#ProudtoBU and to Collaborate with MIT


Kelvin Chan’s banner at the corner of Comm Ave and the BU Bridge.

If you have visited our campus lately, you may have noticed the #ProudtoBU street banners along Commonwealth Avenue. The banners feature BU students and their unique accomplishments. Representing the School of Law is Kelvin Chan (’16), a 3L student who worked in our Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic this past year.

Since we opened this clinic at MIT last fall, Kelvin and seven of his fellow BU Law students have provided legal guidance to more than 75 MIT students. Our students have worked on a wide range of issues related to intellectual property, contract, and corporate law. In part as a result of their work, their MIT student clients have started a variety of successful ventures, including a platform for analyzing commercial maritime logistics, a non-profit focused on suicide prevention, and a start-up that enables customers to request a personal chef visit their home.

Later this month, the Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic will welcome its first two summer fellows: Malavika Lobo (’17) and Alexandra Noymer (’18). We are grateful to the Boston office of WilmerHale for making a generous gift in support of the clinic’s summer fellows program.

We are also pleased to announce that this clinic is now headed by a new director, Jerry O’Connor. He replaced Eve Brown, who stepped down to start her own firm. Jerry comes to BU Law with more than 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney, primarily representing technology entrepreneurs and providing general corporate representation.

In the fall, we will be opening our second clinic with MIT: the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic. Our students will advise MIT students on laws related to technology and the Internet that may affect their innovation-related activities. Starting July 1, this clinic will be headed by Andy Sellars, who is currently an attorney at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

While the school year may be winding down, our two clinics with MIT are gearing up for a busy summer and preparing for a productive fall!

Support BU Giving Day

I encourage you to join your fellow BU Law alumni in making a gift to the Law School Annual Fund on BU Giving Day, Wednesday, April 6. For the past two years, the School of Law has raised more money than any other school or college at BU, so let’s make it a third year in a row!

This year, your gift to BU Law will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the BU Law Alumni Association’s Executive Committee.* Your financial support will benefit law student scholarships and many other important initiatives.

I hope you will make a gift to the School of Law on BU Giving Day. You can also encourage your fellow alumni to get involved by becoming a “Rhett Rallier” on social media!

*Maximum of $50,000 available for match.

Meeting the Class of 2019

At this time of year, I have the opportunity to meet many of our admitted students at receptions hosted by law firms around the country and at Preview Days here at BU Law. Next week, I will welcome admitted students at a reception at Ropes & Gray here in Boston. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting with students at receptions hosted by Gibson Dunn in New York City and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, DC.

I am grateful to each of these firms for hosting our events and hiring our students! In fact, the National Law Journal ranks BU Law #16 on its list of “Go-To” Law Schools for the number of 2015 graduates working in the largest law firms.

When the future members of our law school community join us later this week for BU Law Admitted Student Preview Day, they will get to experience everything that BU Law has to offer. Before they arrive, most of them will already know that US News & World Report has just ranked us #20 among the nation’s law schools, and again rated our health law, intellectual property, and tax law program among the Top 10 in the country.

While these external rankings vary annually, our commitment to making BU Law the best place to be a law student remains constant. It’s why we continue to develop new programs, hire top faculty, and attract the best students.

I look forward to meeting the Class of 2019!

BU Law Celebrates the Start of 2016 with the Launch of a New Website

I am pleased to announce that the new BU Law website has launched. Our new homepage showcases the strongest qualities of BU Law: our exceptional faculty, broad curriculum, robust employer recruitment opportunities, vibrant student community, extensive alumni network, and our home city of Boston. The entire site now incorporates responsive design, so you can easily view it on mobile devices, as well as on your desktop computer.

I encourage you to explore the new site, especially the Alumni section, which includes reunion and alumni event updates, resources for alumni, volunteer opportunities, giving options, and news about your classmates.

  • Campaign for BU Law—Learn about our “Building on Excellence” campaign, which aims to raise $100 million by 2019 to support scholarships and financial aid, faculty, academic programs, the BU Law fund, and our beautiful new facility.
  • Reunion—For alumni who graduated in a year ending in 1 or 6, visit this site for information about your class reunion this fall.
  • Events—To see all of the events that are open to BU Law alumni, be sure to visit this page.
  • Give Back—This section of the site provides information about how you can support BU Law—both through charitable gifts and volunteer opportunities.
  • Stay Connected—Whether you are interested in joining an alumni group, finding BU Law alumni in your area, catching up on class notes, or just connecting with the Development & Alumni Relations Office, visit this area of the site.
  • Alumni News—Catch up on the latest career news about BU Law alumni.
  • Alumni Spotlights—We will be featuring alumni here and on the homepage, where we spotlight their professional and personal accomplishments.
  • Alumni Awards—If you want to nominate a classmate for an alumni award, just fill out the nomination form and submit it online.

I hope you enjoy the new site. If you have any questions or comments about it, please email them to lawcomm@bu.edu or lawalum@bu.edu.

A Message to the BU Law Community

Dear BU Law Community,

Two weeks ago I wrote to you in the midst of the terror attacks to reassure you that we were reaching out to offer assistance to our students studying abroad in Paris as well as the French nationals in our student body here. I am grateful to be able to report that all of our students were physically unharmed. Unfortunately, acts of terror, large and small, and other vile acts, including racism, occur too often to address each one by email. (We also send our sympathies to the nation of Mali on the heels of the attack that that country just experienced.)

Still, though, I thought it appropriate to write once again – this time out of a deep sense of frustration, anger, and disbelief after the events at Harvard Law School, occurring almost simultaneously with the release of the video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald, and on the heels of racist incidents at the University of Missouri. I simply just can’t wrap my mind around how these things continue to happen in the United States of America in 2015.

Doubtlessly, the causes are complex, and we will have a discussion about them. I, perhaps like some of you, however, need to figure out how to channel my anger and words into concrete action instead of expressing regret and returning to business as usual. In particular, we can work harder to make our little piece of the world here at BU Law a welcoming environment for all of our community – students, faculty and staff.

Toward that end, we are continuing critical conversations throughout the school year. During the fall semester, the EEOC coordinator for the university spoke to the faculty regarding our Title IX obligations. Additionally, the head of the Employee-Staff Assistance program spoke to the faculty about how to recognize distress (whatever its source) in our community. I am reaching out to Dean Martha Minow at Harvard Law School to express my concern and to offer any support I can give.

Next semester, our alum, Martha Coakley, will be offering a seminar on community policing, and we will be giving the faculty a presentation on multi-cultural awareness. On November 30, we will host a community gathering open to faculty, staff, and students as a starting point for a conversation about how events at home and abroad affect each one of us. It will be held from 1-2 p.m. in Barristers Hall.

Please don’t lose heart – I well understand how easy that is to do. We won’t be able to defeat racism. What we can do is educate each other and treat each other with kindness and respect. Hearts and minds change one person, one moment, at a time.

This week, I sent out an upbeat Thanksgiving greeting to our community, and tomorrow we will celebrate the holiday. That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the state of the world. It does mean that I think it’s important that we all take time now and then to find joy in life, and to reflect on the many blessings that we have received. We can use that time to think about how to move forward with a renewed energy and commitment not just to the rule of law but also to standing up for what’s right.