Serving Our Most
In case you missed our new and improved digital edition
of Law Digest, I am happy to report that our Negotiation
Teams made a clean sweep at the ABA Region 1 Negotiation Competition in November, taking first, second, and
third place. In this issue of Perspectives, you can read more
about their win and how they got there. If you want to
make sure you receive our August and future issues of Law
Digest, please share your email address with Kim Roeder in
our alumni office.
You will also enjoy reading this spring’s feature. As officers of the court, lawyers can
influence many facets of society, but one of the areas where we can impact the future of
our communities the most is in child welfare law. Our lead story focuses on the important
work in this field being carried out by three alumnae of the School of Law: Kathryn Foster
’09, Aimee Cameron-Browne ’90, and Laura Flowers ’ 11, and provides information on
how you can volunteer to fill a critical need for representation.
One family that continues to make an impact on the School of Law is the Cooley
family. Judge Sidney Cooley of the Class of 1941 passed away in early 2014 just weeks
after turning 100 years old. He served 23 years as special justice in Franklin District
Court in Greenfield and as presiding justice for Western Hampden District Court in
Westfield. While he earned his degree back when we were still a part of Springfield-Northeastern College, Judge Cooley, and his wife, Anne, were lifelong supporters of
the School of Law. Our interview with his son, Larry, shares how the Cooley family is
continuing to honor his legacy at the School of Law.
You will also learn about Assistant General Counsel and Compliance Officer Russell
Thompson ’90 (Mariner Investment Group, LLC) and how our welcoming academic
environment provided the springboard to launch his career. Current student Claudia
Quintero shares what her legal education means to her as a formerly undocumented
immigrant turned stellar law student.
No one has to tell you that there has been a whirlwind of changes impacting the legal
profession in recent months. Our focus on a new course addressing the legal implications
of recent marijuana legalization and the Legislative Institute’s series on President Trump’s
first 100 Days provide important must-reads.
It is such change that reminds us of the special responsibility we hold as members
of the bench and bar and the unique role your law school can play as a resource to you
and the general public. Please support us in these efforts and in educating the future legal
professionals who will uphold that promise.
Dean and Professor of Law