Michigan Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox, '89

Michigan Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox, '89, anchors this PBS report on giant Asian carp, a plankton-syphoning invader Cox calls a "biological terrorist" bent on kicking the base of the food pyramid out from under the Great Lakes fishery.


Dean Sarah Zearfoss wasn’t the only victim of the Headnotes

Assistant Admissions Dean Sarah Zearfoss, '92, wasn’t the only victim of the Headnotes’ annual Val-o-Grams singing valentine service, but she may have been the most entertaining. So tickled was she by their serenade that she posted an entry on her new A2Z blog about the experience.

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Prima Facie

View images and listen to UM Law School's Bach's Lunch

Bach was in the title but Mozart was on the menu at this month’s Bach’s Lunch performance by members of the Law School Classical Music Society. A swelling crowd of appreciative listeners packed the Lawyers Club Lounge for the noon-hour concert, then adjourned to a Hutchins Hall classroom for lunch.



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"Uteful" Discretion

By John Masson, Amicus editor

There's a moment in the film "My Cousin Vinny"—that legal training classic—when the title character, a Brooklyn-born lawyer, is cross-examining a witness in front of an Alabama judge.

Vinny: Is it possible the two utes --
Judge: Uh, the two what? What was that word? … Did you say "Utes?"
Vinny: Yeah, two utes.
Judge: What is a "ute?"
Vinny: Excuse me, your honor. Youths.

The roles were reversed when a similar tete-a-tete played out during a January Supreme Court hearing, after Michigan Law Professor Richard Friedman—himself a proud son of New York—deployed a highly precise word: orthogonal. The term left a couple of the justices momentarily scratching their heads. More ...

The State of the Dream
50 years after the civil rights movement peaked, deputy mayor and ’72 grad Saul Green views African American progress through the lens of Detroit

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green packed a Hutchins Hall classroom as part of the Law School’s Martin Luther King Day celebration with a sobering talk on the state of a city to which he said he is “inextricably linked.” Green, a 1972 Michigan Law graduate, a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and an adjunct professor at the Law School, told listeners the city has more than its share of problems, but also has a rare opportunity to reinvent itself. More ...

Prof. John Reed Honored with Barristers Gift

By Becky Freligh, Law School staff

The International Society of Barristers has made a gift to the Law School in honor of John Reed, the Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus and the Barristers Society's retiring administrator and editor.

The commitment will support student participation in litigation-based competitions and includes a $100,000 gift creating a fund for endowment and an additional $20,000 in expendable funds that can be used immediately. More ...