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150th Anniversary Celebration
is one for the history books


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Michigan Law’s Sesquicentennial Celebration was simply sensational.  

If you were in Ann Arbor for our historic weekend, you know what we mean. From the opening reception through the Sunday brunch, hundreds of alumni and guests enjoyed four days crammed with memorable moments. It all took place under four perfect, sun-drenched September days. Highlights: 

 
  • The Conversation with the Chief Justice in Hill Auditorium, which many called one of the best events ever to take place on the University campus.  
     
  • The groundbreaking for the Law School's new academic building and Commons, where attendees in yellow "hardhats" heard featured speakers John G. Roberts, Jr., the Chief Justice of the United States, and University President Mary Sue Coleman. Watch a video of the ceremony.

    Watch Law Library director Margaret A. Leary, who is writing a biography on Cook, speak on "Giving It All Away: William W. Cook and the University of Michigan"
    • An in-depth panel discussion featuring five Michigan Law deans discussing their job, their challenges and their dreams for the Law School.

    The panel, moderated by Professor Christina Whitman, ’74, included Bollinger, Ted St. Antoine, ’54, Terry Sandalow, Jeff Lehman, ’81, and current dean Evan Caminker. The participants, aided by alumni and friends seated in Honigman Auditorium, examined their deanships’ similarities and differences. View

  • The Worldwide Reunion and Dinner at the beautiful University of Michigan Museum of Art, featuring witty remarks by Bruno Simma, Judge at the International Court of Justice, and a deeply moving toast by Eric Stein, '42, the Hessel E. Yntema Emeritus Professor of Law.
     
  • The Gala Reception and Dinner, with Michigan Law alumni in all five dining rooms of the Michigan League, three distinguished alumni speakers, and a surprise appearance by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club—also celebrating its 150th year!
  • The global economic crisis taught us just how interconnected the world is today.  A panel of faculty and alumni experts considered the global economy from and international legal perspective. View
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  • Plus panel discussions, lunch, dinners, a festive tailgate and reunions for the classes of 1949, 1954, and 1959.

And oh yes: there was the Wolverines' 38-34 upset of visiting Notre Dame, which guaranteed a truly storybook weekend. 

In between, there were countless Michigan moments: old friends reconnecting, new friendships struck up, laughs, cheers, and a whole lot of great food. 

If you were there, we invite you to relive the occasion by visiting this site for photos, excerpts from panel presentations, and other weekend highlights. If you couldn’t be with us, enjoy the event through the pictures and talks you’ll find here—and mark your calendars for the bicentennial celebration in 2059!



 

 

 

 

 
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