News from Michigan Law School
Vol. 12.5 I 10.2019

Michigan Innocence Clinic Awarded Department of Justice Grant to Litigate Forensic Science Cases 

By Lori Atherton

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the Michigan Innocence Clinic (MIC) a $275,000 grant to help litigate forensic science cases.

MIC, which is part of the University of Michigan Law School, plans to use the two-year funding to hire a full-time attorney who will assist the clinic in handling cases of wrongful conviction involving forensic science, according to Imran Syed, ’11, a clinical assistant professor of law and the assistant director of the Innocence Clinic. The grant-funded attorney will work with the students enrolled in the clinic on cases involving various forensic science disciplines, and will serve as the clinic’s point person in working with conviction integrity units at prosecutor offices throughout Michigan about potential wrongful convictions involving forensic science.


Alan Rothenberg, '63, Honored with Michigan Law's Distinguished Alumni Award 

By James Weir

Michigan Law has named Alan I. Rothenberg, '63, the 2019 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award, the Law School's highest honor. The annual award was presented to Rothenberg at a recent ceremony in Los Angeles. Rothenberg gave the keynote address, and was introduced by close friend and classmate Herbert Kohn, '63.


Legal Clinics Renamed

Two Michigan Law clinics were renamed at the beginning of the semester to better reflect their work. The Unemployment Insurance Clinic is now the Workers’ Rights Clinic and is led by Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Rachael Kohl. The Community and Economic Development Clinic is now the Community Enterprise Clinic and is directed by Clinical Professor of Law Dana Thompson, ’99. In addition, the administration of our three transactional clinics (Entrepreneurship Clinic, International Transactions Clinic, and Community Enterprise Clinic) has been consolidated into the Transactional Law Clinics Program to streamline client intake and support.

Nannes Challenge Success
The 2019 Nannes Challenge raised $60,500 in funding for 79 different student organizations, and included 70 percent participation among 3Ls and a record high of 30 percent among LLMs. For every 3L who participates in the annual Challenge, John Nannes, ’73, donates $250 to the student organization of their choice. In exchange for the donation, participants agree to make an annual contribution of any amount to Michigan Law in the first four years after graduation. Read more about this year’s Challenge.
Reunion Weekend II Recap
Members of the Classes of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 returned home for Reunion Weekend on September 27–29. View an image gallery. 
Michigan Law Apparel
Thanks to the Law School and the M Den, it’s easy to purchase specialized Michigan Law apparel online through the MLaw Marketplace. A percentage of all sales on both MLaw Marketplace and the general M Den website (when it’s accessed through MLaw Marketplace) comes back to the Law School to help support the activities of our student groups.

Upcoming Events

December 20: Senior Day

March 20–22, 2020: African American Alumni Reunion

September 10–13, 2020 
Reunion Weekend: Emeriti and the Classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, and 1990

October 2–4, 2020 
Reunion Weekend: Classes of 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015
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