New Article: This Article trains the lens of international human rights to explicate the relationship between the right to counsel in civil cases and a right to housing. A strength of the human rights framework is its recognition of the interrelationship of rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. Just as the right to housing is a lynchpin to the realization of other rights, so, too, is the right to counsel. This article first sets forth the international human rights framework for understanding the U.S.’s obligation to provide a civil right to counsel when basic human needs, including housing, are at stake. It then offers client stories from a legal services organization in Wisconsin, alongside quantitative research, as a way to better understand the impact that legal counsel has on individuals’ ability to secure and protect their housing, and, finally, discusses the implications of advocacy efforts to link a housing rights strategy to efforts to secure the civil right to counsel.

Please Read: Kaufman, Risa and Davis, Martha F. and Wegleitner, Heidi M., The Interdependence of Rights: Protecting the Human Right to Housing by Promoting the Right to Counsel (May 2014). Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, p. 772-815 (2014); Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 185-2014. Available at SSRN:


NuLawLab and Northeastern law students will join forces with artists and worker-led coalitions to produce a public art and advocacy initiative designed to educate Massachusetts domestic workers about their rights. Spearheaded by REV-, with partners including NuLawLab, the MIT Center for Civic Media, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and other advocates and allies nationwide, this project aims to provide workers and parents with tools to support the growing national movement for domestic worker justice.

An update about our domestic workers project:

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Past EVENT: Innovation in Practice 

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Innovation in Practice, was a panel discussion among four pioneers leading the profession's search for more collaborative and cost effective ways to deliver legal services.  Panelists shared their perspective on the market forces and new technologies helping to transform how lawyers serve their clients. The event was Hosted by NuLawLab, the innovation laboratory of Northeastern University School of Law. It took place Monday, October 21st, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.  –  6:30 p.m. inRoom 240 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston Massachusetts

Panelists Included were:

Paul Lippe is the founder and CEO of Legal OnRamp, a collaboration platform for law departments and law firms to improve quality and reduce costs.  He is the co-author, with Patrick Lamb, of The New Normal blog, part of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels project.

Steve Harmon is the Senior Director of Legal Services at Cisco, where he manages Cisco’s Legal Technology Solutions team.  He continues to practice law for Cisco as an adjunct member of its licensing team, specializing in Open Source Licensing, Privacy, Standards Setting Organizations, University Sponsored Research, Copyrights, and Sourcing/Procurement matters.

Karl Chapman is the Chief Executive of Riverview Law, a United Kingdom law firm which aims to change the way businesses use, measure and buy legal services by bringing transparency and certainty through fixed price annual and multi-year contracts, plus litigation and advisory packages.

Adam Ziegler is the co-founder and  CEO of Mootus, a platform for open, online legal argument that helps law students and lawyers at all levels build knowledge and reputation through collaboration and competition.  Mootus was chosen as a finalist in the Mass Challenge 2013 start-up accelerator program.