News - September 2004
Jungle Law looks at the nearly 50-year career of Professor Emeritus Eric Stein
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
The Fall edition of Jungle Law explores the nearly 50-year career of U-M Law School Professor Emeritus Eric Stein. Stein has taught the law to some 2,000 students, helped write the rules of procedure governing the UN, forecasted the creation of the European Union 50 years ago, and he is the oldest active law professor in the country. Please visit www.jdjungle.com to read the full article.
Law School welcomes 381 new students this year
Monday, September 13, 2004
Frisbees are flying in the Law Quad, along with baseballs and footballs, as returning and new students acclimate themselves to the start of the school year. This year the University of Michigan Law School welcomed 381 1-L's, and as always, these new inhabitants of the Quad bring with them a wonderful mix of life experiences.
Two-thirds of the entering class spent at least a year between graduating from college and beginning law school, with the result that the class boasts an array of backgrounds. Sixteen percent come from a well-developed career in a non-law field; 12 percent have graduate degrees. And a sampling of their interests offer a study in contrasts. For example, one student is a chessmaster while another worked for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and ran for Los Angeles City Council. The class also includes a llama farmer, two professional actors and a professional dancer, a person who hiked across Tibet and saw, but did not climb, Mt. Everest. One student is a musician who played with the Osmonds while another had an audience with the Dalai Lama.
In addition to our J.D. students, there are 29 LL.M. students and 9 S.J.D. students representing 20 different countries. Advanced degree students join with J.D. students in the classroom, bringing entirely different experiences and perspectives based on the legal systems of their home countries.
"Every year we get the excitement of seeing our new students begin making the transition to lawyers," says Sarah Zearfoss, assistant dean for admissions. "This group has an especially wide array of interests, and I know they're going to add a lot to the vitality of the school. I'd like to be a fly on the wall for some of the discussions!"
Five new faculty members join U-M Law School
Friday, September 17, 2004
The University of Michigan Law School welcomed five new faculty this year. Two are full professors with already distinguished academic careers, one is a new assistant professor coming to academia from a corporate law background, and two are clinical assistant professors bringing their considerable legal expertise to our clinical programs.
Joining the Law School from the Boston University School of Law, Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna has also taught as visiting faculty at Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, been a research fellow at Columbia Law School, and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. His areas of interest include corporate law, securities fraud and regulation, corporate crime, corporate and managerial liability, corporate governance in emerging markets, and law and economics. Professor Khanna is teaching Enterprise Organization and is co-organizer and a presenter for the Law and Economics Workshop this semester.
International law specialist Professor Steven R. Ratner came to the U-M Law School from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin where he was the Albert Sidney Burleson Professor in Law. Before joining the Texas faculty, Professor Ratner served as attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department. His research has focused on the challenges facing new governments and international institutions after the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, territorial borders, implementation of peace agreements, and accountability for human rights violations. Winter semester he will teach Transnational Law and Advanced Transnational Law.
Alicia Davis Evans has represented public and private companies and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions. She also has experience as an investment banker for Fortune 100 companies. Assistant Professor Evans has practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C., and worked with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and with Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she served as a vice president. Evans is teaching Mergers and Acquisitions and Enterprise Organization.
Roshunda L. Price served as senior counsel with L.R. Sowell & Associates PLLC in Detroit prior to joining the Law School’s Legal Assistance for Urban Communities Clinic (LAUC) as a clinical assistant professor. While with Sowell, her responsibilities included providing a full array of business legal services to corporations, partnerships, and other entities. Professor Price has also served as a staff attorney with LAUC; assistant corporation counsel for Wayne County, Michigan; senior attorney, Business Practice, for ANR Pipeline Company in Detroit; and associate attorney, Business and Commercial Practice, with Howard & Howard Attorneys PC in Bloomfield Hills. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and licensed real estate broker.
Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly Thomas teaches in the General Civil/Criminal Clinic and will teach Criminal Law during winter semester. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Thomas served as a major trials attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia prior to joining the Law School faculty. In addition to practicing law, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, a high school math teacher, and taught an undergraduate seminar in the economics department while she was at Harvard. Thomas’ research, teaching, and practice concentrate on criminal law, especially on indigent persons accused of crimes and prisoner re-entry into the community.
"The Law School community is delighted to welcome our new faculty, each of whom will contribute in important ways to the breadth and depth of our educational programs," says Evan Caminker, dean of the Law School. "In each of three main curricular areas - corporate law, international law, and live-client clinical practice of law, these new faculty members will bring added expertise and real-world experience that will help us achieve our ambitious educational objectives."
Law School announces new assistant dean for development
and alumni relations
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Todd M. Baily has joined the administration of the University of Michigan Law School as Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations. He comes to the Law School from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he served as Associate Chair for Philanthropic Support at the Mayo Foundation. In that position, he was responsible for all fundraising programming for the entire Clinic, which has operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Rochester. Prior to working for Mayo, Baily worked for the University of Michigan Office of Development from 1988 to 2000, and was Director of Principal Gifts at the time he went to Mayo. Baily began his fundraising career at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Private philanthropic support of the Law School is essential to its ongoing success, given both its ambitious plans for providing legal education of unsurpassed quality and also the steadily declining state support for public schools," said Evan Caminker, dean of the Law School. "Todd Baily has the skill, experience, and energy to help secure the financial resources necessary for the School to remain one of the truly outstanding law schools in the world," he said.
Margaret Leary, director of the Law Library and chair of the search committee for the deanship, noted that "Todd Baily brings extraordinary experience and professional qualifications to the Law School. Twelve years right here at Michigan - and then four at the Mayo Foundation, with increasingly broad responsibilities, while he continued to manage a substantial portfolio of his own - mean that he can quickly get up to speed." Leary also commented that "his management style, and his plans to mentor and grow the staff, build a strong base in the Law School Fund, conduct a successful Campaign, and integrate his unit into the Law School match what the search committee sought."