1911 Law School grad Branch Rickey

A Detroit News op-ed explains how Barack Obama wouldn’t have been possible without Jackie Robinson – and how 1911 Law School grad Branch Rickey helped make sure Robinson got his chance to put an end to Major League Baseball’s Jim Crow era.



Headnotes hit the high notes for Valentine's Day.

Prima Facie

Senior Day 2008

Professors Joan Larsen (left), Christina Whitman, and Ellen Katz helped chart the ins and outs of the Supreme Court this month for a program jointly hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. Listen to streaming audio of the panel.

Career Corner

In today’s harsh economic climate it may be comforting to know that Michigan Law's alumni are members of a tight-knit, global network of graduates who not only help each other but who also have access to a deep pool of career resources. We’ve added this “Career Corner” link to keep readers apprised of some of those resources.



Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Amicus editor John Masson, Media Relations Officer for Michigan Law, at or call 734.647.7352.

Chief Justice to headline gala
Sesquicentennial weekend

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States.

Michigan Law's commemoration of a 150-year history of legal education will make history of its own this fall when John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visits the Law School as part of its Sesquicentennial celebration.

The appearance of the Chief Justice will highlight a gala weekend September 10-13, and reflects Michigan Law’s importance to American legal education. Other components of the celebration will include a discussion panel featuring all living former Michigan Law deans; a celebration of the new academic building and Law School Commons, for which planning is nearly complete; and even the first-ever on-Quad viewing of a Wolverines home football game (against Notre Dame, for those keeping score at home). More ...

SIAS Summer Institute
coming to Michigan Law

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Post-doctoral scholars interested in convening in Berlin and Ann Arbor for an elite Summer Institute session covering “Comparative Perspectives on Federalism and Separation of Powers: Lessons From – and for – National, Supranational, and Global Governance” have until Feb. 27 to apply.

The seminar, sponsored by the SIAS coalition of several institutes for advanced study, is being organized by Michigan Law’s Prof. Daniel Halberstam and Prof. Dr. Christoph Mollers of Georg-August-Universitat in Gottingen, Germany. The sessions come at an important time, as federalism gains new importance in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom and Iraq, and as supra-national organizations such as the European Union establish a new model for its possible application in other parts of the globe. More ...

Alumni Funded Fellowships
group holds fundraiser in NYC

A genuine Darth Vader helmet autographed by University of Michigan alumnus James Earl Jones. Backstage VIP tours from Michigan alumni performers in seven of Broadway’s hottest shows packaged with prime orchestra seats. And a one-of-a-kind framed lithograph of the Law Quad signed by the current and living former Deans of the Law School.

All these items and many more can be had for the right bid at "Hutchins in New York," a gala auction sponsored by Alumni Funded Fellowships (AFF), on Thursday, February 26, at the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St., New York City. All alumni and guests are invited. More ...

Parson and Ratner hold new
Sax and Simma professorships

Michigan Law is celebrating two distinguished former faculty members, Joseph. L. Sax and Bruno Simma, with the creation of new professorships bearing their names. And on Thursday, the University Regents approved the appointments of Professors Ted A. Parson and Steven Ratner to fill the respective chairs.

The Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professorship honors Sax, a world-renowned environmental law expert who taught at Michigan from 1966-1986 as the Philip A. Hart Distinguished University Professor. Sax’s scholarship, particularly on the public trust doctrine and on takings law, has frequently been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and remains definitive in the field. More ...