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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


Four District Attorney Candidates Debate At Western New England University

Posted Thursday, September 4, 2014


Western New England University through its School of Law hosted a debate between Hampden County District Attorney candidates Shawn Allyn, Hal Etkin, Anthony Gulluni, and Brett Vottero on Thursday, August 28. The debate was held in the Blake Law Center’s J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room, with overflow seating in the Law Commons, and was free and open to the public. The debate was also streamed live on the Internet.


The Office of District Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of all cases in Hampden County. Cases are heard in District Court, Superior Court and Juvenile Court. The State Police Detective Unit (SPDU) assigned to the District Attorney's Office assists in investigating cases in Hampden County.

“The debate was lively and substantive, and helped the voters get a clear picture of how these candidates differ on issues,” said Arthur D. Wolf, Director of the School of Law’s Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs. “The primary election on September 9 will determine our next District Attorney because all the candidates are Democrats.” Wolf concluded.


The debate was sponsored by The Western New England University through its School of Law and the Hampden County Bar Association. Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto moderated this important event. Ludlow and Wilbraham community cable television access crews provided all productions assistance. 


Law School Hosts Legal Institute for Local Students

Posted Friday, July 18, 2014

Western New England University School of Law partnered with MassMutual Financial Group and the Just The Beginning Foundation, to bring the Summer Legal Institute to western Massachusetts for a second year. 


Forty high school students from throughout Greater Springfield participated in the week-long institute. The programing involves a curriculum that is highly interactive and fun. Program activities are designed to motivate and encourage students on a path toward academic and personal success while immersing them in many aspects of the legal and judicial systems. 

Throughout the week, students watched legal proceeding in Hampden Superior Court, asked questions of a panel of State and Federal Court judges, learned the art of negotiating from staff attorneys at MassMutual, visited major law firms in Springfield and Hartford CT, attended a networking reception with judges and attorneys, and then each student prepared and engaged in a mock trial.

jtb_55jpgL to R:  J.D. Candidate and Team Leader Phelipe Johnson, high school students: Raekwon Wheeler, Caroline Andros, Simone Aldridge-Moore, Alice Swan, Chaise Guardino, Tinsae Erkailo, Laura Ramsey, and J.D.Candidate and Team Leader Tatenda L. Chitemerere

"Much of what young people know about our judicial system they learn from television, which can be quite distorted. This program helps demystify what attorney's really do and how our court system really works. It's an eye opening experience for many of these young students" said Eric Gouvin, Dean of the Western New England University School of Law. At the end of the week, the student's families joined them for an awards ceremony where students were awarded certificates and prizes for their accomplishments and for their mock-trial performances in the courtroom.


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