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Standing Room Only At Constitution Day Event 

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014


On September 17, Western New England University School of Law celebrated Constitution Day with a panel discussion titled, "Ferguson and the US Constitution." The discussion was moderated by Law Professor Bruce Miller and included (L-R) Dr. John Baick, Professor of History, and Law Professors Matthew Charity and Bridgette Baldwin. “The problem with outfitting local police in towns like Ferguson with military clothing, equipment and vehicles, is that it sends the message of us against them. In that situation, the police are no longer there to protect and serve but instead to confront you and in some cases kill you like you were an enemy of war,” explained Professor Baldwin.

In his opening remarks, Law Professor Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law, reminded the audience, “In most of the world, the idea of nation is defined as ‘A distinct group or race of people that share history, traditions and culture…. But our nation is united by an idea – Constitutional Democracy – and not by common ethnic, racial, linguistic or cultural ties. Indeed the greatest strength of our country is the diversity of our people.” 


Dean Gouvin added, "Let us appreciate on this day, that we are extraordinarily lucky to have a country where laws matter and the foundational law laid out in the US Constitution matters most of all."


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


Constitution Day to Explore Ferguson MO

Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On September 17, 2014, the Western New England University School of Law will celebrate Constitution Day with a panel discussion titled, "Ferguson and the US Constitution."

A distinguished panel of University faculty will explore the relevance of the US Constitution, and of our particular Constitutional history, to the homicide of Michael Brown by an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. They will focus on the Constitution's treatment of race, both in the original text and post Civil War amendments, on the role of the US Supreme Court in establishing and perpetuating the "outsider" status of African-Americans, particularly young African-American males, and on the militarization of local police departments in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.

This event will be held in the Blake Law Center at 12:00 noon, and is free and open to all students, staff and the public.


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