And So It Ends…A Most Grateful Goodbye

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Dear Students,

I can hardly believe that on May 16, I will leave the Law Tower for the last time.  I can still remember that sunny day in July, 1987, when I walked through the tower doors to begin this incredible journey as Dean of Students.  In my office, there was no computer, just a desk, chair, phone and file cabinets.  Email had not been invented.  I was nervous but excited.  What would it be like? Would I connect with students?  Would I be able to make their lives better?  Was I actually ready to leave law practice?  There were many challenges—class sizes of 430; not enough chairs in classrooms; no real community.  And those elevators!  But there was one constant—BU Law simply had the best students.  As I settled into my new job, it quickly became clear that this school was the best fit for me.  And I never looked back.

 In reading the many notes and emails I have received from the BU community, I’ve had time to reflect on what these years have meant to me personally and professionally.  Dean O’Rourke often says, “It’s about the people, not the building.”  She is so right.  The people at BU Law are amazing, especially our students and alumni.  They and you are smart, creative, caring, involved, committed to service, funny, and resilient. It takes a special kind of person to come to, and thrive in, a “unique” concrete, vertical building where one day you wear a tank top and the next a winter coat, plus you may get stuck in an elevator.  BU students “get” that it is about the people.  I found I work best in an environment that values openness, tolerance, creativity, energy, and looking beyond where one went to college, or how much money he/she has.  I can’t think of a place that better fits my philosophy and values.

 I have a confession—I loved the academic side of law school.  But I didn’t like the unhealthy “stuff” that went with it.  I saw law school do a number on many students, robbing them of their sense of dignity and worth, and sometimes pitting one against the other to achieve a grade or class rank.  I wanted to help create an environment where BU Law students could learn from a terrific faculty without the other stuff getting in the way.  I also wanted to normalize asking for help.  Lawyers and law students tend not to ask for help because they are used to excelling and working out problems by themselves. But there are times when we all get “stuck,” and need help.  I have worked with many students who have severe depression or anxiety, or who struggle with alcohol or substance abuse.  I’ve seen students who suffered losses, had a debilitating illness, or faced challenges related to a disablity.  It is so important to reach out for professional help when you face these difficulties, and to know that there are people who will support you, and who can help you get unstuck.  If I am remembered for anything, I hope it’s that I conveyed the value of reaching out for help.

 You have taught me so much, and your courage and strength have helped me when I had tough times in my own life.  I always felt like we had a true partnership, based on hard work, mutual respect, and caring.  I owe Boston University, the law school, and especially the students and alumni, so much.  Thank you for giving me the best years of my life.

 Fondly,
Chris Marx

 

 

Diversity News Roundup-Student Spolight

As the semester comes to an end, I wanted to give the opportunity to share the voice of a student member of the BU Law community. Peter Alvarez is a graduating 3L. Peter and I have worked closely on several events and initiatives. Here Peter reflects on his time at BU Law:

I came to Boston University School of Law on the Martin Luther King Fellowship, and I can honestly say that I have developed professional lawyering skills, a thirst for social justice, and collaborative planning and communication experience.

I’m from Dorchester, Massachusetts, a mostly Black and Latino neighborhood within Boston.  I was a few years out of undergrad, and taught in both Houston and Boston public schools for a total of five years.  Needless to say, I came to law school with a unique perspective on the world and our laws.

Given all my past experiences, 1L Year was frustrating.  I loved my professors, and I happened to be in one of the more diverse sections. But I felt like my classmates and I were learning about legal doctrines without context.  Race, as I saw it through my life and lives of the children I taught, was always important.  In the law, race has an even more important role.  I get it.  We cannot spend all of our 1L class time discussing race, but I wish there were an outlet for such discussions with our peers and professors (by 3L year this would exist).  

The positive side of 1L year, though, was the mentorship of upperclassmen in BU BLSA and LALSA.  These upperclassmen really looked after us (the 1Ls), brought us into their lives, their homes, and shared their collective resources with us.  I know I felt like I was important to them, and hopefully my peers and I made them feel the same way.  

By 2L year I was the Vice President of BU’s Black Law Student Association as well as an active member in the Latin American Law Students Association. In BLSA we planned some great events, collaborated with the Boston College and Harvard BLSAs, created the first annual Black History Month Jazz Soiree, mentored first year students, held workshops, among many other great programming initiatives.  

One of our greatest achievements, came from collaborating with the other affinity groups to get BU Law to create the Admitted Student Mosaic Weekend.  We worked with the Admissions Office and Student Affairs, and by the Spring of 2L year, we had a weekend long program for diverse students visiting BU Law. 

My second semester, I took possibly one of the most difficult classes that I would ever love, Supreme Court with Professor Maclin.  It was a class that left me with an adrenaline rush every time I left.  The class had a diverse group of students who would write amazing opinions on cases currently in the docket, and then we would hash it out with each other, Professor Maclin and government attorneys he would bring in to plead the government’s case.  I got to see some of these criminal procedure cases in action when I went to New Orleans to volunteer at the Public Defenders Office.  During my week long trip, I did the research and wrote the argument that resulted in charges dismissed for a man’s second felony arrest!

During 2L Year I also volunteered for Kids in Need of Defense, an immigration advocacy group for undocumented children.  During my time there I saw the need for more Spanish speakers with legal experience.  I went to our LALSA and recruited students to join the cause.  All in all about five members of LALSA that year, and more the year after, actively volunteered with KIND with some of them working full time over the summer.  Needless to say, I hope that volunteering for KIND will be a lasting tradition at BU Law.

3L year, as I close out my last law school year and my term as Vice President of the Student Government, I look upon the past three years with an optimistic lens.  First semester of 3L year, I took Critical Race Theory (CRT) with Professor Khiara Bridges.  This was what I needed 1L year: a way to discuss and analyze court cases and statutes from a racially critical perspective because for me race was always omnipresent. 

In CRT I wrote my certification paper on the second class citizenship status Black and Latino men experience when encountering law enforcement.  This issue hit close to home since the death of Denis Reynoso, a family friend and Iraq War Veteran of Dominican descent, who was shot when police entered his home without a warrant.  It was a cathartic experience to write about Denis Reynoso, and the countless other men who looked like me, the people I taught, and the friends I grew up with in Dorchester.  It was as though I was working on this research and writing in their honor.   

Second semester 3L year, one of my CRT classmates came up with the idea of reviewing 1L courses from a critical perspective with 1L professors.  The room was packed, and the professors discussed race!  The law school will continue the critical perspectives programming next year, and for that I am thankful.  

The point is, every time I have had an issue at BU Law it has been addressed.  From wanting a diversity weekend for admitted students, to creating the first ever Jazz Soiree, from enlisting BU Law students to volunteer for KIND to having an outlet for 1Ls to discuss 1L courses from a critical perspective.  The community and faculty are open to suggestions, feedback and criticism.  That’s why I am proud to be graduating from BU Law this May, and I will carry the memories and experiences earned at this school for a lifetime.

 

Where to Study – Spring 2014

As classes wind down and reading period begins, I thought you might appreciate a list of tried and true study spots on and around the BU Law campus.  Whether you prefer perfect silence or crave noise and access to a constant caffeine drip, you’ll find some great options on the list below:

In the Law Tower

Study Lounge Spaces

  • 1st Floor Café: The First Floor Café is great for meeting up with people or having a snack while you study.  The Café is open 8-3, Mon-Thurs, and 8-2, Friday.
  • 12th Floor Rome Lounge : Enjoy a good view of Boston while you study in the Rome Lounge.
  • 17th Floor South Student Lounge (Comm Ave side): Great lounge to study with comfortable seating, work stations, and a vending machine.

Student Quiet Study Spaces

  • 17th Floor Cubicle Areas (East/West sides): Individual cubicles for those who need a place to hide away for a study session.

Library Study Spaces

  • Pappas Main Library (2nd Floor): The Library is the classic law school study place.
  • 3rd Floor Study Rooms (370 – Study Room, 320 – MyPrint/Study Room): A nice alternative to the library, the third floor study rooms provide a quiet place to study without the library feel.
  • Annex Reading Room:  The Annex to the BU Law Library is below Mugar Library, across from the law tower. Some people may confuse it with a fall-out shelter.

Library Quiet Areas

  • Rm. 371 Quiet Study Room: Grab a seat in this room reserved for quiet studying.
  • Southeast Alcove of Pappas Reading Room: This is a great spot for those who desire silence when cramming for an exam.
  • Empty Classrooms: When all else fails, just pick any random room.  Come visit us in Student Affairs if you want to check on how long that classroom may be free.

Other spots on campus

  • BU School of Management, Pardee Library (595 Commonwealth Ave.):  A good way to get away from the BU Law crowd during crunch time.
  • George Sherman Union “GSU” (700 Commonwealth Avenue): BU’s student union is a good spot if you want ambient noise, food, and undergraduates.  Keep in mind that there are lots of nooks and crannies to study in (though none are silent) outside the food court area and even on the second floor (hint – follow signs for the Dean of Students Office).
  • Mugar Library (Adjacent to law tower; 771 Commonwealth Avenue): BU’s undergraduate library is only steps away from the Tower.

Off Campus Ideas

Public Libraries

  • Boston Public Library – Main Branch (700 Boylston Street): Boston’s central library is a gorgeous building adjacent to Copley Square.  Just don’t leave your belongings unattended for a second.
  • Boston Public Library – Allston Branch (300 North Harvard Street): Boston’s Allston branch is conveniently on the 66 bus line. It has lots of sunlight and parking, but may also have lots of kids.
  • Boston Public Library – Brighton Branch (40 Academy Hill Road): Very quiet with parking available.
  • Brookline Public Library – Coolidge Corner Branch (31 Pleasant Street): Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Branch is in a beautiful part of town and is T accessible.

Coffee Shops

  • Blue State Coffee (957 Commonwealth Avenue): This coffee shop is a BU favorite with large tables, an open floor plan and plenty of food options to get you through your study session.
  • Japonaise Bakery & Café (1020 Beacon Street in Brookline): A quiet spot where you can indulge in a variety of French/Japanese pastries. Right off the St. Mary’s T-stop on the C-line.
  • Pavement Coffeehouse  (736 Commonwealth Avenue): This BU hangout has food, plus great tea and coffee to keep the caffeine buzz going.
  • Panera Bread (201 Brookline Avenue, Boston, or 299 Harvard St, Brookline): Free internet, lots of tables and a decent number of plugs, plus a large menu of soups, salads and sandwiches to keep you satisfied.  There’s also a Panera on Comm Ave, but it’s not quite as large.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea (285 Harvard Street in Brookline): A little further away from BU, this coffee shop gives you a place to escape. Especially good for weekend studying so you can take a break at the nearby Brookline Booksmith or grab lunch nearby.
  • Starbucks & other coffee shops (Various Locations): Open late, with big tables and comfy chairs, you know what to expect at Starbucks.
  • Trident Booksellers & Café (338 Newbury Street): Open until midnight 7 days a week, this half bookstore and half café is the perfect place for a study session. In addition, free wireless and comfort food options will keep you energized for hours.  Check their schedule of programs to be sure you won’t need to vacate before you’re ready.

So, what did we miss?  Share your favorites that didn’t make the list in the Comments section below!  Also, 3Ls can look for an updated list of study spaces for their summer bar prep.

Boston Strong: A City Reflects One Year after the Marathon Bombing

Many people in and around Boston are using this year’s running of the Boston Marathon to reflect on the Marathon Bombing and the events in its wake.  While there was immeasurable loss when the bombs exploded, the anniversary also calls us to celebrate the many good things that came from a tragic situation.  Here are some of the events and stories you might want to check out:

On campus

(sources and text excerpted from BU Today article)

 

Monday, April 14

  • Memorial Service for Lu Lingzi.  Marsh Chapel will host a memorial service for Lu Lingzi (GRS’13), one of three people killed in the Marathon bombings.   The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. at Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

Tuesday, April 15

  • BU Medical Campus Flash Mob: Healing Boston with Music. Everyone is invited to gather at noon at Talbot Green to perform the Secret Garden song “You Raise Me Up,” made popular by recording star Josh Groban.  The BU Medical Campus Flash Mob, free and open to the public, is at noon on the Medical Campus Talbot Green.  The BU Medical Campus Flash Mob, free and open to the public, is at noon on the Medical Campus Talbot Green.

Monday, April 21

  • Marathon Monday Prayer Service and Brunch.  Marsh Chapel will host a special 30-minute interdenominational prayer service Marathon Monday in remembrance of those lost and injured in last year’s bombings. A complimentary buffet brunch follows on Marsh Plaza and the BU Beach, followed by a trip to Kenmore Square to watch the final mile of the race. (In the event of rain, the brunch will be held in the lower level of Marsh Chapel.)  The Marathon Monday Prayer Service and Brunch begins at 10 a.m. at Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, and is free and open to the public.

Off campus

(Some sources and text from BU Today Article)

Events

Tuesday, April 15

  •  “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line” with Tom Ashbrook, John F. Kennedy Library.  Join Tom Ashbrook for a live broadcast at the John F. Kennedy Library  to remember, to reflect, and to look ahead. Tom will be on stage for “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line,” along with special guests Jill Lepore, Jonathan Katz, James Carroll, Eileen McNamara, Kevin Cullen, Regie Gibson, Farah Pandith and more. This free event will also feature live musical tributes from Bill Janovitz, Patty Larkin, Amanda Palmer and more.  Registration is required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and live broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston.
  • One Year Later: Remembrance and Hope, Old South Church.  On the first year anniversary of the Marathon tragedies, we gather to honor the memories of those whose lives were taken, recall all brave responders, encourage those still struggling to recover, and bless athletes who will run in 2014. Join for music, prayers, readings, and reflection.  Old South Church will ring our great tower bell on April 15th at 2:52 pm.  Begins at 7 p.m. at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston. At the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets at the Copley T stop. 

Thursday, April 17

  • Aftermath: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombings Lecture, Newton Free Library.  Watertown-based photographer Joshua Touster will give an illustrated lecture titled Aftermath: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombings. Mr. Touster will share his stunning post-Marathon bombing images, and his personal and professional remembrances of the days following the bombings, the capture of the bombing suspect, and Boston and Watertown’s continuing response to the tragedy.  This lecture will be held at the 7 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton.

Saturday, April 19

  •  To Boston with Love Community Day, Museum of Fine Arts.   The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opens its doors for a free day welcoming families from Boston and beyond, as well as runners and spectators from around the world, to enjoy a day of art and fellowship at the Museum.  Visitors can sign and decorate a special panel for the America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas—a national art project offering a way for people to rally together after the Boston Marathon events of 2013—that will be unveiled at the Boston Red Sox game on Sunday, April 20. To Boston with Love Community Day will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston at 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. By public transportation, take a Green Line E trolley or 39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop or an Orange Line train or bus routes 8, 47, or C2 to the Ruggles stop.
  • Light the Fire of Peace: Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Trinity Church.  Three faith traditions will gather in vigil on the steps of Trinity Church in Copley Square to pray, sing, and light a fire for peace as our city prepares for a Boston Marathon renewed by hope. Hosted by Trinity Church in partnership with Back Bay Clergy, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Old South Church, and Temple Israel. Senior Minister Rev. Nancy S. Taylor of Old South Church will speak.   The Interfaith Prayer Vigil will begin at 7 p.m. outside of Trinity Church in Copley Square.

Ongoing Exhibitions

  • Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial, Boston Public Library. Following last year’s Marathon, a makeshift memorial quickly arose in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square. In June 2013, when the memorial was dismantled, thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for preservation. A selection of these items is now on display in the monthlong exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public through May 11. By public transportation, take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Copley Square.
  • To Boston with Love, Museum of Fine Arts.  In the aftermath of the bombings, quilters from every state and all corners of the globe created hand-sewn flags with messages of inspiration and hope.  Now, 1,700 of those flags are on display in the Museum of Fine Arts Shapiro Courtyard through April 30. It coincides with the MFA’s latest exhibition, Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection.  To Boston with Love is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, through April 30; hours are Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Admission is free for students with a valid BU ID.  The museum is free to the public on Wednesday evenings and on Saturday, April 19, which has been declared To Boston with Love Community Day. 
  •  Bled for Boston, Boston Center for Adult Education.  As a way of honoring first responders and victims of the tragedy, Boston Center for Adult Education instructor Chris Padgett photographed the many people who got Boston-themed tattoos.  Bled for Boston is on display at the Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, through April 30. The BCAE is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibition is free and open to the public. 
  • Boston Strong? Art Exhibition, Community Church of Boston.  Three local artists – Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, Shea Justice, and Jason Pramas – will be holding an art show called Boston Strong?  The purpose of the show is to spark public discussion and debate about the meaning of the popular “Boston Strong” slogan. The artists contend that there is a disparity between media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, many of whom are white and live outside Boston, and media coverage of the victims of ongoing criminal assaults around Boston, many of whom are people of color and live in the city.  On display from Tuesday, April 15 – Tuesday, April 22.  For more information, see the event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/758486360851055/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
  • Boston Strong at the USS Constitution Museum.  Show your support for the men and women who responded to the Boston Marathon bombing by writing a “thank you” letter at the USS Constitution Museum throughout the month of April. The Museum will distribute the letters to local area police and medical personnel. The Museum will also be featuring a panel describing the impact of the bombings on USS Constitution and her captain who was at mile 20 when news broke of the attack at the finish line.  You can visit the USS Constitution Museum , Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Blogs/Images

  • Dear World.  Photographer Robert  X. Fogarty, captured images of marathon survivors, first responders and supporters at the Boston Marathon finish line. He compiled their photographs and stories into a beautiful project called, “Dear World.”

Diversity News Roundup-BLSA Edition

On April 12th the Black Law Students Association is hosting its Annual Conference and Gala: Lawyers As Leaders. The one-day conference is an opportunity for students, alumni, and local leaders to join in conversation about (in)justice, (in)equality, and (in)equity in our communities and the legal profession. The conference will focus on achieving success and using that success to help eliminate inequality and injustice.

The conference includes 2 morning workshops, a roundtable luncheon discussion on diversity, and a career fair where students can speak to different employers from the private and public sectors. The day ends with an awards gala, featuring keynote speaker Senator William “Mo” Cowan.

This is an amazing opportunity to interact with some of Boston’s most successful leaders in an intimate setting. Come learn keys to success and conquering adversity from prominent members of Boston’s legal community. Attendees include:

  • Derek Davis, Executive Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
  • Winston Henderson, VP & General Counsel, Nano Terra, Inc.
  • Rachel Rollins, General Counsel, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Abim Thomas, Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP; Formerly deputy chief legal counsel for Governor Deval Patrick
  • Damian W. Wilmot, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Wendell Taylor, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Robert Webb, Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish
  • Christina Miller, Chief of District Courts and Community Prosecutions, Suffolk County DA Office
  • Danilo Avalon, Owner/Partner, Avalon Law Offices, P.C.

Please email Nichole Beiner (nabeiner@bu.edu), BU BLSA Co-President, with questions or for more information.

Updated BLSA Invite for paperlesspost

 

St. Paddy’s Day in Boston!

St. Paddy’s day is arguably one of the most celebrated days in Boston, and now that you’ve had some time to catch up on your studies over spring break, you deserve to join in on the festivities!

Southie Parade

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a Boston tradition, but it does tend to get a little crazy, so stay focused on the Character & Fitness requirements — we don’t want to see any of you on the news  (March 16)

Walk & Learn

Go beyond the green beer and leprechaun costumes and take a stroll down Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail (guided tours on March 15-17)

Festivals & Celebrations

Sing, dance, play and eat at the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts St. Patrick’s Day Weekend of Events  in Watertown (March 14-16) or take a short trip to Canton for the Irish Cultural Centre’s Celebration (March 14-17)

If corned beef and ceildhs aren’t your thing, check out the Boston Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theater (March 20-23)

Song & Dance

There’s nothing like classic Irish culture to get you in the spirit of the holiday, so head to the Reagle Music Theater in Waltham for their compilation performance A Little Bit of Ireland, or see WGBH’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn (both March 15-16)

If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, check out the Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues (March 13-16) or spend St. Patrick’s Day with Katie McD at the Beehive in the South End (March 17)

 

Any other fun ideas for St. Paddy’s Day? Add them in the comments!

Are you an Ambulance Chaser? Find out at the BU Law 5K!

It’s that time of year again…time to sign up for the BU Law 5K!!  

This year it will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014

GO TO http://BULaw5K2014.eventbrite.com TO REGISTER!

THIS YEAR YOU HAVE OPTIONS, all online!! 

1.   REGISTER AS A TEAM.  You can form a team of all BU Law affiliated people ($10 per person – includes current students, faculty and staff) or a non-BU Law affiliated team ($15 per person – includes alums, family and friends).  Teams have 3-5 members, and the top three times count. 

2.  REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL.  So you want to go it alone.  If you’re a student, faculty or staff, it’s only $12.  For alumni, family or friends, it’s $15. 

For those of you who haven’t participated before, check out this video about the race.

 

The 5K isn’t just for runners…and it isn’t just for law students!! Friends and family of BU Law students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to participate or even just cheer you on!!

Here’s the map of the course:

Note: the course is stroller-accessible and this event is family-friendly.

Remember: SIGN UP NOW – space is limited!!   Go to http://BULaw5K2014.eventbrite.com to register!

 

Can’t wait to see you out there!

Diversity News Roundup February 2014

It has been a great semester of events thus far and March promises to be no different. On March 3 from 6-8pm LALSA will host a Carnaval Celebration in room 1270 with live music and food. OutLaw will have a trans rights focused event on March 20th with a guest speaker from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. The final Legacy Series event of the semester will be on March 27th  co-sponsored with the Jewish Law Students Association to discuss religious freedom in prison. We will also welcome admitted students to campus March 20-22nd for Mosaic Weekend. If you are interested in helping, please contact me.

Events:

  • March: This is Women’s History Month. Here is a great list of events to celebrate.
  • March 3: Berklee Middle Eastern Festival: The Music of Armenia. Tickets $8.
  • March 3-4: BU Center for the Study of Europe presents- Woman Up! for a New Progressive Agenda Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue on Gender Issues. Free.
  • March 13: NESL Minority Student Association presents-Cultural Competency in the Workplace panel. Free, RSVP required.
  • March 15-16: The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated on this day. Here are some local events and more information on the holiday.
  • March 27: The Asian American Lawyers Association is hosting a panel discussion on Achieving Partnership.

News:

Other Opportunities:

  • LSAC’s Diversity Committee has announced a writing competition. The topic is “Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color and Students from Other Underrepresented Groups in Law Schools.” The winner will receive $5,000 and be published. Deadline is May 1, 2014.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and the people of Boston have created an array of hilarious and fun events to celebrate all the different kinds of love in your life.

Soothe the Soul

Create a handmade heart for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at West Elm’s Craft a Work of Heart .The store will be sending the chain of paper hearts to St. Jude’s little patients, and will also donate $1 for every heart that’s made. (Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-8pm)

Join the Boston chapter of Hollaback! for their Self-Care HOLLAday Party, including raffles, activities, and pampering! (Friday, Feb. 21, 8-11pm)

Grab Some Friends & Go

Head over to the Old North Church to learn about the History of Chocolate, and equally importantly, to get some free samples. (Thursday, Feb. 13, 7pm)

Dance the night away at I Heart Swing Valentine’s Dance Party! There’s no partner or experience required. (Friday, Feb. 14, 8pm; lesson included with $17 admission)

 Trek a mile in your best briefs to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation at the Cupid Undie Run. (Saturday, Feb. 15, 12pm)

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Watch the Boston Babydolls’ burlesque tribute to the holiday in their new show Love Actually (not actually). (Friday, Feb. 14, 7pm)

Socialize with other singles at Flirt Fest, Estate’s anti-Valentine’s Day party, or at the Harborside Inn’s Big Valentine’s Day Singles Party. (Both on Friday, Feb. 14, 8:30pm and 8pm respectively; tickets are $20)

Anti-Val’s Day folks can also head over to Howl at the Moon’s Love Sux party, where guests who bring in mutilated pictures of their exes get in for free. (Friday, Feb. 14, doors open at 4pm) 

Keep the Romance Alive

For a free date that’s right in our own backyard, celebrate the holiday a little early at Open Night at the BU Astronomical Observatory. (Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30-9:30pm)

Enjoy a romantic concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston at their Love Songs and Tangos show at the First Church in Boston, and join the performers in the lobby afterwards to sample tapas and wine. (Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30pm)

In a quirky combo of high and low brow, examine nudity in art at the Museum of Fine Arts with Watson Adventures’ Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt. (Friday, Feb. 14, 6:30pm; tickets are $37.50 – $39.50, which includes museum admission)

 

Any other fun Valentine’s Day ideas? Post them in the comments!

Diversity News Roundup January 2014

Welcome back! The new year is upon us and another semester filled with great student programming and community events. The first Legacy Series event will be a screening of Young Lakota on February 6th from 1-2pm, room TBD. The screening is co-sponsored by Women’s Law Association, the Native American Law Students Association and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. The Black Law Students Association will be hosting their annual Jazz Soiree on February 12th. Winter Whiteout, sponsored by Outlaw and SGA, will be at Club Cafe this Thursday, January 30th. Make sure to keep checking the Student Life Calendar for updates on events from our office and student organizations.

Events:

Fellowships and Clerkship Opportunities