equality litigation and how law firm attorneys can incorporate public interest work into diverse practices.

C. Thomas Brown is a senior associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where his practice focuses on actions under the Federal securities laws, mergers and acquisitions law, and other complex transactional matters.

The Clason Speaker Series presents expert lectures to the School of Law and to the public. 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 413-782-1405 or email Professor Erin Buzuvis at


Professional Etiquette on Law School Lunch Menu

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2015


Western New England University School of Law recently held its annual meet-and-greet luncheon for first-year law students in Rivers Memorial Hall. It was an opportunity for the students to network with local attorneys, and socialize with fellow students and School of Law staff. 

The guest speaker, Mandie LeBeau, is an attorney who conducts workshops on business etiquette for law firms and corporations throughout New England.

“People often feel uncomfortable in social situations where they need to interact with new acquaintances,” explained LeBeau. “The information and tips presented will help equip them with basic rules of etiquette and simple techniques to make the most of these social opportunities. Building a network of great contacts is important for any successful lawyer.”


Holyoke attorney John Bandeian was among the guests who helped mentor the students. “As an alum, I feel it’s both a privilege and a responsibility to volunteer to participate in events like this,” explained Bandeian L’09. “It’s important for the students to meet other lawyers in the area, and hopefully find mentors they can turn to for advice during their journey through law school, and beyond.” 


School of Law to Help Sponsor Visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2015

sonia_sotomayorjpgOn Wednesday evening September 9, Western New England University School of Law will sponsor an aspect of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Springfield Public Forum.  As part of her visit, the School of Law has underwritten the Forum Scholar’s Program, a unique and valuable opportunity that brings local high school and law school students together for a private question and answer session with the Justice to discuss her book.

Following their private meeting, the students will join other Forum supporters for a dinner in honor of Justice Sotomayor, and the main public speaking program in Symphony Hall.

“Western New England University School of Law is thrilled to support the Forum Scholars program where copies of the Justice Sotomayor’s book, My Beloved World, have been given to local high school students to read in preparation for their meeting with the Justice,” said Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law.  He added, “the book tells a compelling story of the Justice’s life in which perseverance, family, and hard work are key themes, and where a touch of good luck, thoughtful mentoring, and a powerful intellect help round out the picture.  I found it inspiring and I hope the students will as well. 

Sotomayor in 2009 became the first Hispanic and third woman justice appointed to the Supreme Court. She was raised in the Bronx, the child of an alcoholic father who died while she was in elementary school and a loving but overburdened mother. Her career soared from the New York County District Attorney’s office to private practice, and then an appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Sotomayor attended both Princeton and Yale Universities. 

Click here for a biography of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


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