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20 New U.S. Citizens to Take Oath at Law School

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014


law_logo_finaljpgWestern New England University School of Law will host naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday October 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room. Several immigrants from western Massachusetts will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and be sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony,including Silvia Pickrell,(seen below) a housekeeper employed at the University. The citizenship candidates include immigrants from Burma, People’s Republic of China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, and Uzbekistan.


 “The great strength of our country is its ability to attract new citizens from all around the world who come for their own personal reasons but who contribute their talents, culture and values to enrich the country as a whole,” remarked Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law. “The naturalization ceremony is a celebration of that strength and we are honored to host it,” Gouvin added.

Dean Eric Gouvin will present the welcoming remarks. The Honorable Mark Mastroianni, Federal District Court Judge, will then rule on the motion to accept the new citizens, while U.S. District Court Deputy Clerk, Theresa Pelegano will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the applicants. Senator Gale Candaras will give the keynote speech at the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. 


Law Students Raise Funds by Chasing Ambulance

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Jeff Roche, junior

On Saturday, October 18, students and faculty from the The Western New England University School of Law hosted their annual Ambulance Chase 5k run/walk.


 This year was the 10th year School of Law students have held the Ambulance Chase to raise funds for local Springfield charities. For the past several years, the proceeds have gone to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield MA.


The annual race name "Ambulance Chase" is literal, the runners actually chase an ambulance around the race course. The runners start and finish the race at the main entrance of the Law School. 

Each year American Medical Response (AMR) donates the services of an ambulance for the runners to chase. AMR is the nation’s leading manager and provider of medical transportation, and is locally operated in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

The Ambulance Chase race is organized by the Western New England University School of Law Charities Committee, which this year consists of Nicole Garcia, Megan Florez, and Amy Russo.


Domestic Violence and the NFL Forum Held

Posted Friday, October 3, 2014


This timely discussion focused on the intersection of domestic violence and the culture of sport through the example of recent events involving the National Football League. Appearing via Skype, Professor of Law and sports law expert Michael McCann expressed concern that the NFL is not more proactive in addressing this problem. “The NFL needs to figure out why domestic violence is happening in the first place. They need to find the root causes, what are the commonalities in the players who engage in this conduct and then develop an aggressive education program with all players as soon as they become part of the NFL.” McCann is the Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire.


The discussion was moderated by 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. "While domestic violence is an important social problem that extends far beyond instances committed by professional athletes, it makes sense to examine it in that context because of the important role that sport plays in shaping our cultural values and society's expectations of gender," Buzuvis added.


Students and faculty from the School of Law and the College of Business, filled the Law Commons and took the opportunity to ask probing questions of McCann and Buzuvis.


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