Mass Dissent – Student Chapter Update

Northeastern University

This past fall semester, the NUSL NLG chapter has been excited to be back on campus in full capacity for the first time since 2020. We have held bi-weekly meetings and plan to continue to do so this coming next semester. We held a Street Law Clinic: Know Your Rights training in October. We also held a live podcast session with the popular podcast “5-4”, where members were able to ask questions and engage in discussion with the podcast’s hosts, Rhiannon Hamam, Peter Shamshiri, and Michael Morbius. NLG members also participated in the Narcan Training with the Health Law Society led by Material Aid and Advocacy Program.

Our chapter has also supported several outside calls to action, including the Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine’s Statement of Solidarity for Palestine, Democratic Socialists of America’s Labor Advocacy’s letter-writing campaign, and NUSL students’ calls for accountability regarding problems with the Northeastern Disability Resources Center. We also signed on to a call-to-action letter sent to the NUSL administration by the Student Bar Association and Black Law Student’s Association.

We have also begun several projects we hope to keep working on this coming semester. Members have attended and will continue to attend prospective faculty candidate presentations. In addition, students established an abolitionist reading group/teach-in group that meets on a bi-weekly basis. We are also working to form an NLG network across the law schools in Boston.

NUSL NLG hopes to host and plan several events this coming semester as well. We are working on finalizing a Legal Observer Training in January, planning our annual Week Against Mass Incarceration on campus, organizing a Professors Public Interest Scholarship Panel, and planning a social gathering for the NLG chapters at other Boston law schools. In addition, we are also hoping to organize another Street Law Training to shadow for those who attended the Know Your Rights Clinic.