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.


Jonathan Hollingsworth, ’83

Jonathan Hollingsworth, ’83

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

Would you like to join a network of 25,000 people? If you’re an attorney in Ohio, Jonathan Hollingsworth, '83, knows just the group for you.

Last month Hollingsworth was chosen president-elect of the Ohio State Bar Association and will take office as president July 1, 2013. Involved in bar activities for 22 years, he's not shy about touting the profession and its practitioners.

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Early Interview Week

Michigan Law students are, of course, awesome. So why not have one work for your firm or organization next year? OCI is in August. Join the party—check out more information, including an application, or contact Kim LeClair ( for more details.

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Michigan Law's official Facebook page is live! If you "like" it, we bet you'll love it. And while we're in social media mode, we hope you'll follow us on Twitter, too!

Shop Blue All Year Long

The Law School and The M Den have teamed up to make specialized Michigan Law apparel available 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 Law School student groups to help support their activities.

Mlaw Marketplace

The program is similar to one available through a special link that sends back nearly 7 percent of purchase prices to help support Student Funded Fellowships at Michigan Law. Like the MLaw Marketplace program, purchases must be made through the special URL, and like the MLaw Marketplace program, the link will continue sending back benefits all year long.


July 11: Student-faculty ice cream social

Aug. 21-24: Early Interview Week

Clinic Earns Murder Exoneration After 27 Years

Clinic Earns Murder Exoneration After 27 Years

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Twenty-seven years of bitter injustice ended at 1:20 p.m. June 6 when a prison door swung open in Carson City, Mich., and David Lee Gavitt walked out a free man.

Gavitt pushed an industrial laundry bin loaded with all his earthly possessions—two heavy steamer trunks and a typewriter—across the prison parking lot. But the unseen burden he carried with him was even heavier: his loss, to three wrongful murder convictions, of fully half of his life.

more .... MLaw-authored report on fracking suggests new rules for Great Lakes region

MLaw-authored report on "fracking" suggests new rules for Great Lakes region

By John Masson, Amicus editor

A newly released analysis of laws covering hydraulic fracturing in Michigan and Ohio, produced by environmental law students and faculty at Michigan Law, aims to determine whether state laws are up to the task of balancing the benefits of producing more natural gas with the environmental risk of doing so through the controversial method of "fracking."

more .... Aspiring child welfare lawyers converge on South Hall for Bergstrom 

For the Kids

Aspiring child welfare lawyers converge on South Hall for Bergstrom Fellowships

By Lori Atherton

It's not uncommon for Clinical Prof. Don Duquette, '75, to encounter past Bergstrom Fellows at conferences and lectures throughout the country. Since the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship began in 1995, hundreds of aspiring child welfare lawyers from law schools across the United States have been nurtured in their chosen career path thanks to the training they received from the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.

more .... Bill ending discrimination against LGBT workers much needed, Bagenstos tells Senate

Bill ending discrimination against LGBT workers "much needed," Bagenstos tells Senate

By Lori Atherton

When the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hosted a committee hearing June 12 regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Michigan Law Prof. Samuel Bagenstos was one of several experts who provided testimony in support of the proposed legislation. If passed, ENDA would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Green Building Council Awards South Hall Gold certification

Gold Standard

Green Building Council Awards South Hall Gold certification

By Katie Vloet

From the beginning of the planning process, leaders of the University of Michigan Law School sought ways to make the new South Hall academic building a sustainable structure. That effort has been recognized with the newly awarded LEED Gold certification rating.

The 100,000-square-foot building's LEED score of 44 placed it solidly in the Gold category, which ranges from 39 to 51 points. LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the sustainability features of structures.

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Getting a Head Start

Getting a Head Start

Before starting classes on May 31, summer starters spent two days learning about the Law School and taking part in community service projects in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Nearly 90 summer starters chose to get a jump start on law school rather than begin classes in the fall.

Summer Starters: View all 133 images (and tag yourself!) in our Facebook gallery.

All photos, excluding Service Day images, by Leisa Thompson Photography.