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Public Interest Law Week 2012

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012


The School of Law kicked off its Public Interest Law Week on October 22 by hosting Jennifer Gordon (pictured above), Professor at Fordham Law School. Her lecture, titled "The Public Interest Lawyer and the Quest for Immigrant Workers Rights," was part of the Clason Speaker Series.

The next event for Public Interest Law Week will take place on October 23 in Room A of the Blake Law Center starting at 12:00 noon where a panel discussion titled "Protecting the Constitutional Rights of the Criminally Accused: A Public Interest Career with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services" will take place. Presented by the Office of Career Services, the event will feature Soudie Tahmassebipour, Regional Managing Director for Public Defenders; Alex Sohn, Staff Attorney in the Public Defender District Court office; Charity Dore, Staff Attorney in the Youth Advocacy Division; and Tom Roy, a Children and Family Law Division trial attorney.

On October 25, the Public Interest Law Association will host a Pro Bono Mixer from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Blake Law Center Commons.

The week continues with the 17th Annual US Supreme Court Review Conference on October 27 starting at 10:00 a.m. to running until 12:30 p.m. in the Blake Law Center Moot Court Room. The event will feature Western New England University School of Law Professors Leora Harpaz, Jennifer Levi, Bruce Miller, Arthur Leavens, and Art Wolf as they discuss the Federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the First Amendment, Criminal Law, Federal Marriage Discrimination, and Immigration.

The final event in this year's Public Interest Law Week will take place on October 29 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Commons as Attorney Karen Goodrow, Director of the Connecticut Innocence Project, discusses "Righting Wrongful Convictions in Connecticut: The Work of the Connecticut Innocence Project."


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