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Sylvie G. Coen, LLM ’87

Sylvie G. Coen, LLM ’87

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

A telephone rings. The young attorney answers. The caller is renowned French film director and producer Claude Berri, seeking a lawyer to handle his company’s legal affairs.

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Early Interview Week

As you know, Michigan Law students are 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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Lighting Up the City of Light

European alumni, alumni who practice in Europe, and any alumni fortunate enough to find themselves in the vicinity of Paris over the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2012 may want to mark their calendars: The University of Michigan Law School's European Alumni Reunion is coming up fast. Business will mix with pleasure as various discussion panels convene, in addition to cultural outings, sight-seeing adventures, and a reception and gala dinner. More details are available now. Registration deadline is June 15.

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.

AG's Senior Day speech focuses on service

AG's Senior Day speech focuses on service

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Exhorting the Class of 2012 to take up the weighty responsibilities of a rapidly changing world, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder welcomed 341 fresh Michigan Law degree holders to new roles in the legal profession.

"Very soon, you will learn that times of difficulty, of novel questions and new tests, are the most exciting, consequential times to be a lawyer," Holder told the seniors. "Since our nation's earliest days, the service and contributions of attorneys—and very often of young attorneys—have kept our great American experiment in motion."

more .... No Slack: Barr book tackles troubles of the unbanked

No Slack: Barr book tackles troubles of the unbanked

By John Masson, Amicus editor

No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans—a new book by Michigan Law Prof. Michael S. Barr—analyzes the financial choices made by the low- and moderate-income Americans who were among those most battered by the Great Recession.

Drawing on data gathered from low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Metro Detroit during the subprime lending boom, Prof. Barr, a nonresident senior fellow in economics at the Brookings Institution, analyzes how the financial system has largely failed low-income households. That failure often forces a reliance on payday loans, pawnshops, and paycheck-cashing services to help provide some breathing room in budgets that otherwise would contain no slack. Each of those services, serving customers who don't hold bank accounts, comes at a disproportionately high cost for a population that can ill afford to pay for services most Americans take for granted.

more .... shaken baby syndrome

New paper, math theorem erode confidence in shaken baby syndrome

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Scholarly debate over the prevalence of shaken baby syndrome intensifies in a paper coauthored by Michigan Law Prof. David Moran, scheduled for publication this summer in the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy.

But the contribution of a scholar and litigator like Moran—who cofounded Michigan Law's Innocence Clinic and whose work so far has exonerated several Michigan prisoners serving long terms for crimes they didn't commit—sometimes comes in an unexpected way. Especially when that scholar's educational background includes degrees in physics, theoretical physics, and mathematics.

more .... Students reward Prof. Bagley with L. Hart Wright teaching award

Students reward Prof. Bagley with L. Hart Wright teaching award

By John Masson, Amicus editor

In just his second year of teaching at the University of Michigan Law School, Prof. Nicholas Bagley has been chosen by students to receive the L. Hart Wright Teaching Award.

The coveted award, managed by the Law School Student Senate and voted on this year by more than 200 students, is named after a legendary Michigan Law professor who was both widely influential in the law and deeply revered by the students he taught. It will be presented to Prof. Bagley at a faculty wine and cheese reception next fall.

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New Report Shows Great Lakes Pipeline Vulnerabilities

New Report Shows Great Lakes Pipeline Vulnerabilities

By John Masson, Amicus editor

A legal analysis released today, produced with the help of Michigan Law students in the wake of one of the largest oil spills in Midwest history, finds significant gaps in federal and state laws designed to protect the Great Lakes and the communities that surround them.

The report, "After the Marshall Spill: Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region," was written by Michigan Law lecturer and National Wildlife Federation water resources attorney Sara Gosman, with the assistance of second-year law students from Michigan's Environmental Law & Policy Program. Its release nearly coincides with the second anniversary of the spill near Marshall, Mich., which sent approximately a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries and contaminated 30 miles of a river that flows into Lake Michigan.

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