Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Western Mass AIDS Foundation's Walk/Run

Team up with WNEC Law's running club to support the Western Mass AIDS Foundation!
On Saturday, September 11, WNEC Law's running club will participate in the Western Mass AIDS Foundation walk and 5k run in Forest Park here in Springfield. Professor Buzuvis has invited OUTlaw to join the running club to raise money for this great cause. You can learn more about the walk/run and register to join the team here. Registration is free, but each team member is encouraged to donate or raise a minimum of $25.

Friday, August 27, 2010

WNEC OUTlaw member selected as Intern for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

A WNEC OUTlaw member, was selected as the student intern for the upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. Christian will be working on transgender legal issues for the book alongside two renowned trans attorneys, Kylar Broadus and Shannon Minter.
"Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for transgender and other gender-variant people, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life."
Congratulations to Christian from all of us at OUTLaw and best of luck to him as he takes on this exciting project!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Congratulations are due to OUTlaw's 2010-2011 E-Board and Officers! Come celebrate a promising year for OUTlaw at ONYX at 9p.m on Saturday for our Welcome Back Cocktail Party.

President: Cecelia Berman, 3L
Vice President: Erika Scibelli, 2L
Secretary: Maria Korotchenko, 2L
Treasurer: Jessica Bobb, 2L
3L Rep: Mariel Martin
2L Rep: Allison Saxer
1L Rep: Shiona Heru
SBA Liaison: Amber Gould, 1L

Friday, August 20, 2010

Welcome Back Cocktail Party at ONYX

OUTlaw is set to host a Welcome Back cocktail party at ONYX by the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 28th at 9 p.m.  There will be live music at the beginning of the night on the patio with a DJ taking over later. (Weather permitting, otherwise, music will move inside.) There will be beer and martini specials as well as reserved patio seating for WNEC Law students. The dinner menu at Onyx is available until 10 and the lounge/bar menu is available until 11.

Please email Erika Scibelli at outlaw.wnec@gmail.com with any questions.

A big thanks to Onyx for accommodating our event. We can't wait to see you all there and celebrate the start of the new school year.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

9th Circuit extends Judge Walker's stay on CA same-sex marriages

  • Check out this blogger article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

  • NPR had a brief, but interesting perspective on the radio this morning from Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor of Law at the University of California at Irvine. (Students may recognize his name if you carried around the giant and very helpful Constitutional Law supplement that he authored.) Professor Chemerinsky stated in his sound bite that the 9th circuit most likely made the decision to extend the expiration date of the stay so that the matter would not go to the Supreme Court.

  • Professor Chemerinsky also wrote a very interesting article earlier this week for the LA Times about the appeal process of the Prop 8 decision. He writes that the Supreme Court could find that opponents of same-sex marriage have no legal standing to appeal the decision made by Judge Walker. Read the whole article here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

First OUTlaw meeting and elections

OUTlaw will hold its first meeting of 2010-2011 on Tuesday August 24th at noon in Room 2. We will be holding elections as well as discussing upcoming events for the new academic year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Howard Mintz of San Jose Mercury news reported throughout the Prop 8 trial. Now he brings us the news that Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage, finding it unconstitutional.
Read the full article here.

Prop 8 decision to come today

The decision in the Prop 8 case should be handed down by Judge Vaughn Walker at some point today. Check back for further developments.

Text EQUAL to 69866 to receive a text message with the decision as soon as it happens.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

OUTlaw back up on TWEN

If you haven't added OUTlaw as a "course" on TWEN, it's now available for you to do so. By adding OUTlaw, you'll have access to the event calendar, meeting minutes, bylaws, OUTlines and more.