News - March 2006
Second Annual Motions Day -- Open to All Michigan Law Students -- to be Held on April 3rd
March 29, 2006
On Monday, April 3rd, Michigan Law’s second annual Motions Day will be held from 9:30 am to approximately 12 noon in room 250, Hutchins Hall.
Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will preside in hearing arguments on motions in four varied cases including a former airline pilot’s claim on having to fly longer than allowed hours, and contractual arguments between breeders of rare pythons.
No rare animals are expected in court but the venue does provide a rare and valuable opportunity for law students to witness actual court proceedings within the Law Quad. Seating is limited until 11:30 am and students are encouraged to attend as their schedules permit.
U-M Law professor, alumnus give U.S. Supreme Court arguments
March 14, 2006
University of Michigan law professor Richard D. Friedman and alumnus Jeffrey L. Fisher will appear before the United States Supreme Court on March 20 in two separate cases involving the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment.
The Confrontation Clause, in part, involves the accuser's right "to be confronted with the witnesses against him."
In the cases argued by Friedman and Fisher, each of the accused was convicted of a domestic violence charge based on an accusation made not through trial testimony but, respectively, by a 911 call and through a statement given to a responding police officer.
Friedman and Fisher will argue that the clause is violated when the police introduce "testimonial" information at trial rather than the complainant appearing in court, which would allow for the complainant to be confronted or cross-examined by the accused.
To prepare for the arguments, the two attorneys will practice (moot) their cases today (March 14) before a panel of faculty judges and student auditors at the U-M Law School.
An earlier state confrontation caseCrawford vs. Washingtonwas argued and won by Fisher in 2004.
Courtesy of the University of Michigan News Service
Michigan Law Team Advances to International Rounds of Jessup Competition
March 1, 2006
In regional rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, a team of students from the University of Michigan Law School defeated teams from the law schools of Ohio State, Case Western Reserve, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Thomas M. Cooley, and Michigan State to advance to the international competition in Washington DC on March 26, 2006.
This regional win marks the fifth time in six years that Michigan has earned rights to compete in the international rounds. The Michigan Law team -- coached by Jackie Kahng, Lubna Alam, and Joseph Ashby -- includes Sarah Bender-Nash, Josh Deahl, Scott Risner, Jackie Roeder, and alternate Ted Kill, all of whom were competitively selected among the Law School’s first, second, and third year students.
The Jessup Competition, begun in 1960, features an international round which currently involves 103 law student teams from 80 countries. Judging is based on written and oral arguments on a topic or issue of current significance in international law.