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Massachusetts Appeals Court Hears Arguments

Posted Monday, April 11, 2016

appeals_court_2jpgAssociate Justice William J. Meade L’89,  Associate Justice Ariane D. Vuono, and Associate Justice Judd J. Carhart

The Massachusetts Appeals Court heard oral argument in a court session at the Western New England University School of Law on Wednesday, April 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. The session was held in the Blake Law Center's J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Courtroom and included both criminal and civil cases. The court session was open to the public.


The Massachusetts Appeals Court typically holds sessions twice per year at the School of Law, providing the public an opportunity to observe appellate arguments. The sessions provide an invaluable educational opportunity for Western New England University students who may someday argue a case before the Court.



University Forum to Discuss Supreme Court Standoff

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2016

By Abby Helfrich


The Western New England University School of Law will host a public forum titled “Replacing Justice Scalia” on Monday, April 11, at 12 noon in the Law Common. The forum will be presented by Law professors Bruce Miller, Sudha Setty, and Art Wolf, and sponsored by the University’s Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs. This event is free and open to the public.

 With the death of Justice Scalia on February 13, the Supreme Court is stuck in a 4-4 split between liberal and conservative views. The forum panelists will discuss the “replacement politics” between President Obama and the Senate, concerning the appointment of a replacement justice during an election year, both historically and in recent administrations.

 President Obama has nominated Chief Justice of the D.C. Circuit Court, Judge Merrick B. Garland, who has more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in history. But, the president’s Republican opposition within the Senate, refuse to hold confirmation hearings, effectively blocking an appointment until a new President is sworn into office in January of 2017. Split decisions from the current Supreme Court defer back to lower court rulings, delaying any resolutions for both sides of the issue. 


Western New England University School of Law Honors Distinguished Alumna Susan G. Fentin

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2016

susanfentin3jpgAttorney Susan G. Fentin, a partner with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. will be honored at the Western New England University Law Review and Alumni Relations Reception with the Law School’s  Distinguished Law Review Alumni Award.

Attorney Fentin graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University School of Law in 1996, where she was Editor-in-Chief of The Western New England College Law Review.  She has been selected to the Super Lawyer’s list since 2008, and since 2010, she has been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers and Partners rating organization.  In 2015, she was named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  A resident of Conway, Attorney Fentin joined Skoler, Abbott and Presser, P.C., in 1999 after practicing for several years with the Labor and Employment department of a large Hartford, Connecticut law firm; she was made a partner of the firm in 2004.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Fentin has also made community service a high priority.  She is a past Board member and past President of WFCR-New England Public Radio, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and Riverside Industries, in addition to serving on the Board of The Academy of Music Theatre. 

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by The Western New England University Law Review,” said Attorney Susan G. Fentin. “The Western New England Law Review has a long-standing reputation of developing strong legal research and writing skills, and I am proud to return to celebrate the many achievements of the law review alumni as a whole.”

The Western New England Law Review, established in 1978, is published by students at the Western New England University School of Law. The board of editors and junior staff consist of students who are selected based on academic performance or on their performance in a write-on competition. Each issue of the law review typically consists of essays and articles, written by legal scholars and practitioners, and student “notes,” written by law review members during their first year on the Law Review. As of 2013, the Western New England Law Review is a fully digitalized publication.

 The Law Review Alumni Reception will be hosted on Wednesday, March 30 at The Blake Law Center in Springfield from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., attendees are asked to RSVP by March 25, by calling 413-782-1413. 


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