Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend

Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend

It’s a Wrap!

Close to 300 graduates and friends were welcomed back to campus for a weekend of fun and friendship on October 21-22, 2022, as we celebrated Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend.

Urvashi Vaid ’83 Tribute Panel

On Friday, October 21, the Northeastern Law community honored the life and impact of Urvashi Vaid ’83, a legendary leader and visionary in the fight for LGBTQ+ and civil rights, with a reception and panel discussion led by Richard Burns ’83, Kevin Cathcart ’82, Katherine Grainger ’02 and Barbara Macy ’84. A poem dedicated to Urvashi was delivered by Sunu Chandy ‘98, civil rights attorney and author of My Dear Comrades.
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“Conversations With …,”

Saturday‘s morning program opened with “Conversations With …,” featuring eight graduates who are at the top of their game in cutting-edge fields. Thank you to the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton ’77, Adriane Dudley ’72, Thomas Gallitano ’87, Kyana Givens ’02, Gautam Jagannath ’12, Curtis Tucker ’97 and Leocadia Zak ’82 for sharing your insights and a special shout out to Stephanie Swanson ’12 for serving as an interviewer.
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Reunion Class Reception

We were honored to hear from US Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins ’97, our keynote speaker for Saturday night’s reunion class reception, as we celebrated the classes of the 1950s, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, 07, ’12 and ’17.
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Thank You!

To our friends and colleagues who joined us, supported us, assisted us and celebrated with us in person and in spirit, we thank you for making the 2022 Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend such a success. We also thank your hard-working Reunion Committees who helped us fundraise and remind classmates how fun it is to come back together.

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Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend Program 


Friday, October 21 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM | 240 Dockser*
Celebrating the Life and Impact of Urvashi Vaid ’83
Urvashi Vaid ’83, a legendary leader and visionary in the fight for LGBTQ+ and civil rights, died of cancer on May 14 at her home in New York City. Join us for a panel and reception in celebration of her life and accomplishments. A poem dedicated to Urvashi will be delivered by Sunu Chandy ‘98, civil rights attorney and author of My Dear Comrades. (@sunuchandy)

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Panelists:

  • Richard Burns ’83, Interim Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation (@JohnsonFamFound)
  • Kevin Cathcart ’82, Executive Director, Lambda Legal (retired)
  • Katherine Grainger ’02, Managing Partner, Civitas Public Affairs Group (@CivitasFirm)
  • Barbara Macy ’84, Principal, Barbara J. Macy Attorney at Law

Reception to follow in the lounge outside 250 Dockser. 

*Please note that attendees on Friday night will be required to wear masks except when presenting, eating or drinking. Everyone will be required to be fully vaccinated, but each individual should assess their own risk.


Saturday, October 22 | 240 Dockser *

8:45 AM

Welcome Address
Lindsey Sadonis, Director of Development and Alumni/ae Relations
Dean James Hackney

9:00 AM 

Conversations With ...
Join us for conversations with a group of graduates who are leaders and trend-setters in a variety of legal and professional fields. Faculty and staff will interview the graduates in a conversational style that invites frank and lively discussions.

Conversations: 

Curtis Tucker ’97
General and Artistic Director, First Coast Opera, Saint Augustine, Florida
Follow @FirstCoastOpera
Interviewer: Professor Kara Swanson

Adriane Dudley ’72 
Founding Partner, Dudley Rich
Interviewer: Professor Jeremy Paul

The Honorable Janet Bond Arterton ’77
Senior U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Interviewer: Professor Michael Meltsner

Leocadia Zak ’82
President, Agnes Scott College
Follow @preszak | @AgnesScott
Interviewer: Professor Margaret Hahn-DuPont

Thomas Gallitano ’87
Partner, Conn Kavanaugh
Follow on Twitter:  @TomGallitano| @ConnKavanaugh
Interviewer: Professor Dan Danielsen

Kyana Givens ’02
Federal Public Defender, Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island
Interviewer: Professor Stevie Leahy

Gautam Jagannath ’12
Executive Director, Social Justice Collaborative
Follow @sjcollaborative
Interviewer: Stephanie Swanson ’12, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Office of Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser

*Please note that attendees on Saturday morning will be required to wear masks except when presenting, eating or drinking. Everyone will be required to be fully vaccinated, but each individual should assess their own risk.


Saturday, October 22, 2022 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM* | East Village 17th Floor
Reunion Class Reception
(*Doors open at 5:30 PM)

Join us on Saturday evening for the Reunion Class Reception, which will be held at the beautiful, glass-enclosed 17th Floor Space at East Village on Northeastern’s campus. The reception will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of time to mix and mingle with your classmates. At 7:00 PM, we will hear from Dean James Hackney, followed by the national trailblazer,  US Attorney for Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins ’97.

Closest parking is Gainsborough Garage, located at 10 Gainsbrough Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

Northeastern Law plans to host this year’s Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend as an in-person event on October 21, 2022. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to assist those planning on attending in person. Please do not hesitate to contact us at lawalumni@northeastern.edu if you have any additional questions or concerns.

  • This year’s program will be held in person.
    Registration is required.

  • Registration is now open.  The events on Friday, October 22, and the morning of Saturday, October 23, are complimentary. There will be a fee to attend the evening reception on Saturday.

  • All reunion attendees coming to the Northeastern University campus for the Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • Attendees on Friday evening and Saturday morning will be required to wear masks except when presenting, eating or drinking.

  • A block of rooms at the nearby Colonnade Hotel has been reserved for our out-of-town guests for a discounted rate of $309 per night. These are available on a first come, first served basis and the hotel deadline is September 29, 2022. October is one of the busiest tourist months for Boston, so we suggest you make your reservations soon by clicking this link.

    Local Hotel Listings

    Boston Back Bay Hilton Hotel
    Prudential Stop, Green E Line
    40 Dalton Street
    Boston, MA 02199
    617.236.1100

    Colonnade Hotel
    Prudential Stop, Green E Line
    120 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02116
    617.424.7000

    Midtown Hotel
    Symphony Stop, Green E Line
    220 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115
    617.262.1000

    Sheraton Boston
    Prudential Stop, Green E Line
    39 Dalton Street
    Boston, MA 02199
    617.236.2000

  • Yes. As the campus continues to navigate COVID-19, all celebration plans will be made with the safety of our graduates and campus community in mind and will be adjusted accordingly. We will be following CDC, Massachusetts and Northeastern University guidelines. If traveling to Boston for our events, we advise that you review cancelation policies for your travel arrangements, and we recommend buying refundable airline tickets.

  • If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, please help us keep our community safe and stay home.

Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend Highlights

Alumni/ae Weekend offers a time for connecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting campus and catching up with your favorite faculty. In addition to a gala dinner for classes celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th class reunions, Reunion offers fun activities open to all graduates.

  • For those of you who missed or asked to see it again, here is the retrospective video that was shown at our 50th anniversary bash in October 2018.

  • Reunion 2021

    More than 200 alumni/ae and friends from all over the globe participated in our first hybrid Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend on October 22-23, 2021, as we honored the classes of the 1950s, '71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, 06, ’11 and ’16. The festivities began on Friday night with a lively and engaging panel, “Judiciary Under Fire.” A group of wise retired and semi-retired judges, including the Honorable Carol Ball ’76, the Honorable Isaac Borenstein ’75, the Honorable Dana Fabe ’76 and the Honorable Victoria Roberts ’76, considered what can be done to restore faith in an impartial judiciary and protect the judiciary from physical danger. Professor Brook Baker ’76 moderated the discussion.

    Saturday’s morning program opened with a welcome from Dean Hackney, who shared the latest news from the School of Law and introduced this year's keynote speaker, the Honorable Donald Cabell ’91, US Magistrate Judge, District of Massachusetts. “I've had a blessed career and I give all of the credit to Northeastern,” said Cabell.

    Our “Conversations With …” program followed. Six graduates who are at the top of their game were interviewed by faculty and fellow alumni/ae. Thank you to Neil Leifer ’81, James Morton ’81, Mytrang Nguyen ’96, Gina Perini ’01, Jay Pozenel ’91 and Reed Zars ’86, for sharing your insights and a special shout out to Rishi Reddi ’92 for serving as one of our interviewers.

    On Saturday night, we hosted an in-person reception in Northeastern’s lodge-themed tent for graduates celebrating milestone reunion years.

    To our friends and colleagues who joined us, supported us, assisted us and celebrated with us in person and virtually, we thank you for making the 2021 Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend such a success. We also thank your hard working Reunion Committees, who helped us fundraise and  remind classmates how fun it is to come back together.

    Featuring Keynote Speaker
    The Honorable Donald Cabell ’91
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    Video Highlights

    Judiciary Under Fire

    10.22.21 — A panel of wise retired and semi-retired judges, including the Honorable Carol Ball ’76, the Honorable Isaac Borenstein ’75, the Honorable Dana Fabe ’76 and the Honorable Victoria Roberts ’76, considered what can be done to restore faith in an impartial judiciary and protect the judiciary from physical danger. Professor Brook Baker ’76 moderated.

    Welcome Address by Dean James Hackney 

    Keynote Address by The Honorable Donald Cabell ’91, US Magistrate Judge, District of Massachusetts

    Conversations With...

    Six Northeastern Law graduates who are at the top of their game are interviewed by faculty and staff members. Thank you to Neil Leifer ’81, James Morton ’81, Mytrang Nguyen ’96, Gina Perini ’01, Jay Pozenel ’91 and Reed Zars ’86, for sharing your insights!

     

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, October 22, 2021
    7:00 – 8:00 PM ET Judiciary Under Fire
    Location: Virtual 
    Judges are the first line of defense in upholding the rule of law. Today, in holding that line, they are facing challenges of historic proportions. Like so much else in this country, the judiciary is increasingly seen as politicized, with those on the right and the left weighing in on the merits—and possible rulings—of judges appointed by Democratic presidents versus those appointed by Republican presidents. And what about the ideologies that judges themselves bring to the bench: conservative, liberal and progressive? Join us for a discussion on these topics as we consider what can be done to restore faith in an impartial judiciary and protect the judiciary from physical danger.Moderator: 
    Professor Brook BakerPanelists:
    Hon. Carol Ball ’76, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court (retired)
    Hon. Isaac Borenstein ’75, Superior Court, Massachusetts (Retired)
    Hon. Dana Fabe ’76, Ret. Chief Justice, Alaska Supreme Court (retired)
    Hon. Victoria Roberts ’76, US District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (senior status)
    Saturday, October 23, 2021
    9:00 AM ET Welcome Address
    Dean James Hackney
    Location: 240 Dockser Hall*
    (Vaccinated guests only)*This event will be held in a hybrid fashion. The virtual option will be available through Zoom. A Zoom link will be e-mailed closer to the event date to all registered guests. 
    9:15 - 10:00 AM ET Keynote Address
    Hon. Donald Cabell ’91
    US Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
    10:00 - 11:30 AM ET Conversations with...
    Join us for conversations with a group of graduates who are leaders and trend-setters in a variety of legal and professional fields. Faculty and staff will interview the graduates in a conversational style that invites frank and lively discussions.
    Conversations include: Neil Leifer ’81
    Neil T. Leifer, LLC, Children’s Environmental Health Attorney.
    Interviewer:  Professor Hemanth Gundavaram, co-founder and director of the school's Immigrant Justice Clinic 

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    James Morton ’81
    President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston
    Interviewer: Professor James Rowan

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    Mytrang Nguyen ’96
    Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation, Legal Services Corporation
    Interviewer: Nima Eshghi ’96, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Harvard Radcliffe Institute

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    Gina Perini ’01
    Chair/CEO, SOMOS
    Interviewer: Professor Dan Danielsen

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    Jay Pozenel ’91
    Director, General Legal Division, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
    Interviewer: Professor Jeremy Paul

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    Reed Zars ’86
    Reed Zars, Esq., Environmental Attorney
    Interviewer: Rishi Reddi ’92, , Director of Environmental Justice, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Author

    5:30 - 7:30 PM ET Reception
    An in-person reception for reunion classes.