Don’t blame the poor for the mortgage meltdown, Prof. Michael Barr argues in a New York Times op-ed co-authored with Gene Sperling.


Valerie Jarrett, with Tom Brokaw on NBC's Meet The Press, on assembling president-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Prima Facie

Cool nights and sunny days left the Law School ablaze in reds, yellows and oranges as October eased into November. A quick click on this photo gallery proves that the leaves weren't all that was orange on the Quad this month.



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Regents approve design for Michigan Law building project

An artist's take on the new Law School building, looking south across Monroe Street from outside Hutchins Hall.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved schematic designs last month for construction projects that will expand instructional space at Michigan Law for the first time since Hutchins Hall opened in 1933.

The regents' vote approved designs by Hartman-Cox Architects of Washington, D.C., working in association with Michigan-based Integrated Design Solutions. The centerpiece of the project is a four-story instructional and administrative building---complementary to the Collegiate Gothic style of the iconic Law Quad---to be built just across Monroe Street, south of the existing buildings. But also integral to the project will be a new Law School Commons area, which will rise in an unused grassy area east of Hutchins Hall and south of the Legal Research Building. More ...

Born to the Purple

LUNCH WITH THE ARCHBISHOP: A dozen Michigan Law students spent more than an hour chatting over lunch with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

A visit to U-M by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu led to the chance of a lifetime for a dozen Michigan Law students Oct. 30: a private lunch with a Nobel laureate.

It was a joyous, informal brown-bag affair, with water bottles and sandwiches set out on a square table in a conference room at the Rackham Building.

Not much actual eating went on. More ...

Dedicated to the law

The sky threatened rain, but there were plenty of smiles at the corner of State and Monroe streets Friday as the Law School dedicated the site of its new academic building.

"Few buildings on campus are as revered and as magnificent as those of the Law Quadrangle," said President Mary Sue Coleman, addressing alumni, students, faculty, staff and University officials who attended the event. "Adding on to this historic complex is not an insignificant act." More ...

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE: One of a parade of visitors pauses to take an artist's take on how the completed projects will look.

Steering a steady campaign course

Now, as throughout the Michigan Difference campaign, members of the Law School’s Campaign Steering Committee are leading by example.

The most recent gifts come from the committee's chairman, Bruce Bickner, '68, and committee member Bill Bogaard, '65. The new commitments move the building expansion and renovation project a total of $2 million closer to the planned 2009 groundbreaking.

The volunteer committee of alumni fundraisers met Saturday in Ann Arbor with Dean Evan Caminker to strategize about raising the remaining $9.4 million needed to break ground. More ...