About the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs

--- The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law was established in 2000 to offer students the opportunity to participate in activities relating to the legislative process. Recently, traditional law areas, such as contract, property, and tort, have evolved to include underpinnings of statutory law, and criminal law is completely statutory.

Through participation in the Institute, students engage in the practical application of law by assisting public officials in drafting legislation, exploring the codification and progressive development of laws, and examining recently enacted bills. This allows them to experience an area of law that has become indispensable to most practicing lawyers.

Students gain further exposure through the Institute's course offerings (including Legislation and Administrative law), independent studies, internships, and externships, which provide a thorough understanding in how to interpret and draft statutes as well as in the intricacies of the legislative process.

Additional events offered at the Institute, such as seminars, workshops, and legislative hearings, are open to alumni and the general public. The Institute is a great resource for alumni, state and local officials, and practicing attorneys who are interested in a variety of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs offered both in conjuction with the state bar associations and independently of them.

Fall 2014 Events

19th Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Law Common
Featured Speakers: Leora Harpaz, Jennifer Levi and Bruce Miller
Moderator:  Art Wolf

19th Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Law Common
Featured Speakers: Leora Harpaz, Jennifer Levi and Bruce Miller
Moderator:  Art Wolf

Naturalization Ceremony
Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Moot Court Room/Law Common
Judge Mark Mastroianni will preside.

Fall 2013 Events 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Legislative Hearing: Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Moot Court Room
Each year, the Institute has the privilege of hosting public hearings of committees of the State Legislature. These hearings make it possible for residents of western Massachusetts to voice their opinions without having to travel to Boston. This year we are honored to present the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, with Senate Chair Gale Candaras and House Chair Joe Wagner of Chicopee. 

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
September 16, 2013, 12:00 noon, Law School Common
Congress has designated September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, to honor the day the framers, in 1787, completed their work on the United States Constitution. This year Professor Jennifer Levi is the keynote speaker.

18th Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
October 4, 2013, 11:30 a.m., room A 
Join us for a discussion of the 2012-13 Supreme Court decisions, which include marriage equality, voting rights, voter registration, affirmative action, international human rights, privacy, patents, and employment discrimination. The presentation features professors Leora Harpaz, Art Leaven, Bruce Miller, Giovanna Shay, and Art Wolf.

Wednesday, October 15, 19th Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
Featured Speakers: Leora Harpaz, Jennifer Levi and Bruce Miller
Moderator:  Art Wolf
Law Common
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 16, 19th Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
Featured Speakers: Leora Harpaz, Jennifer Levi and Bruce Miller
Moderator:  Art Wolf
Law Common
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. 

Friday, October 24, Naturalization Ceremony
Judge Mark Mastroianni will preside.
Moot Court Room/Law Common
2:30 p.m.