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Professor Nicholas Bagley was quoted in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and other media outlets about the new Obamacare lawsuit.

Michael Barr, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, was quoted in The Detroit Free Press about a new program that will lend $6.5 million to minority businesses.

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, authored an op-ed in The New Republic and was quoted in The Washington Post about Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

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Lauren Schmidt, '00

Making Pro Bono a Pro for Big Law

Lauren Schmidt, '00

By Amy Spooner

In some respects, Lauren Schmidt's Michigan Law career began in second grade, when her father, an Air Force JAG, brought the family to Ann Arbor so he could earn an LLM degree. Her standout recollection is her parents leaving her with babysitters to attend football games—and her vow to someday get inside the Big House.

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Good Works: Fall Service Day

Good Works: Fall Service Day

Incoming Michigan Law 1Ls, LLM students, and research scholars kicked off the fall 2015 semester with a day of community service on August 27. Students volunteered at 11 sites in Ann Arbor and Detroit, helping to paint murals, clear brush at nature areas, and renovate a house for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. View an image gallery from the event.

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Kauper,'60, and Yamakawa, MCL '69, Honored as Distinguished Alumni

Kauper, '60, and Yamakawa, MCL '69, Honored as Distinguished Alumni

By Amy Spooner

Kauper,'60, and Yamakawa, MCL '69

The Law School will honor two outstanding alumni with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a September 25 ceremony. Now in its fifth year, the award highlights individuals who have made an exceptional impact on their profession, community, and/or Michigan Law. This year's recipients are Professor Emeritus Thomas E. Kauper, '60, and Yoichiro Yamakawa, MCL '69.

"Tom and Yoichiro have been extremely successful in their professional careers, and have also been great supporters of the Law School," said Dean Mark West. "Yoichiro is a tireless ambassador on our behalf in Japan, while Tom is part of a special group of alumni who dedicated their career to educating our students."

Kauper is the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law Emeritus; he joined the faculty in 1964. He is an antitrust expert who twice served with the U.S. Department of Justice, first as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and then as assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division. He also served for 14 years as a member of the American Bar Association Council of the Antitrust Section, and for one year as vice-chairman. He coauthored Property: An Introduction to the Concept and the Institution. Following a clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, he practiced law in Chicago before entering academia.

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Incoming Class at Michigan Law, On Top of the World

By Katie Vloet

Incoming Class of at Michigan Law, On Top of the World

At 29,000 feet above sea level, Xun Yuan decided to learn his fate.

Seven days earlier, at base camp on Mount Everest, his online status had not been updated to say whether he was admitted to the University of Michigan Law School. He feared the worst, then started the weeklong climb to the t​op of the world.

"When we got to the summit, I decided to check again. I was able to get a signal there," said Yuan, who was working as a writer in Tibet for Lonely Planet. "I went to the online status checker and found out I had gotten in. I was screaming. My fellow travelers said to stop screaming, or I would cause an avalanche.

"I only regret that I didn't have my Michigan flag with me" to plant in the ground at the summit, he added.

Yuan now is a first-year student at Michigan Law, one of 267 students chosen from a pool of 4,368 applicants. The class is tied for highest GPA in the School's history and has the second-highest LSAT average score, said Sarah Zearfoss, senior assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and career planning.

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Law School's Victors for Michigan Campaign Reaches Halfway Point

By Amy Spooner

Victors for Michigan Campaign

Depending on your perspective, half of the Victors for Michigan campaign is over, or half of the Victors for Michigan campaign lies ahead. Either way, the campaign is right on track.

When the Law School publicly announced a $200 million campaign goal in November 2013, it was the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in the School's history. Now, almost two years later, more than $100 million has been given by alumni, students, and friends of Michigan Law. The silent phase of the campaign launched in 2011, so the $100 million total includes a $20 million gift from Charles T. Munger, HLLD '10, to renovate the Lawyers Club; a $5 million gift from Sam Zell, '66, to establish the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program; and the recent $5 million combined gift from Lisa and Chris Jeffries, '74, and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust to guarantee summer funding for first-year students. In addition, two professorships have been endowed through campaign gifts and six new clinics have been established.

"We all know that one of Michigan Law's greatest strengths is its loyal alumni community," said Dean Mark West. "It is an incredibly connected, enthusiastic group. And they prove time and time again that they are a very generous group, as well. We are so grateful for their support."

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Bishop Lecture, Diversity Talks Highlight Fall Events at Michigan Law

By Lori Atherton

Judge Navanetham (Navi) Pillay

Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will deliver Michigan Law's 2015 Bishop Lecture in International Law on Wednesday, September 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in South Hall 1225. Her talk, "From South Africa to Rwanda and Syria: A Journey of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights," is free and open to the public.

A South African national, Pillay was the first woman to start a law practice in her home province of Natal in 1967. Over the next few years, she acted as a defense attorney for anti-apartheid activists, exposing torture and helping to establish key rights for prisoners on Robben Island. During the course of her career, she served as a judge on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (of which she was also president), and the South African High Court. She served as a UN Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. 

The Bishop Lecture commemorates the life and work of Professor William W. Bishop, '31, who helped the Law School gain prominence in international law. Previous Bishop lecturers have included Harold Koh, Mary Robinson, and Richard Goldstone.

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