June 3, 2020
Dear UMass Law Community:
In light of the recent killing of George Floyd, and the succeeding protests in both his and countless other Black men and women’s names, the UMass Law Review writes this statement in solidarity with the Black community and in support of our fellow Black law students. The purpose of our Law Review is to provide a forum for legal scholarship and debate, and we choose to use our platform to engender the dialogue these historic events require. After all, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, “[t]here comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Our Law Review stands in unity with the Black community and all others who have called for action and change to our criminal justice system and government institutions that perpetuate these divisive inequalities. Acts of racism and violence cannot be reconciled with the mission and values of UMass Law (found here) including a respectful and collegial community that promotes and supports diversity in people and ideas and the pursuit of justice within and beyond the Commonwealth. In keeping with the mission at UMass Law, the UMass Law Review has dedicated itself to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We promise to seek out and publish scholarship highlighting issues of social justice, written by diverse legal scholars. As we move forward, we will translate this energy into the work we do, not only during our tenure as the Editorial Board for UMass Law Review, but into the future as practicing attorneys.
As law students, we are the future of the law. We vow to continue to pursue justice, to fight for change, and to demand equality for all under the law.
“There is one choice we can not make, we are incapable of making: we will not choose the path of submission and suffer the most sacred rights of our nation and our people to be ignored or violated. The wrongs against which we now array ourselves are no common wrongs; they cut to the very roots of human life.” Woodrow Wilson
2020-2021 UMass Law Review Editorial Board
Due to precautions put in place to contain COVID19, the UMass Law Review regrets to announce that our 2020 Law Review Symposium, which had been scheduled for Monday, March 23rd, has been cancelled. The UMass Law Review editorial board would like to extend our gratitude to the faculty and staff of UMass Law who assisted in planning for the event and to the impressive collection of experts who were scheduled to participate in our forum regarding the academic and legal foundations of the Blue Economy.
Chris Lanen is a 4L part-time/night student and the Technology Editor for the UMass Law Review. In addition to attending law school, Chris works as Manager of Government Relations for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems out of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Chris’s previous employment experiences have included service as a legislative aide in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed, finance director for Congressman Jim Langevin’s successful 2010 re-election campaign, and a variety of roles providing government and public relations, crisis communications, and advertising consulting services to for-profit and non-profit clients. Chris also serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and Boys Town New England as well as the Government Affairs Committee for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Upon graduating, Chris intends to practice at the intersection of government and business, including the fields of legislative advocacy, government contracts, corporate, and administrative law. As a member of the UMass Law Review, Chris’s independent scholarly work has focused on reforms to U.S. Department of Defense data rights acquisition policy.
Chris resides in Cranston, Rhode Island, with his wife Kelly and their dog Louis.
Lauren McCarthy ’20 is a 3L student and 2019-2020 Business Editor of the UMass Law Review. The summer after her first year of law school, Lauren worked as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. This past summer, Lauren achieved her goal of working in Washington, D.C., where she was a participant in the Koch Internship Program through the Charles Koch Institute. Through this experience, Lauren worked as a legal intern at the Competitive Enterprise Institute where she assisted with legal research and writing, specifically for administrative law petitions to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In addition to serving on the editorial board for the UMass Law Review, Lauren is also President of the UMass chapter of the Federalist Society. Currently, she is active in the Mashpee Wampanoag Legal Services Clinic in which she provides legal services for members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Upon graduation, Lauren hopes to work in both government and politics.
Aleah Fisher ’20 is a 3L student and the Executive Articles Editor of the UMass Law Review. Prior to law school, she studied political science and criminal justice at Fitchburg State Universtity where she received a Pre-law bachelor’s degree. At Fitchburg State, Aleah was involved in Moot Court and was fortunate enough to make it to the final day of the national competition. In addition to attending law school, she works as a research assistant in the law school’s library. She is also currently an intern with the District Attorney’s office in the Attleboro District Court.
Upon graduating, Aleah intends to pursue her passion for child advocacy. She hopes to work in either the juvenile justice system, for the Department of Children and Families, or for the Department of Youth Services. As a member of the UMass Law Review, Aleah’s independent scholarly work has focused on advocating for comprehensive sex education in special education classrooms.
Aleah is one of five and currently lives in Leominster, Massachusetts, with her parents and two youngest brothers.
Flannery Rogers ’20 is a 3L full-time day student and the Managing Editor of the UMass Law Review. She is also a Public Interest Fellow and a member of the UMass National Moot Court Team. She plans to work as a public defender after graduating and hopes to enter the criminal appellate practice later in her career.
Prior to attending law school, Flannery received a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Law, Anthropology and Society. Her dissertation examined the conflict between public and private conceptions of the political subject in both biotechnological and revolutionary discourse. This segued nicely into her next career—six years as an oyster farmer in Waquoit Bay on Cape Cod. Flannery also serves as a Town Meeting Member and as a member of the Charter Review Committee for the Town of Falmouth. She lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and wishes she had more time to go sailing.
Originally from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Mary Brigh Lavery ’20 is currently a 3L student in the dual Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy degree program and Editor-in-Chief of the UMass Law Review. This past summer she was a 2019 Rappaport Law and Public Policy Fellow and interned for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. In the summer of 2018, she worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel in the Department of Health.
Mary Brigh is passionate about tackling women’s issues and advocating for women’s rights. As a member of UMass Law Review, Mary Brigh has focused her research on reformed nondisclosure agreements and how states can pass NDA legislation in light of the #MeToo Movement. In addition to Law Review, she is a member of the National Moot Court Team awarded Best 2018 Regional Brief, an Evidence teaching assistant, and assistant to the Dean of the Public Interest Law Program.
Mary Brigh plans to stay in Massachusetts upon graduation and work in government relations.
Editor-in-Chief: Mary Brigh Lavery
Managing Editor: Flannery Rogers
Articles Editor: Aleah Fisher
Notes Editor: Rob Devine
Business Editor: Lauren McCarthy
IT Editor: Chris Lanen
Thomas Martin Remo Brennan
Eve M. Madden
Gregory J. O'Neill
Ashley Taylor Rix
Matthew R. Stevens
Left to right: Chad Yates (Senior Law Clerk at Bouchard Baker, PC), Attorney Bouchard Baker (Bouchard Baker, PC), and Kayla Venckauskas (Editor-in-Chief of UMass Law Review)
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