Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend

Save the Date for Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend 2022!

October 21-22, 2022.

Join us as we honor the classes of 1950s, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, 2006, ’11 and ’16.


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 Baker

Panelists:
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Northeastern Law plans to host this year's Reunion and Alumni/ae Weekend as a hybrid event with an in-person portion on October 23, 2021. 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, we are offering a combination of virtual and in-person events. The program on Friday, October 22, will be offered virtually through Zoom. On Saturday, October 23, the morning program will be hybrid: it will be held virtually through Zoom and in-person at the law school for those who are fully vaccinated. The evening program on Saturday will be held in-person only for reunion classes (’50s, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06, ’11 and ’16) and fully vaccinated guests.
    Registration is required.

  • Registration is currently open. The events on Friday, October 22, and the morning of Saturday, October 23, are complimentary. The Saturday evening reception is $30/person.

  • 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.

    For those attendees who choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or other reasons, or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, we will offer virtual programs on Friday, October 22, and hybrid programs on the morning of Saturday, October 23, which can be attended virtually.

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    Prudential Stop, Green E Line
    40 Dalton Street
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    Colonnade Hotel
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    120 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02116
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    Midtown Hotel
    Symphony Stop, Green E Line
    220 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115
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    Sheraton Boston
    Prudential Stop, Green E Line
    39 Dalton Street
    Boston, MA 02199
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  • 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.