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Orientation features prominent jurists

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Students start law school "at the top”

(Boston, Revised-10/16/12)  New England Law | Boston: They may not yet know how to manipulate the law school’s modern technology or fully access the library’s extensive holdings, but by the end of their second day incoming students networked with two of the region’s most prominent jurists. New England Law | Boston orientation highlights included a welcome to the legal profession by Hon. Robert J. Cordy, associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and a keynote address by Hon. Mark L. Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Hon. Robert Cordy in the classroom. Hon. Robert J. Cordy in the classroom.
(Chief Judge Wolf announced on October 16, 2012, that he will be retiring from full-time status in 2013.)
Both jurists are members of the law school's adjunct faculty; Justice Cordy will teach Advanced Criminal Procedure this year, and Chief Judge Wolf will teach The Federal Judge. New England Law’s adjunct professors are drawn from a pool of outstanding law practitioners, including 17 judges.
“Our Introduction to the Study of Law program provides students with a comprehensive foundation to begin their studies” says Professor Davalene Cooper, who chairs the Orientation Committee. “Throughout their time here we prepare students to take their place in the legal system, and it’s very empowering for students to hear from leading judges about how they can contribute while still in law school and about the challenges that await them when they pass the bar.”
Hon. Mark Wolf Hon. Mark L. Wolf
Orientation was scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, August 14-15, for Day Division students; and Monday-Thursday, August 13-16, for the Evening Division. Students learned how to brief a case and met faculty members, received valuable information on study skills, and got their first assignments, among other activities.
Dean John F. O’Brien and Associate Dean Judith G. Greenberg provided further welcomes and pointers on the professional setting that students are entering, and current students, including members of the Student Bar Association, highlighted the many opportunities at New England Law, including clubs, special interest groups, and legal societies.

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