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Jasper A. Bovenberg, LLM '89

Jasper A. Bovenberg, LLM '89

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

The scene was Paris, the attire pure MDen—an expression of the "true-blue esprit" that Jasper Bovenberg has long associated with Michigan Law.

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Milan reception planned to toast Italian alums' creation of LLM scholarship

The University of Michigan Law School and its Italian alumni will celebrate the establishment of the Italian Alumni Law Scholarship with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in Milan. The scholarship, awarded to students who graduated from law school in Italy and generously funded by Michigan Law alumni living in Italy, provides up to $20,000 U.S. to pursue a Master of Laws degree at the University of Michigan Law School. On behalf of future recipients, grazi tanto!

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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.

Virginia Gordan

Longtime MLaw International Affairs dean to retire; leaves legacy of top-notch global opportunities

By John Masson, Amicus editor

The end of the current academic year will mark a change for Michigan Law's international initiatives with the retirement of longtime Assistant Dean for International Affairs Virginia Gordan.

But what won't change—because it is woven into the Law School's DNA—is the school's internationally recognized commitment to educating its students about international law, foreign legal systems, and how to be effective in a world in which cross-border legal issues are embedded in all manner of human and economic activity.

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Calling all global law aficionados!

Maybe you're up to the challenge of running Michigan Law's multifarious international programs. Maybe you know someone who is. Either way, your alma mater is looking for an administrator with a diverse range of skills to help fill the shoes of retiring Assistant Dean for International Affairs Virginia Gordan.

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MLaw prof. appointed to Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

By John Masson, Amicus editor

It's hard to figure what Michigan Law professor Bruno Simma is going to do for an encore.

Prof. Simma, who recently completed a nine-year term as judge on the International Court of Justice, added to an already impressive international CV when he was appointed to serve on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

more .... Michigan Access Program: Revamped and Revived

Michigan Access Program: Revamped and Revived

By Katie Vloet, Quadrangle editor

Christine Gregory, '96, knows how important the Michigan Access Program (MAP) can be for students, because when she was a student, the program was a fundamental part of her success at Michigan Law.

"I really needed MAP as a student. It's how I got support, it's how I interacted with the Law School," says Gregory, now assistant dean for student affairs.

more .... Prof. Schlanger's paper tackles prison overcrowding

Prof. Schlanger's paper tackles prison overcrowding

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Michigan Law professor Margo Schlanger notes a basic starting point in her forthcoming paper on the continuing court battle about overcrowding in California's prisons: "No floor sleepers."

Which is to say, if you're incarcerated in California, you should at least have someplace to lay your head.

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Douglas Kahn and Lawrence Waggoner

Two MLaw profs. hatch alternative to "Taxmageddon"

By John Masson, Amicus editor

Death and taxes. If you're a retiree, it would be convenient if the former happened before the latter deprived you of your means of support.

Unfortunately for millions of seniors, taxes will become even more central a question Jan. 1, if Congress doesn't extend the current tax rate on the mutual fund and stock dividends seniors—encouraged by the near-zero interest-rate policy of the Federal Reserve—increasingly rely on for retirement income.

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