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Western New England University School of Law is renowned for its focus on real-world lawyering, a commitment to social justice, and an ethos of student-centered learning. Since 1919, the School of Law has been synonymous with practical lawyering, innovative programming, and entrepreneurial thinking and is committed to contributing to a fair and just society through an impactful, practically-focused 21st Century legal education.

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School of Law Named Finalist in Bloomberg Law’s Law School Innovation Program

February 05, 2024

Western New England University School of Law is named a finalist in Bloomberg Law’s Law School Innovation Program. The school's innovative "Teaching Legal Research Through Community Outreach" program, focusing on real-time research, accessible communication, and skill cultivation, places it among 12 institutions leading legal education with forward-thinking initiatives.

(L to R:) Faculty mentor Professor Fred Royal joins law student winners, Joy Vincenzo and Brendan Morrison, to celebrate their recent victory at the ABA Tax Challenge Competition.

School of Law Students Secure Best Written Submission Prize at Prestigious ABA Tax Challenge Competition

February 01, 2024

Western New England University law students, Joy Vincenzo and Brendan Morrison, demonstrated exceptional tax law proficiency by securing the Best Written Submission prize at the ABA Tax Challenge against 64 competing teams.

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School of Law to Host Lunch and Learn Event on January 22

January 08, 2024

Save the date for Western New England University's School of Law Lunch and Learn event on January 22, focusing on "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ChatGPT, AI, & Algorithmic Bias." Facilitated by Nicole Belbin and moderated by Dr. Bridgette Baldwin, the event delves into AI's impact on DEI issues.

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Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

November 02, 2023

Seeking legal help for your small business? Apply for free assistance at Western New England University Small Business Legal Clinic, where law students address various legal issues under faculty supervision.

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Growing Pains: Financial Distress in the Cannabis Industry and Strategies for Managing Risks

November 01, 2023

Western New England University hosts a panel discussion, "Growing Pains: Financial Distress in the Cannabis Industry." Gain insights from experts on industry challenges, risk management, and legal perspectives in the evolving cannabis market.

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WNE School of Law Alumna Appointed as Second Black Woman to Western Massachusetts Superior Court Bench

October 31, 2023

Tracy E. Duncan, a distinguished alumna of Western New England University School of Law, secures her place as the second Black woman to join the Western Massachusetts Superior Court bench. Her appointment is a testament to her remarkable legal career and commitment to justice.

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WNE School of Law's Dr. Luwam Dirar Champions Human Rights of Migrants at African Commission Event

October 30, 2023

Western New England University School of Law's Dr. Luwam Dirar's tireless efforts result in the adoption of African Guiding Principles on Migrant Rights by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, showcasing her dedication to human rights and migrant issues.

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School of Law to Host Attorney Sanjiv Reejhsinghani

October 23, 2023

The WNE School of Law is hosting Attorney Sanjiv Reejhsinghani, a WNE School of Law alumnus, in a virtual roundtable discussion. Attorney Reejhsinghani's legal practice includes real estate, civil litigation, and landlord/tenant law.

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School of Law Launches Educational Initiative for Springfield High School Students

October 17, 2023

WNE School of Law introduces educational initiative for Springfield high school students, providing an immersive experience in the world of law school. The program aims to inspire future legal scholars and underscores the university's commitment to nurturing Springfield's future.

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Clason Speaker Series to Feature Judge Michael A. Ponsor

October 12, 2023

The WNE School of Law is proud to host Judge Michael A. Ponsor as part of the Fall 2023 Clason Speaker Series. In his talk, "Small-Town Judicial Ethics Writ Large," Judge Ponsor offers his unique perspective on the ethical challenges faced by the judiciary.

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WNE School of Law to Host the Color of Law Symposium on October 13

October 11, 2023

The Western New England University (WNE) School of Law is hosting "The Color of Law: The Intersection of Race and the Law," a virtual symposium on October 13, exploring the historical context and impact of racial segregation in the United States.

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WNE School of Law Clason Speaker Series to Feature Attorney Matt Segal

October 05, 2023

Western New England University (WNE) School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will feature attorney Matt Segal, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's State Supreme Court Initiative. Segal will discuss the constitutional obligation of the state to disclose evidence of police misconduct to public defenders, a critical issue currently before the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Attorney Ginny Kim

School of Law to Host Attorney Ginny Kim

September 25, 2023

Join Western New England University (WNE) School of Law for a Color of Law Roundtable Discussion featuring Attorney Ginny Kim, Chief Compliance and Diversity Officer for the State of Connecticut. Attorney Kim brings over 25 years of legal experience will share her career path and her role in fostering diversity and compliance within the state.

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MGM Springfield and Western New England University Announce Expungement Events and Partnership

September 22, 2023

New England University (WNE) and MGM Springfield partner for criminal record expungement events, offering individuals a second chance at employment and housing opportunities, reinforcing their commitment to social justice.

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Bridgette Baldwin Recognized for Social Impact by The Connecticut Law Tribune

August 24, 2023

Western New England University honors Professor Bridgette Baldwin's remarkable achievement as she is recognized in the Social Impact category at the 2023 New England Legal Awards. Baldwin's impactful work in the legal field, her commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her dedication to community betterment stand as a testament to her exceptional contributions.

Zelda B. Harris, incoming Dean of Western New England University School of Law

Zelda B. Harris Joins the Community as the New Dean of the School of Law

August 01, 2023

Western New England University appoints Zelda B. Harris as the new Dean of the School of Law, praising her experience, leadership, and commitment to social justice.

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Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

July 03, 2023

WNE Small Business Legal Clinic offers free legal assistance to local entrepreneurs for fall 2023.

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School of Law Library Honored by the American Association of Law Libraries

June 29, 2023

Western New England University School of Law Library honored with 2023 Excellence in Community Engagement Award for promoting diversity and legal knowledge among high school students.

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Western New England University Law Student Emily Luna Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship for Summer 2023

June 15, 2023

WNE law student Emily Luna receives prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship, joining Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center to advocate for immigrant workers.

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WNE and Partners Host Criminal Record Expungement Clinic and Job Fair

May 02, 2023

Over 130 people from 26 communities in Hampden County attended Western New England University's Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing Clinic, highlighting the significant need for support in overcoming the impact of criminal records on employment and education opportunities.

Assistant Professor of Law Claudia Quintero

Quintero Appointed to Springfield Labor and Workforce Development Working Group

April 13, 2023

WNE's Assistant Professor Claudia Quintero appointed to Springfield's Labor and Workforce Development Working Group, contributing expertise to shape policy recommendations for the city's advancement.

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School of Law Recognized as One of the Nation's Best Law Schools by The Princeton Review for 2023

April 13, 2023

Western New England University's School of Law secures a spot on The Princeton Review's "Best Law Schools for 2023" list, affirming its status as a top law school.

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School of Law to Launch Bar Exam Stipend and Training Program

April 04, 2023

WNE School of Law secures Bar Success Intervention Grant to offer financial support and intensive preparation for bar exam success. AccessLex Institute recognizes the School of Law's commitment to student achievement.

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Wellen Davison Seminar: "Cultural Humility and Implicit Bias" to be Held on April 14

April 03, 2023

WNE's Wellen Davison Seminar focuses on "Cultural Humility and Implicit Bias" with expert speakers from CHRO, addressing discrimination and strategies for combating it.

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Center for Social Justice to Present Founder and CEO of PDM Consulting Preston Mitchum

March 31, 2023

The Western New England University School of Law's Center for Social Justice hosts Preston D. Mitchum, a prominent civil rights advocate, as part of their Gervino-Ward LGBTQ+ Speaker Series, addressing legal issues significant to the LGBTQ+ community.