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Jules Rochielle Sievert

Artist/Legal Educator


NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law


Creative Director and Instructor

  • years ago, Nulawlab began as a start up organization embedded within a law school. Within three years we gained international recognition and several national awards.
  • Teach a 3 Credit Law School Seminar in Applied Design in Legal Empowerment, Run Independent Study Projects and Host Co-op Learning opportunities with upper level law students.
  • Our team uses design methodologies and legal empowerment strategies to identify and cultivate new approaches to transform legal education, the legal profession, and the delivery of legal services. 
  • Secured an 40,000 artist’s residency with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs to, among other things, further the NuLawLab’s work with female veterans to improve the digital tools that connect women veterans to benefits and services.  Read more about the groundbreaking residency program here.
  • Secured a 200,000 Kresge Foundation Grant for Stable Ground Boston (
  • Secured Legal Services Corporation Technology Innovation Awards to Assist Women Veterans and Case Managers
  • Generated cross-sector partnerships and designing interdisciplinary projects. Worked with a team of designers/coders to envision, develop, design, test and launch NULAWMaps, a new GIS mapping platform blending  data with storytelling.
  • Our Webby-nominated NuLawMaps platform was recently used by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to map informal settlement evictions in Sweden, and by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health to map ten years of workplace deaths.  Both projects exemplify the use of digital media to tell the human stories behind legal disempowerment.  You can explore both maps here.
  • Used competitive intelligence to identify marketing needs and recommend marketing tactics and strategies for the Lab’s and law school’s current and future educational program.
  • Researched charitable prospects, forged new relationships with potential funders.
  • Expanded our partnerships with MIT Open Docs Lab, Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), PETLab (Prototyping, Education and Technology Lab), City of Boston Office of Housing Stability, Designing the WE, Rev Studio, Legal Service Corporation, MassCosh, SNELL Digital Scholarship Group, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Domestic Violence Institute, Transforming Violence, City of Boston Office of Housing Stability and Veteran Service Organizations across the USA.
  • Strategically built alliances on the Northeastern campus and at the College of Art Media and Design. These new contacts offer the lab a new pool of interdisciplinary academics and design professionals to collaborate with as we forge ahead with the implementation of new projects and research inquiries.
  • Our lab was nominated as a finalist for the HiiL Innovating Justice Awards and Living Wage Innovation Challenge 2014. 
  • In 2016, Northeastern University was designated as an Askoka Changemaker campus. NuLawLab Selected to Represent Northeastern in AshokaU NetworkNortheastern University is the latest addition to the AshokaU Changemaker Campus network. As you can read in their press release, of the 33 higher education institutions admitted to the network, “Northeastern is the first Changemaker Campus which has fully incorporated social innovation into its law school.

Creative Placemaking Policy Fellow

  • Help build and fill the pipeline of artists, planners, community developers and people from other fields who can integrate arts, culture and community engaged design into strategies to expand opportunity, particularly in low-income communities. This entails developing and adapting curriculum for students and current practitioners.
  • Help build the field of creative placemaking and support current practices.This entails conducting research, and developing measurement and evaluation tools.
  • Collaborate toward the sustained integration of arts, culture and community engaged design in comprehensive community development, particularly in the Phoenix region.

Nominations and Awards

(2018) Kresge Foundation Award for Stable Ground
(2017)Tier 1 Award Northeastern University
(2016) Tier 1 Award Northeastern University
(2016) Art Matters Nominee, New York
(2014) Hiil Innovative Idea Award, Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law, The Hague, Netherlands
(2014) Nominee for the 2015 Headlands Chamberlain Award, San Francisco, 
(2014) Art Matters Nominee, New York

Public Engagements

(2018)1st Annual Clinnovation Conference: Where Legal Innovation & Technology Meet Clinical Pedagogy, Suffolk Law School
(2018) NCECA Conference, Arts Teaching, Learning and Transformation Panel, Pittsburg, PA
(2018) National Creative Placemaking Summit, NE Corridor, New Jersey, NYC
Social Justice in Applied Technology & Service Design, MIT Day of Action, MIT, Boston, Ma
(2017) Social Innovation and the Law: Crafting Creative Solutions to Complex Problems, Northeastern Law Review, Boston Ma
(2016) Public Art, Activism and Intellectual Property, Panelist, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Ma
(2016) Artists In and Of the City, Panelist, Queens Museum, Queens , NY
(2016) Transcultural Exchange: International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds, Boston, Ma
(2015) Social Media and Activism, Goldsmiths College, London, England
(2015) Current Trends in Public Art 2- Public Art & Social Practice Webinar, Americans for the Arts, USA
(2015) Design and Social Change,  Social Impact Lab, NuLawLab and, Northeastern Center for the Arts, Boston. MA
(2015) The Legal Medium, NuLawLab Discussion and Workshop, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
(2015) College Art Association Art Space Presentation: Art and Activism Panel, NY, NY 
(2014) Unruly Engagements, (SPAN) Cleveland Institute of the Arts, Cleveland, Ohio
(2014) Engaging Publics, (SPAN), Co-organized by Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University School of Art and Design, Auckland, NZ
(2014) Radical Archives Conference, (SPAN) Archiving Session, hosted by Mariam Ghani and Chitra Ganesh of Index of the Disappeared and  NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute NY, NY

Published Writing

(2015) Navigating the Third Space Jules Rochielle, B. Stephen Carpenter Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy Vol. 12, Iss. 2
(2015) Engaging Publics, Together Work , 
Publication of Engaging Publics/Public Engagement Symposium, Auckland NZ
(2014) What is Post Social Practice? Open Engagement 100 Artist in 100 Days, Open Engagement, New York, NY, published by Open Engagement and the Queens Museum, Queens, NY
(2012) Together Work, Material Conditions, published by Proboscis, London, England
(2012) Taking to the Streets, Food, Art and Politics, for Spring Issue 43 of the Public Art Review, Minneapolis, MN
(2011) Something More Than Survival, Material Conditions, published by Proboscis, London, England
(2009) Portable City Projects: Ending the Silence Between Us, Otis College of Art and Design Magazine 2009 Volume 7, published by Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles CA
(2008) Mapping Community, Access All Areas: Conversations on Engaged Arts. Ed. Tania Willard. Vancouver: published by the Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
(2008) The Act of Witnessing, Transforma New Orleans, Otis College of Art and Design Magazine, published by Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

Artist Residencies

(2016) Artist in Residence, Center For Artistic Artivism, Art Action Academy  at the Queens Museum, NY, NY
(2016) Women With Wings Artists Residency, Boulder, Co

(2015-2016) Artist in Residence, NYC Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs, NY, NY
(2013) Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA (2012) Dlux Media, Sydney, Australia
(2012) Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
(2011) Who’s Data, Knowles West Media Center, Bristol,UK

(2011–2010) Public Interest, Los Angeles Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA
(2008) Artists in the Back Country, Sequoia Parks Foundation, Mt Whitney and Kings Canyon CA


(2014) (SPAN) Together Survey, A Global Online Convening and Survey for Socially Engaged Artists, Global
(2013-2012) Lead Artist, Story Circle, Public Art Commission, Santa Ana California Station District commissioned by Related Housing Partners LP and the City of Santa Ana, CA
(2013) Community Organizer, Project Advisor, Researcher and Media Mentor, The Raitt St. Chronicles: A Survivors Oral History, a collaborative effort between the artist, Santa Ana Public Library and Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
(2012) Documentation Archivist, Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in January, Los Angeles, CA
(2011-2008) Design Team, Strawberry Flag, Metabolic Studio/Lauren Bon, Los Angeles, CA
(2011) Shifting Communities, Listening Station, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
(2011) Living as Form: Social Practice Archive, Portable City Projects Peoples Radio Cafe, Creative Time Social Practice Summit, NY, NY
(2011- 2010) Portable City Project, Public Interest Residency, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
(2010) Performing Public Space, Portable City Projects Peoples Radio Cafe, Casa Del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico
(2009) MFA Thesis Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica,CA
(2009) Irrational Acts Track 16 Gallery, Portable City Project, Santa Monica
(2009) Labor and Social Justice Fair May Day Pie Banquet California State University Dominguez Hills, CA
(2008-2007) Design Team, Plessey Park, Otis Graduate Project Otis College of Art and Design /Transform, New Orleans, LO


Masters of Fine Arts: Public Practice
Otis College of Art and Design (2007-2009)

The only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, the Program focuses on both collaborative and individual art production. Entering students design a unique educational plan to fit their interests, with the latitude to experience both community and studio contexts. Public practice – also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture – consists of media including video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects. Students start with a collaborative project - one that results in an exhibition or public presentation - led by artists such as Andrea Bowers, Suzanne Lacy and Rick Lowe. They meet and interact with recognized professionals such as Mel Chin and Sam Durant, and network with artists, critics and curators from around the world. - See more at: