Spotlight: Prof. Michael Barr

PBS' Nightly Business Report features a lengthy interview with Prof. Michael Barr, now on academic leave as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions.


Focus: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Law School Dean Evan Caminker talk at Hill Auditorium

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Law School Dean Evan Caminker talk at Hill Auditorium about topics as disparate as building Supreme Court consensus and somehow improving the Chief’s severely limited basketball skills.

Prima Facie

Alumni Service Day 2009

Michigan Law alums in cities across the country fanned out one recent weekend to perform service for their communities. See the photos here.

Coming Up:

Nov. 23: The Middle Eastern Law Students Association sponsors a talk on the Goldstone Report: Israel, Gaza, and International Law.

Dec. 4: Law School and U-M's Ross School of Business team up to present symposium on "Markets for Patents: Emerging Practices and Directions for Research." Registration deadline Dec. 1.

Dec. 18: Senior Day ceremonies for December graduates.



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.

$10 Million Aikens Gift Boosts
Building Project
New Law School Commons to bear Aikens name

New Building Project

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

Robert and Ann Aikens have made a $10 million gift to the University of Michigan Law School for the School’s ongoing building expansion and renovation project. Robert Aikens, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is chairman of Robert B. Aikens & Associates L.L.C., a commercial real estate development and management firm based in suburban Detroit, and a 1954 alumnus of the Law School. The gift is the largest ever made to the Law School by a living donor. More ...

Simply Super
New rankings put Michigan Law in second spot

By John Masson, Amicus editor

A new ranking of American law schools finds Michigan Law in second place, trailing only Harvard in the estimation of Super Lawyers magazine.

The ranking system, published last week, reduces the convoluted comparisons used by other ranking systems to a single, eminently practical criterion: the number of graduates who go on to become Super Lawyers. It’s a method Super Lawyers publisher Bill White says makes perfect sense. More ...

Retired military brass push
for Guantánamo closure

Panelists Maj. Gen. William Nash, USA (Ret.), Elisa Massimino, ’88, and Rear Adm. John Hutson, USN (Ret.) address a point during the Law School’s recent panel on Protecting America, Post-Guantánamo.

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Guantánamo Bay almost certainly won’t close on schedule in January, a panel of experts told a Law School audience recently—but that doesn’t mean the Obama Administration’s ambitious public one-year timeline to close the detention facility was for naught.

The panel—comprising the Navy’s retired top lawyer, Rear Admiral John Hutson; retired Major General William Nash, who commanded troops in the first Iraq war and in Bosnia; and 1988 Law School graduate Elisa Massimino—addressed legal problems surrounding the facility, as well as the difficulties of protecting the United States once the prison is closed. The discussion was sponsored by the Law School’s Office of Public Service and moderated by Michigan Law Professor Monica Hakimi. More ...

Law alum continues musical
tradition of holiday cheer

Season's Briefings

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Clearly the holiday spirit, for Lawrence Savell, includes a healthy dollop of music—and legal humor.

The New York City litigator and 1982 Michigan Law grad is releasing his fifth CD, “Seasons Briefings from the LawTunes,” which he composed, performed, and recorded in his home studio in what he dubiously refers to as his spare time. More ...