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Prof. Adam Pritchard talks to the New York Times about a federal judge's rejection of a settlement deal between Citigroup and the SEC.

Prof. Richard Friedman talks to the Los Angeles Times about Scalia’s originalism and the Confrontation Clause.

Prof. Catharine MacKinnon coauthors a New York Times op-ed on what can be gleaned from accusations against Herman Cain.

Greg Stanton, '95, elected mayor of Phoenix, The Arizona Republic reports.

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Chad A. Readler, '97

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

Chad A. Readler

Part of the American delegation takes a break in the courtyard of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies in Nairobi. From left to right: U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore of Texas, 1997 grad Chad Readler from Jones Day, delegation leader and U.S. Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams of the 7th Circuit, Michael Ginsberg from Jones Day, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of Illinois, and U.S. District Judge Donald Graham of Florida.

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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 will be available soon.

Shopping All Year Long

Now there's no reason why school spirit can't meet the holiday spirit—all year long.

That's because the Law School and The M Den are teaming up to make specialized Michigan Law apparel available online through the brand-new 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 MLaw Marketplace 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.


Dec. 22: Senior Day.

Grand Opening of Robert B. Aikens Commons and Kirkland &  Ellis Café Draws Hundreds

A Culture of Caring

Culture Show helps student groups raise cash for charity

By John Masson, Amicus editor

From the leaps of a Bollywood dance to the lilt of a gentle folk tune—and just about everywhere in between—2011's Michigan Law Culture Show spanned the globe in celebration of the many cultures that come together to form Michigan Law.

The third annual Culture Show, held this month and led by many of the Law School's student groups, sold out the Michigan League's Mendelssohn Theatre and raised money for Ozone House, an Ann Arbor facility for families in crisis. Thirteen acts took the stage, but for the first time this year, not all the acts were students. See which members of the faculty twisted the night away in this Michigan Law video, produced by the Law School's web designer, Alex Lee. Or check out a slideshow by noted Ann Arbor photographer Leisa Thompson.

Bridgette Carr

Marie Claire names Bridgette Carr, '02, "Top Lawyer" for work fighting human trafficking

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Professor Bridgette Carr, a 2002 Michigan Law graduate who founded the Law School's Human Trafficking Clinical Program in 2009, has been named one of 16 Women on Top by Marie Claire magazine.

Carr was named the year's Top Lawyer by the magazine in its second annual presentation of the award. The honor followed months of research by the magazine, which sought out women under 40 who lead in business, finance, fashion, film, science, and more. (Incidentally, two of the other honorees—Top Green Engineer, Angela Harris, and Top Military Commander, Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer—also received degrees from U-M.)

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Bill Miller

Having it to lose: Bill Miller's Losing It finds sweet spot

By John Masson, Amicus editor

"Affable misanthropy," like "military intelligence," seems like an oxymoron at first.

And then you meet Bill Miller.

For a man who's spent his scholarly career dabbling in the least-pleasant environs of his own soul—and the collective soul of humanity, with courses like Bloodfeuds, his highly sought-after examination of score-settling in medieval Iceland—Michigan Law's Thomas G. Long Professor of Law may have reservations about the human race's claims to nobility.

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Martha Bergmark

Martha Bergmark, '73, is honored at White House's Champions of Change program

By John Masson, Amicus editor

The White House's Champions of Change program recently honored Michigan Law grad Martha Bergmark and 15 other lawyers from around the country who help ensure that poor and marginalized people have access to justice.

The program and panel discussion—hosted by Attorney General Eric Holder and webcast live to hundreds of law students all over the country, including a roomful at Michigan Law—served to highlight the longstanding tradition of public service of Michigan Law grads.

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J.J. Prescott

Study casts doubt on sex-offender notification laws


By John Masson, Amicus editor

While evidence suggests that requiring convicted sex offenders to register with the police reduces the chance they'll re-offend, a recent paper coauthored by a Michigan Law professor shows that publicizing sex offenders' identities actually may increase the likelihood they'll commit another sex crime.

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Rebecca Scott

One of U-M's Highest Honors Awarded to Prof. Rebecca Scott

By Katie Vloet, Law Quadrangle editor

Rebecca J. Scott, professor of law and the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History, has been named the University's Henry Russel Lecturer for 2012. Considered one of the University's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty, the Henry Russel Lectureship is awarded annually in recognition of a scholar's exceptional achievements in research, scholarship and/or creative endeavors, and an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring, and service.

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Law School Fund Marks 50 Years

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

"It was bound to come, and it has come," wrote Dean Allan Smith in the August 1961 issue of Law Quadrangle Notes.

What watershed moment in Michigan Law history was the dean referring to? None other than the creation of the Law School Fund, the oldest annual fund on the U-M campus, marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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Paula Ettelbrick

Longtime Adjunct Paula Ettelbrick

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Paula Ettelbrick, a longtime Michigan Law adjunct professor and pioneering LGBT advocate, died recently after a fight with cancer. Her passing was noted in obituaries in both The New York Times and Britain's The Guardian. Former students are encouraged to send their memories of Prof. Ettelbrick to Pamela Shifman, who is compiling stories about Prof. Ettelbrick to present to her family. Reach Shifman at

Roy F. Proffitt

Emeritus Prof. Roy F. Proffitt

By John Masson, Amicus editor

For several generations of Michigan Law students and alumni, the kindly face of Roy F. Proffitt was also the face of the Law School itself. So it was with great sadness that members of the Law School family recently learned of his death at age 93.

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