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Scheduled Events


8:30 am–5:00 pm · 116 Hutchins Hall
Branch Rickey Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
4:00 pm–5:30 pm · 100 Hutchins Hall
Join film producer Christopher Cook, writer and sports historian John U. Bacon, and U-M law faculty member Richard Friedman for a special screening of A Matter of Fairness, the new film documentary on Branch Rickey, '11, the racial integration of baseball, and Rickey's remarkable impact on sports and society.
Limited space. Seating is first come, first served.

Gala Welcome Reception
6:00 pm–8:00 pm · Law Quadrangle (outdoors, under the tent)
Celebrate your return to the Quad and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow alumni and some of your favorite faculty members in this beautiful setting.


8:00 am–Noon · 116 Hutchins Hall

Alumni and Student Breakfast
8:00 am–9:30 am · Lawyers Club Lounge
Meet and talk with current students about today's Michigan Law while enjoying a continental breakfast.

A Conversation with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
10:00 am–11:30 am · Hill Auditorium
Dean Evan Caminker moderates an informal question-and-answer session for the entire Law School community with special guest Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

This is a ticketed event, without charge.  Members of the Law School community who have registered for any of the weekend's events will automatically receive tickets in their registration packet for everyone in their party for whom we have reservations.

Tickets will be in the registration room at Hutchins Hall 116 and must be picked up by 5 pm on Thursday, September 10. If this is not possible, you can request to pick up tickets at a “Will Call” desk in the lobby of Hill Auditorium.  This desk will be available starting at 9:15 a.m. on the 11th.  Identification may be required to pick-up tickets.

Lunch Buffet
Noon–2:00 pm · Law Quadrangle

Lunch Remarks by Margaret A. Leary: "Giving It All Away: William W. Cook and the University of Michigan"
12:45 pm
Law Library director Margaret A. Leary knows a lot about William W. Cook: why he became a lawyer, how he made his fortune, who he married, his role in global communication, why he battled with former Dean Henry Moore Bates, and above all, why he gave his entire estate to Michigan Law. Ms. Leary, who is writing a biography of Cook, speaks on "Giving It All Away: William W. Cook and the University of Michigan," as you enjoy lunch under the tent in the midst of the house that Cook built.

Groundbreaking Ceremony with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
2:00 pm–3:00 pm · Southeast corner of State and Monroe streets
Join Chief Justice Roberts, University President Mary Sue Coleman, and Dean Caminker for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Law School's new academic building, part of a historic expansion and renovation that also includes construction of a new Law School Commons and the re-facing of the aluminum siding on the Legal Research Building.

Eyes on Hutchins, Eyes on the World: The Deans' Perspective
3:30 pm–5:30 pm · 100 Hutchins Hall
All living Deans of the Law School offer their views on Michigan Law's involvement with and contributions to legal education and practice worldwide. Professor Christina B. Whitman, '74, moderates the discussion of Professor Emeritus Theodore J. St. Antoine, '54; Professor Emeritus Terrance Sandalow; Lee C. Bollinger, president of and professor of law at Columbia University; Jeffrey S. Lehman, '81, chancellor and founding dean of the School of Transnational Law, Peking University, Shenzhen campus; and Evan H. Caminker, Dean and Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law.
Limited space. Seating is first come, first served.

Theodore J. St. AntoineTerrance SandalowLee C. BollingerJeffrey S. LehmanEvan H. Caminker

Gala Reception and Dinner
7:00 pm · Michigan League, Second Floor
Dinner seating begins at 7:45 p.m.
Program begins at 8:00 pm.

"Celebrate the first 150 years of Michigan Law and toast to the next 150 with cocktails and dinner in the Michigan League. Three distinguished Michigan alumni will offer their reflections: The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, JD '65; Mayo Moran, the Dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, LLM '92; and Ronald L. Olson, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles and Olson, JD '66. The program also includes special recognition of the emeriti classes of 1949, 1954, and 1959. For all Michigan Law alumni."

9:00 am · Hutchins Hall, outside Room 100

Panel 1A: State of the Global Economy
9:45 am–11:00 am · Hutchins Hall
The global economic crisis has taught us just how interconnected the world is today. A panel of experts considers the global economy from an international legal perspective.

Panelists: Michael S. Barr, Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, Treasury Department; Professor of Law, Michigan Law · Emilio Cárdenas, MCL '66, Of counsel, Cárdenas, Cassagne & Asociados; former Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations, former Executive Director of HSBC Argentina Holdings S.A.; past president of the International Bar Association · Susan G. Esserman, '77, Partner and Chair of the International Department, Steptoe and Johnson LLP; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative · John H. Jackson, '59, University Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law Emeritus, Michigan Law · Vikramaditya S. Khanna, Professor of Law, Michigan Law

Panel 1B: Intellectual Property from the 19th to the 21st Century
9:45 am–11:00 am · Hutchins Hall
Though the field of intellectual property has expanded dramatically in the late 20th century, its roots are centuries old. Michigan Law's intellectual property faculty is the premier such group anywhere, and the scholars who comprise the group are known internationally for their expertise. In this presentation, they provide a historical perspective on the field that includes the law of copyright, trademarks and unfair competition, patents, cyberspace, and the Internet.

Panelists: Susan Crawford, Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology and Innovation, National Economic Council; Professor of Law, Michigan Law · Rebecca S. Eisenberg, Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law, Michigan Law · Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, Michigan Law · Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, Michigan Law. Moderator: James J. White, '62, Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law, Michigan Law

Panel 2A: Civil Justice Reconsidered: Perspectives from Around the World
11:15 am– 12:30 pm · Hutchins Hall
What is the role of civil litigation? A forthcoming book by Michigan Professor Steven P. Croley explores this question. In this discussion, Croley and international colleagues will consider whether civil litigation should be encouraged not only for reasons of fairness or distribution (as proponents of legal services commonly emphasize), but also because litigation often creates benefits for the rest of society (that is, non-litigants).

Panelists: Steven P. Croley, Professor of Law, Michigan Law · Zdenek Kuhn, LL.M. '02, SJD '06, Justice, Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic; Judge ad hoc, European Court of Human Rights; Professor of Law, Charles University Law School, Prague · Yoichiro Yamakawa, MCL '69, Senior Partner, Koga and Partners, Tokyo, Japan; specialty in constitutional litigation; Board Member, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group · Wang Liming, Vice President, China People's University and former Dean of the China People's University School of Law.  Moderator: Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Michigan

Panel 2B: The Changing Careers and Satisfaction of Michigan Law School Graduates
11:15 am– 12:30 pm· Hutchins Hall
Michigan is the only American law school that has surveyed its alumni about their careers on a regular basis. Forty consecutive classes, from 1952 through 2001 have been included and all but the most recent classes have been surveyed more than once. Professor Emeritus David Chambers and Terry Adams, '72, will describe some of the study's more puzzling findings—for example, the swings in career satisfaction of private practitioners across the years and the ways in which women's and men's careers have differed—and seek your guidance in their search for explanations.

Panelists: David L. Chambers, Wade McCree Jr. Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus · Terry K. Adams, '72, Senior Research Associate, Michigan Law and the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Tailgate and Live Feed Telecast: Michigan v. Notre Dame
12:30 pm · Law Quadrangle
For the first time ever, Michigan Law will screen Wolverine football on the Quad, complete with food and libations! Come cheer the team on to victory over Notre Dame with classmates and fellow alumni. Tailgate lunch available 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; live-feed of the game begins at 3:30 p.m.; snacks and drinks available throughout the game.

Football Game @ the Big House
3:30 pm 
Join fellow alumni and friends in the Sesquicentennial block. See registration form to purchase tickets.

Emeriti Dinners
7:00 pm–10:00 pm · Campus Inn
The Classes of 1949, 1954, and 1959 will celebrate their 60th, 55th and 50th reunions at private Class dinners. RSVP required.

Worldwide Reunion and Dinner
7:00 pm · University of Michigan Museum of Art (corner of State and South University streets, across from the Law Quad) 
Program begins promptly at 8:00 pm
All Michigan Law alumni are welcome to attend this casual, post-game strolling supper that celebrates the Law School's global heritage. Throughout our 150-year history, students have come to Ann Arbor from Beijing to Budapest (as well as from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine), and today, Michigan Law alums work and live all over the world. At this very special gathering, we'll come together to celebrate our friends, colleagues, and classmates who know how to say Go Blue in more languages than one. With remarks by International Court of Justice Judge Bruno Simma. This event will take place in the newly renovated University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Farewell Brunch
9:30 am–Noon · Lawyers Club Lounge
Drop in to the Lawyers Club Lounge to say goodbye to your friends.




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