Alumni and Students
of Color Dinner
The Alumni and Students of Color Dinner was held on
September 24 at the Springfield LaQuinta Inn and Suites.
Alesia H. Days ’99 served as the keynote speaker. The
dinner was attended by more than 120 alumni, students,
and faculty. For alumni it provided an opportunity to
reconnect with classmates and former professors as well
as to meet and mentor current students.
Representing the student body was Claudia B. Quintero 3L,
president, Latino/a Law Student Association chapter, which
was founded last year. She spoke of her challenges to become
a citizen and the inspiration she finds in seeing people of color
in positions she aspires to.
Alesia H. Days, director of licensing for the City of Springfield Law Department, began her remarks by sharing what it
meant to her to be asked to speak at the dinner.
“My mother used to clean Western New England College
when I was in high school and I was later to graduate from the
law school. So I am immensely humbled that one generation
later, here I stand and my mother used to clean the library at
the law school.”
Addressing the students, she said, “Always remember that
it is important to give back. It's not just important; it's a duty.
You are fortunate to have a law degree, more fortunate than a
whole lot of other people. But it's our duty and our responsibil-
ity to give back. We give back in every single realm of the law.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re criminal defense or criminal
prosecution. It matters not if you’re in a private practice or you
are in the corporate scene. We, as people of color, bring our
cultural experiences and our life experiences to the table.” ◆
21st Annual Supreme Court Review
Saturday morning saw a large attendance at the Supreme
Court Review moderated by Professor Art Wolf. At its 2015-
2016 term of court, the Court decided very important cases
addressing search and seizure, abortion, and affirmative
action. Offering insightful observations, the panelists
explored these topics. Among other cases, Professor Emeritus Arthur Leavens reviewed a Fourth Amendment decision
involving police attempts to compel a person suspected of
driving under the influence to take a blood or breathalyzer
test without a search warrant. Law Review student Chelsea
Donaldson 2L examined the Court’s latest abortion decision, which shored up, with five votes, the “undue burden”
test. Finally, Professor Bruce Miller discussed the affirmative action case from the University of Texas at Austin.
Speaker Alesia H. Days ’99
(L to R) Chelsea Donaldson, Jade Thornton, Barbara Curatolo, and Claudia Quintero
(L to R) Egzon Beha, Caroline Montiel, Claudia Quintero, Michelle Tsang, Tameka Huntley,
and Anthony Huntley