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The libertarian magazine Reason cites Prof. Sam Gross in a story on wrongful convictions.

Kathryn Rand, '93, assumes deanship of North Dakota School of Law.

The Australian Broadcasting Company quotes Prof. Jim Hathaway on a Malaysia/Australia refugee swap involving the Christmas Island refugee detention center.

From our Sex and the Sake file, The Economist prominently features Nippon Life Professor and Associate Dean Mark West's new book, Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Law.

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Charlotte H. Johnson, '88

Charlotte H. Johnson, '88

New Dean of the College at Dartmouth

By Becky Freligh
Office of Development and Alumni Relations

First came the leap, then the "aha" moment.

After eight years of successful litigation practice and partnership with a Detroit law firm, Charlotte H. Johnson got the call in 1997. Michigan Law needed a director of academic services and wanted Johnson for the position. Would she consider a career change?

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MLaw Prof Helps Fit Together Pieces of Refugee Puzzle

MLaw Prof Helps Fit Together Pieces of Refugee Puzzle

Asylum Law expert Jim Hathaway gets pleasant surprise in Nepal

By Katie Vloet, Law Quadrangle Editor, Photo by Sailendra Kharel

Professor James Hathaway didn't anticipate that his May visit to Nepal would result in significant progress related to refugees in the country. "This came out of nowhere," he says.

Well, not nowhere, exactly. The country was considering new refugee protections, and a nongovernmental organization (NGO) had invited Hathaway, one of the world's foremost experts on refugee law, to visit.

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Keeping Families Together in The D

Keeping Families Together in The D

The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, under the guidance of Prof. Vivek Sankaran, takes a bold new approach to easing the city's strained social services system by using teamwork to keep families together. Learn more in this Michigan Law video.

Designed for Success

New Office of Career Planning to help students chart their courses

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Designed for Success

A beefed-up and retooled Office of Career Planning debuted this week with the aim of helping Michigan Law grads become even more marketable to employers than they already are—which, based on the office's existing strengths, is no easy task.

The most dramatic change in the new office—which will be known formally as the Office of Career Planning for the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors—is the merging of the Office of Public Service and Office of Career Services.

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Brian Simpson

Admirers Crowd Brian Simpson's Oxford Memorial Service

Fond remembrances of MLaw emeritus and giant of the common law

Editor's note: These lightly edited remarks by Nuala Mole were delivered at this month's Oxford memorial service for Michigan's beloved Emeritus Prof. A.W. Brian Simpson, who died in January at his home in Kent. Mole, a frequent Simpson collaborator who founded London's AIRE Centre to raise awareness of individual rights in Europe, was among a clutch of legal luminaries who attended the service.

By Nuala Mole, AIRE Centre

Unperturbed by the guilt of knowing that I still owed him two essays from 1965—nearly 50 years ago now (a sin of omission of which he never tired of reminding me) I wrote to Brian in 1995 to ask if he would help us in the cases before the European Court of Singh and Hussain, which concerned the detention "at Her Majesty's Pleasure" of juveniles convicted of murder.

Could he, I wondered, write us something about the history of this sentence? He rang me up to explain that he was in Cambridge, which meant he didn't have access to the necessary resources he would need to document this properly (an Oxford man to the core!) but that if I could give him a few weeks he would be only too happy to help. I told him that, as usual, I needed it "yesterday" and of course he obliged. His expert advice in Singh and Hussain was then recycled before the House of Lords and further recycled in Strasbourg in the more publicized cases of T and V—the Jamie Bulger murder case.

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Fiske Fellows Reunion

Washington Hosts Fiske
Fellows Reunion

Photo by Bill Petros Photography

Alumni gathered June 16 at the Dolley Madison House in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Michigan Law's Fiske Fellowships for Public Service. The three-year fellowships are sponsored by 1955 MLaw graduate Robert Fiske, pictured front and center, a longtime partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a former Independent Counsel and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The fellowships are designed to encourage public service, especially at the federal level, by helping to manage student loans. The reunion—which drew 23 of the program's 30 beneficiaries—was scheduled to coincide with this year's summer reception for alumni and current students working in and around Washington.

Service Day

First things first

Serving the greater good is a Michigan Law tradition, so it should come as no surprise that one of the first things 1Ls do at the beginning of their Law School careers is volunteer in the community during Service Day. Summer Starters are no exception, as the 2011 group showed June 1 by lending a hand to good causes in Ann Arbor and beyond.