Suffolk in the Media

University faculty, staff, students and programs are featured regularly in local and national media. The following offers a sampling of recent Suffolk University media mentions.

Suffolk poll

June 24, 2020

Boston Globe [PDF]: Support strong for Black activism

WGBH – Mass. residents remain cautious about public activities as Covid-19 numbers fall

Boston Business Journal – Poll: People not eager to take part in reopening

Bloomberg Radio

The President's rough week

NECN – June 22, 2020
"'One of the things Donald Trump talks a lot about, is about winning. And there was a lot of losing last week,' said Suffolk University's Rachael Cobb. Cobb says people right now are looking for a stable, coordinated government. "Disruption is not what people need right now,' she said."

Hawaii has the worst unemployment recovery in the US, report says

Pacific Business News – June 19, 2020
"'With unemployment rates starting to approach those of the Great Depression, the difference between the present situation and the financial destitution of the 1930s may well be the continuation of direct public subsidies as a bridge tactic, while we develop medical interventions and re-open our economic society,' said David Yamada, law professor and director of the New Workplace Institute and co-director of employment law at Suffolk University Boston, in a statement. 'This emphasis has to be on helping businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.'"

How PTSD went from 'shell-shock' to a recognized medical diagnosis

National Geographic – June 16, 2020
"Other researchers, like Jessica Graham-LoPresti, push against the limitations of the official PTSD diagnosis itself. A clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Suffolk University, Graham-LoPresti studies the effects of systemic racism on African-Americans. 'People of color experience a lot of symptoms in response to the frequency and pervasiveness of racism that mirror the symptoms of PTSD,' she says, noting that watching footage of police brutality can exacerbate the fears and stresses of lives already touched by pervasive racist experiences. 'This is not new, but [this imagery is] causing a lot of hypervigilance, emotional responses of stress and anxiety, and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.' But though the current definition of PTSD considers experiencing or witnessing a single incident of racialized terror an inciting incident, it doesn't allow for the microaggressions and intergenerational dynamics African-Americans experience every day. 'It's a complicated conversation,' says Graham-LoPresti. 'It is so new, and researchers of color are starting to get a lot of pushback because the field is so overwhelmingly white.'"

Balance transfer cards – June 15, 2020
Kashif A. Ahmed, Finance, discusses the benefits of balance transfer cards. 'They are worth it if you are getting a much better (not just marginal) rate, ideally zero %, AND you trust yourself to have discipline to pay off the balance before the rate jumps, usually astronomically. Using this strategy you can get interim relief from making interest payments, though you still have to make the principal payments," he says.

There was no full call-up of Boston police for last Sunday's demonstration

Boston Globe – June 7, 2020
"'Some experts cautioned that more police does not necessarily mean less destruction. 'There's no guarantee,' said Brenda Bond-Fortier, a Suffolk University professor who recently wrote a book about police reform. 'It really depends.' Bond-Fortier thought authorities will look at how events on May 31 were handled 'with a fine-tooth comb' and 'see what they could have done differently.'"

Trump vows to deploy the military, but can he?

Boston Globe – June 3, 2020
"'The law requires certain circumstances to be met for the president to involve military troops in domestic law enforcement. But whether those prerequisites have been met is 'almost unilaterally at the discretion of the president,' said Renée Landers, who teaches constitutional law at Suffolk University Law School."

Supreme Court asked to reconsider immunity available to police accused of brutality

Washington Post – June 2, 2020
"Suffolk University law professor [emerita] Karen M. Blum found that the court has considered the issue of qualified immunity in more than 30 cases, and plaintiffs have prevailed only twice."

No citations for unmasked joggers. No tickets for ignoring the curfew. Does Marty Walsh's ask-don't-punish approach work?

Boston Globe – May 29, 2020
"Brenda Bond-Fortier, a professor of public administration at Suffolk University, said consistent messaging that conveys the seriousness of the situation would be a crucial aspect of any pandemic response. 'If you start to hammer down on people using the legal or criminal justice system you'll create animosity, unnecessarily,' she said. 'Now if people are behaving in a way that is threatening other people, you can always fall back on those type of practices.'"

Week in Review: Processing the death of George Floyd

WBUR – Renée Landers, professor of law and director of the Health Law Concentration at Suffolk University, discusses the protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

Vote-by-mail advocates growing anxious

Boston Globe – May 25, 2020
"'What (election officials) do in the weeks and months prior to elections is plan everything,' said Rachael Cobb, who chairs Suffolk University's political science department. 'They need as much advance time as possible and more so now because they have to plan for all of these contingencies. Social distancing, polling locations, staff at polling locations--there are so many details that go into planning an election alone, let alone all the protective equipment polling workers will need.'"

Suffolk polls

The Hill – May 24, 2020
"About 66 percent of Americans say they'd support voting by mail as an alternative to in-person voting on Election Day if the coronavirus continues to pose a public health threat in November, according to a USA Today-Suffolk University poll."

Boston Globe – May 22, 2020
"According to a recent poll by Suffolk University, The Boston Globe, and WGBH News, which was conducted prior to Baker's plan being unveiled, most respondents expressed doubt about heading to the movies, going to the gym, hopping on public transit, and eating out when it's allowed. It's unclear if those sentiments have shifted since the four-phase approach was proposed by state officials."

Suffolk in the City student reporters sign off

NECN – May 18, 2020
"Three seniors from Suffolk University reflect on their last semester as reporters for Suffolk in the City, amid the coronavirus pandemic."

MBTA plans to increase capacity based on ridership

Banker & Tradesman – May 12, 2020
"'Pretty much every poll done--this is one that was done by Suffolk University and published in the Boston Globe--indicates that we have a lot of work to do to re-establish trust with the transit-riding public that the MBTA is safe,' [Transportation Secretary Stephanie] Pollack said at a Monday Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting, referring to a recent survey that showed nearly 80 percent of respondents would not be comfortable riding subways, buses and commuter trains."

Financial watchdog's conflicted task force earning top dollar

Bloomberg Law – May 11, 2020
"...CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger announced the task force in October, putting out a request for applicants. Kraninger's team interviewed at least four professors with backgrounds in consumer advocacy. One of them, Kathleen Engel of Suffolk University Law School, said that she was interviewed by Chris Mufarrige, a former CFPB policy staffer now at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Mufarrige declined to comment. The interview focused not on Engel's professional experience, which included serving on the CFPB's Consumer Advisory Board, but on her views on specific financial regulations, Engel said. 'The interview was much more of an interrogation,' Engel said. Engel raised her concerns to Kraninger in a November 2019 letter obtained by Bloomberg Law. Kraninger never responded, Engel said.

American Banker [PDF]: May 10, 2020
"'We are seeing some people being helped if their loans are government-backed, but 30% of loans are not, and that is a huge amount,' said Kathleen Engel, a research professor at Suffolk University Law School and former member of the CFPB's consumer advisory board. 'The fallout of having even a portion of the 30% of loans defaulting and going into foreclosure could result in a housing market collapse and even more demand on rental housing. ...' 'I think the CFPB has been doing a decent job putting things on the website about people's options, but not enough people go to the CFPB for information,' Engel said. 'I would love to see the CFPB buying announcement time on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video where they reach people who don't know what their rights are and don't have access to the information they need."

Suffolk polls

Boston Globe [PDF]: "Massachusetts residents remain remarkably steadfast in their support of the difficult isolation measures to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, buoyed by faith in their neighbors and optimism about the future, a new poll by Suffolk University, The Boston Globe, and WGBH News found."

The Hill – May 4, 2020
Two-thirds support vote-by-mail as alternative to in-person voting during pandemic

Francoeur shares her online learning experience

NECN – April 30, 2020
"Suffolk University freshman Jasmine Francoeur talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting her semester."

Now is the time to evaluate digital transformation skills

Wall Street Journal – April 29, 2020

"Chief information officers should build a 'digital transformation skills matrix' designed to identify IT staff members who possess the essential skills needed to implement digital transformation platforms in the post-Covid-19 era. Here's how to do it. Plot the Y-axis of the matrix, on a scale of zero to 10, to represent what Thomas Lynch, the chief information officer for Suffolk University in Boston, calls the 'cultural capacity' of an employee to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. Along the X-axis, also on a scale of zero to 10, identify the 'technical capacity' of an individual to work competently with discreet technologies needed in digital transformation project."

Additional media mention:

Suffolk poll

CommonWealth – April 24, 2020
"'We need to hope for the best and plan for the worst,' said Marisa Kelly, president of Suffolk University. The downtown Boston campus, with an undergraduate enrollment of 5,000 and 2,300 students in graduate programs or its law school, is planning for 'the full range of possibilities,' Kelly said, from fully online to fully on campus and 'a range of possibilities in between.' ... Kelly said the university, which has an endowment of $249 million, is in a strong financial position to weather the coronavirus storm, with a good deal of financial liquidity that provides 'some cushion that not every institution will necessarily enjoy.'"

Soon-to-be college grad gives back to community amid COVID-19 pandemic

NECN – April 22, 2020

Brian Hatch, Class of 2020, leads a group of Suffolk seniors on a mission to show their appreciation for health care workers in Boston. Suffolk in the City student reporter Haley Clegg has the story.

Provide legal aid to vulnerable populations

The Chronicle of Higher Education [PDF] – April 21, 2020
"While the courts are mostly closed, people still have legal problems. Some are in the middle of litigation. Even the relatively simple tasks of printing out forms, filling them in, and delivering them to a courthouse (or scanning and submitting them electronically) can be a hurdle right now. Many people don't have a printer or a scanner at home, and lack access to a library or retail printing service. Those needs prompted a group of students and staff members at Suffolk University Law School, in Boston, to organize an assembly line of volunteers to design mobile-friendly court forms and assist lawyerless people with their filings. Court officials are sharing relevant documents with Suffolk's Legal Innovation & Technology Lab, which parcels out the tasks based on volunteers' skills. Lawyers, paralegals, and law students provide brief explanations that will show up on the screen of anyone using a form. Tech specialists and students in the law school's legal-innovation-and-technology concentration are assisting with technological aspects. Volunteers without a legal background can test early versions or help translate forms into languages other than English. Local legal-aid programs refer clients to the forms, which will be hosted on a Suffolk website and can be submitted electronically by the university. In the future, court sites may link directly to the mobile forms. ..."

Additional media mention:

  • [PDF] – As courts go remote, law schools' tech development looks to fill the gaps

Historic shifts seen in support of mail-in voting

The Hill – April 15, 2020
"'I don't think we're going to do a massive policy change and then undo that massive policy change," said professor Rachael Cobb, the chairwoman of Suffolk University's Political Science and Legal Studies Department. "When some of the changes go into place, that will create a kind of stickiness for the policy and it will stay."

Will divorce rates spike after coronavirus?

Boston Globe – April 13, 2020
"Psychologists interviewed about COVID-19 and divorce trends made it clear that every couple is different, and that the outcome of this period of social distancing will have a lot to do with how a couple was doing to begin with. David Shumaker, an associate professor of psychology at Suffolk University, said that for couples with underlying problems, being confined in the same house might expedite a breakup. 'Unfortunately,' Shumaker said, '... if there have been longer standing, simmering tensions in a relationship, or resentments that have been managed by having some some separation -- some ability to negotiate outside of the relationship ... when you don't have that ability and that's blocked off, I think that can really create pretty intolerable dynamics.' ... Boston-area family lawyers interviewed for this story said that at the moment they aren't bracing for a wave of divorces. Maritza Karmely, a Suffolk Law professor and member of the Family Law Task Force against Domestic Violence, said it's too early for the lawyers to know what will happen, but she sees two possible paths for couples affected by social distancing. 'One is [people who have been] wanting to end a relationship for a long time [saying], "This is it. You know, I've reached the bandwidth point of this. I can't do it anymore," she said. 'But I also can imagine the exact opposite happening. You think about how we're all at this place where globally, everything has changed. We have a completely new normal in terms of life and death, and maybe the pettiness becomes less important and you start to see the bigger picture. It makes feasible to imagine and remember what brought you together in the first place.' (Karmely noted that she was speaking of couples in safe relationships. She recommends SafeLink as a resource for those not in safe relationships.) She said she's seen relationships in her own orbit going well. 'There's a lot of finding games that you never used to play before, cooking when you didn't used to cook before, so it almost seems like it's bringing some relationships closer together.'"

Contagion fears alter custody agreements

Boston Globe – April 11, 2020
"'How do you figure out what your quarantine looks like versus my quarantine?' said Maritza Karmely, a Suffolk University Law School professor who directs the Family Advocacy Clinic, where students represent clients, typically domestic violence survivors. 'You can imagine how many disputes are coming up in divorcing couples, separating parents, who have different beliefs about how to keep their children safe.'"

'Wet' ink signature requirements may fade after coronavirus

Bloomberg Law – April 10, 2020
"Gabe Teninbaum was stuck in a precarious situation when he had to close on his mortgage refinance on March 24. At this point, states were in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Teninbaum, who is director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, said he called his bank to ask whether the transaction could be done electronically, but 'the short answer was no.' ....The wet signature requirement, that a document be signed in-person and with ink, could see its demise as social distancing practices take hold across the globe in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. ...Reflecting on his closing experience, Teninbaum said he doesn't see economic benefits to requiring wet signatures. For the firms, offices aren't necessary and they can save copying and related costs, he said. For the consumer, they can save time and money by avoiding travel. Teninbaum said wet signatures remain a common practice, like a lot of legal practice processes, simply because of inertia. 'The more I thought about it, the situation was emblematic of everything that's broken with the legal system,' Teninbaum said. 'If we just paused and evaluated the way we work in light of new tools and technologies, situations like this one wouldn't occur anymore.'"

Mask confusion; Mixed messages on protection procedures

NBC Boston – April 9, 2020
"'It is an issue of life and death,' says Political Science & Legal Studies Department Chair Rachael Cobb. 'The president is remaining extremely optimistic that things will get back to normal very soon, and that is not true."'

Boston law school leads initiative to develop mobile court forms during pandemic crisis

ABA Journal – April 9, 2020
"The COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to courts across the country, including in Massachusetts. In response, staff and students from Suffolk University Law School in Boston are working with a team of volunteers to develop mobile applications that will allow members of the public to remotely submit court forms for emergency housing and family law matters. ...'There are so many people who don't have access to the courts right now, and they are looking for a user-friendly way to compile the forms that they need and file them with the court,' says Suffolk Law Dean Andrew Perlman. 'We want to make sure people who only have a smartphone can use all of our forms,' adds Quinten Steenhuis, a clinical fellow in Suffolk's Legal Innovation & Technology Lab. 'It is going to be one of the best ways to access the courts during this crisis we have right now.' ..."

Additional coverage:

  • National Jurist – Suffolk Law looks to increase court access during pandemic

Report card from Zoom University

Boston Globe Opinion – April 8, 2020
Joan Vennochi checks in with her Suffolk University students on how they're coping with online learning. ..."My students are worried about lost work-study jobs, vanishing internships, and the new world they will face after COVID-19 runs its course. They miss Boston, their friends, and their routines. Like others, they are fighting boredom and fear of the unknown. But overall, they are trying to make the best of a troubling situation as they peer into a future that is much murkier than any of us could have imagined when the spring semester began. One Suffolk student noted: 'I think the most important takeaway of staying home has been a time to think about my direction in life after graduation -- not so much career ..but how I want to live my life after quarantine. I found it empowering to think what happens afterward. Not just what happens next for the world, either, but for my generation, as well as for me, too.' ..."

ABA encourages innovation to expand civil legal services

Detroit Legal News – April 8, 2020
'"We need new approaches and want to encourage states to try things in the interest of the public,' agreed Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew M. Perlman, who assisted in drafting Resolution 115 for the ABA's Center for Innovation. ...'Some people interpreted the report as putting a weight on the scale in considering some sorts of innovations over others, but it was never intended to tell states specific ways to change, so we removed the language,' Perlman said. 'But the resolution accomplishes 100 percent of its original goal to encourage states to innovate, and nothing in the final version changed that.'"

Undeterred by social distance, people are still celebrating life events while apart amidst coronavirus

Boston Globe – April 6, 2020
"'It would be easy, I guess, in the face of all of this for us to give up on all of the things that are important to us,' said Rebecca Stone, who recently held a Zoom birthday party for her 4-year-old son, Cameron. 'But instead we're going to these extraordinary lengths to still celebrate things for each other, even if we can't be together.' Stone, an assistant professor of sociology at Suffolk University, said she had never imagined sitting her son down in front of a computer screen to blow out candles and open presents with family from all over the world. But she and her husband, Jason, made do. And it was memorable in its own right. 'We knew we needed to do something,' she said. 'It's still so human to celebrate, and we are making it happen even in the face of this historic event.'"

Tenants struggle to pay rent but a long coronavirus rent pause could deepen economic devastation

International Business Times– April 4, 2020

The pandemic poses significant access-to-justice obstacles

Boston Globe – April 2, 2020
"A burst pipe in your apartment needs emergency work, and you want to ask a court to force the landlord to take action. In the age of the coronavirus, like nearly every other segment of local life, the state's court system now features additional pandemic-related obstacles to addressing such a problem. Quinten Steenhuis, who is a clinical fellow at Suffolk University's Legal Innovation & Technology Lab, has launched a project aimed at making about 30 court forms dealing with housing and family law issues available to the public online through a series of apps in a few weeks time. Such development would normally take months, or even years, according Steenhuis, but the pandemic has acted as an accelerant for online access to such documents. ...'We're building something that's free, open-sourced, and it's replicable,' said Steenhuis. ..."

In HP-Xerox dance, the next move belongs to HP, expert says

CRN – April 2, 2020
"For anyone hoping to see HP and Xerox come together in a merger of the copier and printer kings, the last card to play belongs to HP, said one expert. And, Ric Thomas, Finance, Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, wouldn't be surprised if HP used it. 'You have two competitors in a similar industry with shrinking market share,' he said. 'HP has done a little better in this environment, because while people are working from home, personal computers are in demand. I wouldn't be surprised if something like that happened. ...It wasn't like Xerox was taking a massively unlevered company and levering them up. They were starting with a company that was already kind of levered on their balance sheet.'"

What sociologists can tell us about Americans' response to COVID-19

F Newsmagazine – April 2020
"Why did toilet paper become the most valuable commodity for frantic shoppers coming to terms with the reality of a global viral outbreak? And what should we make of the historical spike in gun sales throughout the U.S.? The answer lies in widespread, individualistic behavioral patterns, according to Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. 'I think that at a time of acute crisis, we see conflicting things,' says Sered. 'We see our worst patterns that have been internalized rise to the surface. But we also see cracks and possibilities for change.' ..."

Recent News Stories

The Problem with a coronavirus rent strike

Bloomberg City Lab – March 31, 3020

"'Oftentimes policies look good on their face, but there are effects that stem throughout the whole society, and can even hurt the people who are benefiting in the short term by the jubilee,' says Kathleen Engel, a research professor at law at Suffolk University. ...'The bottom 25 percent of the wage scale are going to be desperate,' Engel says. 'A lot of those workers are working in service industries. They may be more likely to have lost their jobs, and maybe weren't even making a living wage as it was. They're going to have to come up with that money. They're going to go over the cliff.' She adds, 'The response to that is to have more and better federally subsidized housing. But that's a long-term problem that can't be solved over the next four months.'"

Also Mentioned In

Suffolk Poll

Bloomberg radio – March 30, 2020

Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos on their new poll of Massachusetts residents measuring their views of the local and national response to the pandemic (31:41).

Boston Globe [PDF] – March 29, 2020

Suffolk University provides COVID-19 shelter

Boston Business Journal [PDF]– March 29, 2020

"'Mayor Walsh has been clear that the precautions and preparations the city, its institutions, and its residents take now will be critical to successfully responding to the crisis,' said Suffolk University President Marisa Kelly in a statement. 'We commend him for his leadership, and we stand ready to help in any way. Boston is our home, and the University takes very seriously its responsibility to be a good citizen at a time when we are all being called upon to pitch in and help.'"

Ask the Experts

WalletHub – March 29, 2020
Law Professor and Director of Health Law Concentration Renée Landers discusses the major benefits and drawbacks of the Medicaid expansion.

Hospitals need to prepare for life and decisions during the coronavirus pandemic

Boston Globe – March 25, 2020

Serve your way out of loneliness

LexBlog – March 21, 2020
"As the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rise and shelter-in-place orders spread, the fear of prolonged isolation and loneliness is pervasive. It turns out that there is a way out, a tried-and-true way to combat loneliness: Service. Learned Hands is a way lawyers and law students can earn pro bono credit by helping an AI-driven tool learn to spot legal issues in real people's stories about their problems. It's a game that serves as a research project. Once a lawyer or law student registers and starts playing, the system will keep track of pro bono hours for them. The project is a collaboration between Suffolk Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab and Stanford Law School's Legal Design Lab."

Suffolk commencement postponed

Lessons from Boston's 1918 flu outbreak  

WBUR – March 19, 2020
History Professor Robert Allison explains how Boston, as a deployment center for WWI troops and a major port, came to be seen as Ground Zero for the 1918 flu pandemic.

Suffolk University responds to COVID-19

Boston Business Journal [PDF] – March 19, 2020

"'This is new territory, but one I am confident we are prepared for. I am absolutely impressed with the way everyone is working to move forward with the best interest of the students and broader community,' Suffolk President Marisa Kelly says."

Boston Business Journal [PDF] – March 11, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak in China slows global supply chain  

Search ERP – March 17, 2020
"Many electronics, telecommunications, auto and medical device manufacturers could also experience major supply chain problems, said Ken Hung, professor at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. ...'The fear and lockdown have increased further disruption to production,' Hung said."

'Small jabs': Women 89% more likely to experience gender-based 'microaggressions' at work

Yahoo Finance – March 15, 2020
"The law doesn't 'necessarily provide a clear remedy' for this type of behavior, according to David Yamada, director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University in Boston. ...'My guess is in a workplace where you have a lot of microaggressions, you probably also have more serious behaviors as well, because the serious stuff is usually culturally validated and enabled,' Yamada said. 'It's not like you would go from zero to, say, the worst kinds of sexual harassment possible without behaviors in between that may or may not be liability issues.'"

Suffolk students move out of the dorms

Lelling drops Boston Calling case

Boston Globe [PDF] – March 14, 2020
"Rosanna Cavallaro, who teaches criminal law and evidence at Suffolk University, said Friday that if the purpose of this type of case is to set an example or send a message of deterrence to government officials regarding behavior prosecutors believe to be criminal, Lelling's office has accomplished that. 'The fact that these two people do or don't go to jail doesn't increase the message value that they've already gotten from the case,' she said. ...To press on with the case in light of Sorokin's 'carefully reasoned' decision last month would be a heavily criticized move, said Cavallaro. 'And it would have been an uphill battle,' she said."

Law School Students of the Year: Sam Faisal, Suffolk University

National Jurist – March 14, 2020
"Sam Faisal, president of Suffolk Law's Black Law Student Association, is a student leader at the Boston school, helping students get through their challenges as a liaison with school administrators. He also offers a sense of community and support for underrepresented students, represents low-income clients and [gives] back to working-class neighborhoods and the immigrant community. …"

The Boston Massacre: Deadly squabble was not quite as the propaganda portrayed it

Boston Globe [PDF] – March 11, 2020
"'It's not the case that the soldiers are this distant force. They're not always in uniform, they're not paid very well, and they're doing all the kinds of jobs off-duty that you would normally see in town,' added Robert Allison, a Suffolk University professor who specializes in early American and Revolutionary history. 'Soldiers are marrying local women, having affairs with local women, and their children know each other,' Allison said. ... 'We do remember it the way Samuel Adams wanted us to remember it, and it's really not,' Allison said. 'As historians, it gives us a lot of work to do."

Credit card cashback  – March 10, 2020
Kashif A. Ahmed, Finance, provides credit card cashback tips. He says, "Unless you specifically care about airline miles, opt for credit cards that give back good old-fashioned cash. This way you can redeem it for outright statement credit (i.e. reduce your bill), or for gift cards for pretty much any retailer. And also every credit card, and even loyalty programs like Hilton Honors, allow you to make purchases on Amazon using cash back from your credit cards and loyalty program points. Since most folks use Amazon regularly, and for pretty much every kind of purchase, this is a great strategy."

Suffolk softball pitcher named GNAC Rookie of the Week

Taunton Gazette – March 9, 2020
Suffolk University freshman softball player Alexa White was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after a standout, two-way effort over three games."

Biden defeats Warren in her home state of Massachusetts, here's what it means for her campaign

Newsweek – March 3, 2020
"'Last year, it was assumed Elizabeth Warren would carry Massachusetts and carry it comfortably,' Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos said on Monday."

ABA scrapped bulk of report backing regulatory reform

Detroit Legal News [PDF] – March 2, 2020
"Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew M. Perlman, a member of the ABA Center for Innovation, said the wholesale revision of the report was in response to concerns of some delegates that portions of the document could be read as endorsing specific regulatory changes. 'These issues are so sensitive for many of the constituencies [in the ABA] that even mentioning them as areas that states are looking at was considered controversial and generating opposition,' Perlman said. ..."

New Suffolk/Globe poll finds Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren locked in statistical tie in Massachusetts

Boston Globe – Feb. 29, 2020

The Boston Business Journal looks at Massachusetts colleges that have seen recent success to learn how they’re combating demographic trends

Boston Business Journal – Feb. 28, 2020
“New England’s colleges and universities are competing for a shrinking pool of prospective students as the population of high school-aged graduates in the region declines. That’s causing some small, private colleges to close. But others have found ways not only to survive, but to thrive. …With a shrinking pool of domestic high school students, some colleges have expanded recruitment efforts outside of New England. Suffolk University has focused internationally for several years now, Marisa Kelly, its president, said. …‘It’s a different form of experiential learning,’ Kelly said. ‘To ensure that you can engage, communicate and work collaboratively with people who are very different from yourself, having a large international student population has always been important to the educational experience.’ … Suffolk plans to keep its international student base around 20% moving forward, but the institution wants to increase representation from other states in the U.S., including California, Florida and Texas, to offset regional demographic declines. ‘One of the places we’re investing in is having a full-time recruiter dedicated to the South and the West Coast — places where the demographic shift is not as severe as it is in New England and also where the public university systems have waiting lists,’ Kelly said. ‘There’s a real opportunity for us.”

Could you be legally fired if you contract the coronavirus? Experts say these are ‘unchartered waters’

Law & Crime – Feb. 27, 2020
“Professor David C. Yamada is the Director of the New Workplace Institute and Co-Director of Employment Law at Suffolk University Law School. In an email to Law & Crime he took a bird’s-eye view of the situation viz. the Coronavirus and at-will employment’s built-in precariousness. ‘This is an important question, but at this point all we can do is speculate on what may be very uncharted waters,’ Yamada noted before lighting out for those liquid territories. ‘The federal Family and Medical Leave Act and perhaps the Americans with Disabilities Act may provide some job protections for employees who are suffering from coronavirus, or who are caring for family members so afflicted,’ he said. ‘In addition, states like Massachusetts have enacted paid family leave laws that could provide both income replacement and job security for those who are sick. …”

4 More colleges drop testing for admissions

Inside Higher Ed – Feb. 24, 2020
“Suffolk University announced that it would be completely test optional except for those who were homeschooled or educated in nontraditional settings.”

How to work the system at work

New York Times Magazine – Feb. 23, 2020
Law Professor David Yamada offers helpful advice in “How to Deal With a Verbally Abusive Boss.” Yamada is working to make workplace bullying illegal.

Public administration degree offered on Cape

Cape Cod Times – Feb. 23, 2020
“Suffolk University’s master’s program aims to groom local talent for jobs in municipal management.”

Three interns join High-Profile

High-Profile Monthly – February 21, 2020
Suffolk University students Alyssa Gilbert and Michael Fortunato are working with High-Profile’s social media and digital marketing team as interns for the spring semester.

ABA passes access to justice measure after opposition fades

Bloomberg Law – Feb. 17, 2020
“‘The train is leaving the station. The ABA needs to be on that train,’ said Andrew Perlman, dean of Suffolk Law School in Boston and a former chair of the governing council of the ABA’s Center for Innovation, which sponsored the resolution.”

Other Mentions

ABA Journal

Online tool will help ‘spot’ legal issues that people face

Pew Charitable Trusts – Feb. 14, 2020
Q&A with David Colarusso, director of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab. The lab is developing an application programming interface that can be used by legal services websites and others to help lay users.

Study finds more young people are living with partners than getting hitched

Fox 25 Boston – Feb. 13, 2020
“‘There are lots of reasonable reasons why people decide not to marry but still want to have a marriage-like relationship,’ said Suffolk University Law School Family Law Professor Maritza Karmely. But she says marriage does provide tax benefits and the benefit of sharing expenses, as well as safeguards if couples decide to split up. Karmely explained unmarried fathers have fewer rights than married fathers when it comes to custody, at least until a judge gets involved. ‘The presumption with parties who are married and living together…is the child has a relationship with both parents but with an unmarried couple, who knows what the relationship's been like,’ said Karmely….”

Ask the Experts

WalletHub – Feb. 13, 2020
Chair and Professor of Economics Jonathan Haughton weighs in on the use of chip and PIN credit cards in the U.S. and internationally.

A ‘slap in the face’ to federal prosecutors? Specialists weigh in on Boston Calling decision

Boston Globe – Feb. 12, 2020
Rosanna Cavallaro, who teaches criminal law and evidence at Suffolk University, said there is a strong argument to be made that the government overreached. ‘They’re using a very big stick — threat of criminal punishment and a very long prison sentence — to try to demonstrate disagreement with another branch of government’s exercise of their political options,’ she said. ‘It’s a very dangerous line to cross to see these people were prosecuted for something done solely in their public role.’ Simply put, government officials are ‘allowed to be pro-union,’ she said. Cavallaro speculated that the government would appeal this most recent decision, given that the US attorney’s office has already committed significant resources to the case and tried to use it as a way to demonstrate the office would have zero-tolerance for corruption. ‘But it doesn’t seem like a great hill to die on,’ she said. She said Sorokin’s decision was carefully reasoned, and thought it would be ‘a very difficult opinion to get a reversal on.’ Cavallaro acknowledged that a federal judge overturning jury verdicts is not something that happens every day, before adding, ‘Everything about this case is unusual.’”

U.S. election

RCN radio – Feb. 7, 2020
Vice President of International Affairs Sebastián Royo talked about the electoral campaign in the U.S., impeachment, and the prospects for Trump’s reelection in an interview on Colombian radio.

Suffolk University launches its first ever campus mobile app

CR80 News Magazine – Feb. 6, 2020
“Boston’s Suffolk University has unveiled its first campus mobile app in the form of SU on the Go. The app will help students navigate life on campus pooling resources like class schedules, campus news, and directory information. Suffolk University’s Associate Chief Information Officer, Fouad Yatim, said the app is centered around the day-to-day business of the university, providing access to resources that help students keep track of courses, grades and other academic information.”

There's only one way to fix caucuses like Iowa's: Get rid of them

Washington Post – Feb. 5, 2020
Chair and Professor of Political Science Rachael Cobb's op-ed addresses what went wrong with the Iowa caucus and how to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Shadow Inc. CEO: ‘We own’ the ‘catastrophic’ Iowa caucus failure

CRN – Feb. 5, 2020
“Suffolk University Political Science Professor Ken Cosgrove, a specialist in political marketing, said the real mistake could have been the decision to use an app in the first place. ‘The nation of Canada uses paper ballots. It gets them all counted in an evening. It's more populous and more spread out than is Iowa,’ he told CRN in an email. ‘They should have been sure the venue technology and their app could both support the things they wanted to do in the live situation before the real test.’ …”

N.H. Tracking Poll – Feb. 3-10

  • Boston Globe
    Sanders leads Biden by six points in N.H., new poll finds
  • WBZ
    Exclusive NH Tracking Poll: Bernie Sanders leads fluid New Hampshire Race
  • Bloomberg radio
    David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, talks about his latest numbers out of New Hampshire, and the impact of the Iowa results on the race (1:04:05).”

Ask the Experts: Car insurance rates

WalletHub – Feb. 1, 2020
Chair and Professor of Economics Jonathan Haughton discusses the cost of car insurance.

Maya Jichi documents her food journey in Boston

Boston Globe – Jan. 31, 2020
Maya Jichi (@mayafoodie) always loved visiting new restaurants and capturing her meals in photos. But it wasn’t until almost two years ago that she started sharing them as an Instagram food blogger. Now, the Boxborough native and Suffolk University graduate shares her colorful and trendy eats with thousands of followers, giving her a platform in the local food community. …”

Suffolk grad, Watertown native goes pro in Armenia

Armenian Weekly – Jan. 30, 2020
Rams all-time leading 3-point scorer Michael Hagopian is making a name for himself as a pro basketball player in Armenia.

Apparis founder Lauren Nouchi is challenging the fur industry with her vegan label

Forbes – January 2020
Sawyer Business School graduate Lauren Nouchi is listed among Forbes’ 30 under 30 honorees for Art & Style in 2020. “In January 2018, Lauren Nouchi got the call young designers dream of--Bloomingdale’s wanted to see her fall line. The only problem: she didn’t have one. So she locked herself in her Paris studio apartment for two weeks and sketched 12 faux fur coats in shades of lilac, burnt orange and neon pink. The department store ordered 5,000. Taking Bloomingdale’s interest as a sign, Nouchi and Apparis cofounder Amelie Brick, 35, cold-called other retailers. Two years later, their brand is in 600 shops including Intermix and Saks. Nouchi expects 2019 revenue of $7.3 million. While she doesn’t follow a vegan diet, Nouchi’s closet is strictly animal-free. ‘In the food industry there was a big movement, then it moved to beauty,’ she says. ‘I really think vegan fashion will be the next thing. …”

Suffolk Polls

  • New York Times – Jan. 27, 2020
    U.S. presidential hopefuls Sanders, Biden in tight race in early primary states
  • Washington Post – Jan. 27, 2020
    The Daily 202

Police Reform

Lowell Sun – Jan. 26, 2020
Institute for Public Service Professor Brenda Bond-Fortier’s book Organizational Change in an Urban Police Department: Innovating to Reform ‘offers a rich account of the complexity of police management and change within one particular mid-sized city: Lowell Massachusetts.’”

Criticism intensifies over detention, rejection of Iranian Northeastern student

Boston Globe – Jan. 24, 2020
“Immigration specialists said that Stearns recognized the limits of his authority. ‘If you’re physically inside the country, such as at an airport . . . that is considered not in the United States,’ said Ragini Shah, a clinical professor at Suffolk University Law School. ‘Until you clear customs, when the border patrol agent stamps your passport, that’s the defining moment.’ ‘Judges do have jurisdiction to at least ask some questions about whether the decision not to admit was a correct one,’ she added. What the law is not clear on is whether a judge can order a federal agency to overturn an initial decision not to admit a person, she said. But Stearns could have held the government in contempt for violating Burroughs’ order, she said. ‘It sounds like he didn’t feel comfortable issuing a contempt on somebody else’s order,’ she said.”

A major fear for Democrats: Will the party come together by November?

New York Times – Jan. 24, 2020
“Interviews with Sanders supporters at his events in New Hampshire and at the King Day gathering in South Carolina revealed a group of progressive activists who were as dedicated to him as they were in 2016 — and who were uneasy about his rivals, especially Mr. Biden. That was borne out in a new poll of New Hampshire primary voters this week from Suffolk University, which indicated that nearly a quarter of the Vermont senator’s supporters would not commit to backing the party’s nominee if it was not Mr. Sanders.”

As impeachment trial gets underway, a fierce debate about the rules

WGBH – Jan. 22, 2020
Suffolk Law Professor Renée Landers discusses the Senate impeachment trial on the Greater Boston show.

Suffolk polls N.H.

  • Boston Globe – Jan. 21, 2020
    Sanders, Biden lead tight pack of front-runners in Suffolk/Globe New Hampshire poll
  • Bloomberg – Jan. 21, 2020
    David Paleologos, director, Political Research Center, discusses Suffolk's latest presidential primary poll of N.H.

Political Discussion

WGBH – Jan. 20, 2020
Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci discusses the state of the Democratic presidential race on the Boston Public Radio show.

Belmont Against Racism’s annual breakfast honors Dr. King’s memory

Belmont Citizen Herald – Jan. 20, 2020
Suffolk Law Professor Ragini Shah, in tribute to MLK, said “there are many ways to follow King’s example of civil disobedience to combat injustice, saying, ‘If sit-ins are not your thing...engage in legislative reform.’”

Psi Omega members to create learning tools for immigrants on MLK Day

Boston Globe – Jan. 14, 2020
Suffolk University’s Psi Omega members are participating in a project to help immigrants and refugees learn English.

American voters think income inequality is a bigger political problem than illegal immigration

MarketWatch – Jan. 9, 2020
David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, says the economy can be a complex issue in an election. On the one hand, the rising stock market is good for Trump, Paleologos says. On the other hand, ‘income inequality, and wealth inequality, is most pronounced when the stock market is doing well,’ he said. … Bottom line? For ‘savvy Democratic candidates,’ Paleologos says, the strategy is: ‘If the market is up, talk about wealth inequality; if the market drops substantially, talk about the president’s failing economic policies.”

State Police overtime spending surges to nearly $58 million in 2019

Boston Globe – Jan. 9, 2020
"These agencies should crack down on overtime pay and, where necessary, take on more full-time workers, letting newly hired lower-level workers pitch in where needed," says Suffolk Economics professor David Tuerck.

Top legal industry trends to follow in 2020

LexBlog – Jan. 8, 2020
David Colarusso, practitioner in residence and director of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, talks about the democratization of being able to tell computers how to think. “‘There’s a saying: ‘people always overestimate what will be done in five years and underestimate what will be done in 20 years.’ And so we’re now into one year. So I think it’s safe to say that most of the predictions are going to overestimate. So I really do like this advent of tools like Community Lawyer that are democratizing access to coding, even though they might not say it that way. ...”

If he builds it, will they come? Inside Michael Bloomberg’s unconventional 2020 campaign

NBC News – Jan. 7, 2020
“According to a recent Suffolk University survey, a whopping 58 percent of registered voters nationwide reported having seen a Bloomberg ad. Whether it works or not, however, is another matter. That same Suffolk poll found that just 7 percent of voters who had seen his ads said they found them ‘very convincing,’ while another 28 percent said they were ‘somewhat convincing.’"

Women are being kicked out of domestic violence shelters for self-medicating the trauma of abuse

Rewire.News – Jan. 7, 2020
Rebecca Stone, a sociology professor from Boston’s Suffolk University and another expert working on the Vermont initiative, said survivors should be able to experience substance withdrawal in a safe place. ‘Withdrawing is painful. In some ways, that can be used against [a person in an abusive relationship],’ Stone said, explaining that abusive partners will use substance addiction to manipulate or trap their partner in this vulnerable state.”

Pharma Under Fire

Pharmaceutical Technology – Jan. 1, 2020
Marc Rodwin, professor of law at Suffolk University in Boston, who has studied the way that European markets measure cost effectiveness and set prices, sees this approach as having potential benefits. Rodwin’s research has focused on practices in France (13), where the government sets a maximum price based on comparing the value of a new drug to that of its closest equivalent treatment. If a company doesn’t like the price, it can walk away, although that rarely occurs, Rodwin says. …”

Liz needs limelight as Dems debate

Boston Herald – Dec. 19, 2019
“It’s a really important debate for her,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “It’s an inflection-point debate because she really needs something to jump-start her polling in early states and also her fundraising.” Paleologos said Warren will have to decide whether to engage Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading moderates in the field who will flank the Massachusetts senator onstage in Los Angeles. Or she may choose to finally go after fellow U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and make her play for his portion of the progressive base. Warren could also have to watch out for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another moderate foil who is building momentum in Iowa and remains the second highest-polling woman in the race, Paleologos said.

Film adaptation of the book “Little Women”

NECN – Dec. 18, 2019
Suffolk in the City student reporter Sean Cushing talks to English Professor Elif Armbruster about the book “Little Women.” Armbruster made the point that the director, Greta Gerwig, was aiming to retell the story for a contemporary audience and to use a feminist lens as its mode of interpretation. She also spoke about the lead actors and their difference from earlier portrayals.

Dudley Square: at the intersection of Colonial history, African heritage

Boston Globe – Dec. 18, 2019
“Nubian Square, by contrast, “is connected back to our African heritage, the motherland. It’s needed to replace the name of a slaveholder who benefited off our people,” said Higginbottom, chief executive of the family-oriented Osiris Group. But such accusations against Dudley, repeated often in the name-change debate, are difficult to prove. Is it possible he owned slaves? Absolutely, said historian Robert Allison of Suffolk University."

Can technology transform law education and practice?

EconoTimes – Dec. 17, 2019
“At Suffolk University’s law school, Ari Kaplan leads a Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab. The program supports students working on data science, website, and app projects for clients, allowing them to learn about the full extent of the modern legal field.”

Political Discussion

WGBH – Dec. 16, 2019
Senior Vice President John Nucci discusses the impeachment inquiry’s impact on the 2020 presidential race and questions of safety at the MBTA on the Boston Public Radio show.

Suffolk slowly, steadily building its hockey program

Boston Herald – Dec. 15, 2019
“…Suffolk University second-year coach Taylor Wasylk and her plucky band of Rams skaters embrace the journey to Porrazzo Skating Rink in East Boston with an on-and-off the ice enthusiasm. You might call it team bonding, city-style. It’s all part of the building process for a program that just entered the Division 3 ranks one year ago. …”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys argue Boston bomber’s trial was unfair, appeal death sentence

WGBH – Dec. 12, 2019
Suffolk Law Professor Renée Landers discusses the Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence appeal on the Greater Boston show.

Could Andrew Yang or Tulsi Gabbard qualify for December debate? Without them, only white candidates will take the stage

Newsweek – Dec. 7, 2019
“Of the three, Gabbard and Yang have the best shot, David Paleologos, the director of Suffolk University's political research center, told Newsweek. ‘If you drive through New Hampshire, in the two most populated counties, you see terrific visibility for both,’ he said. ‘The Gabbard signs are everywhere. It does show a level of enthusiasm that I think is disproportionate to Iowa and Nevada."

As Trump looks overseas for drug pricing ideas, one expert says France has some useful approaches

STAT – Dec. 3, 2019
“As the U.S. grapples with rising costs for prescription medicines, the Trump administration has floated a proposal that would have Medicare use a so-called International Pricing Index as a benchmark to pay for certain drugs. Although still being crafted, the idea has, once again, focused attention on the different prices paid in the U.S. and other countries. So Suffolk University professor Marc Rodwin, who specializes in health law, has begun studying payment systems elsewhere and recently looked at France, where retail drug spending declined between 2008 and 2017, compared with rising spending in the U.S. We spoke with him about the different approaches taken by the two countries and what lessons can be learned. …”

Article also mentioned in Kaiser Health News

Europe’s poster child of growth-friendly policies is rebelling

Bloomberg – Nov. 29, 2019
“Spain even risks shifting backwards. Podemos wants to overturn the 2012 reforms, including changes that gave companies more control to negotiate contracts at the firm level rather than industry-wide. Many left-leaning lawmakers view the original changes as too drastic and ineffectual, according to [Suffolk University Professor of Political Science & Legal Studies] Sebastian Royo, a Harvard University visiting scholar. ‘The reform went too far in providing flexibility,’ he said. ‘It was at the expense of job security and work stability.”

O.K., Mayor: Why 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg is attracting boomers

New York Times – Nov. 28, 2019 Mr. Buttigieg has also edged past Mr. Biden in New Hampshire, the first primary state, and now leads the field among voters over 65, with 17 percent, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll this week.

Chester student’s business eliminates waste and helps raise healthy chickens

New Jersey – Nov. 26, 2019 “Michael Servais wants to save the world one grub at a time. The 21-year-old township native is using the crowd funding web site “Indiegogo” to finance his company GrubbTerra. The college student’s business uses food waste from restaurants in Boston, Mass., to feed Black Soldier Fly Larvae which ultimately becomes feed for chicken farmers. A junior at Suffolk University in Boston, the entrepreneurial student is halfway to his Indiegogo campaign goal of $10,000 to buy packaging and move his business to a location where it can expand. …”

Suffolk University/Boston Globe N.H. poll - Nov. 25, 2019

Boston Globe – Suffolk/Globe poll finds Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Biden in tight race in N.H.
Boston Globe – Half of New Hampshire voters won’t consider Deval Patrick, Suffolk/Globe poll shows

At ProHealth Physicians, representatives from drug companies are no longer welcome in the doctor’s office

Hartford Courant: Nov. 22, 2019 “‘As long as physicians are the gatekeepers of prescription drugs, the only way for drug companies to make money is to ensure doctors will prescribe their products,’ said Marc A. Rodwin, a law professor at Suffolk University in Boston who has published several books on conflicts of interest in the medical field. …‘There’s real grounds for concern about doctors’ relying on the sales rep’s biased information,’ Rodwin said. ‘It could lead not only to biased prescribing, but overprescribing ... Even if a drug is not prescribed correctly, pharma still makes money off it, so it’s hard to set up a system of checks and balances.’ …”

Democratic Debate

NECN: Nov. 20, 2019 Rachael Cobb, chair of the Government Department, talks about the Democratic presidential debate and how it relates to New Hampshire.

‘Electability problem’: Warren sputters, Buttigieg surges into debate clash

Washington Times – Nov. 19, 2019
David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University, said Wednesday’s debate marks a possible “inflection point” for Ms. Warren, who has never been tested in a grueling primary race during her political career. ‘She has to take control of the race again and she needs to do that by engaging Pete Buttigieg and she also needs to convince progressives that this year is her year and not Bernie Sanders’ [year] because both of those factors are directly in her way,’ he said. ‘Buttigieg is now leading in Iowa and Sanders is pulling progressive support away from her and it is clear that Sanders is not going to get out of the race, nor is she.’”

A Thornton Wilder World Premiere, as '7 Deadly Sins' Get Their Due

American Theatre – Nov. 18, 2019
Suffolk University in Boston is so excited to be presenting the world premiere of Thornton Wilder's one-act series The Seven Deadly Sins in its entirety that the school might be committing one of the cardinal sins itself: pride. 'We're smugly proud,' says Wesley Savick, a professor at the school and the show's director, with a laugh. 'It's thrilling!' The show runs at the university Nov. 21-24. According to the Thornton Wilder Estate, Suffolk University's production marks the first time the seven plays will be presented onstage in a single program. ...'One of the things that is so intriguing is how dark they are, given the eternal optimism of Wilder,' says Savick. 'The plays have a light touch but a dark tone.' ..."

Tell Us: Should consumers have the 'right to repair' their own devices?

Connecticut Public Radio – Nov. 14, 2019
Leah Chan Grinvald, associate dean and professor of law, was a guest on the Where We Live show, discussing the Right to Repair movement. It's a debate that pits concerns about users' ability to modify their own items against big companies' concerns about intellectual property rights."

Impeachment hearings emphasize rift in Americans' views

Wall Street Journal – Nov. 13, 2019
"In downtown Boston, students at Suffolk University Law School trickled in and out of a mock courtroom where the hearing was broadcast on four big screens. Many students were too young to remember the impeachment proceedings for former President Bill Clinton, making the current event in Washington a unique moment in their lives. 'I think it's one of those things you'll tell your kids about this,' said Matthew Patalano, a 26-year-old, first-year student from Massachusetts. Several students questioned whether the proceedings would measurably change the views of politicians, given the strong partisan divide, but they were personally motivated to watch the hearings unfold so they could judge for themselves. Thomas Wood, a third-year student from New Hampshire, said he already believes the evidence is enough to warrant impeachment. 'Even setting aside whether it's an abuse of power, it certainly looks like bribery,' he said. 'And the Constitution says that bribery is one of the enumerated per se violations and impeachable offenses.'"

Will Deval Patrick make a run for the White House?

NBC10 Boston – Nov. 12, 2019
"'He has to get people on the ground, he has to raise a lot of money, he has to get name recognition, he has to get people leaving other candidates to get behind him,' said Suffolk University Professor Rachel Cobb."

Rockport man receives response to message in a bottle he threw in ocean 9 years ago

Boston Globe – Nov. 11, 2019
"A 19-year-old college student from Rockport received a response from France on Friday to a message in a bottle that he threw in the ocean when he was 10 years old. Max Vredenburgh, now a sophomore at Suffolk University, said he was in disbelief that his bottle survived nine years in the water and was found by someone across the ocean. Even when he convinced his dad to take him to Long Beach in Rockport in August 2010 to throw the glass wine bottle out into the water, 'I genuinely didn't think it would actually work,' he said. ..."
This story ran in the Associated Press and was picked up by media outlets worldwide.

Should the MBTA develop a high-frequency rapid-transit urban rail service?

Boston Globe – Nov. 10, 2019
David Tuerck, professor of economics, weighs in on the costs for improving the MBTA's infrastructure.

Poll: Dirty politics and gridlock among reasons people don't vote

Connecticut Public Radio – Nov. 7, 2019
"During presidential election years, a majority of Americans vote. According to the United States Elections Project, about 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in 2016 election. In 2018, the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston polled people who were unlikely to vote. They found out that unlikely voters are often politically aware, but they're fed up with what they perceive as a corrupt political system. NEXT spoke with David Paleologos, director of the center about the poll results."

Buttigieg banks on parallels with Obama

Boston Globe – Nov. 7, 2019
"Pollster David Paleologos, who runs the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said that while most Democratic presidential candidates make the pitch on how they can win, only Buttigieg and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey are trying to make the pitch about hope. 'Booker's campaign also has an uplifting theme to it and he has, in fact, used the word hope,' said Paleologos. 'He just hasn't caught on like Mayor Pete has.'"

In one year, a woman could be elected president. Here’s what will happen first.

Washington Post, the Lily – November 4, 2019
Rachael Cobb, chair of Suffolk University’s government department, says that money will be a big factor in weeding out candidates in the coming months. ‘The big thing right now is that if they have the money, they’ll be able to stay in,’ she says. ‘If they don’t have the money, they won’t.’ …”

Our second president

WBZ radio, Jay Talking – Oct. 30, 2019
“History Professor Bob Allison talks about our second Commander in Chief John Adams on his birthday.”

Suffolk/USA TODAY poll

Oct. 29, 2019

3 takeaways from Mass. AG’s Exxon climate suit

Law 360 – Oct. 25, 2019
“It's the first climate suit brought by a state alleging a fossil fuel company violated consumer protection laws. Experts say that unlike the New York case, Healey is clearly challenging how Exxon does business, just as states challenged how tobacco companies marketed smoking to consumers and concealed its health risks. ‘It's up there with the tobacco litigation, as far as I'm concerned,’ said Kathleen Engel, a law professor at Suffolk University in Boston who focuses on consumer protection and fraud issues. …Engel said that in some ways, Chapter 93A is geared toward establishing consumer protection standards and isn't necessarily crafted as narrowly as the state's securities laws. ‘It gives courts a great deal of room in Massachusetts to find violations, because it doesn't require the same specificity as securities regulations,’ Engel said. ‘The courts have for the most part, taken a very expansive view of these UDAP claims.’ …”

Baker stands by embattled state police leader Gilpin

Boston Herald – Oct. 25, 2019
‘“It’s high time that the state police become more transparent and more cooperative with media in light of the multiple scandals that they have been involved with over the years,” said David Tuerck, professor, Suffolk University Department of Economics and president of the Beacon Hill Institute.

Highlighting Suffolk University's Lecture Series

NECN – Oct. 25, 2019
Suffolk University hosted some special guests during a panel that explored athletes’ influence in today’s society. Among those guests were Patriots player Devin McCourty and former U.S. Women’s soccer player April Heinrichs. Suffolk in the City student reporter Hannah Arroyo provides commentary.

Pundits say Trump-Clinton rematch is unlikely

Boston Herald – Oct. 25, 2019
“If Clinton were to run again, however, she would have the advantages of having ‘been around the track once’ and of being able to raise money swiftly, said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. ‘If Hillary Clinton thinks she can connect fairly quickly with 30 to 35 percent of voters, then she’ll proceed,’ Paleologos said. ‘But the reality is there isn’t a lot of time. I just don’t think there’s enough time to put everything together in time for the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus.’”

Historic rookie season for Tenorio

Saipan Tribune – Oct. 24, 2019
“Many-time CNMI National Team player Sunjoon Tenorio is having an impressive rookie season in the National Collegiate Athletics Association. The Suffolk University freshman has just earned his third straight Rookie of the Week honors from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, according to the school’s official athletics website. Tenorio is the first Ram to be named the top rookie over a seven-day stretch, three times in one season in the GNAC record books.”

With new degree, Suffolk Law looks to Boston’s booming biotech sector

Boston Business Journal – Oct. 24, 2019
“Suffolk University Law School is rolling out a new master’s degree related to legal issues in the life sciences industry, the Boston institution’s latest move to broaden its student base. The program, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2020, is aimed at both attorneys and non-attorneys, though Suffolk Law Dean Andrew Perlman expects non-lawyers will make up more of the enrollees, he told the Business Journal. … ‘Law schools have traditionally been focused almost exclusively on J.D. programs, but law schools have a lot of expertise that’s relevant in an array of disciplines,’ Perlman said. …”

NFL players tackle social justice issues at Suffolk University

WHDH 7 News – October 22, 2019
“New England Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty leaves everything he has got on the field but, when that Pats jersey comes off, the passion does not end. At a Suffolk University forum held less than 24-hours after he took the field against the Jets, the three-time Super Bowl champ addressed social and racial equality.“I want to do something other than just play football,” McCourty said. “You start to learn that there are so many more important things than just playing football and I think that growth as a man has helped me to understand some of the things I do in the community.’ …”

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Prosecutors increasing pressure on ‘Varsity Blues’ defendants with new charges, experts say

Boston Globe – Oct. 22, 2019
“In the case, federal prosecutors created a window of opportunity for the defendants to reach a plea deal, said Rosanna Cavallaro, a Suffolk University law professor who teaches criminal law and evidence. Some of the defendants in the case took that option, but others, such as Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, did not. ‘The government has another tool in its toolbox, which is they’re going to crank up the heat,’ Cavallaro said. Cavallaro said if she were representing any of the 11 defendants who are now facing new charges in the college admissions scandal, she would tell them, ‘We need to look hard at this.’ ‘It’s not obvious what their defense is going to be at trial,’ she said.”

Airbnb donation timing ‘suspicious’ as Boston short-term rental regulations take hold

Boston Herald – Oct. 22, 2019
“Local government watchdog David Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute and professor of economics at Suffolk University, called the timing of the donation ‘suspicious at a minimum.’ … ‘It seems to me that the donation was motivated as a defense against the regulations — that’s really the only conclusion you can reach,’ Tuerck said. ‘Maybe it was innocent but it seems unlikely.’”

Suffolk to offer a master’s in life sciences law

National Jurist – Oct. 21, 2019
“Suffolk University will offer a Master of Science in Law: Life Sciences (MSLL) degree with a curriculum that will prepare graduates to succeed in the fast-growing life sciences arena, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. ‘We’re offering this new degree to give people the knowledge and skills they need to excel in the life sciences sector,’ said Suffolk Law Dean Andrew Perlman. ‘That’s especially significant since it’s one of the fastest growing employment areas in the Greater Boston area.”

Suffolk University/USA TODAY Iowa poll


Washington Post articles:

Baker’s popularity holds amid scandals

Boston Globe – October 18, 2019
“‘Baker has an executive tone with handling issues, which is the opposite from how President Trump acts, and I think that carries him along past the gory details on the problem of the day,’ said David Paleologos, a pollster and the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. …”

Suffolk University Theatre Department Presents the World Premiere of The Seven Deadly Sins by Thornton Wilder

Broadway World – Oct. 17, 2019
“The Suffolk University Theatre Department presents the world premiere of Thornton Wilder's complete one-act play series - The Seven Deadly Sins - at the Modern Theatre. Professor Wesley Savick, Suffolk University student Micaleen Rodgers, and Suffolk alumna Sydney Grant share directing responsibilities. Wilder's ambitious 7 one-act play cycle features 28 characters located in 7 distinct locations set within 7 distinct time periods. …”

Mattel looks to redefine ‘who a doll is for’ with gender-neutral toy

Boston25 News – October 17, 2019
“‘Any kind of toy that opens more ways of exploring and understanding the world, I think, is positive,’ said Suffolk University Associate Professor of Psychology David Langer, Ph.D. Langer says gender gets on a child’s radar very early in life. ‘At around 2 years old, children start to get a sense of what gender is, and at around 3 years old they get a sense of what their gender is and how they feel, and by 4 years old, they’re usually pretty stable in their gender identity.’”

Mental health days for students gain support in other states

Boston 25 News: September 3, 2019
“David Langer, an assistant professor of psychology at Suffolk University in Boston who specializes in children and adolescents, believes there is a crisis of mental health in youth these days. ‘Recently, a survey of youth said that only a minority of youth and adolescents reported they had very good or excellent mental health,’ said Langer, who believes the Oregon law will help reduce stigma of mental health issues. Langer thinks a child who may have pretended to be sick because of stress, anxiety, or depression might now tell a parent how they really feel. ‘We could open up that communication."

Women facing ‘massive increase in hostility’ in workplace, #MeToo-era study says

Boston Globe: September 3, 2019
“A heightened awareness of inequities in the workplace could also be making women more likely to call out sexist behavior, analysts say. This type of non-sexual harassment is harder to eradicate than full-on sexual misconduct because it’s more ingrained in the culture, said Jodi Detjen, a Suffolk University management professor and cofounder of the gender equity consulting firm Orange Grove Consulting. Everyone knows that sexual harassment is wrong, she said, noting that, ‘I’ve not heard a single man say, ‘I can’t believe they’re making me not touch her anymore.’”…The events of the past two years have increasingly put men and women at odds, Detjen said, adding to tensions in the workplace. ‘It’s created a little ‘us and them,’” she said.”

Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll: Warren running 2nd to Biden, who continues to dominate

Media coverage: August 28, 2019

How baleen from necropsied right whales can help the endangered species

CBC News Canada – August 10, 2019
“The best way that we could honour the life of these animals is to use their death for good," said Nadine Lysiak, assistant professor at Suffolk University in Boston. ‘We can hopefully prevent it from happening to others and increase our knowledge of the population, which is having such a terrible few years lately.’ …Scientists like Lysiak conduct chemical analyses on slices of baleen plates, studying hormone levels to learn about the whale's feeding habits, reproduction and stress levels over 10 or so years. ‘Baleen's kind of cool because you can go back in time,’ Lysiak said. ‘Baleen is this continuous sort of retrospective record about what an animal has been doing up until the time that you got that baleen sample.’ … Lysiak has also been studying stable isotopes, biomarkers left in baleen from food sources that can be used to pinpoint where a whale was foraging. That information could be useful for helping draft fisheries regulations and whale conservation measures. ‘Can we go back in time through the baleen and get a better sense of where they might have become entangled?’ said Lysiak. ‘Oftentimes when you see an entangled whale, it's not possible to connect the gear back to a particular fishery or a particular fishing ground. So we often have to make really sweeping management regulations without knowing that particular information.’”

Law Firm Ownership Rule Change Supporters Vocal at Calif. Forum

Bloomberg Law – August 10, 2019
“The task force has been taking ‘critical and necessary steps’ to advance the cause of access to justice to help provide affordable services for middle-income and poorer Americans, said Andrew Perlman, dean of Suffolk Law School who served as the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA’s Center for Innovation. Objectors have said that the sky will fall if reforms are enacted, Perlman said. But that just means the task force should ask for evidence, because, he said, the worst clearly hasn’t occurred in the U.K. and other countries that years ago opened up to letting nonlawyers back legal practices.”

Chinese artist and author Chiang Yee takes rightful place in British cultural history

South China Morning Post – August 10, 2019
"'Thanks to Chiang [Yee], Chinese art appeared easily accessible to both experts and laypeople. With remarkably lucid language, engaging anecdotes and humorous comments, he explained the Chinese conception of art to the British, and he discussed in great detail the relation­ship between Chinese painting and philosophy, history, literature and nature,' says his biographer, Professor Da Zheng, an academic at Suffolk University, in Boston, the United States. ...'We live a very fast-paced lifestyle in a constantly changing world,' says Zeng. 'Chiang Yee showed us that we need to slow down, to be more observant and mindful, and appreciate life, nature and the people around us.'"

Supremely Conservative

LA Progressive – August 1, 2019
“With the confirmation of Kavanaugh last October, we now have five current or former members of the Federalist Society on the Supreme Court,” Michael Avery, professor emeritus of law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, says in an interview. “If Trump is reelected, there probably will be a sixth at some point.” Avery, a former president of the National Lawyers Guild, is the co-author of the definitive study The Federalist Society: How the Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals, published in 2013.

International Credit Cards

WalletHub – August 1, 2019
Economics Chair Jonathan Haughton offers some tips about using credit cards for international travel.

Three Foxboro employees complete public management program

Foxboro Reporter – July 31, 2019
“Offered in conjunction with the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the graduate-level academic program provides participants with a solid grounding in public management. Certificate program courses consist of the same curriculum offered at the Boston campus of Suffolk University, and are taught by Suffolk faculty — most of whom are either present or former town managers. ‘We were very fortunate, not only in learning academically from them, but from their life experiences as well,’ Harvey said.”

Nick Buoniconti, 78, Dies; All-Pro Linebacker championed Medical Research

New York Times – July 31, 2019
“[Buoniconti] distinguished himself off the field by studying at theSuffolk University School of Law in Boston to prepare for his post-playing career, graduating in 1968. “Once I got my law degree, I was determined not to let football rule me,” he said in the HBO documentary. Obituary also carried in the Washington Post.

Three Foxboro employees complete public management program

Foxboro Reporter – July 31, 2019
“Offered in conjunction with the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the graduate-level academic program provides participants with a solid grounding in public management. Certificate program courses consist of the same curriculum offered at the Boston campus of Suffolk University, and are taught by Suffolk faculty — most of whom are either present or former town managers. ‘We were very fortunate, not only in learning academically from them, but from their life experiences as well,’ Harvey said.”

Spending Survey

WalletHub – July 25, 2019
Management and Entrepreneurship Professor M. Nesij Huvaj, discusses the results of WalletHub’s 2019 Fourth of July credit card survey.

Spaced repetition: The best way to ramp-up your learning capacity

The National Jurist – July 24, 2019
Suffolk Law Professor Gabe Teninbaum writes: “Think of spaced repetition as an update to traditional flashcards that, while easy to use, operates on sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms. …”

‘Why don’t they go back’: the increasing psychological toll of racism in the Trump era

MSN News – July 23, 2019
“The effect of “vicarious racism” — seeing, for example, videos of police shootings of unarmed black men, or hearing chants of “Send her back!” — has not been studied as much, according to Jessica Graham-LoPresti, an assistant professor of psychology at Suffolk University, but social media indicates the experience is certainly on the rise. ‘People are being now not only exposed to their own experiences of racism, but they’re being vicariously exposed to everyone’s experience of racism,’ she said, adding that patients often exhibit symptoms very similar to those from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as depression and social anxiety. Finding individual solutions to a systemic problem can be daunting. One of the most useful tools that psychologists suggest is simply acknowledging the truth of what patients are seeing and feeling. ‘The first piece of what I do with anyone who comes to my office is really validate them and say, ‘This is real,’ Graham-LoPresti said of her work as a practicing psychologist. ‘It’s reasonable to be having a mental health response.”

Reports of GOP’s Demise Under Donald Trump Greatly Exaggerated

InsideSources – July 23, 2019
“‘Trump is Trump, I agree with that,’ Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos tells InsideSources. ‘Voters already see local politicians differently from the national party. Trump has expanded that gap because he attacks Republicans as well as Democrats. Voters don’t see Trump as ‘the leader of the GOP,’ but as the cowboy on Twitter who’s shooting at everyone.’”

AALL 2019: How to Build the Case for Legal Innovation Legal

Talk Network – July 22, 2019
Law Professor Gabe Teninbaum discusses ways to build the case for innovation in law firms and legal organizations.

Let’s bring civil rights martyrs out of the shadows and continue the fight

Star-Ledger – July 21, 2019
“‘Having lived through, and participated in, the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s [Suffolk Professor Marc] Holzer is struck by…the parallels between campaign rhetoric in 2016 and that of racist Dixiecrat George Wallace in 1968—‘dog whistles’ that implicitly encouraged racial violence.’”

Former inmates find welding, construction jobs after training, reforms

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – July 19, 2019
“Finding work with a criminal record remains difficult. While data are hard to come by, a study by Suffolk University sociologist Lucius Couloute last year estimated the U.S. unemployment rate for ex-offenders was 27%, roughly seven times higher than the population as a whole. ‘In tighter labor markets, some employers might be more willing to employ people with criminal records as they seek out cheap sources of labor. But often, people with records are still bottom-most in the hiring queue,’ said Couloute, the sociologist.”

Ahead of the Curve: A STEM Premium for Law Students? – July 19, 2019
“This week's Ahead of the Curve looks at a new study [by Suffolk University Law School] on the motivations of people with STEM backgrounds who go to law school.”

Arab students recount their experiences studying abroad

Al Arabiya – July 18, 2019
“Razan Alsafwani, 23, went back to Saudi Arabia a year after working with the European Parliament in Brussels, a job she landed after graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations at Suffolk University in Boston. Suffolk was also where she did her Bachelor’s, majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Business between 2013 and 2017. ‘I always felt like I have the obligation to return to my country and give back to the community,’ Razan says. …’Universities in the United States are known for the quality of education and opportunity,’ says Razan, who is full of praise for her alma mater. ‘I was exposed to a plethora of learning and professional opportunities. Suffolk University and Boston in general have allowed me to grow in more ways than I could have ever imagined.’ ‘Suffolk University encourages students to prosper and reach their full potential. Almost every single faculty member truly cared about my wellbeing and success,’ she adds.”

Tech Startups: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

PC Tech magazine – July 16, 2019
“Enrolling in a course can help to give you the tools to make the right financial decisions. Suffolk University Online is one example of a course provider that will develop your critical thinking skills, understanding of accounting principles, and business acumen.”

Here’s why Matt O’Malley says it’s time to make Election Day a holiday in Boston – July 11, 2019
Rachael Cobb, chair of Suffolk University’s Government department, said that, statistically speaking, she sees the change, while a good step to take, as more symbolic than game changing since the ‘hurdles to voting are so vast and sometimes so deep.’ Making sure people know there’s an election is often one of the biggest challenges, she said. City officials could perhaps see greater strides in improving turnout by rearranging municipal elections to coincide with state and national races, but that’s a tough sell to make, Cobb said. ‘In all of this, (the proposal) helps some people: people who are employed (by the city),’ Cobb said in an interview. ‘It doesn’t help all people and it’s not equally dispersed among the population.’”

Michael Graham, Inside Sources: Democrats’ patriotism flagging, Gallup poll says

Waco Tribune-Herald – July 10, 2019
“‘There was a time when Democrats did not shrink at being patriotic,’ said Robert J. Allison, professor of history at Suffolk University in Boston. ‘George McGovern, after all, had been a bomber pilot in World War II. But times have changed. The major source of Democrats operating campaign funds used to come from organized labor. We all know about the Democrats’ problem with blue-collar workers today.’ What’s changed? ‘Today the real backbone of the party is now the progressive left,’ Allison says.”

Here's what legal experts are saying about the Kevin Spacey sexual assault case

Boston Globe – July 9, 2019
"'If I were a betting man, I'd say this case is going to end short of a trial' via dismissal, said Chris Dearborn, clinical professor of law at Suffolk University and a former Massachusetts public defender. Dearborn and other specialists spoke to the Globe following a dramatic hearing Monday in Nantucket District Court, where Spacey's 21-year-old accuser asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination regarding the phone. ...Dearborn said Tuesday that Spacey's lawyers could use the missing phone as 'powerful fodder' for cross-examination at trial, and the accuser would 'look foolish' in front of a jury if he continued to plead the fifth when asked about the device. What's more, Dearborn said, a trial judge may not allow the accuser to take the Fifth if asked about the phone, on the grounds that Spacey's Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial overrides the accuser's Fifth Amendment concerns. Judges, Dearborn said, have wide latitude in deciding whether to allow witnesses to 'selectively invoke' the Fifth on the stand. He said if prosecutors determine Spacey's accuser will continue pleading the Fifth if asked about the phone, 'I don't think they have a case.'"

Chinese Artist Chiang Yee Honored with Blue Plaque in Oxford

That’s magazine – July 8, 2019
English Professor Da Zheng gives the keynote address as “Silent Traveller” author/artist Chiang Yee is honored at Oxford. Zheng wrote an award-winning biography of Chiang Yee.

New Presidents or Provosts: Suffolk U

Inside Higher Ed – July 5, 2019
Julie H. Sandell, senior associate provost at Boston University, in Massachusetts, has been chosen as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Suffolk University, also in Massachusetts.

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Harris, Castro Outshine 'Pathetic' Biden In Round 1 Of US Democratic Presidential Debates

UrduPoint News / Sputnik – June 29, 2019
"Suffolk University Professor of Government [Emeritus] John Berg in Boston agreed that Castro and Harris in particular stood out from the other presidential hopefuls and eclipsed Biden. 'If you measure net gain from before to after, Castro, followed by Harris. Several others benefited as well,' Berg told Sputnik."

John Nucci celebrates his one-year anniversary of life-saving kidney transplant

East Boston Times-Free Press [PDF] – June 26, 2019
"The former Boston City Councilor and current Suffolk University senior vice president [John Nucci] wanted to bring a group of friends and family together to thank them for all their love and support during his battle against Polycystic Kidney Disease, his life-saving transplant surgery and subsequent recovery. ..."

Spending Survey

WalletHub – June 25, 2019
Management and Entrepreneurship Professor M. Nesij Huvaj, discusses the results of WalletHub's 2019 Fourth of July credit card survey.

On the Record

WCVB-TV Boston – June 23, 2019
"The director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center [David Paleologos] responds to President Trump's criticism of pre-election polls."

Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll

'I Can't Find the Words'

Boston Herald – June 20, 2019
"[Senior Vice President of External Affairs] John Nucci and Kerri Abrams celebrated the one-year anniversary of something wonderful: the day the Arlington mother made a life-saving kidney donation to the former Boston City Councilor. ...'

Looming Medical Device Tax Has Makers Waiting on Congress Again

Bloomberg Law – June 10, 2019
"'When the politicians talk about the long-term solutions, I'm not convinced they actually want a long-term solution,' said Nesij Huvaj, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Suffolk University and co-author of a study on the device tax."

How small donations became the new currency of U.S. politics

Times of News – June 7, 2019
"Kenneth Cosgrove, an associate professor of government at Suffolk University in Boston, agrees that the digital and small-dollar model 'has changed the idea of viability.' But to work for the Democratic nominee, it must do more than show a candidate's fundraising machinery is up to date, he says. 'As a serious candidate, what is the place you want to put yourself in the mind of the voter?' he asks. 'And how is that different from your opponents? Because that's the thing Trump really figured out in 2016.'"

Suffolk offering free courses for local entrepreneurs

Boston Business Journal – June 4, 2019
"Suffolk University's law and business schools are seeking to give back to small business owners and startup founders in the region. ..."

Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer's but kept it secret

Washington Post – June 4, 2019
"Another health-care ethics specialist cautioned that the demand for drug company disclosure should remain focused on information collected during clinical trials. 'I do think you have to draw some limits, and say that not every piece of information they have in their files has to be disclosed with others,' said Marc A. Rodwin, a law professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston."

Commencement 2019

Stanley Cup

WalletHub– May 28, 2019
Men's Hockey Coach Chris Glionna discusses the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup and the biggest challenges facing professional hockey.

Client can't move fee dispute out of Mass. federal court

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly [PDF] – May 23, 2019
"Linda Sandstrom Simard, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, viewed the ruling as a proper exercise of judicial discretion. 'The defendant was trying to rely upon the federal venue rule, but that rule is not applicable when a case is removed from state court,' Simard said. 'The case was properly filed in state court according to Massachusetts venue rules, and then the defendant removed it properly. When you remove a case, the proper venue for the removed case is the federal district that encompasses the state court where the case was originally filed.'"

How to Outlaw the Office Bully

Medium – May 23, 2019
"Since the early 2000s, David Yamada, the chair of the Healthy Workplace Campaign and one of the nation's foremost legal scholars on workplace abuse, says workplace bullying has been a 'silent epidemic'. He likens debates over malicious workplace behavior today to conversations being had about sexual harassment 30 years ago. ... 'It's distressing to me. Politically, the standard liberal activist hasn't grabbed on to this issue,' Yamada told me recently. 'So much of our attention has been focused on sex and race. Sometimes it makes it harder for us to realize that mistreatment can derive from many motivations.'"

Chesterton's Fence and Using Humility to Solve Legal Problems

Legal Talk Network – May 22, 2019
David Colarusso, director of Suffolk University Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, discusses the lab and what it hopes to achieve, as well as a concept known as "Chesterton's fence" and how law firms can better use risk assessment tools.

Watchdog: Cut Losses with Gaming Commish

Boston Herald – May 21, 2019

'"It's time for a new Gaming Commission with new personnel. The process seems to be going off the rails. It's time for new people and to bring order to it,' said David Tuerck, an economics professor at Suffolk University. 'Springfield needs it; Everett must be able to succeed. ... People are begging for reassurance this will all work,' added Tuerck. 'The current commissioners need to step aside and let new people take over.'"


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly– May 20, 2019
Kathleen C. Engel, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, says that the CRFA [Consumer Review Fairness Act] was enacted in response to a flurry of suits against consumers who had written negative reviews about products or services and had been sued under boilerplate non-disparagement language in their contracts. The preservation of the right of someone to write and post an honest review serves an important purpose, Engel argues. 'The public more and more depends on reviews to make decisions,' she says. 'These non-disparagement clauses interfere with the market by preventing consumers from knowing the true quality of a product. Certainly, the threat of being sued by a company would chill folks from making any kind of negative comments about an entity.'"

Commencement 2019

  • Boston Globe [PDF] – May 20, 2019
    "'Black Panther' designer tells Suffolk grads: Be adventurous"
  • Boston Herald [PDF] – May 20, 2019
    "Let's Celebrate"
  • WFXT Boston – May 20, 2019
    Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth Carter gave the commencement speech at Suffolk University
  • Boston Herald [PDF] – May 20, 2019
    "And You Get a Meal"
  • NBC10 Boston – May 20, 2019
    U.S. Representative Kennedy delivers Suffolk Law commencement address

A Closer Look at Felicity Huffman's Legal Woes

NECN – May 13, 2019
"Actress Felicity Huffman is set to plead guilty Monday in Boston federal court for her alleged role in the college admissions scandal. Here with a closer look is Suffolk University Law School Professor Rosanna Cavallaro. 'I think this is going to be a good yardstick of where the sentencing is going to fall out,' said Cavallaro. 'As you probably know, there is a range of different activities that these parents engaged in from what she did, which is paying someone to tweak her daughter's scores after she took the SAT, to straight up buying a place by pretending to be an athlete at the very far end of this egregious conduct. She's at the low end, and yes she's facing time, but it's possible the judge could choose to not send her to jail.'"

A push to get more women at the top

Boston Globe [PDF] – May 9, 2019
"It's long been known that it's good for the bottom line to have a diverse range of viewpoints, and that women are highly capable of being in charge.But few companies are pursuing deeply rooted structural changes that could lead to more high-ranking women, said Jodi Detjen, a Suffolk University management professor who runs a gender equity consulting firm. For many firms, she said, commitments to increase female leadership consist of, say, sending employees to the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Instead, companies should be taking a more strategic approach, such as revamping performance reviews and tracking the pace of promotions by gender, she said. Companies that don't make a serious commitment will soon find themselves struggling to attract younger employees, Detjen said. 'Companies are saying yes, yes, yes, we want parity; yes, yes, yes, we want women at the top, but when you see where they're actually investing the money, it's not in the systemic processes,' she said. 'I think there's a low level of awareness of what it actually requires to make these changes.'

Counting on electability

Boston Herald – May 8, 2019
"Biden's electability--how well he performs in a matchup against Trump--is the main reason why he's jumped to the front of the Democratic pack. Voters want a candidate who can beat Trump and, you guessed it, the polls show he's the Democrats' strongest potential opponent. 'That's the overriding issue among Democratic voters,' David Paleologos, head of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said on the 'Battenfeld' show on Boston Herald Radio. 'As long as he's beating Trump in those polls ...then his lead will not only stick in the general election ballot tests but also the primaries.'"

Remembering the Meeting 50 Years Ago That Led to 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'

WBUR – May 8, 2019
"So the work goes on: The new project 'Our Bodies Ourselves Today' launches this week at Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, and a new generation is taking the reins."

Urban League Annual Report Addresses Voting Rights, Suppression

Diverse Issues in Higher Education – May 7, 2019
"And they are very much in line with what voting rights activists might be expected to advocate, said Dr. Rachael V. Cobb, associate professor of government and chair at Suffolk University. 'Voting rights is still a contentious issue,' she said. 'There's nothing on that list that surprises me. They're all pretty standard, except the special prosecutor.' Cobb suspected that easing voter ID laws would be 'an uphill challenge' because of generally wide public support for them 'for whatever reason.' ... If one considers policies that support or allow voter suppression through the lens of the nation's history, Cobb said, 'it would be hard to see that it's anything but racially motivated.' The issues raised by the Urban League need to be addressed, because the contentious and polarized political environment gives the 2020 elections 'the potential to be very ugly,' said Cobb. 'A major issue is the degree to which people feel the results of the election are legitimate,' she said, adding that the NUL recommendations that would create a paper trail should be a top priority regardless of partisan lean."

Commencement speakers in Mass.

Boston Business Journal [PDF] – May 5, 2019
Suffolk University speakers are Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, Representative Joe Kennedy III, and Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee.

Ex-Globe editor Baron gets First Amendment Award

Boston Globe [PDF] – May 3, 2019
"Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron was back in Massachusetts on Wednesday to receive the First Amendment Award from the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University. Baron was joined for a discussion at the forum by Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR's 'On Point.' The award is in honor of Baron's 'powerful and fearless defense of the First Amendment, one of the greatest constitutional rights in our country,' said Ford Hall Forum executive director Susan Spurlock. Prior to joining the Post, Baron was the editor of the Boston Globe for over a decade. The Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes under Baron's leadership, including the prize for Public Service for the Spotlight team's investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic church."

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The governor promised State Police reforms. A year later, results are mixed

Boston Globe [PDF] – April 27, 2019
"State Police are seeking state and national accreditation, which state lawmakers recently required the department to obtain. 'That's probably one of the best mechanisms for instituting the changes they want to make and probably more,' said Brenda Bond, a Suffolk University associate professor who specializes in law enforcement organizational change."

The Suffolk University Theatre Department Presents UBU ROAR

Broadway World – April 27, 2019
"The Suffolk University Theatre Department is proud to launch an exciting new initiative -- Juvenilia -- with a kick-off event for its inaugural production, Ubu Roar. This unique theater event materializes for one night only at the Modern Theatre. Ubu Roar promises to be an evening of rollicking tyranny featuring live, loud music and a cash bar. Juvenilia, Boston's newest professional theatre company, is comprised almost entirely of Suffolk alumni. Founding artistic director [and Theatre Professor] Wesley Savick envisions Juvenilia as an incubator for challenging, adventurous and timely new works, which also serves as a bridge from college to professional theatre. 'I'm excited to introduce Boston theatre audiences to the sparkling, unpretentious sophistication which is uniquely Suffolk...and by extension, Juvenilia.'"

Prosecutors push forward with Boston Calling case

Boston Globe [PDF] – April 27, 2019
"Rosanna Cavallaro, a law professor at Suffolk University, said prosecutors 'took the trouble to appeal and get the First Circuit to indicate that their theory as to why this was a violation was correct.....Getting that appellate ruling just to say, "Hey we were right, good for us," is not really how you would use resources if you're the US attorney,' she said. Still, it is not a foregone conclusion that a jury 'would agree with the government that this constitutes extortion,' Cavallaro said."

Former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett Speaks at Suffolk University

  • Boston Herald [PDF] – April 26, 2019
    Martellus Bennett turned to art after end of NFL career 
  • NBC 10 Boston [PDF] – April 25, 2019
    Former Patriot Martellus Bennett Back in Boston to Support his Children's Book 'Dear Black Boy' 
  • WHDH Boston [PDF] – April 25, 2019
    Former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett at Suffolk University

Buybacks: Is Reform Overdue?

CFO – April 25, 2019
"In his most recent study on the topic of earnings manipulation, Ahmet Kurt, professor of accounting at Suffolk University in Boston, found that 14% of the companies undertaking regular stock buybacks on the open market from 2004 to 2011 would have missed analysts' earnings-per-share forecasts had they not repurchased stock. That figure is even higher, 29%, among firms engaging in accelerated share repurchases (ASRs), which are completed much more quickly (a few days) than open-market buybacks. The argument that a share buyback is a good investment, at least from the perspective of a boost to the share price, is flawed to begin with, says Kurt. 'It's very difficult, even for the company's executives, to predict the movements in a company's stock price,' he says. ..."

The Emerald Necklace

WBZ News Radio – April 24, 2019
[History Professor] Bob Allison, Suffolk University, tells us all about Boston's crown jewel that stretches all the way from The Back Bay to Dorchester.

Actually, the Mueller report showed that Russia did affect the vote

Washington Post [PDF] – April 19, 2019
"There's certainly an indication that such a belief would be warranted. In late October, Suffolk University and USA Today asked Americans whether emails stolen from Podesta that included excerpts from speeches which might contradict Clinton's policies would affect their vote. Ten percent said that WikiLeaks releases would make them more likely to support Clinton. Thirty-seven percent said they'd be less likely to."

Mueller Report to Be Released with Barr's Redaction

NECN – April 18, 2019
"Suffolk University Law School Professor Rosanna Cavallaro discusses U.S. Attorney General William Barr's version of Robert Mueller's report, which is redacted."

University Names Provost

Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Briefing [PDF] – April 17, 2019
Suffolk University announced the appointment of Julie H. Sandell as its next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Here's a look at who is speaking at Boston-area commencements this spring

Boston Globe – April 17, 2019
"Spring is here and so is commencement season, which will include dozens of speeches from noted leaders, academics, actors, and activists. Below is a running list of the confirmed commencement speakers who will address crowds at graduations across Massachusetts. They'll dispense advice, tell stories, and pass on things they've learned to the thousands of graduates receiving diplomas across the state. Sunday, May 19: Suffolk University Speakers: Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, Representative Joe Kennedy III, and Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee."

'Know your worth,' DA Rollins Tells Suffolk Law Students

Boston Globe – April 12, 2019
"Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins offered some personal advice to law students and alumni gathered Friday night at the 35th Suffolk University Black Law Students Association Alumni Banquet. ..."

Suffolk University Names Building After Real Estate Figure

Banker & Tradesman [PDF] – April 9, 2019
"Suffolk University is naming one of its newest buildings in honor of Leonard Samia, the real estate industry figure behind the school's largest single alumni gift in its history. ..."

Intricate Skin Impressions Still Visible on 'Exquisitely Preserved' Dinosaur Footprints

Gizmodo – April 9, 2019
"Paleontologist Eugenia Gold from Suffolk University in Boston said the information gathered from these impressions make our interpretations of dinosaur skin more complete. 'Even though tracks from this ichnotaxon have been found in China and Korea before, these new tracks show skin impressions across the whole footprint, which is very rare and an exciting find,' explained Gold, who wasn't involved with the new study, in an email to Gizmodo. 'Additionally, the tracks are older than the other known tracks for this ichnotaxon, showing that this species was around 10-20 million years before we previously thought.'"

Ace Fellow Named

Patriot Ledger – April 2, 2019
Rachael Kipp, chair of the Division of Physical Sciences in Suffolk University's College of Arts & Sciences, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the academic year 2019-20. Kipp was one of 39 fellows selected this year from across the country.

Will the United Kingdom leave the block of nations of the European Union?

CNN – March 31, 2019
In light of the new April 12 deadline for Brexit, Suffolk University Government Professor Roberto Dominguez indicated that the main challenge for the EU has been to know "what the UK wants. The initial miscalculation of the British Conservatives of blaming the EU for domestic problems produced a political no-way-out for all political parties in the UK. Today, after rejecting all the potential scenarios for Brexit, the parliamentarian deadlock in Westminster reflects political parties trying to maximize their positions regardless of the collective good and the welfare of people."

As baby boomers and millennials grab headlines, the lost Generation X asks, 'What about us?'

Boston Globe – March 27, 2019
"'Get up, do your job, don't cause a stink, don't make a scene,' says Kim Ring Allen, a Gen Xer and professor of marketing at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University."

Alonso alum is NCAA's most accurate 3-point shooter

Tampa Bay Times – March 25, 2019
"... [Alex] Jacovides shot 53.8 percent (63-for-117) as a sophomore this past season for Division III Suffolk University, nestled in downtown Boston. It's the highest percentage for any male player (Division I, II or III) who has tried at least 100 3-pointers this season."

With Mueller's work done, 2020 Democrats are now free to ... keep not talking about Mueller

Washington Post [PDF] – March 25, 2019
"Consider what happened in 2018. The midterm elections certainly centered on Trump and on whether Democrats would retake the House. But when voters were asked what they cared about most in a Suffolk University-USA Today poll shortly before Election Day, those concerns were easily passed by health care, immigration and taxes, among other things."

Elizabeth Warren Bucks the Trend by Running on Ideas

Time magazine – March 22, 2019
"Warren's campaign got off to a rocky start after she released a much-criticized report and video detailing a DNA test that they said confirmed her relation to a Native American ancestor about six to 10 generations ago.Even before the video was released, 58% percent of likely voters in her home state of Massachusetts said they didn't think Warren should run for President in a Boston Globe/Suffolk University Political poll."

For Trump and the System, Mueller's Report is a Turning Point and a Test

New York Times – March 22, 2019
"A poll by USA Today and Suffolk University found that 50 percent of Americans agreed that Mr. Mueller's inquiry was a witch hunt and that Mr. Trump had been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics."

Why Does the IMF cut its predictions about the global economy in 2019?

CNN – March 21, 2019
Government Professor Roberto Domínguez indicated that economic nativist policies of postmodern populisms around the world have weakened the forecast of the global economic growth in 2019. The global economy is projected to grow at 3.5 percent in 2019, a 0.2 percentage point below the IMF projections last October, as a result of the negative effects of tariff increases enacted in the United States and China, the prospects of Brexit as well as concerns about Italian sovereign and financial risks, and the weakening of financial market sentiments in Turkey.

Suffolk Polls

The Hill – March 20, 2019
"Sixty-seven percent of respondents to the Suffolk University-USA Today survey said that the higher education admissions process is unfairly tilted to the wealthy and well-connected. Fewer than 20 percent said that they think the process is generally fair."

Washington Post [PDF] – March 20, 2019
"Getting data on the partisan composition of news networks' audiences is trickier than it may seem. We frequently cite polling from Suffolk University that asks people specifically which news or opinion source they trust the most. Their most recent survey, completed in December, shows Fox News with both more respondents citing it as a preferred source and about two-thirds of those respondents identifying as Republican."

Our View: Crowns and Frowns

Meridian Star – March 16, 2019
"A CROWN TO THE SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY students who spent their spring break building Habitat for Humanity homes in Mississippi, including one in Meridian. Young adults sometimes receive criticism for being self-absorbed, but we've seen much more evidence of the opposite as they care for others and the world around them--near and far."

Suffolk students spend Alternative Spring Break working with Habitat for Humanity in Meridian, Miss.

Meridian Star – March 12, 2019
"With paint covering his hands, Kevin Luna smiled when describing how he's spending spring break this year.'I was looking forward to it,' said Luna. 'I call this my vacation. This is better than just going home.'Luna is one of 13 students from Suffolk University spending this week in Meridian volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.Students at the Boston school are sent to various locations across the country...."

Twin States TV News – March 11, 2019
"Most students in the country are on Spring Break this week and that means traveling to various vacation destinations for many families. However, some college students from Boston, Massachusetts are here in Meridian for the week, volunteering.'I just love helping people. I always want to help people. I've never been out of New England, so when I heard about this opportunity, I figured I could get out and help people. So, I jumped on it,' said [Suffolk first-year student] Oba Oseghali...."

2019 Commencement Speakers

Sunday Republican [PDF] – March 10, 2019
Ruth E. Carter, the Springfield native who recently won an Academy Award for Costume Design on the mega-hit superhero movie "Black Panther," has been named a commencement speaker by Suffolk University. ... On the same date, the university announced U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III will speak at the Law School, while Gene Lee, president and CEO of Darden Restaurants Inc., will address the Sawyer Business School ceremony.

Five fast fixes for the T's woes

Boston Herald – March 10, 2019
"The best way of saving money is for them to make the process for obtaining vendors as competitive as possible," said David Tuerck, a Suffolk University professor."

Alternative Spring Break Offers Volunteer Opportunities

NECN – March 8, 2019
"Spring break is just around the corner for college students. Some Suffolk University students join alternative spring break instead, where students can volunteer for good causes." Suffolk in the City student reporter Elizabeth Hadley gives the details.

Former Globe editor Marty Baron to be honored with First Amendment Award in Boston

Boston Globe Names [PDF] – March 7, 2019
 "Ford Hall Forum, the nation's oldest continuously operating free public lecture series, will honor current Washington Post executive editor and former Boston Globe editor Marty Baron with its First Amendment Award on May 1 at Suffolk University. ..."

At Faneuil Hall, a move to recognize ties to slavery

Boston Globe – March 5, 2019
"The cream-colored sugar mold measures 24 inches from top to bottom, a cone-shaped shard of centuries-old ceramic found with 44 others in an archeological dig beneath Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. ... '"Sugar is the thing that makes the entire trans-Atlantic economy work at that time. And it's produced with slave labor,' said Robert Allison, a professor of American history at Suffolk University. ... Faneuil had dispatched a ship, the Jolly Batchelor, to pick up African slaves in Guinea before he died in 1743. His funeral was the first public event held in the hall that bears his name, said Allison, the Suffolk University professor. ...' [Boston Mayor] Walsh has opposed a name change, and Allison said such a move would obscure the lessons of the past. 'History is brutal, history is bloody, and history is tragedy,' Allison said. 'And if we forget that, we then imagine that there is no brutality in life.' ... About 10 percent of Boston's population in the 1740s consisted of people of color, and the vast majority of them were slaves, Allison said. ... In any event, Allison said, 'slavery doesn't sit here in isolation. It is part of this empire-wide dynamic.'"

How much did Netflix and Amazon pay in U.S. taxes last year?

San Jose Mercury News – March 5, 2019
"... The income reported in a 10-K filing may include foreign subsidiaries that aren't subject to U.S. taxes. Also, timing: Tax returns aren't due until April, and the companies may not yet know which deductions they can claim under new laws. Michaele Morrow, an accounting professor at Suffolk University in Boston, agrees. 'There were a lot of provisions in the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and companies don't know how they're going to interpret them yet,' she said. She added that the annual filing is an 'opaque disclosure that doesn't really tell you what's going on.' Still, Gardner 'is probably right, (Netflix and Amazon) probably are not going to pay much in taxes,' Morrow said, although she and Burton both pointed out that the companies are simply taking advantage of tax breaks given to corporations."

In the Public Domain

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – March 4, 2019
"Suffolk University celebrated Public Domain Day to mark the first time since the passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998 that works will enter the public domain in the U.S. due to the expiration of the copyright term."

M&A bar gleans lessons from blowup of $4.75B pharma deal

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly [PDF] – March 4, 2019
"Boston's Jeffrey M. Lipshaw said Delaware courts historically have been skeptical about MAE claims, making Akorn noteworthy. 'That's because it doesn't really look like it has anything to do with the underlying business; it's more "buyer's remorse,"' said Lipshaw, a professor at Suffolk University Law School and former business lawyer and general counsel for AlliedSignal Automotive and Great Lakes Chemical Corp. Lipshaw said there's a natural give and take in negotiating an MAE clause into a merger agreement, with the buyer striving to make the contract as much of an option as possible, while the seller wants the deal to be as unconditional as possible.Akorn validates that there is 'market value' in having an MAE clause, he said."

Man who killed pregnant mom, 2 kids wants earlier parole eligibility

Boston Globe – March 4, 2019
"Jeffrey Pokorak, a Suffolk University Law School professor, said young offenders nationwide are serving de facto life terms. He's a lawyer for Arthur O'Derrell Franklin, who is in prison for rapes he committed in Florida when he was 17 and will become eligible for parole in more than 300 years. Juvenile offenders should be reevaluated 15 years after the crime, Pokorak said, to assess their brain development and evaluate whether they can demonstrate maturity, remorse, and rehabilitation. 'Prosecutors are still treating juvenile cases like adult cases. They are not making allowances for brain development,' he said. 'Kids are different.'"

Methodists in N.J. grapple with vote to crack down on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ people in ministry

Newark Star-Ledger – March 1, 2019
"This simplistic reading of the Bible was used to justify slavery then used to justify segregation, now a simplistic reading to exclude LGBTQ people from ordination,' said Graham Kelder, who is seeking to become an ordained UMC minister and who teaches a course at Suffolk University in Boston on politics and religion in the United States."

Stress relief for parents during flu season

Parents magazine – March issue
“The truth is, doing research online makes us feel like we’re doing something productive—when we’re really just fretting. As [Suffolk University Professor] Susan Orsillo, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Anxiety, says, ‘One of the most challenging things about worry is that we can get pretty far in the process and still feel like we’re problem-solving. …”

Law firms either keep up with tech or get left behind

ABA Journal – February 14, 2019
Gabriel Teninbaum, director of Suffolk Law’s Institute on Legal Innovation & Technology, addresses the future of legal work.

This Morning Inspiration: Breana Pitts With Suffolk University Teachers

WBZ-TV - February 14, 2019 “WBZ TV’s Breana Pitts visits her inspirations, Suffolk University professor Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber and studio manager Jerry Glendye.”

Ford Hall Forum presents spring 2019 lineup

Daily Times Chronicle – February 8, 2019 “The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will present timely public discussions of issues ranging from the #MeToo movement to the challenges refugees face as they resettle here through a compelling spring 2019 schedule of events.…”

SJC: Michelle Carter ‘overpowered a vulnerable person’s will to live’

Boston 25 News – February 6, 2019
“‘The big question has already been answered and the question now is whether this set of facts is enough for that finding,’ Suffolk University Law Professor Rosanna Cavallaro said. Professor Cavallaro explained the indictment was upheld by the SJC, signifying the possibility that another person could legally cause the suicide of another person. She says this appeal will be dependent largely on whether or not the prosecutors on Carter's case proved that she was legally responsible for Roy's death.”

Law Students Seek to ‘Free Rapunzel from the Trademark Tower’ by Opposing RAPUNZEL as a Trademark for Dolls

JDSupra – February 4, 2019
“In an interesting case pending before the TTAB, law students from the Suffolk University IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic have opposed an application filed by United Trademark Holdings, Inc. to register RAPUNZEL as a trademark for dolls and toy figures.  The students, led by clinic director Loletta “Lolita” Darden, represent [Suffolk Law] Professor Rebecca Curtin, a trademark law professor and mother of a young girl who has purchased dolls.…”

Using Gamification of Access to Justice to Train Artificial Intelligence

Legal Talk Network – February 2, 2019
How can access to justice technologies be developed through a game? In this episode of Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to David Colarusso about the Learned Hands project. Learned Hands is a game in which lawyers spot possible legal issues in real people’s stories about their problems. This machine learning game identifies text classifiers for developing a new taxonomy that can be used to connect people with public legal help resources. You can play the Learned Hands game online. David Colarusso is the Director of Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab.

Pats Fever Running High in Boston Ahead of Super Bowl LIII

NECN - February 2, 2019 
“Patriots fever is running high, and the excitement for Super Bowl LIII is extending to students. With all the celebrations bound to happen this weekend, campus police officers are making safety their priority.” – Suffolk in the City student reporter Joe Casale.

Suffolk graduate student David Oberlander worked at the electronics show

Daily Times Chronicle - January 30, 2019
“A new experiential course offered at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School provided 18 graduate students, including David Oberlander of Reading, with the opportunity to work the floor at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a private exhibition for the Consumer Technology Association, whose members include nearly 2000,000 business professionals and tech gurus. …”

Court records from Lizzie Borden, the Boston Massacre trials to be housed in the new Massachusetts Archive vault in Boston

Mass Live – January 29, 2019
Robert Allison, a history professor at Suffolk University, said the records would allow the public a peek into the lives of people in 1700s. ‘It is a great power to see these documents,’ Allison said. “We bring back the people and voices of the past.”

Sandglass Theater showcases struggle of refugees through puppetry

Daily Free Press – January 29, 2019
“Conversations about refugees have reached phones, social media, news networks and now, even puppets. Vermont-based Sandglass Theater employed the latter in their show, “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees,” which played at the Puppet Showplace Theater at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre Thursday, Jan. 24, to Saturday, Jan. 26. …After the show, a conversation was held as part of the Ford Hall Forum Public Discussion Series. The show’s director and ensemble performers were joined by Suffolk faculty members Iani del Rosario MorenoRagini Shah and Rev. Amy Fisher.…”

Discover Credit Cards

WalletHub – January 28, 2019
Management & Entrepreneurship Professor M. Nesij Havaj discusses the various Discover credit card options.

How Artificial Intelligence could Improve Access to Legal Information

Pew CharitableTrusts – January 24, 2019
“When looking for answers to legal questions, people increasingly start their searches online. But what they find isn’t always very useful—prompting the law schools at Stanford University and Suffolk University to team up to harness artificial intelligence (AI) to help people identify their specific legal issues. …”

Modern technology was instrumental in rescue of Olivia Ambrose

Boston Globe – January 24, 2019
Brenda Bond, a Suffolk University professor who studies public safety policies, said cameras are a “double-edged sword” that raise complicated questions about transparency, privacy, and costs. ‘I don’t think a lot of those questions can be answered in this case,’ she said. ‘But in this case, you can see the unbelievable benefits of having that data available.’”

86 Million Americans Fear Maxing Out Plastic on Large Purchases

WalletHub – January 22, 2019
Economics Chair Jonathan Haughton talks about the results of WalletHub’s survey on how to pay for large purchases.

William Barr Leaves Open Window to Mueller Report Never Going Public

WBGH – January 16, 2019
Law Professor Renée Landers discusses how attorney general nominee William Barr will handle the Russia probe and other weighty matters on “Greater Boston.”

Massachusetts state worker buyouts ‘gargantuan goodbye kisses’

Boston Herald – January 16, 2019
“‘It’s ridiculous,’ said David Tuerck, a Suffolk University economics professor and head of the Beacon Hill Institute. ‘I don’t understand why the state allows it. It’s a mistake to treat sick time as an entitlement. It violates the whole purpose of the time off.”

100 Years Later: Lessons From Boston’s Molasses Flood of 1919

WBUR – January 15, 2019
History Professor Robert Allison talks about the molasses flood.

Life lessons on a soccer field in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Wolves’

Boston Globe Stage Review – January 15, 2019
Theatre Professor Laura Shink (Latreille) is praised for her role in Lyric Stage Company’s production of The Wolves: "‘A soccer mom played by Laura Latreille is the only adult to make an appearance in “The Wolves,’’ very late in the play, and it’s a memorable one.’”

Reimagining Innovation in Legal Education

Above the Law – January 11, 2019
An interview with Suffolk Law Professor Gabe Teninbaum, director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology.

If Democrats are looking for fresh, new faces, why are these septuagenarian white guys so popular?

Los Angeles Times – January 9, 2019
In a recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll, more Democrats said they were excited about Biden — 53% — than any other politician mulling a presidential run.

Saying Trump is racist may be Ocasio-Cortez’s least surprising opinion

Washington Post – January 7, 2019
“In a Suffolk University poll [August 2016] conducted shortly before the election, well before the incidents cited by Ocasio-Cortez as evidence of Trump’s racial views, about half the country (including most Democrats and Hispanics) thought he was racist. Remarkably, even 7 percent of Americans who planned to vote for Trump thought he was racist.”

Mass. tax receipts down significantly for December

Boston Globe – January 5, 2019
“Suffolk University professor of economics David Tuerck said the December numbers, however disappointing, ‘should come as no surprise.’ ‘After a very strong recovery in FY 2018, revenue growth is headed downward, in line with historical averages,’ he said.”

‘Trump bump’ offering little help to law schools

Boston Herald – January 5, 2019
“Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew Perlman said things could be looking up for law school students. He said Suffolk has seen an increase in applications and a bump in the number of students landing full-time jobs after graduation. ‘If anything over the last couple of years, we have seen marked interest in legal careers,’ Perlman said. ‘Young people are seeing the important role that law and lawyers play in our democracy.”

TTAB Says Consumer Can Fight ‘Rapunzel’ Trademark

Law 360 – January 2, 2019
Suffolk Law Professor Rebecca Curtin’s “Rapunzel” trademark case climbs past obstacle. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rules that case can proceed. Curtin is represented by Suffolk Law Professor Loletta Darden, director of the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Americans have a New Year’s resolution for Washington: Cut it out, already

USA TODAY – January 2, 2019
In a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll welcoming 2019, the most frequent suggestion from voters by far was for official Washington to resolve to stop squabbling and work across party lines. Indeed, setting an example of citizen bipartisanship, Democrats, Republicans and independents all united behind that idea as their top response to the open-ended question.

Live Nation Productions Chief Heather Parry Put on Leave Amid Verbal Abuse Claims

Variety – December 21, 2018
“Experts say that such an environment will screen out people based on their willingness to withstand abuse, and not on their talents. ‘The hazing and the breakdown process is trying to identify those who will act in a subservient way,’ says David Yamada, a law professor at Suffolk University. ‘You end up with people who are technically competent but emotionally subservient.”

De-Stressing During Finals Week

NECN – Dec. 14, 2018
“It's the time of year for college students to face finals. But students at Suffolk University in Boston have found a few great ways to relax.”

Suffolk University Students Work with St. John School Second Graders on Green Activities

North End – December 14, 2018
“On December 6, 2018, a team of seven Suffolk University students and their professor worked with two second grade classes and their teachers at St. John School in the North End. This visit was part of a service learning project supported by the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship (CES) program and Suffolk University’s Center for Urban Ecology & Sustainability (CUES).”

Red Sox Spread Holiday Cheer

NBC10 Boston – December 13, 2018
“Red Sox players took adorable puppies to Suffolk University. Students are in the middle of final exams and this is a good way to de-stress.”

Political Discussion

WGBH -- December 10, 2018
Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci discusses the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on the Boston Public Radio show.

Andalusian Elections Pivot Far-Right

War on the Rocks -- December 12, 2018
“For the first time in Spain's 36-year electoral history, right-wing parties won an absolute majority of seats in the Andalusian Parliament. This outcome could enable a non-Socialist government to take power in the region after a generation of uninterrupted Socialist Party rule. Sebastián Royo, Professor & Acting Provost at Suffolk University Boston joins the WarCast to discuss what's happening with Spain's situation.”

Trump doesn’t seem to be persuading anyone with his furious anti-Mueller rhetoric

Washington Post – December 7, 2018
“Suffolk University released a poll in October that shows how members of each party view the probe. Three-quarters of Democrats say they have a lot or some trust that Mueller’s investigation will be fair. More than half of Republicans say they have little or no trust that it will be. Suffolk also asks another useful question that we can use to compare responses: What’s your most trusted news or opinion source?”

Patrick Bemoans “Cruelty of Election Process” as He Bows out of 2020 Race

InsideSources—December 6, 2018
Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center David Paleologos tells Inside Sources that Patrick was “one of ten strong Democrats who had a path to score Democratic Primary victories in the three early states and to ultimately take on President Trump.”  According to Paleologos, the immediate beneficiaries of his decision are his fellow New Englanders Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and African-American candidates, “especially Cory Booker.”

Through shirts and hoodies, Fairhaven’s Chance Negalha turns a negative into a positive

SouthCoast Today – December 5, 2018
“These four letters, love spelled backwards, were spray-painted on the exterior of Fairhaven High School over the weekend. Once photographs of the graffiti made their way onto social media, the vandal — who has not been identified by Fairhaven police — faced wide-spread condemnation for their actions. Chance Negalha, an alumnus of Fairhaven High, and a graphic design student at Suffolk University, was among those people upset by the act. …”

Bad bosses: How workers with mean managers act when they move up in the ranks

Orlando Business Journal – December 4, 2018
Management and Entrepreneurship Professor Chaim Letwin and other researchers conducted a “study, which said those employees who dis-identified with their bad bosses' behavior tended not to copy their poor management habits. …”

Meet Garo Bazarbachian of BAZ Clothing

Armenian Weekly – December 4, 2018 “At just 20 years old, Garo Bazarbachian has already made a name for himself. His Armenian last name, truncated to one syllable, is also his self-made brand. Pronounced BĂZ with a short a (not BÂZ, as its native pronunciation would suggest), Bazarbachian says he hopes his new line of clothing apparel will be worn by Armenians and non-Armenians alike. … But his top priority is six-miles away at Suffolk University, where he is pursuing a finance degree and minoring in entrepreneurship and business law.”


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Dec. 3, 2018
Gabriel H. Teninbaum, a professor and the director of the Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology at Suffolk University Law School, was a member of one of two teams to receive the inaugural Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. The team’s winning project focused on a pair of startups, Proboknow and Lowboknow, aimed at expanding access to legal services.

Democratic Dialogue

Cape Ann TV – December 2018
Suffolk student Lukas Phipps discusses his internship experience with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office.

Immigration law forum challenges family separation

Sampan – November 16, 2018
The fifth Harry Dow immigration lecture took place Nov. 7 at Suffolk University Law School, hosted by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. About 50 people attended the “Challenging family separation in court: Reunification and the right to seek asylum” forum. Second-year law student Kelly Bae received the Harry H. Dow Memorial Scholarship Award. The scholarship is for Suffolk law students interested in public interest law, community development or immigration law. Bae is an intern at Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Dow was the first Chinese American lawyer in Massachusetts, after graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 1929. He was a champion of the Chinese immigrant community, along with the poor, elderly and underserved groups.”

Brexit: resignations, discontent and a challenge for the leadership of Theresa May

CNN – November 15, 2018
Government Professor Roberto Domínguez was interviewed immediately after Britain’s Prime Minister May made public the draft of the Brexit agreement. He indicated that the main problem of Brexit is that British citizens are quite confused about their decision to leave the European Union. Now that they are facing the potential consequences of Brexit, they have realized that a basic cost-benefit analysis indicates that the losses are much higher than the gains.

Suffolk Law online game aims to promote access to justice

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – November 15, 2018
“An online game launched last month by a partnership between the technology labs at the Suffolk and Stanford law schools is producing the raw data necessary to someday enable artificial intelligence programs to more efficiently direct scarce legal resources to those in need. Learned Hands is the brainchild of David A. Colarusso, director of Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation & Technology Lab, and Margaret Hagan, who heads Stanford Law’s Legal Design Lab.

When hazards collide

Burlington Free Press, Vt. – November 13, 2018
“A team of researchers will dedicate the next three years to studying the barriers faced by survivors of domestic violence struggling with opioid addiction in Washington County. The team includes Rebecca Stone, sociology professor from Boston's Suffolk University, Emily Rothman, a professor at Boston University's School of Public Health, and Diane Kinney, the executive director of Washington County's domestic violence organization, Circle. The three women won a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund the project. Stone sat down with the Burlington Free Press earlier this month to talk about their research. …”

T. Rex Ancestor Had an S-shaped Brain, Fossil Reveals

National Geographic – November 13, 2018
“After death, the brain quickly rots, essentially puddling in the skull, says Eugenia Gold, a paleontologist at Suffolk University in Boston. ...”

Political Discussion

WGBH – November 12, 2018
Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci discusses the political headlines of the day with Boston Public Radio show hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.

Songs for veterans, Poe as told by puppets, and more

Boston Globe Magazine – November 11, 2018 
“Puppets and masks blur the line between life and death in Loss of Breath: The Unfinished Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe.Written and directed by Wesley Savick, a Suffolk University theater professor, the student production incorporates elements of Japanese Noh theater, sideshow illusions, and creations by the Puppet Showplace Theater.”

Record turnout for midterms in Bay State

Boston Herald – November 10, 2018
Rachael Cobb, an associate professor and chair-woman of Suffolk University’s government department, said the turnout can be boiled down to one person: President Trump. ‘The midterms are a referendum of the president's performance,’ Cobb said. ‘The turnout appears to be driven largely by interest in national ramifications of the 2016 election. The nationalization of politics right now in national events, the presidency, and mobilized rallies and protests, have propelled people to vote in this election.”

Which Law School Offers Students The Best In Legal Tech

LawFuel – November 7, 2018
“The PreLaw ranking winner was Suffolk University Law School. The magazine’s law school listings included 30 schools in its ranking, with University of California-Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia all placing in the top 20. Unsurprisingly, most of the schools were in the tech-heavy areas of Silicon Valley, Boston and New York. After Suffolk came UC Berkeley, Arizona State, Santa Clara Law and the University of Colorado. Harvard came in at #11 and Stanford at #19, among the Ivy League schools. ‘To be selected first among so many outstanding peers is a real honor,’ said Suffolk Law’s Dean Andrew Perlman, who founded the school’s legal technology program before becoming dean. ‘It’s terrific to see the hard work of our students and faculty highlighted.’ …”

Youth, minorities rush to polls to support diverse candidates

Daily Free Press – November 7, 2018
Rachael Vanessa Cobb, a professor and chair of the Department of Government at Suffolk University, said she thinks this trend has something to do with candidates paying attention to groups they have ignored in the past. ‘Some candidates have really gone big outside the box in trying to recruit non-traditional voters,’ Cobb said. ‘Stacey Abrams is saying that her strategy is to really try to mobilize people who were not necessarily engaged in the political process. That is outside of the typical toolbox that a campaign manager uses.’ Traditionally, Cobb said, campaign managers try to use their resources efficiently by going after people who are already consistent voters. With potential first-time voters who have to ‘get over the hurdle’ of registering to vote and voting for the first time, Cobb said it is more of a risk for a campaign to spend time and money reaching out to them.”

The Trump factor in the midterm elections

CBS News: November 6, 2018
"But some recent polling shows President Trump could be more of a motivator for voters than past presidents. Seventy-three percent of voters in key battleground districts say their vote will be about President Trump. And according to a recent national USA Today/Suffolk University poll, three in four voters say the president will at least have an impact on their votes."

Why Trump’s unpopularity may not be the handicap you’d expect

Washington Post – November 6, 2018 “Polling from Suffolk University makes clear how dominant Fox is among members of Trump’s party.”

Midterms 2018: Restoring Voting Rights to Ex-Felons Is a Rare Bipartisan Issue

The New Yorker – November 5, 2017
“Last week, when Suffolk University surveyed Florida residents, they found that Democratic voters favored the measure eighty-six per cent to nine per cent, and that Republicans backed it fifty-two per cent to thirty-seven per cent.”

The Parents’ Guide to Protecting Kids’ Privacy

Tech + Life – November 2018
“‘Some people love Nest and Alexa,’ says Ereni Markos, associate professor at Suffolk University and an expert in digital privacy and marketing, ‘but it’s important to understand how convenience and cost weigh off each other. Alexa playing your favorite music is convenient, but what is ‘she’ doing with all that information?”

Red Sox 2018 World Series victory parade

Boston Globe: October 31, 2018
Photo #8: At the Suffolk University library, students and faculty watch the Red Sox World Series victory parade on Tremont Street.

Question 1 divides nurses in Massachusetts

BU News Service: October 31, 2018
Two registered nurses clashed over rigid ratios, status quo in hospitals and cost on the new initiative on Oct. 24, at a debate on Massachusetts ballot Question 1, organized by Suffolk University with NBC10 Boston and the New England Cable News. 

Massachusetts law on transgender protections draws strong support ahead of vote

Washington Post: October 30, 2018
"The Suffolk University Political Research Center released survey results Monday showing that 68 percent planned to vote yes and 28 percent no. In an earlier poll, the same group found supporters were ahead in every demographic group examined. Director David Paleologos said women are more likely than men to favor upholding the law despite opponents positioning the measure as being about women's safety. Sixty-three percent of men favor keeping the law compared with 81 percent of women."

Meet Swampscott Town Hall's first interns

Swampscott Reporter: October 30, 2018
"...Safaa Jabouri is a senior at Suffolk University and takes a two-hour train ride from her home in Dedham to participate in the internship. She's working in the Human Resources office. 'I'm learning all about benefits and other Human Resources issues,' she said. 'I'd like to work in Human Resources in the hospitality world.' Jabouri grew up in Morocco, living in hotels where her mother worked. 'It has been really helpful here to go behind the scenes in the public sector,' she said."

Suffolk University Sociology Professor Seeking Remedies for Domestic Violence/Opioid Survivors in Rural Vermont

Caledonian Record: October 26, 2018
Suffolk University Sociology Professor Rebecca Stone is focusing her attention on two of the nation's most daunting epidemics as she begins a three-year program to benefit survivors of domestic violence struggling with opioid use in rural Vermont through a fellowship awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 'I will get the chance to meet women and hear about their experiences with the health and justice systems as well as engage with people in different Vermont communities,' said Stone, whose work is part of a $350,000 research grant."

New England Puritans and Native Americans

C-SPAN TV – October 25, 2018
Suffolk History Professor Robert Allison moderates a discussion about remembering and memorializing the Pilgrims’ arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at a Ford Hall Forum.

Poll: Majority says Trump will have ‘a lot’ of impact on midterm vote

The Hill – October 25, 2018
“A majority of Americans in a new poll says President Trump will influence how they vote in next month's midterms. The USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released Thursday found that 58 percent of likely voters said Trump will have "a lot" of impact when they head to the voting booth. Just more than one-third -- 35 percent -- of the respondents said they will oppose Trump and 23 percent will vote to support him.”

Suffolk Names Residence Hall

Chelsea Record – Oct. 24, 2018
Suffolk Success Story: University Renames Residence Hall in Honor of Michael and Larry Smith

Suffolk Students Henry, Nastri Speak at the Dedication Ceremony

Trump Presidency Inspires Wave of Books on Impeachment

New York Times – October 23, 2018
“An August Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll found 44 percent saying that the House of Representatives should seriously consider impeaching Trump, and 47 percent opposing.”

6 Questions About the Campaign Finance Ballot Measure

WGBH – October 22, 2018
Rachael Cobb, the chair of the department of government at Suffolk University, has been watching all of this closely. She says the important question about unlimited campaign contributions by corporations is: ‘How much has that changed everything?’ And, she said, there is evidence on both sides. Some argue that floodgates have been opened at both federal and state levels, pointing to the fact that outside spending has ballooned since the Citizens United decision. Others see it differently. Cobb explains their position: ‘The wealthiest candidate doesn’t always win, and the most well-financed candidate doesn’t always win.’ …”

He’s a Long-Shot Senate Candidate with a Message: ‘Capitalism Unchecked Is a Complete Disaster’

New York Times – October 22, 2018
“Mr. Ringelstein’s electoral prospects look remote: a Suffolk University poll released last month showed him more than 40 points behind Mr. King, a former governor.”

New game lets players train AI to spot legal issues

ABA Journal – October 16, 2018
“Got a free minute? There’s a new game that will help train an artificial intelligence model to spot legal issues and help close the access-to-justice gap. Called Learned Hands—yes, it’s a pun—the game takes 75,000 legal questions posted on Reddit dealing with family, consumer, criminal and other legal issues and asks the user to determine what the issue is. While conjuring up nightmares of the first-year in law school for many lawyers, David Colarusso says it’s for a good cause. ‘It’s an opportunity for attorneys to take their downtime to train machine learning algorithms to help access-to-justice issues,’ says Colarusso, director of Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab and partner on this project with the Stanford Legal Design Lab. …”

Suffolk Poll

Washington Post – October 16, 2018
“In Maine, an August poll from Suffolk University in Boston found that health care was the chief concern for respondents in deciding whom to vote for as governor with 28 percent saying that was their top concern. The same poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed said they disagree with LePage’s position against expanding Medicaid.”

Violent crime falls, but homicide rate rises

Boston Globe – October 15, 2018
“‘I don’t think it should be interpreted as a crime spike of any kind,’ said Rebecca Stone, who teaches sociology at Suffolk University.”

Inauguration of President Marisa Kelly – October 13, 2018

Boston Globe: Suffolk’s 11th president is officially installed

Boston Globe online: Marisa Kelly formally installed as Suffolk University’s president

Boston Herald: Suffolk Honors New President

Boston Herald: Gallery: Suffolk University inaugurates President Kelly

Beacon Hill Times: President Marisa Kelly to be Inaugurated on Friday as Head of Suffolk University

Unique Opportunity for Students

NECN: October 12, 2018
"A world-renowned author and architect is giving Suffolk University students a rare opportunity to draw with him as the School of Art and Design hosts the event."

Fair Housing Violations are Common, Expensive and Easy to Avoid

Forbes – Oct. 9, 2018
William Berman, clinical professor of law at Suffolk University agrees. Berman also is the director of Suffolk’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program. He said it’s fine to advertise nearby amenities potential buyers or renters might like, but agents have to be careful their word choices don’t exclude federally or state-protected classes. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to discriminate against potential renters or buyers on the basis of their: race, skin color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age (40 and older), genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, arrest record, or gender identity. Berman said advertising a property with a first-floor master bedroom suite for rent or sale as ‘perfect for a retired couple’ or something to that effect is not only discriminatory, it works against the owner, too. ‘I would advise an agent to describe the property and not the kinds of people who might like to live there,’ Berman said. ‘Maybe someone who is retired might enjoy it and maybe someone who is not retired might enjoy it. That ad may discourage someone who is otherwise interested and absolutely qualified for the housing. Simply describing the property provides sellers with a wider market which is a good thing.’ … ‘Under the Fair Housing Act you can’t make a statement that discriminates or expresses a preference or limitation for any type of renter or buyer,’ Berman said. "I’ve not heard of that example being looked at by a court. But it could be seen by a court as problematic by showing a preference to a specific class.’ …”

Why Some Italian-Americans Still Fiercely Defend Columbus Day

New York Times – Oct. 5, 2018
“Matteo Casini, a senior lecturer in Renaissance and Mediterranean history at Suffolk University in Boston, said Italian-Americans viewed Columbus as a symbol of courage and of ‘defeating the unknown’ that other Americans could recognize. ‘Certainly from a moral point of view, we have to condemn these acts,” he said. ‘But Columbus as a mythical figure is a completely different thing.’”

All attention on D.C. for Brett Kavanaugh decision day

Boston Herald – October 5, 2018
David Paleologos, the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, which conducts polls nationwide, said that the constantly updating news cycle pushes big events quickly out of the public eye. For example, Suffolk had been asking voters four questions about Kavanaugh, but in an upcoming Senate race they’re looking at, they will only ask one, a simple question about Kavanaugh’s approval. ‘Voter intensity isn’t the kind of thing that switches on and off like a light — but it can fade or, on the flip side of that, intensify,’ Paleologos told the Herald.”

Maine candidates aim for civility after firebrand governor

Washington Post – Oct. 4, 2018
Mainers appear lukewarm on LePage and mixed on Trump, who won a historic split electoral vote from Maine’s more rural 2nd Congressional District. An August poll by Suffolk University found 37 percent favorability for LePage and 41 percent for Trump.

900 female law school faculty professors sign letter opposing Kavanaugh

The Hill – Oct. 4, 2018
Kathleen Engel, a research professor at Suffolk University Law School who helped organize the letter, told The Hill on Thursday that more than 900 women have signed onto the document since it was first circulated on Monday night. "Our goal is for the Senate to take its obligation to the American public seriously," she said. "It is really a tragedy for the country and it threatens our democracy to have such a politicized process and to have a candidate who is really taking politics into the courtroom as a judge."

Gibson Dunn’s Ted Olson Slams ABA Over Kavanaugh Letter

Law360 – October 4, 2018
“More than 650 female law faculty from around the country sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking lawmakers to reject Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. The women represented a range of disciplines, from corporate law and legal history to criminal justice and tax law. "All of us believe that Judge Kavanaugh's partisan performance and unprofessional behavior during his testimony on Sept. 27 disqualify him for the most important judicial position in our country," said professor Kathleen Engel of the Suffolk University Law School.

Kavanaugh Hearings

Suffolk University Law School students and professors weigh in on Christine Blasey Ford's testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

Wall Street Journal

NBC Boston and NECN


Gender Bias Appears to Boost Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Crowdfunding

Forbes – September 30, 2018
“Acting on a common societal stereotype that women are more trustworthy, funders clicking through projects on crowdfunding sites seem to prefer early-stage, female-led ventures,  according to researchers from the Louisiana State University, Indiana University and Suffolk University business schools. ‘Prior research in formal venture capital settings demonstrates that investors tend to have a funding bias against women. However, in crowdfunding – wherein a ‘crowd’ of amateur investors make relatively small investments in new companies – our empirical observations reveal a funding advantage for women,’ they wrote in the Journal of Business Venturing. The authors– Michael Johnson of LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business, Regan Stevenson of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and Chaim Letwin of Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School – based their findings on archival data and a follow-up experiment.”

Brett Kavanaugh fight is really about the midterm elections

Boston Herald – September 25, 2018
Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos, who is conducting polls in key swing states, said if Republicans succeed in pushing through the nomination, that could anger the Democratic base and make the gender gap even larger.

Opinion: Some companies are manipulating share buybacks to inflate earnings

MarketWatch – September 24, 2018
“Over the past 15 years, an increasing percentage of share buybacks have been in the form of ASRs. In 2017, for example, about 10.5% of all share repurchases were ASRs. Moreover, the typical ASR is not tiny, according to Ahmet Kurt, an assistant professor of Accounting at Suffolk University and the author of a new study; it instead reduces a company’s share count by 5% — overnight. That’s a big share reduction to happen all at once, and Professor Kurt’s research was motivated in large part by the simple question: ‘Why the rush?’ The answer, he discovered in his research: In many cases, a company that resorts to an ASR is on the brink of reporting earnings that will miss the consensus forecast. …”

Trenni Kusnierek on mental health care in sports

WEEI – Sept. 22, 2018 “On this week's edition of "Boston Community Affairs," Alex speaks with Trenni Kusnierek of NBC Sports Boston about her panel regarding mental health in professional sports at Suffolk University. Trenni shares her biggest takeaways from the event, and talks about the barriers to mental health treatment that still exist for large swaths of the professional.”

Supreme Court Questions; Midterms Ahead; New Big Pharma Villain

WGBH:  September 20, 2018
Suffolk Law Professor Renée Landers, says ‘If you’re looking at what happened to Anita Hill … then it’s a reasonable request to have some factual basis before people start making their political statements.”

Women Need to Know They Don’t Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace

Redbook magazine – Sept. 19, 2018
Law Professor and Director of the New Workplace Institute David Yamada’s Healthy Workplace Bill “would give both workers and employers clear-cut rights and clearly defined boundaries, which are of course the basis of any healthy relationship, professional or otherwise.”

What The New Suffolk Poll Tells Us About The Midterms

WGBH – September 19, 2018
“Voters who say traffic is worse than it was four years ago support Charlie Baker by a 2-1 margin. They’re not connecting the dots on that and other issues of concern,’ says David Paleologos of Suffolk University.

Poll: Nevada Senate, gubernatorial races in dead heat

The Hill – September 11, 2018
The Nevada Senate and gubernatorial midterm races are neck-and-neck, according to a new Suffolk University poll released Tuesday. Incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R) has the support of 41.2 percent of likely voters, less than half a point behind his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, who has the support of 41.6 percent. Almost 10 percent of likely voters are undecided.

Trump’s Approval Rating Drops

CNN, The Lead with Jake Tapper – September 11, 2018
"A 36 percent approval rating and that's CNN's poll, but others have it at 37 percent. Suffolk University has it at 40 percent." 

Smaller Isn’t Better for CFPB Advisory Board Advocates Say

Law 360 – September 10, 2018
“‘When Congress mandated the Consumer Advisory Board, they made clear that the members should represent a broad range of entities, with expertise in an array of areas, so that they could fully advise the bureau and represent diverse perspectives,’ said Kathleen Engel, a Suffolk University Law School research professor who was among the CAB members dismissed earlier this year. ‘This new CAB is a shell of the former CABs.’”

Political Notes: Finance reports show power of incumbency

Cape Cod Times – Sept. 10, 2018
“‘Money is essential to run a successful campaign because there are so many new expenses beyond the traditional signs and bumper stickers,’ said David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. …Candidates at a financial disadvantage with their competitors need not give up hope, according to Paleologos. ‘If they have a disciplined door-knocking and get-out-the-vote program, they may be able to overcome a financial shortfall, but everything has to fall perfectly into place,’ he said. ‘Those cases are the exception and not the rule. That’s why it’s difficult for challengers to break through. Incumbents start with higher name recognition, which is worth money.’”

Trouble for Trump? Poll shows midterm election edge for Democrats and female candidates

USA TODAY – September 4, 2018
“The political landscape for the midterm elections favors Democrats in general and female candidates in particular, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll says, raising the prospect of significant perils for President Donald Trump in the next Congress. …”

Nearly half want his impeachment – Trump’s poll numbers worse than ever

Stern, Germany – September 1, 2018
"Other new surveys, such as those of Suffolk University/USA Today, also give a concise picture, although opponents of impeachment are easily in the majority."

Norton native Pellerin covers hometown teams for NESN

The Sun Chronicle – Aug. 31, 2018
Suffolk alumnus Adam Pellerin “is one of the lead anchors for the New England Sports Network, the iconic cable station that fills the region’s homes with the sights and sounds of Fenway Park and the TD Garden year-round. He can be seen frequently reporting the sports news of the day on the NESN Sports Today program or on the frequent updates that appear on other telecasts. And as many as 30 times a year, he sits in for lead host Tom Caron for the pre-game and post-game shows that serve as bookends for the network’s Boston Red Sox broadcasts. …”

Voters don’t buy ‘No collusion!’

Washington Post – August 30, 2018
“Suffolk University’s latest poll has reassuring news for those concerned about the rule of law: “A majority of Americans (55 percent) trust special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but 59 percent don’t trust President Donald Trump’s denial that his campaign was involved, according to a new Suffolk University/USA TODAY national poll. The survey also shows unfavorable views of President Donald Trump rising 6 points since June. …”

State Funds to Help Stop Gangs

Newsday – August 29, 2018
“Most juvenile crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., noted Carolyn Boyes-Watson, sociology professor at Boston’s Suffolk University. …”

Suffolk Poll

Washington Post – August 28, 2018
 A new Suffolk University poll in Wisconsin shows Gov. Scott Walker two points behind his Democratic opponent, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin eight points ahead of her Republican opponent.

Lives of former slaves detailed in new collection at Suffolk University

Bay State Banner – August 23, 2018
“Thousands of personal records from formerly enslaved African Americans, recently gifted to Suffolk University by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the National Archives and Records Administration, are now publicly available in downtown Boston. A lunchtime presentation, held last Friday at Suffolk University’s Mildred F. Sawyer Library on Tremont Street, celebrated the university’s acquisition of the Freedmen’s Bureau Collection,1,200 rolls of microfilm and digitized documents that include marriage certificates, letters, labor contracts and hospital records of thousands of newly freed Americans after the Civil War. …”

Suffolk Polls Minnesota

CNN – August 22, 2018
“Another Midwest senator up for re-election is Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. A Suffolk University/St. Cloud Times poll released Wednesday has Klobuchar leading with 54%, while her Republican challenger, Jim Newberger, has 34% support. ‘Senator Amy Klobuchar is setting a torrid pace for Democrats in Minnesota,’ said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, according to the news release. ‘Her popularity may impact other Democrats on the ballot, who can benefit from her 'Klobuchar Coattails.'’"

Summer Interns in NYC Learned a Lot – Including How to Live on Nearly Nothing

New York Public Radio (WNYC) – August 22, 2018
“The expectation that college students complete an array of professional work for no or little pay before landing a ‘real job’ poses an additional financial burden for a generation that’s already straddled with significant student debt, said David Yamada, a law professor at Suffolk University. ‘The unpaid internship is one of the ways we are front-loading the cost of getting a start to life,’ Yarmada told WNYC. ‘That’s a discussion that goes beyond the courts and legislators. The corporate world and even the nonprofit sector need to think about the barriers to entry they’re upholding.’”

You’re a Lawyer, but Can You Run a Law Firm?

Bloomberg – August 18, 2018
“Some law schools are concentrating on technology and process management to prepare their students for the contemporary legal workforce. Suffolk University Law School in Boston has an Institute of Legal Innovation and Technology that teaches students to streamline their work by using technology, as well as legal process and project management, Dean Andrew Perlman told Bloomberg Law.”

International Students Share Education Experience in Boston

NECN – August 16, 2018
“As we enter a new school year, international college students share their experiences [with Suffolk in the City student reporter Julia Donovan] since they arrived in Boston and why they chose to pursue higher education in New England.”

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Effortlessly Fact-Checks President Trump’s Ohio Popularity Claims

Law & Crime – August 13, 2018
Trump blasts Ohio Gov. Kasich, and “that’s when George Conway showed up with a Suffolk University poll of Ohio midterm voters. Conway particularly pointed to the section about unfavorability ratings.”

Maggs on Media: Rhetorics of Resistance

eNCA – Aug. 14, 2018
English Professor Bryan Trabold discusses his new book, Rhetorics of Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa, focusing on the tactics of resistance developed by those working for the Weekly Mail and the New Nation.

State Judges

WBUR– August 16, 2018
Retired Judge Isaac Borenstein, a Suffolk law professor, speaks with Radio Boston host Deborah Becker on why Massachusetts judges are coming under fire by those who say they need to be tougher on criminal defendants.

Suffolk University Maine Poll – August 8, 2018

Press Herald
Boston Globe
Bangor Daily News
Maine Public Radio

James Baldwin, un Film Impossible sur Malcolm X

Le Monde – August 7, 2018
Suffolk English Professor Quentin Miller is quoted in an article on a film script about the life of Malcolm X written by James Baldwin. He says, "Yet, [Spike Lee] adapts [Baldwin's script], twists it, transforms the plot into a linear history, a militant success story. It becomes more sensationalist, more violent too, what Baldwin had always refused to consider. '[Baldwin] preferred to focus on Malcolm's love and quest for a better life, all that inner strength that allowed Baldwin himself to survive.'"

Elizabeth Warren’s full-body fight to defeat Trump

New York Magazine – August 5, 2018
“A May Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire Democrats had Warren well ahead of the others, with 26 percent over Biden’s 20 and Sanders’s 13.”

Trump’s Tweets and the Creation of ‘Illusory Truth’

The Atlantic – Aug. 3, 2018
“Eighty-five percent of poll respondents whose most trusted network was Fox News believed that the Mueller investigation was a witch hunt as early as June 2017, according to a Suffolk University poll—more than seven times the respondents for any other network. In their March 2018 poll, Suffolk found that just 35 percent of viewers who trusted Fox also trusted the Russia investigation to be fair and accurate.”

Cashing in on Credit Card Rewards

Wallet Hub – August 1, 2018
Professor Kashif A. Ahmed, Finance, talks about the pros and cons of cash back credit cards.

USA and the EU agree to negotiate and reduce tariffs

CNN – July 30, 2018
“‘The agreement between Jean Claude Junker, president of the European Commission, and U.S. President Donald Trump brings back the possibility of serious trade negotiations in the transatlantic area, which have been suspended since October 2016. President Trump has finally noticed how important the European Union is for the United States’” says Roberto Domínguez, professor of International Relations.

North End Library Photo Poster Exhibit – Assignment: North End

North End – July 29, 2018
“Suffolk University summer photojournalism class students, with Prof. Ken Martin of the Communication and Journalism Department, have installed an exhibit of posters highlighting the North End at the North End Branch library. “

Panelists to evaluate nurse staffing ballot question

Watertown TAB – July 27, 2018
Rachael Cobb, MassVOTE board member and professor of government at Suffolk University, and other members of the Citizen's Initiative Review Advisory Board voted to examine Question 1, a ballot initiative on nurse staffing. "The panel will produce a citizens' statement outlining its key findings and the strongest arguments for supporting and opposing Question 1 to aid voters filling out their November ballot."

Boycott call spotlights Faneuil’s slaveholding

Boston Globe – July 24, 2018
“‘You’re not going to find people of wealth in this period who weren’t slave owners,’ said Robert Allison, a history professor at Suffolk University. ‘If we’re looking for moral purity, we’re not going to find it.’ …Allison, the history professor, opposes renaming Faneuil Hall. ‘It’s really an attempt to erase the past and imagine that we have achieved a state of moral perfection,’ he said.”

Ex-official to help State Police regroup

Boston Globe – July 19, 2018
“O’Toole’s portfolio, as both an insider and outsider, will help, said Brenda Bond, an associate professor at Suffolk University who specializes in organizational change in law enforcement. Still, it won’t be easy. ‘I hope there is the will to invest in the long haul because this change won’t happen overnight,’ Bond said. ‘It will take a decade. It’s hard to change institutions and people. But you’ve got to take the first step and go.

People who say they aren’t following the Russia investigation are much more likely to approve of Trump

Washington Post – July 19, 2018
“At one point in 2016, a Suffolk-USA Today poll showed that more than two-thirds of Trump’s support came from people whose most trusted network was Fox News. (Less than a fifth of Hillary Clinton’s support came from MSNBC viewers.) In the June poll, 54 percent of Republicans said that Fox News was the network they trusted most. The next largest category was the 19 percent saying they were undecided.”

Organ donations

WGBH – July 19, 2019
“Boston Public Radio talks with Senior Vice President for External Affairs John Nucci, organ donor Kerri Abrams, and transplant surgeon Nahel Elias, who all came together to save a life and change others.”

Ahead of the Curve: Back to School for a Tech Tune-Up – July 16, 2018
“The Suffolk University Law School online certificate in legal innovation & technology kicked off in May with 35 students from 5 continents—law firm partners, in-house attorneys, solo practitioners and a student with both law and medical degrees,” says Prof. Gabriel Teninbaum.”

Baker’s plan to trim State Police OT spending not as easy as pitched

Boston Globe – July 11, 2018
“‘It seems like a superficial attempt to try to assuage people,’ said Brenda Bond, an associate professor at Suffolk University who specializes in organizational change in law enforcement. ‘It gives people another thing to point to that doesn’t reflect real, genuine reform, and it just reinforces the perception — and perhaps the reality — that there’s some significant issues with transparency and the culture at the agency.’”

Welcome to Millville, where budget fight means dark streets, no trash pickup, and a growing deficit

Boston Globe – July 11, 2019
Brendan Burke, who teaches at Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service, said the size of Millville’s override likely intimidated voters. ‘That immediately strikes me as pretty steep,’ he said. ‘It isn’t surprising that citizens balked at such a large override.’”

The Legal Ecosystem: Law Schools Are Catching Up with the Times

Legal Executive – July 11, 2019
Some law schools “have certainly become leaders at a time when tensions in the ecosystem are demanding creativity and innovation in order to compete.…Suffolk Law School’s Institute has partnered with a legal services company to give their law students practical experience in alternative legal services and legal technology.”

From stuntwoman to a role in ‘Chappaquiddick’

Boston Globe – July 11, 2018
Actress, stuntwoman and Suffolk alumna, Andria Blackman plays Joan Kennedy in film version of “Chappaquiddick.”

Geofencing: The next ‘thing’ in lawyer advertising?

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – July 9, 2018
“Though the limits of state law may be unclear, Renée M. Landers says the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act would not prohibit law firms from using geofencing to target advertising to patients of medical providers. ‘HIPAA does not apply to entities that are not health care providers, health plans or health care clearinghouses, so any health information collected by other entities is not strictly subject to those requirements,’ says Landers, director of health law studies at Suffolk University Law School. ‘[Chapter] 93A might apply, but HIPAA doesn’t do it.’”


Boston Herald -- July 11, 2018
"'I don't think there's much that Democratic senators can do to slow down or to prevent his confirmation,' said Suffolk Law professor Rene Reyes. 'There will be a lot of discussion, debate and criticism, a lot of arguments raised, but very little can be done as a result of those arguments.' Reyes predicted close scrutiny of Kavanaugh's decisions. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the U.S. illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate."

WGBH – July 10, 2018
Suffolk Law Professor Renée Landers discusses Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

NPR -- July 10, 2018
Law Professor Emeritus Michael Avery talks about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the influence of the conservative Federalist Society.

NBC Boston -- July 9, 2018
Law Professor Renée Landers discusses the potential confirmation battle.

The Guardian – July 6, 2018
"But such protestations do not persuade his critics. 'It's nonsense,' said Michael Avery, professor emeritus at Boston's Suffolk Law School and the author of a book on the Federalist Society's rise. 'These people have been pursuing a strategy for decades of chipping away at women's rights. ... They will continue complaining that they are outsiders even after achieving the most complete takeover of the courts that we have ever seen,' said Avery. 'They will never be satisfied.'"

WGBH -- June 28, 2018
Law Professor Renée Landers sees a conservative Trump court potentially enabling restrictions on abortion and required disclosures from regulatory agencies such as the FDA and SEC.


Obrador's victory is conducive to deepening cooperation between Mexico and China

Sputnik News – July 5, 2018
Suffolk Government Professor Roberto Dominguez analyzes Mexican-Chinese economic relations in light of recent election. He says, "'The role of China in the Mexican economy is to a great extent determined by structural forces. The election of Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is another variable that may influence variations in Mexican-Chinese relations. If the contestation of President Trump against NAFTA increases, it is very likely that President AMLO may opt for enhancing the economic relationship with China. However, due to the structural interdependence of the economies of North America, a hypothetical transformation will take some time to take place.'"

Opinion: Trump’s Rage Junkies

New York Times – July 1, 2018
“While the overwhelming majority of blacks and Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump, just as many white people have a favorable view of him as have an unfavorable view of him, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll conducted last month.”

15 historic local sites that aren’t on the Freedom Trail – June 29, 2018
It’s no secret that Boston is brimming with historic locations — just ask the people in colonial garb commanding an audience on State Street. Suffolk University history professor Robert J. Allisonsaid he thinks it’s great that Boston has a Freedom Trail, but that it does ‘suck all the life out of everything else.’ ‘If any other city had one of these other sites, it would be the real feature of civic life. It would be on the city seal,’ he said. ‘But we have so much that it’s easy to take for granted.’ Allison picked out 15 less-frequented spots in the city that can also provide visitors with a good dose of history. ‘You can tell so many other stories in Boston about people and immigration, about slavery and freedom,’ he said.”

Fighting Privilege: The Senate Finally Wants to Pay Its Interns

New York Times – June 28, 2018
“‘For the longest time, it’s been understood that with Congress and other very selective internships, they won’t have to worry about compensating because they’ll be flooded with applications,’ said David Yamada, a professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston who specializes in employment law with a focus on the intern economy.”

Secured Business Credit Card

Wallet Hub – June 28, 2018
M. Nesij Huvaj, professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, talks about secured business credit cards for small business owners.

Milton Man Named to University Board

Patriot Ledger – June 27, 2018
Bevilton E. J. Morris was elected to the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

Struggling to Regain Its Power, GE Slims Down

Boston Globe – June 27, 2018
“‘It’s a logical step,’ Suffolk University finance professor Abu Jalal said of [CEO John] Flannery’s moves to pare back GE. ‘They should have done it a little sooner.’”

Deadweight Donald

Slate – June 27, 2018
“In a Suffolk University/USA Today poll taken from June 13 to 18, Trump’s approval rating among registered voters stands at 43 percent. His disapproval rating is 51 percent. ... These are bad numbers for a recently elected president, particularly in a good economy. Even so, they mask the gravity of his party’s predicament.”

Business titans tap Atul Gawande to head Boston-based health care nonprofit

Boston Herald – June 22, 2018
"Richard Gregg, director of programs for Healthcare Administration at Suffolk University, said, ‘It’s a huge win for Boston. I’m very excited about this. It draws more attention to Boston — that’s a major benefit. It further solidifies our reputation as a worldwide leader in health care development. This is going to be a real learning laboratory in a relatively controlled environment. These three companies have the resources to do the work and investigate best practices.’”

John Nucci, with new kidney, praises 'miracle workers' at Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston Herald -- June 20, 2018
John Nucci today called the MGH team that did his kidney transplant surgery 'miracle workers.' The former city councilor, who underwent the life-saving procedure yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Herald in a text exchange that's he's recovering and ready for his second act in life thanks to a selfless donor. 'Believe me, I'm going to work hard to fully recover and then make good use of this second chance to do what I can to raise awareness and help those who find themselves in this situation,' Nucci said."

How Americans feel about Trump

Washington Post – June 18, 2018
"Nearly half of respondents to a Suffolk University poll of Ohio voters said their midterm vote would be a check on the president, compared to 28 percent saying their vote would be to support Trump's agenda."

SCOTUS rulings

WGBH -- June 13, 2018
Suffolk Law Professor Renée Landers reviewed some recent Supreme Court cases, including the Ohio voter purge decision and the controversial ruling on the Colorado baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Suffolk Polls Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer -- June 12, 2018
"A new Enquirer/Suffolk University poll -- the first statewide, independent poll since the Ohio primary -- showed Democrat Richard Cordray leading Republican Mike DeWine in the governor's race, 43 percent to 36 percent among likely voters. ... The poll captured a snapshot of likely voters that should serve as a warning to Republicans. People who opposed President Donald Trump were more excited about the 2018 election than those who support him and the GOP, said Suffolk pollster David Paleologos. 'Obviously, Trump won Ohio, but there are a lot of Trump voters who don't care as much about this race,' he said."

Countdown to Amazonageddon

WBZ – June 11, 2018
“Suffolk University professor Kim Wang on how Amazon’s HQ2 would spark seismic changes in the local economy – June 11 podcast.

Mick Mulvaney fired us for advocating for consumers

CNN – June 8, 2018 
The man responsible for protecting consumers in the financial realm “is employing secrecy, duplicity and name-calling to pave the way for the financial sector's bad actors to exploit the hardworking people of this country. …”
Op-ed by Law Professor Kathleen Engel and a Consumer Advisory Board colleague.

Difficulties for Trans People in Boston Rental Market

NECN -- June 7, 2018
"As Boston celebrates Pride Week and prepares for Saturday parade, Suffolk Law professor Bill Berman takes a look at housing discrimination against transgender renters in the city."

Litchfield student entrepreneur experiences crowdfunding

Central – June 7, 2018
“‘Growing up, my mom always preached how important it is to eat simple and as organic as possible. When I moved out on my own, this stuck with me. That and a new-found allergy to eggs left me without many options for clean, easy, on-the-go foods. This is how I came up with the idea for No Name Snacks,’ says Abbey Dodge, a Suffolk junior majoring in entrepreneurship and accounting.”

Consumer Agency Tosses Members of Advisory Groups

Wall Street Journal – June 6, 2018
"'Essentially, we were all fired,' said Kathleen Engel, a professor at Suffolk University Law School. Ms. Engel serves on the CFPB's consumer advisory board and was present on the call with Mr. Welcher. 'He said he wanted a more diverse, smaller and inclusive group of people, which is a kind of strange thing to say because the group is diverse and small and inclusive already.'"

Engel also was interviewed by NPR and CNN Money.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your trademark restrictions

Boston Globe – June 5, 2018
“Rapunzel, the long-haired maiden locked in a tower by an evil witch, has been immortalized in countless bedtime stories and adaptations, from the Brothers Grimm to Disney. There is even a teenage rapper who goes by the name RapUnzel. Now, a private company wants to lock the princess’s name in a castle fortified by United States trademark law. But this attempt to register the trademark for the name Rapunzel has unleashed fervent opposition, not from Hasbro or Mattel, but from an impassioned group of Suffolk University Law School professors and students. On May 9, Suffolk professor Rebecca Curtin filed her opposition with the Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency that’s charged with issuing patents and trademark registrations to inventors and businesses. ‘No company should ever be able to be the only company that can call their doll Rapunzel, because Rapunzel is already in the public domain,’ said Curtin, an associate professor of law who specializes in intellectual property. ‘Rapunzel already belongs to everyone.’” …

Additional media sites that ran the story include:
Associated Press
New York Times
Washington Post

Tech’s Titans Tiptoe Toward Monopoly

Wall Street Journal – June 3, 2018
“Amazon, in its sprawl and ambition, illustrates what monopolies look like in their early days, says Kim Wang, an assistant professor of strategy and international business at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. Amazon seems determined to translate its dominance in cloud computing and online retail into dominance in physical retail, delivery of goods, voice-based computing and a half dozen other industries.”

Wall Street’s biggest critic in the Senate recently fought against loosening Dodd-Frank restrictions

Wall Street Journal – June 1, 2018
“A poll released in May from Suffolk University Political Research Center put her as the Democratic front-runner in the New Hampshire presidential primary, though she has said she isn’t running for the White House and is seeking a second Senate term this year.”

Repeal of transgender protections unlikely

CommonWealth – June 1, 2018
Article references Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll (May 7, 2016).

How Did Renting in Boston Become Such a Nightmare?

Boston Magazine – May 30, 2018
“…But doing so can get pricey, and so landlords will often quietly pass over qualified renters with kids, or even flat-out decline to rent to them, which is illegal. Even so, says Jamie Langowski, who co-manages Suffolk University Law School’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program, it’s one of the most common forms of housing discrimination.”

Launching Today: Suffolk Law School’s Legal Innovation & Technology Online Certificate Program

Law21 – May 29, 2018 
The certificate program “provides participants with a thorough grounding and detailed understanding of the most important aspects of the new legal services market. There are six courses in the program, each delivered by an experienced legal practitioner or industry analyst who delivers ten full hours of information, instruction, and insight into the course’s subject matter."

How Boston is Trying to Close the Gender Pay Gap

New York Times – May 26 2018
Suffolk alumna Megan Costello, executive director of the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, is helping female workers match the salaries of their male counterparts.

CFPB’s Mulvaney plots HMDA rollback, but it may not matter

American Banker – May 25, 2018
‘”One of the things that we know is that discrimination has not ended,’ said Kathleen Engel, a research professor at Suffolk University Law School and a member of the CFPB's consumer advisory board. ‘Essentially what Mulvaney is doing is saying we're going to cut back on gathering information used to detect discrimination even though we know discrimination is still occurring.’"

Internship led to full-time job with Merrill team in Boston

Investment News – May 25, 2018
“Joel Guerrero figures he has three skills that will help him become a successful financial adviser. He enjoys finance, he wants to help people, and he likes interacting with the public. ‘Becoming a financial adviser is the sum of all three,’ he said. While at Suffolk University in Boston, Mr. Guerrero interned at Hanlon Malone Group, a team of Merrill Lynch advisers, and then worked there part time during his senior year. After graduating in the spring of 2017, he was offered a full-time job.”

Amy Abroad: Walk through Madrid makes for happy memories

South Coast Today – May 29, 2018
Suffolk student shares her experiences while studying abroad in Prague.

Commencement 2018

Boston Globe: Amid Pageantry, Reflection and Protest

Boston Globe: At BU, Tufts, and Suffolk graduations, advice on building a better future

Boston Globe: Suffolk students walk at triple commencement in Seaport

Boston Globe: 'Dreamer' who now works on immigrant cases to receive Suffolk law degree Sunday

WCVB-Boston: Law Graduate in 'Dreamer' program wins asylum bid for young client

NBC10 Boston; NECN: Passionate College Tour Guide Gets Hired

Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data collaboration

ABA Journal: “‘This is a missing thing,” says David Colarusso, director of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. ‘You can’t find the datasets because the people that have done this work” consider it proprietary or claim attorney-client privilege. …’”

Do Attorneys Need Mandatory Technology CLEs? N.C. Bar Says Yes

Bloomberg Law: “‘The change sends an important message: that lawyers need to understand how technology is affecting the delivery of legal services,’ Andrew M. Perlman, dean of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, told Bloomberg Law. Perlman is also chair of the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation. ‘The requirement will help to spread valuable knowledge and skills that will accelerate changes that ultimately benefit the public,’ he said.”

NCAA softens stance on sports betting ban

Boston Globe – May 18, 2018
“‘I think you’re seeing a generational value shift here,’ said Ken Cosgrove, professor of government at Suffolk University in Boston.”

New Presidents or Provosts

Inside Higher Education – May 10, 2018
Marisa Kelly, acting president of Suffolk University, in Massachusetts, has been named to the job on a permanent basis.

PA Books

Pennsylvania Cable Network – May 10, 2018
History Professor Robert Allison discusses his book, Stephen Decatur.

Leveling Neighborhoods & Outlawing Rent Control, A Look Back at Boston Housing

CBS Boston – May 9, 2018
“According to Suffolk University history professor Bob Allison, Boston was in a period of decline during the 50’s. The population was falling and the industrial base was gone. ‘So Boston really is a tired old city as most cities in the Northeast were at that time. The housing stock itself as in decay,’ he explained. …‘Urban Renewal itself comes about as a good hearted effort to not have people living in slums, in places where there is no hot water or no heat,” he said. …According to Allison, while Urban Renewal was designed to create new and better housing, it also created another problem. “Because the people who were living there, primarily renters, can’t afford to live in the new area. You are creating a housing for a different class of people,” he said. …There has been a flood of new building in Boston, but the luxury high-rises are out of reach for much of the population in need of housing. It’s a problem Bob Allison believes could change the face of the city. ‘People with subsidies can afford to live in public housing, really wealthy people can afford the condos, and it’s really the middle class that we are squeezing out,’ he said.”

Companies Have an Aha! Moment: Bullies Don’t Make the Best Managers

Bloomberg – May 9, 2018 
“‘Some companies are realizing that a bullying boss isn’t the best way to manage a company,’ says David Yamada, a professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston who’s authored antibullying legislation. ‘Maybe we’re starting to see a tipping point.’ … ‘It’s a significant and still underreported problem,’ Yamada says. Surveys have shown such behavior is four times more prevalent than legally actionable sexual harassment, he says. ‘Bullying looms large.’ … A lack of legal protections greatly reduces the possibility of liability for employers. It’s difficult to bring a lawsuit based on bullying, and businesses have worked to keep it that way. Over the past decade, antibullying bills were introduced in about 30 states, but they’ve all been defeated after opposition from corporate lobbying groups, Yamada says. …”

An International Look at Withdrawal From Iran Deal

NECN – May 8, 2018
“Roberto Dominguez, professor of international relations at Suffolk University, talks about how the world sees President Trump's decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal and pull the U.S. out – and what may be next.”


Boston Globe – May 8, 2018
The Boston Foundation’s president and chief executive, Paul S. Grogan, will be the commencement speaker at Suffolk University’s business school.

New associations

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – May 7, 2018
Karen Katz has joined Suffolk University Law School in Boston as director of its intellectual property programs.

Debate Over William Styron’s Nat Turner Goes On

WGBH – May 4, 2018
“Kenneth Greenberg, a history professor and a scholar of American slavery at Suffolk University, said it is necessary to understand the circumstances that led to the slave rebellion of 1831 and the man who led it, Nat Turner. ‘He's different from almost every other person who rebelled against slavery, because unlike the others he left an interesting document, which was published as The Confessions of Nat Turner,' Greenberg said. ‘Those confessions were copied down by a white lawyer; someone who, in fact, hated him. The original confessions were distortions of Nat Turner's voice, but Turner is in there somewhere.’ … Greenberg, who knew Styron and spoke at his funeral in 2006, agreed with that assessment. Greenberg said his friend’s focus on the killing of a white woman at the hands of the rebel Turner, and Styron’s imagined sexual obsession with her, blotted out the history of Turner’s own wife, a black slave who Greenberg said Turner cared for deeply. Instead, Styron focused on a part of the confession in which Turner allegedly describes murdering Margaret Whitehead. ‘There were black critics at the time who will notice this about the novel. Styron read that scene and his imagination went crazy with it,’ Greenberg said. ‘Styron wasn't as careful as he should have been and produced an invention, which was not true to the historical record even though he presented it that way. …’”

Winter weather helped uncover a dark past on Gallops Island

Boston Globe – May 3, 2018
“‘This is part of the story of Boston,’ said Robert Allison, an American history professor at Suffolk University. ‘It’s the story of people who aspired to come here but didn’t quite make it. There’s a great sadness about them.’ …‘These were the people just outside the door,’ Allison said of dying immigrants who could see, but never reach, the hope of America. ‘It’s also the story of discovering ways to deal with these great tragedies that have afflicted the human race.’”

New poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading the N.H. Democratic primary field

Boston Globe – May 2, 2018
“A new poll released Wednesday by the Suffolk University Political Research Center shows Warren as the frontrunner for the next New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary. When Warren is added to the pack of candidates, the Massachusetts Democrat leads former Vice President Joe Biden, US Senator Bernie Sanders and five other potential candidates. ‘The results show the potency Warren has by just showing up. Her presence on the ballot uniquely changes the game to the point where whether she runs is one of the biggest question marks of the 2020 election,’ said Suffolk pollster David Paleologos.”

Poll: Warren, Biden top picks among New Hampshire Dems

The Hill – May 2, 2018
“Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) edges Sen. Bernie Sanders in a Suffolk University poll asking New Hampshire Democrats to pick their favorite of seven possible candidates. When Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who represents neighboring Massachusetts, is added to the list, she comes out on top with 26 percent, compared to 20 percent for Biden and 13 percent for Sanders. Without Warren, Biden gets 30 percent support followed by Sanders with 25 percent.”

‘Sidelined’ China seeks to maintain influence as ties between North Korea and US improve

The Guardian – April 30, 2018 
“‘It can be argued that China has chosen to be ‘sidelined.’ However, the quick warm up of [the Pyongyang-Seoul] relationship and possible denuclearization and reunification could change regional power structures and have long-term impacts on Chinese foreign policy,’ said Weiqi Zhang, an associate professor [of Government] focusing on North Korea at Suffolk University in Boston.”

Political Discussion

WGBH – April 30, 2018
Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci discusses the latest political news with Boston Public Radio show hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.

Democrats must take nothing for granted

The Hill – April 30, 2018
“In the last midterm election, 2014, only 36 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. Similarly, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll of ‘infrequent or unregistered voters’ found that while 55 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, an incredible 83 percent said they were either ‘not very likely’ or ‘not at all likely’ to go to the polls and vote in the 2018 midterms. ‘It’s a chilling story to tell,’ David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Polling Research Center, told USA Today. ‘These people don’t vote. They could hate Trump, but they could still not vote because they hate political parties, they hate Democrats, they hate the bureaucracy, they hate the infighting, the negativity, all of that.’”

Rents to increase in city selected for Amazon HQ2

Daily Free Press  – April 29, 2018
John Infranca, a law professor at Suffolk University, wrote in an email that due to this, more people would struggle to pay rent, but also that that Boston will see positive consequences if chosen. ‘The city more generally would benefit from more, higher paying jobs and potential spillover effects on other businesses in the area,’ Infranca wrote.The possible rent increases from having HQ2 in Boston only showcase part of a bigger issue, Infranca wrote. Regardless of whether it comes to Boston or not, he wrote that more housing needs to be built, which will make the prices of rent cheaper.”

Suffolk University Honors Cape’s Jitka Borowick with “10 Under 10” Award

Cape Cod Today – April 27, 2018  
“Last night at Suffolk University’s Sargent Hall, Jitka Borowick was honored as a recipient of the college’s 10 Under 10 Award. The award is given out annually to young alumni who, fewer than 10 years removed from their time on campus, are making major contributions in their field and in their community. ‘It is an honor to be recognized by a college that has meant so much to me personally and has helped me achieve a level of success, not only as a small business owner, but as a member of the Cape Cod community,’ Borowick said.”

‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’ All Star performs at Carrie Nation

Boston Globe – April 26, 2018 
“Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the drag persona of D.J. Pierce, a fan favorite on the Emmy-winning “Rupaul’s Drag Race” franchise, closed out Suffolk University’s “Queerpril” with a rousing performance at Carrie Nation. …Pierce, who was invited to perform by the Suffolk University Queer Student Union, gave high-energy lip sync and live vocal performances and also spoke about the importance of acceptance, overcoming adversity, and always following your path.”

UAE cultural night at Suffolk University in Boston

Emirates News Agency – April 25, 2018
"...The President of Suffolk University [Marisa] Kelly, said, 'We were very pleased to host this special UAE Cultural Night, which showcased the wonderful culture and history of the UAE. Our strength as a university is in our diversity, and we become stronger each time we come together at events like this special evening and share our different cultures, backgrounds and traditions.’"

DACA ruling

WBZ radio – April 25, 2018
“In Washington last night a federal judge rejected the Trump administration's bid to end the DACA program. That's the one that shields hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Suffolk Law School Professor Ragini Shah says the rule appears to have come as a shock to Homeland security officials. ‘I don’t think that they thought legally they had to give reasons. So now it’s becoming clear that not only do they have to give reasons but they had to really think about what those reasons were.’ The judge gave Homeland security 90 days to come up with a better argument.”

Why is the nuclear agreement with Iran so important?

CNN – April 24, 2018 
Suffolk Professor of International Relations Roberto Domínguez indicated that President Macron’s visit was emblematic of the European consensus regarding the relevance of keeping the Iran nuclear agreement in place and moving forward in deepening US-European cooperation in Syria.

What Nonvoters Really Think

N.Y. Times – April 24, 2018
Yesterday, Suffolk University and USA Today released a fascinating poll of these likely nonvoters. ‘Every other poll conducted this election cycle will express the views of registered and likely voters,’ the organizations explained. ‘This is a poll of everyone else.’ … No one can know exactly who will not vote, of course. The poll surely includes some people who will end up voting and excludes some who won’t. But based on demographic patterns and on what people say about their intentions, pollsters can get a good sense of someone’s likelihood of voting. So the broad patterns in the Suffolk/USA Today poll are meaningful. …”

Worcester’s Sylvester sisters starring for Suffolk softball team

Worcester Telegram – April 24, 2018
“In 2014, sisters Delaney and Payton Sylvester of Worcester had one wonderful season together as Doherty High softball teammates. Payton accompanied Delaney on her visit to Suffolk and loved being in Boston so much that she set her sights on joining her sister. This year, the sisters are together again as roommates and teammates, and they even have one class, psychology, together. Delaney, who leads the Rams with a .472 batting average, and Payton, who has a team-high six home runs, have lifted Suffolk to a super season. Entering the final week of the regular season, the Rams are 23-7, 16-2 in the GNAC. Delaney, who is a three-time All-GNAC and all-region honoree, led Suffolk to the GNAC Tournament final last season. Last week, Delaney was named GNAC Player of the Week and Payton GNAC Rookie of the Week for the second time this year. The pair helped the Rams to an 8-0 week. …”

Poll: Non-voters’ dislike of Donald Trump isn’t likely to make them vote in 2018

USA TODAY  – April 23, 2018 
“Millions of Americans stay home every election, and the 2018 midterms are unlikely to be much different despite broad disapproval of President Trump and discontent with the direction of the country, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll.”

New ABA Center for Innovation project will connect legal aid providers with free legal tech

ABA Journal – April 24, 2018  
Andrew Perlman, chair of the Center for Innovation and dean of Suffolk University Law School, says that he hopes the launch brings together technology companies looking to help out and legal aid providers looking to do something different. ‘If we can marry those two instincts, I think we’ll be able to move the needle, even if it is just a little bit,’ he says.”

Parents Who Try to Keep Their Children Dependent – April 23, 2018
“As a result of the helicopter parenting they have lived under, these students are burned out by the time they start college or they are so fragile, the smallest amount of stress makes them break, says Dr. Kathleen Elliot Vinson of Suffolk Law School in USA Today.”

The next generation of doctors may be learning bad habits at teaching hospitals with many safety violations

STAT – April 20, 2018
“For many decades, preventable medical errors in hospitals were chalked up as an inevitable cost of training new doctors, according to Peter Rivard, associate professor of health care administration at Suffolk University in Boston. If something went awry, health administrators reprimanded trainees or their supervisors instead of focusing on the underlying systems that allowed for a mistake to occur in the first place.”

For women rising as NFL agents, growing strength in numbers helps change landscape

USA TODAY – April 19, 2018
NFL agents Kristen Kuliga and Kim Miale are Suffolk Law alumnae. “Miale was one of Kuliga’s students at Suffolk University Law School and later interned for her before landing the position as an NFL contract negotiator for the sports division of Roc Nation, rapper Jay-Z’s entertainment agency. … ‘For the business as a whole, the more women there are, the less sexual discrimination there will be, the less sexual harassment will take place,’ Kuliga said. ‘The more women, the more influence we’ll have in this space. I also think it’s important for young women to see they can do it.’”

Durkin refused to be denied by cold, rain, 26.2-mile run

Lowell Sun -- April 19, 2018
Suffolk student Matt Durkin talks about his experience running the Boston Marathon.

Prison experts explore mass incarceration at NU conference

The Huntington News  – April 18, 2018
Carlos Monteiro, an assistant professor of sociology at Suffolk University who co-authored a book chapter on mass incarceration solutions, said the dramatic rise in America’s prison population is due to a collection of racist, classist laws enacted in the last half century, commonly referred to as ‘the new Jim Crow.’ …‘There are 2.2 million people in our nation’s prisons and jails,’ Monteiro said. ‘That represents an increase of about 500 percent over the past 40 years. I want to emphasize that it has a lot to do with changes in policy, not necessarily changes in crime. …”

Want to save Necco? The former CEO started a GoFundMe page

Daily Item  – April 17, 2018
“…But a Suffolk University Law School professor said the method to redeem the 171-year-old confectionary company could violate securities laws. …Jeffrey Lipshaw, a Suffolk law professor, said there are so many things wrong with the GoFundMe effort, he didn’t know where to begin. ‘I’m puzzled,’ he said. ‘What is a GoFundMe contributor actually buying? And it’s possible that a GoFundMe solicitation constituted an unregistered public offering, which is problematic.’”

Economic growth and the environment

Wallet Hub – April 17, 2018
Professor Hayley Schiebel, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability at Suffolk University, discusses the trade-off between protecting the environment and promoting economic growth in the United States.

Key to fostering success is giving support where it’s needed

Boston Herald op-ed – April 16, 2018
The inaugural Celebration of Black Excellence showcased a 300-plus overflow crowd of the best and brightest of Suffolk University’s Black Alumni Network, Black Student Union and the Black Law Students Association. The event is the brainchild of esteemed attorney Ernst Guerrier, a Suffolk alum, trustee and unabashed cheerleader for the university. A community leader, he is also mentor and role model to many of the attendees. …”

Local historians recommend these 4 events to celebrate Patriots Day -- April 13, 2018
“‘Patriots Day really connects us with the very beginning of the United States,’ said Bob Allison, a Suffolk University history professor. ‘You have these ordinary citizens coming together in 1775 because they want to govern themselves. It’s really a moment when, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his ‘Concord Hymn’: ‘… those heroes dare To die and leave their children free.‘…”  

Addiction center fuses data, compassion

Boston Globe – April 9, 2018
“For the longest time, ‘success’ for a patient meant simply completing a treatment program, not staying sober afterward, said Susan Sered, a Suffolk University sociology professor who for the past decade has been following 47 women struggling with substance use. Sered saw the women time and again celebrated for 'graduating’ from a program, even as they soon returned to the streets and drug use. For years, she said, the talk at conferences was about the need for more beds, with no discussion of whether the occupants of such beds get treatment that actually works. ‘that’s starting to change,’ Sered said.”

When police use force: 3 essential reads

L. A. Times – April 4, 2018
“Another issue people often point to is machismo, which law professor Frank Rudy Cooper of Suffolk University describes as ‘a gendered, aggressive outlook’ that is embedded in police training and culture. One of the essential components of this outlook, Cooper writes, is zero tolerance for disrespect. This can even apply to female officers. When police officers feel disrespected, their natural response is to punish and often escalate a situation. ‘Such escalation is commonly known as 'contempt of cop.' Being found in contempt of court is a punishment for disobeying a judge. 'Contempt of cop' occurs when an officer punishes you for failing to comply with her request.'" 

Will China be a Responsible Great Power?

Eurasia Review -- April 4, 2018
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has become a strategic burden to China. Chinese scholars such as [Government Professor] Zhang Weiqi (Suffolk University) add that China’s influence over North Korea is not as great as many think.” 

Illustration Exhibition at Suffolk University

NECN – March 30, 2018
“Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Cecilia Favela takes a look at the wide range of artwork on display at Suffolk University’s Illustration Exhibition.

Why Boston is the ideal place to unleash your legal potential

Study International News – March 29, 2018
“Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University Law School has been producing prominent legal professionals for over a century. Suffolk – one of only 15 US Law Schools with five or more specialty programs recognized and ranked by US News & World Report – emphasizes real-world practice and experiential learning, embodying the ideal global destination amid that much-loved Boston city life. …”

At Troop F, rich wages, poor records

Boston Globe – March 26, 2018
“The State Police should be concerned that some of its members are making such extraordinary amounts of money on overtime work,” said David Tuerck, a Suffolk University economics professor and president of the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative research center. “There should be a limit on the amount of overtime pay a State Police officer can have.”

Has #MeToo Changed Students’ Attitudes Toward Consent?

Boston Sunday Globe – March 25, 2018
“The #MeToo movement has some college students questioning what, exactly, defines consent during a sexual encounter. In late February, I visited four local campuses – Suffolk University, Harvard University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston – to conduct an informal poll about what consent means. … Maeve Dickson, a 19-year old Suffolk University freshman, said she tends to say she’s not interested. ‘And if that doesn’t work, then I would pull up an emergency contact – someone that I trusted or even the police,’ she said. ‘I’ve done that a few times to help get me out of the situation.”

March Madness Visits Boston

NECN -- March 23, 2018
Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Jacob Tobey has more on how the city is getting ready for March Madness coming back to Boston for the first time since 2012.

First-time home buyers don’t have to put cash down through new program, yet

Daily Free Press – March 21, 2018
Kathleen Engel, a law professor at Suffolk University, wrote in an email that MassHousing’s plan to provide support for down payments will be particularly helpful for people often shut out of the market, especially given rising interest rates. In addition, Engel wrote that because the secondary down payment mortgage has a fixed rate, first-time home buyers won’t face any shocks from rising interest rates. However, she wrote that homeowners may face increased interest rates for their primary mortgage. “There could be very serious risks to borrowers if their first mortgage loans have adjustable rates,” Engel wrote. “When rates are adjustable, borrowers’ payments rise as interest rates rise. For people who do not have financial safety nets, an increase in their mortgage payment can make their loans unaffordable.”

Suffolk alumna receives Human Trafficking Awareness Film Festival awards

Wicked Local North Andover – March 21, 2018 
“Human Trafficking Awareness Film Festival announced that Photographers Without Borders TV documentary, titled “HAART Kenya,” has won both the Judges’ Award and the Audience Choice Award. The film documents the journey of photographer and North Andover resident Matilde Simas to look at human trafficking with HAART Kenya, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking against women and children in Kenya and East Africa. Simas is a freelance visual storyteller whose photography straddles the line between fine art and documentary work. She received a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts and science from Suffolk University and currently studies social justice at Harvard University.”

In wake of #MeToo, a growing interest in hiring and promoting female executives

Boston Globe – March 18, 2018
“Many organizations are ‘frozen,’ said Jodi Detjen, a Suffolk University management professor who runs a consulting firm and belongs to the Boston Club, which works for the advancement of female leaders. Not only are male executives nervous about how to behave around women, she said, they are unsure how to go about changing longstanding practices. ‘This is a deep problem,’ Detjen said. ‘It’s going to take time and effort to fix.’”

New MassHousing down-payment program eases sting of first home purchase

Boston Globe – March 18, 2018
“With interest rates expected to rise this year, the program may be coming at an opportune time for people who have been unable to break into the housing market, said Kathleen C. Engel, research professor at Suffolk Law School, who focuses on financial services. ‘Younger folks can’t afford to buy in the city, and we need to address this broadly,’ Engel said. ‘I’m not just talking about Boston, where we have these escalating home prices, but in other parts of the state people don’t have the resources to put down 20 percent, 10 percent, or even 3 percent, so they’re shut out of the market.”

General blamed for harassment; State House ‘Hooker Entrance’ decried

Boston Herald – March 16, 2018
“‘That’s not true,’ says historian Robert Allison, a professor at Suffolk University. ‘The name (hooker) predates him.’ Allison does say its ‘puzzling’ why Hooker has a big statue and sign at the State House, since he had little connection to Massachusetts, besides being born in Hadley. ‘Not the greatest general in the civil War. Not the worst,’ Allison says.”

Youth and Politics

WBSM radio, New Bedford – March 16, 2018
“Local resident and Suffolk University student Nick Viveiros joined The Barry Richard Show on Thursday to offer some insight on young people and their political views. Viveiros hosts two radio programs at Suffolk, and is heavily involved in the university's political scene.”

Bay State Banner – March 15, 2018
“Organized by the Suffolk University College Democrats, an undergraduate student organization, the March 8 forum was open to both students and the general public, with questions submitted by those in attendance. The student organization’s president, Matthew Cubetus, said with the State House right down the street from the school, he and his peers wanted the opportunity to learn more about the candidates, face to face. ‘Everyone deserves to hear where the candidates stand on issues and to get involved in democratic process,’ Cubetus said.”

Boston students volunteer in Meridian building Habitat for Humanity house

Meridian Star – March 14, 2018
“Twelve students from a Boston university with no direct ties to Meridian are spending their spring break this week helping to build a house for a local family. Suffolk University students and two advisers traveled from the Northeast to the Deep South as part of an Alternative Spring Break. While here, they are volunteering their time, hoping to make a difference in a part of the country where they have little or no direct connection. …”

Suffolk students spend spring break working with Habitat for Humanity in Meridian, Miss.

Twin States News (pdf) – March 14, 2018

Marisa Kelly Named President of Suffolk University

Media coverage (pdf) -- March 8, 2018

Very few women oversee U.S. companies. Here’s how to change that.

Detroit Legal News – March 9, 2018
An analysis by Strategy and International Business Professor Yannick Thams.

Suffolk students, Mass General Study Safe Space Travel

NECN – March 9, 2018 
Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Christina DelRosso speaks with Suffolk University physics students about their class research project with Mass General involving astronauts and the dangerous radiation they face. 

Amy Abroad: Dartmouth columnist Amy Koczera finds the hills are still alive in vibrant Austria

South Coast Today – March 7, 2018
Suffolk student shares her experiences while studying abroad in Prague.

How to Win in 2018

U.S. News & World Report – March 2, 2018
“IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll has more than eight out of every 10 Democrats and seven out of 10 independents saying the country is on the wrong track. That's bad news for the GOP because it suggests the upcoming November 2018 contest is going to be a change election. … The key finding in this phone survey of 1,000 registered voters nationwide is ‘By close to 2-1, 58%-32%, those surveyed say they want to elect a Congress that mostly stands up to the president, not one that mostly cooperates with him.’"

Suffolk Students Share Safety Concerns Amid Gun Debate

NECN – March 2, 2018
Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Cecilia Favela speaks with Suffolk University students about safety on campus.

Got a legal problem? These law students can solve it with tech – March 1, 2018
“Law students from around the country joined lawyers, web developers and other legal innovators in harnessing technology to address legal problems as part of the 2018 Global Legal Hackathon. What if there was an equivalent of Amazon’s Alexa for alternative dispute resolution? That was idea that Suffolk second-year law student Anthony Metzler struck upon with a classmate and lawyer who formed a team at the Boston Hackathon. They wanted to figure out how to eliminate the emotional elements of mediation and automate the process to ensure impartiality. Online alternative dispute resolution tools already exist, so they settled on a unique twist: employ a hologram. …”

This race is for his life

Boston Globe – Feb. 26, 2018
Senior Vice President for External Affairs John Nucci “lived for decades knowing that his kidneys probably would be a problem someday, that within them lurked trouble. … Nucci, 65, needs a kidney – the sooner, the better.”
Additional articles:
A Tribute: John Nucci: A Good Friend and Neighbor
Beacon Hill Times – March 10, 2018
Going to bat for Dad
Boston Herald – March 10, 2018
Advice to Nucci: Don’t give up hope
Boston Herald– Feb. 27, 2018
Coming to Nucci’s Aid
Boston Herald– Feb. 26, 2018

Polling Trump’s Credibility With American Voters

NECN – Feb. 27, 2018
“Pollster David Paleologos of Suffolk University tests voter attitudes on gun control and Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.”

Supreme Court Rules Immigrants Not Entitled to Bail During Proceedings

WBUR – Feb. 27, 2018
“Suffolk Law Professor Rosanna Cavallaro discusses the Supreme Court ruling that immigrants – even lawful ones – convicted of some crimes do not have a right to a regular bond hearing while their immigration status is under review.”

Most Americans think Trump hasn’t done enough on Russian interference

Washington Post – Feb. 27, 2018
“A new USA Today poll conducted with Suffolk University found that only a quarter of Americans thought that the Trump administration had done enough to counteract Russian interference — but looking a bit more closely at the data reveals some interesting differences. One of the things that Suffolk does in its polling that’s unique is ask people which television news outlet they trust most.”

David Hoberman talks producing at Suffolk University

Boston Globe– Feb. 23, 2018
"Film and television producer David Hoberman visited Suffolk University last week to mentor 12 student screenwriters. …”

‘Orlando’ crosses centuries, continents, genders

Boston Globe – Feb. 21, 2018
“Long directed a production of the play last year at Suffolk University and was struck not only by the way the play spoke to current questions about gender roles and expectations, but also by the perspective of the students. ‘We had time to experiment with the play, and I’m bringing a lot of what we learned to the Lyric,’ she says. One of the Suffolk University actors, Rory Lambert-Wright, is performing with the professional cast, and two members of the Suffolk production team are also working with Long at Lyric Stage.”

Bad bedside manner?

Washington Post – Feb. 20, 2018
“‘The hospital potentially is charging the patient the full, what I would call ‘whack rate’ for their care,’ said Kathleen Engel, a research professor of law at Boston-based Suffolk University and an expert in consumer credit and mortgage finance. ‘They try to collect the debt.”
Also ran in the Los Angeles Times

2,065 at T earning $100,000 or higher

Boston Globe – Feb. 17, 2018
David Tuerck, a Suffolk University economics professor and president of the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative research center, said: ‘It looks to me like what they’re doing is allowing some attrition to take place to allow them to pay their workers substantially more. And I don’t know how that benefits the riders of the MBTA.’”

Karen DeSalvo, just what the doctor ordered: 1 of 300

Times Picayune – Feb. 16, 2018 
Suffolk alumna Karen DeSalvo is one of the 300 for 300 people recognized by the Times-Picayune and for making New Orleans a better place. She is credited for taking the “first step in the modernization of the city’s health care infrastructure” following Hurricane Katrina. 

Can You Identify the Judge in This Courthouse Portrait? – Feb. 16, 2018
“I hate to say it, but a lot of these guys do look alike,’ says History Professor Robert Allison. His quote was picked up from a Boston Globe article.

Despite individual feat, Bourikas all about team play

Boston Globe – Feb. 16, 2018 
Q-and-A with Suffolk women’s basketball player Georgia Bourikas, who recently reached her 1,000-point career scoring milestone.

Transportation Issues Worry Students

NECN – Feb. 16, 2018
“Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Olivia Ledonne checks in with Suffolk University students about the possibility of the MBTA raising fare prices.”

“Freeze?”, la polémica de las armas de fuego en América

EL PAÍS – Feb. 15, 2018
Erik Baum, who teaches mass communications at Suffolk University Madrid, wrote an op-ed addressing gun control in the United States.

Russian gas shipments raise concern in Mass. delegation

Boston Globe – Feb. 9, 2018 
“The Russian LNG, while new, remains but a tiny amount of the natural gas supplies used to heat homes and businesses and to run power plants in New England this winter. For that reason, Suffolk University international relations professor Roberto Dominguez said he doesn’t expect criticisms of the Trump administration to get much traction. Still, he said, there might be political gain for Russia on the world stage. ‘It might be a very subtle message from the government in Russia to say, you know, we have this leverage,’ Dominguez said. ‘But it’s more of a symbolic message.”

Pats Fans Still Stinging Over Super Bowl Loss

NECN – Feb. 9, 2018
“Suffolk in the City [student] reporter Brandon Hyde has more on how Suffolk University students are dealing with the devastating loss.” 

Taxpayers Don’t Want to Pay for Lawmakers’ Sexual Misdeeds, But Alternatives Pose Problems

Stateline – Feb. 8, 2018
“But some employment lawyers, such as David Yamada, a law professor and director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University in Boston, say the issue is more complicated than it seems. Holding individual lawmakers, and not the government, responsible for sexual harassment may lessen the incentive for legislatures to offer sexual harassment training and to police their own, Yamada said. And, because some lawmakers may not be able to come up with the money for a settlement, it also may make it less likely that the victim will receive compensation for her claim. ‘There are better ways to spend public money than to have to spend it to atone for the misdeeds of public servants,’ Yamada said. But, he said, ‘We have to hold public employers liable.”

The story also ran on PBS News Hour and the Huffington Post.

Lawyer seeks to disqualify his replacement in job-bias suit

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Feb 8, 2018
"Linda Sandstrom Simard, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, says Brown is ‘absolutely correct’ in taking the position that there would be no reason to disqualify her from arguing a pre-trial motion for failure to state a claim or any other motion focused on the law as opposed to the facts. However, Simard points out that a motion for summary judgment could rely on Brown’s deposition testimony given that she is a central figure in the complaint. ‘Thus, the court will have to consider the likelihood that it will become necessary for the city to change counsel later in the proceedings, and whether such a late-in-the-game change would prejudice the plaintiff by delaying the case,’ Simard says.”

Trump makes it easier to not pay interns

CommonWealth – Feb. 8, 2018
“‘The new DOL guidelines are basically a cut-and-paste adoption of recent, very pro-employer federal court rulings,’ said David Yamada, a professor of law and director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School. ‘The factors are heavily weighted toward employers.’ Yamada also questioned the reasoning of the primary beneficiary test. ‘It illogically assumes an unknown result,’ Yamada says. ‘How does an intern employer know whether the intern or the employer was the primary beneficiary of an internship until after the internship was concluded and the intern’s work contributions are assessed?”

SJC asks public for help identifying mystery portrait of judge who served nearly 200 years ago

Boston Globe – Feb. 7, 2018 
Robert J. Allison, a history professor at Suffolk University who specializes in the early American republic, said identifying dignitaries from the 17th and 18th centuries can be difficult. ‘I hate to say it, but a lot of these guys do look alike,’ said Allison, whose books include “The Boston Tea Party,” “The Boston Massacre,” and “A Short History of Boston.” Case in point: a statue of George Washington at the State House that was thought for most of the 19th century to depict Samuel Adams. ‘People will get them mixed up,’ Allison said. ‘Memory fades. . . . It’s a great mystery. I’m glad that after all these years, Justice Gants said, ‘Who is this?’”

High-earners tax is scrutinized

Boston Globe – Feb. 7, 2018
"Marc Perlin, a Suffolk University Law School professor, said the court would want to avoid the way ballot questions play out in California, where a proliferation of referendums has undermined the state Legislature's ability to make budget decisions. Perlin said the strategy to combine transportation and education spending with the income tax surcharge could come back to haunt the proponents if the court rules they simply packed too much into one ballot question. 'I don't know the politics behind why they tied it to transportation and education, other than the fact that might be why people would vote for it,' Perlin said. 'That does seem to be combining two unrelated matters."

High court to hear challenge to ‘millionaire tax’ question

Associated Press – Feb. 4, 2018
Marc Perlin, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, said it was impossible to predict how the high court might come down. But as the ballot question would involve a change in the constitution — a far lengthier and more arduous task than simply changing a state law — he expects the justices to pay particularly close attention to the arguments. ‘Amending the constitution is a momentous event,’ said Perlin.”
Media sites that also ran the story include:
U.S. News & World Report
Boston Herald
NBC10 Boston
CBS Boston

Tax Reform Could Be Causing Dell To Explore New Options

CRNtv – Feb. 2, 2018
James Angelini, associate professor of accounting at Suffolk University, talks about tax reform’s impact on companies with large debt, like Dell Technologies.”

A deeper look at police response and personal rights

Berkshire Gazette – Feb. 2, 2018
Karen Blum, professor emeritus at Suffolk University Law School and a member of the National Police Accountability Project, said police entering into an investigative detention are usually in a tense situation with someone they have reason to believe wishes them harm and might be armed. ‘A police officer in that position might have a legitimate cause to fear for his safety,’ Blum said. ‘And in that situation, an officer has qualified immunity.’ …”

How Suffolk Law is redefining practice-ready

preLaw magazine – Winter 2018
Suffolk Law boasts a long-standing tradition of producing practice-ready lawyers. Now, the law school is updating that term for the 21st century.”

Sen. Warren’s State of the Union guest is new citizen, city councilor

WCVB-TV – Jan. 29, 2018
Brockton City Councilor Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a 2016 graduate of Suffolk University and a student in the master in public administration program, will be attending the State of the Union address with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He is a Haitian American who became a U.S. citizen two years ago.  

Omnibus bills fall short on bail reform, defense bar says

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Jan. 25, 2018
“Professor D. Christopher Dearborn, who oversees Suffolk University Law School’s defender program, says he agrees with ‘80 percent’ of the measures in the Senate’s omnibus bill but that its approach to bail reform misses the mark. ‘If the Senate version is passed, an unintended consequence is that more poor people are going to be held, not less,’ he says.”

Boston makes the cut on Amazon’s short list

Boston Globe – Jan. 19, 2018
“The Globe reported this month that Amazon is already looking for up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport, enough to house thousands more. That location could wind up being the start of a second headquarters, said Richard Taylor, director of Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate. Or just a big branch office. Either way, he said, when it comes to Amazon, Boston is in great shape. ‘We’re kind of in the winner’s seat regardless,’ he said. ‘It’s very clear that Boston is a place where they want to grow.’”

Suffolk University Alumnus Leonard J. Samia Donates $10 million for Student Scholarships -- Jan. 16, 2018

Media coverage:
Boston Globe
Boston Business Journal
NECN Business
NBC Boston
Boston Herald
Associated Press
New York Times
Washington Post
L.A. Times
U.S. News & World Report
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Providence Journal
Cape Cod Times
Lexington Minuteman
Philanthropy News Digest
Additional coverage

‘Strange Inheritance’

Fox Business -- Jan. 15, 2018
Distinguished Professor of History Kenneth Greenberg discusses Virginia slave rebellion leader Nat Turner’s Bible. “At his trial, Turner made clear he didn’t feel that he was guilty of any wrongdoing, says historian Kenneth Greenberg. ‘He believed he was chosen by God—and the Bible is the key to his certainty,’ Greenberg says.”

The Political Power of Women

WCVB -- Jan. 14, 2018
 “David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center, discusses why women of color, particularly black women, hold significant clout in elections.”

On day of mourning, Haitians demand apology from President Trump for slur

Washington Post – Jan. 12, 2018 
“In Brockton, Mass., Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a newly sworn-in city council member who fled the earthquake in 2010, called the remarks a ‘disgrace.’ ‘The president should be ashamed of himself,’ Derenoncourt said, adding that Trump should also apologize to people from African nations. ‘My blood is boiling right now.’ … Derenoncourt, the city council member, said he himself is an example of immigrants’ contributions to the United States. His mother died when he was a child, and his father immigrated to the United States, leaving him with family and sending money home. After the earthquake, he joined his father in Massachusetts. He did not know a word of English, but he took classes and bused dishes at a restaurant. He earned his GED, graduated from Suffolk University in Boston and interned for politicians. He became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and ran for office in 2017. In January, he became Brockton’s first Haitian American lawmaker. ‘That’s the American Dream right? That’s the greatness of this country,’ he said.”

Health: Going Supplemental

Improper Bostonian – Jan.12, 2018
Suffolk alumnus James Testa’s WarmUp High-Protein Coffee is listed as one of “three Boston nutrition companies that made waves in 2017 and will help keep you on course throughout 2018.” Testa launched the product while a student in Suffolk’s crowdfunding course.

Credit Scores

WalletHub – Jan. 10, 2018 
Finance Professor William Johnson discusses the average person’s credit score.

Political Discussion

WGBH – Jan. 8, 2018
Senior Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci talks about current political issues including the Trump dynasty, the MBTA, and Mitt Romney’s Senate bid on the Boston Public Radio show.

New Programs

Inside Higher Ed – Jan. 4, 2018 
Suffolk University is starting a master of science in marketing program.

Law Professor Analyzes Supreme Court Cases

WGBH – Jan. 3, 2018 
Renée Landers, a professor of law and director of the health law concentration at Suffolk University Law School, discusses the most pressing Supreme Court cases including access to offshore servers, cage-free eggs, stop-and-search of rental car, free speech, and abortion.

Boston’s Top Resolution: Land Amazon

Boston Herald – Jan. 1, 2018
“Boston is poised for another strong year in many sectors, and landing Amazon at the 161-acre Suffolk Downs horse racing track in East Boston and Revere — the city’s top choice for the estimated $5 billion, 8 million-square-foot headquarters — would have an added ‘multiplier effect’ on the region, said Richard Taylor, director of Suffolk University’s Center for Real Estate. ‘If we can determine something on their direction — perhaps a short list in the first quarter of 2018, and that they would visit those short-listed cities and perhaps make a decision around the second or third quarter of 2018 — that would create a significant amount of energy with respect to business growth for the city and the state,’ Taylor said. ‘A lot of companies like to do business with them. They would obviously need additional housing, they would need training for the employees they would need.” …

Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts

WGBH – Jan. 1, 2018
“House and Senate leaders need to finalize a bill that would massively restructure how the state deals with criminals, prisoners and juvenile offenders, and send it to Governor Charlie Baker. Suffolk University Department of Government chair Rachael Cobb tells reporter Mike Deehan that there's little time for sweeping policy changes before Baker's reelection race and partisan politics heat up. ‘What we say in the policy world is there are policy windows of opportunity and those tend not to be in election years,” says Cobb. ‘The closer you get to the election the harder and harder it gets.”