Diversity News Roundup September 2013

Welcome back! School has just begun and already we are so excited to hear about all the events happening on campus. The BU Law Legacy Series along with the BU School of Theology, BLSA, ACS and BU Law ACLU are screening the film The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison on October 17 at 4:30pm in room 620. A discussion after the film will be led by BU Law Professor David Rossman. BLSA is also planning their Inter-BLSA mixer with Harvard, Northeastern and Suffolk on October 4, location TBD. Throughout the month the Affinity Groups will be holding their first general meetings where you can find out about the upcoming semester events and their mentorship programs. Latino Heritage Month has begun; look out for more information on LALSA’s celebration. Here are some more diversity events happening in Boston.






BU Law Welcomers

The Office of Student Affairs would like to express an extra big THANK YOU to our 2L and 3L Welcomers!  From your smiling faces to your wise advice for our newest community members, you helped make BU Law Orientation 2013 a success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We hope that our 2Ls will join us again next year, and our 1Ls will consider being Welcomers in 2014. Until then, best of luck with the start of the semester!


The Journey Begins (again, for some)

To the Class of 2016-welcome to law school!  And welcome back Classes of 2014 and 2015! With the perennial arrival of new sod on the BU Beach, school is officially starting.  And you begin to think of yourself as a 1L, or (again, after a summer’s reprieve) a 2L or 3L.  We’re well on our way to a new building addition, set to open in fall 2014.  And we welcome new full-time faculty members Paul Gugliuzza and Naomi Mann to the BU Law community.

We continue to expand curricular opportunities for students, such as new 6 semester dual-degree programs in Law and Taxation and Law and Banking and Financial Law offered with BU Law’s Graduate Tax Program and Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law.  Accepted students can now earn a JD and LL.M. (master’s degree) in just six semesters wtih no extra tuition for the LL.M.  Students can apply after first year of law school.

There’s a lot to be excited about in the classroom this year.  But don’t forget about life outside of class! As you gear up for the new semester, we encourage you to get involved with our student organizations  and attend their events.  The dedicated students who run these organizations put together a lot of fun and meaningful programs!  This is a great way to meet students with common interests.  For a preview of some of this year’s active student organizations, check out the following slideshow.   Stay tuned for e-mails about initial meetings.

Finally, as you get (back) into the swing of things, remember that Student Affairs is always here to help!

Best, Associate Dean Chris Marx, Jill Collins, Brenda Hernandez and Kelly Sullivan

The Footnotes in your Life: A Special Guest Blog for our Graduates! Congratulations!!

Those of us in Student Affairs want to take a moment to wish the BU Law Class of 2013 all the best!!  When we set out to write this post, we quickly realized that the words of your own classmate might be a little bit more poignant.   Therefore, we are pleased to welcome 2013 graduate Joshua Talicska as a guest blogger!  His thoughtful post captures much of what we hope you will take from BU Law as you embark on your latest adventures.  Indeed, we can only hope that the faculty, staff and administration at BU Law will have a small footnote in your life story, as you are all footnotes in ours.


Dean Marx, Jill Collins, Brenda Hernandez and Kelly Sullivan

“The Footnotes in Your Life” by Joshua Talicska

Three years have passed since we walked through the doors of Boston University School of Law as eager first-year students. Three years.

Class of 2013, I would like you to think back to the first few weeks of the second semester; to before we began writing our briefs for the Esdaile Moot Court program, and to the plagiarism presentation we attended in light thereof. Whether it was Professor Volk or Dean Marx, we were reminded again and again that the School of Law defines plagiarism as “the use, without adequate attribution, of the ideas, expressions, or work, of another.”

Do. Not. Plagiarize. Three simple words; one simple idea. Drop footnotes. Use quotations. Attribute. Attribute. Attribute. And although citations and footnoting may have been the bane of our existence for the past three years…what a great theme for our graduation.

For many of us, graduating from law school is the biggest achievement—at least, to date—in our lives. But none of us did it on our own. Whether it was emotional or, perhaps, monetary support from family or friends; a heart-to-heart conversation with a professor; a free cup of coffee courtesy of the Dean; or just an unexpected act of kindness from
a classmate or complete stranger; each and every one of us was helped along the way.

Each and every one of us is seated here today because of the contributions others have made to our lives—likely the very individuals seated in the audience watching
this ceremony; the very individuals seated behind me. But recognizing that we are stand today upon the shoulders of others in no way detracts from our accomplishment—from our graduating from law school.

We did the readings. We wrote the papers. We are graduating from law school. We did it. But we did it with the help of others.

Footnote those contributions. To do otherwise would be to take credit for, to appropriate, without attribution, the work of others. Attribute your success. Footnote those who have helped you along the way.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, I urge each of you to remember the footnotes in your life. To take the kindness and support others have shown you and pay-it-forward.

Call your parents on Sunday nights, just to talk; just to ask about their week. Stop and give directions to a stranger on the sidewalk instead of shouldering past. Offer to drive a friend to the airport; to help them move. Take on a pro bono case; take on two. Do some good. I am not asking that you save the world. Little acts of kindness. Little acts of kindness can make all the difference.

Class of 2013, however busy we are; however busy we get; however often we complain that there is just not enough time in the day; the one thing we should not cut from our schedules is our making the time to assist those in need—to lend a helping hand; a shoulder to cry on; an ear for listening. Others did it for us. It’s our turn to pay-it-forward.

Be mindful of the footnotes in your life.

Thank you and congratulations!

Our Hearts Are Full

Monday, April 15 started as a glorious, sunny day.  It ended in terrible tragedy.  We lost a member of the Boston University community, student Lu Lingzi.  I hope you will take a moment to learn more about her: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/promise-and-potential-cut-short/
Another BU student was seriously injured.  The loss and suffering from this horrific act extended beyond BU.  Our hearts are full of sadness; the ramifications will be felt forever. 

I couldn’t help but remember that terrible day on September 11, 2001, when so many lives changed forever.  The awful feelings from that day came rushing back as I heard the news about what happened on Monday.  Feelings of helplessness, despair, deep sadness, and sympathy for those who lost their lives or were injured.   But, slowly, the pain is dulled a bit by stories of heroism, of countless people who rushed to aid the injured, never disclosing their names.

I am not from Boston but I am proud to call Boston my home.  People talk about the strength and resilience of Bostonians, and I have seen many examples of that since I came here in 1985.   I know that we will have a Boston Marathon next year, and that we will come back stronger than ever.   We also must make sure that we remember and honor those who lost their lives, and that we find ways to help support those who have suffered.

I am proud to be part of a supportive, caring communityto help with the healing process.  BU Law students are collecting funds for the One Fund Boston, which will help those who suffered.  BU Student Health Services has organized support groups for students who have been impacted by this tragedy.  BU also has several counseling resources to offer support, such as the BU Behavioral Medicine Clinic, the Danielsen Institute, chaplains through Marsh Chapel, and the the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP).  Please take advantage of these resources.  And know that my staff and I are here to help in any way we can.

-Associate Dean Chris Marx

Diversity News Roundup April 2013

Spring is here (well, sort of) which means the semester is almost over and finals are on the way. Before you escape to the land of studying, there are still some great on-campus events to attend. The final Legacy Series panel will be on April 8, from 1-2PM entitled Diversity in the Legal Profession: Presentation of Self. The panel, in room 820, will feature BU Law Professors Khiara Bridges and David Breen, and Northeastern Law Professor Aziza Ahmed. ILPS and LALSA are co-sponsoring an Immigration Law Informational and Networking event on April 9, at 6PM in Barristers. NALSA is hosting the Honorable Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation, on April 9 at 4PM in 1270, to discuss and demonstrate peacemaking. APALSA is having their Annual Luau on Friday, April 12 at 4PM in 1270. Although there is plenty to keep you busy in the tower, I have listed below diversity programming happening at BU and in the community. Hope you have a chance to attend any of these events!




Diversity News Roundup March 2013

March is Women’s History Month! Check out the Radical Women’s History Project where creator Shelby Knox highlights, “the accomplishments of the world’s women, explicitly centering women of color, indigenous, queer, trans, women with disabilities, and non-Western women.” A few ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month in Boston is to walk the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, visit the Julia Child exhibit in Cambridge or attend Simmons College LUNAFEST which features “short films by, for, and about women.” This month’s BU Law Legacy Series event also focuses on women. On March 21 from 1-2, join The Women’s Law Association and the Students Affairs Office for Prisoner of Her Own Body: The Reproductive Rights of Prisoners featuring MA State Representative Kay Khan, reproductive justice scholar and advocate Rachel Roth and Marcella Jayne a member of the Prison Birth Project.





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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!!

SIGN UP THIS WEEK, Monday March 18-Friday March 22in STUDENT AFFAIRS (4TH FLOOR).

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

Watch this video on YouTube

Here are the top 5 reasons to run the BU Law 5K:

  1. You love to run, and this is your chance to see how you stack up with your fellow classmates, staff and faculty at the law school…outside the classroom!
  2. You want to get stuff and win prizes! For your $10 entrance, you get a long-sleeve race t-shirt, a bag with some fun things, plus 1st place in each division wins prizes AND there’s a raffle for all participants.
  3. You need a good excuse to get moving now that spring break is a memory….
  4. You know you want to get a good workout in before the Law Prom.
  5. You want to go for a nice walk with your [friends, family, significant other, mother, sister, AND/OR grandmother].

The 5K isn’t just for runners…and it isn’t just for law students!!  Friends and family of BU Law students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate or even just cheer you on!!  Note: the course is stroller-friendly.

Remember:   SIGN UP NOW in Student Affairs!!

Here’s the map of the course:

Can’t wait to see you out there!

BU Police Chief Tom Robbins Speaks About Safety at the Dean’s Town Hall

   At Dean O’Rourke’s Town Hall Meeting today, she welcomed Chief Tom Robbins, Deputy Scott Pare, and Captain Robert Molloy from the BU Police Department (BUPD) to discuss the recent robberies in Brookline and BUPD’s role when these incidents happen since they are not on the BU campus.  The recent robberies have been in north Brookline, over which the Brookline Police Department has primary jurisdiction.  There have also been incidents in “the Gap,” which is the west campus area; the Boston police have primary jurisdiction over that area.  BU police are sworn in as Norfolk Co. sheriffs.  While they do not have primary jurisdiction over the areas of the recent robberies, they consult closely with the police departments that have primary jurisdiction to discuss patrol coverage and the investigations. 

Chief Robbins presented information from the Brookline Police Department indicating that crime has dropped 5% in Brookline from 1994 to now.  For the 6 recent robberies close to BU, 4 arrests were made; 2 cases are still active.  None of the suspects are from the area, though some knew of the area from relatives.  Chief Robbins lauded the Brookline police for their work on solving these cases.

If students see any suspicious activity around BU, they should call the BUPD emergency number at 617/353-2121.  If they call 911, that first goes to the Framingham State Police and then to Boston police; if it affects BU, BUPD is contacted.  Chief Robbins reminded students about the BU Escort Security Service run through the BU Dean of Students Office. Students can call that service and other students will walk them to places on campus; this does not extend off campus.  The student escorts have radios to link to the BUPD as needed.  There also are 110 emergency blue light phones around campus (some are by the Law Tower) that link directly to the BUPD. 

Although some recent incidents have occurred when victims were in groups, Chief Robbins said that it generally is still safer to walk in groups.  He reminded students to be aware of their surroundings and not walk around with ear plugs/head phones.  If confronted by someone trying to steal something, he urged students NOT to resist. 

BU remains a relatively safe campus.    Other area colleges have had recent incidents, so these unfortunately do happen.  If you see anything suspicious, always feel free to call 617/353-2121 to reach the BUPD.

Diversity News Roundup February 2013

Happy Black History Month! In celebration of both Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, I will present a panel on the Emancipation Proclamation as part of my Legacy Series on February 21st. The panel entitled From Emancipation to Redemption will include Professors David Lyons and Christian Samito. There are also many events happening on the Boston University campus. On February 25, the Gastronomy Program presents To Feed the Revolution: The Black Panther Party and the Politics of Food. The African American Studies Program will host a talk by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor, The Atlantic and author, “The Beautiful Struggle” on February 26. Here are some more events happening on campus and around town.



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