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African American Alumni Reunion

The inaugural Michigan Law African American Alumni Reunion was held in March of 2014. The second Reunion, held in 2017, set the recurrence for the gathering as every three years. Our next African American Alumni Reunion will be held March 20-22, 2020.

Michigan Law is such an extraordinary place because of the sense of community that pervades the student body, as well as the lifelong affiliation that alumni feel for the Law School and for each other. Being able to bring students and alumni together to foster professional connections and to learn from each other greatly benefited all who attended.

Another distinctive aspect of Michigan Law is our graduates’ desire to give back to the institution and to support today’s students. Therefore, it is fitting that the Butch Carpenter Banquet was the cornerstone of the alumni reunion weekend.

Please plan to join us for the next African American Alumni Reunion. If you are interested in learning more or being involved in the planning process, we encourage you to contact Lara Furar, director of alumni engagement, at

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  • Re-engage African American alumni, both with the Law School and with one another.
  • Celebrate the legacy of the Michigan Law African American alumni community.
  • Recognize the importance of alumni-funded scholarships like those bearing the names of Gabriel Hargo, Butch Carpenter; and Ernest Newborn & Broderick Johnson.
  • Improve and support recruitment and matriculation of African American students through outreach and mentoring.