One of the hallmarks of being a student at Michigan Law is the unusual level of access to and interaction with professors. The mini-seminar program takes that experience to a whole new level: If you thought you knew your favorite professors before, consider the insights you'll have after you've had dinner at their houses while their children run around in diapers. And for the reserved student who has avoided more than cursory visits to office hours, the mini-seminar presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of one of the most special features of our community.
Implemented in 2005, the program has proved enormously popular with students and faculty alike. The mini-seminars capitalize on both the Law School's unique physical environment, where most faculty live within a stone's throw of the Quadrangle, and our ethos of collegiality, to provide a new venue for personal connections between students and faculty in a casual forum. For one ungraded credit, groups of 10 or 12 students meet with a professor (or two) over the course of a semester (or in some cases, the entire academic year) to hold provocative conversations in a series of two-hour sessions in the professor's home or some other non-classroom setting. The seminar's theme is faculty-selected—often intensively law-focused, balanced by a handful of topics that might be described as marginally legal. About 15 mini-seminars are offered each year.
For 2016-17, the topics Are:
FallThe Indigent Defense Crisis: Problems and Solutions (Prof. Eve Primus)Lawyers Are Smart, So Why Are They Unhappy? (Prof. Bridgette Carr, Prof. Amy Sankaran & Prof. Vivek Sankaran)Pizza and Beer (Prof. John Pottow)Workers, the Law, and the Changing Economy (Prof. Kate Andrias)
Year-Round (Fall/Winter)Doing Justice: The Fight Against Corporate Crime (Prof. David Uhlmann)Hollywood, Bollywood and the Law: The Globalizing Entertainment Industry (Prof. Vic Khanna)International Law As It Happens (Prof. Monica Hakimi)Legal and Ethical Issues Involved in Representing Marijuana-Related Businesses (Prof. Howard Bromberg & Prof. Mark Osbeck)Superheroes and the Law (Prof. Bridget McCormack & Prof. Len Niehoff)Please see the F16 Mini-Seminar Series document for "Fall only" and "Fall/Winter" mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.WinterUpper Class:Deflategate (Prof. Julian Mortenson & Prof. Tim Pinto)Law and Politics of the Global AIDS Crisis (Prof. Nick Bagley & Prof. Kristina Daugirdas) [Only students enrolled in the Geneva Externship Program are eligible to take the "Global" mini-seminar, and it will be offered on a not-for-credit basis.]Making a Murderer: A Critical Look (Prof. Dave Moran & Prof. Imran Syed)Poisoning a City: The Flint Water Crisis (Prof. Elizabeth Campbell)Should Good People Be Prosecutors? (Prof. Gabe Mendlow)Please see the W17 Mini-Seminar Series (Upper Class) document for "Winter only" upper-class mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.1L Fall Starters:Public Speaking for the Faint of Heart: Classrooms, Courtrooms, and Clients (Prof. Evan Caminker)Lawyer-Bashing and the Rule of Law (Prof. Don Herzog)Please see the W17 Mini-Seminar Series (1L Fall Starters) document for "Winter only" first-year mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.
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