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IN THE NEWS


Why litigate, when you can masticate? 2006 grad Bonjwing Lee takes up life as a full-time foodie, according to Eater.com.

Professor David Uhlmann helped newspapers from coast to coast, including The New York Times, explain the significance of a recently released report on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Kathryn R.L. Rand, '93, assumes deanship at North Dakota's sole law school.

Fox Business goes point/counterpoint with Michigan Law professors Jim Hines and Reuven Avi-Yonah in a story about their Congressional testimony on taxing offshore profits.

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ALUMNI PROFILE


José D. Padilla, '83

José D. Padilla, '83

By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

When José Padilla graduated from Michigan Law, the last thing on his mind was going back to school.

Nearly a decade later, working on Capitol Hill for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, Padilla advised on higher education issues as a legislative assistant and lawyer. He was struck by the power of education to change lives, and the impact remains with him today.

Since 2005 Padilla has been vice president and general counsel of DePaul University in Chicago, the nation's largest Catholic university, whose historic mission embraces access for all. He previously worked as an attorney and lobbyist for Illinois Institute of Technology, a Chicago research university.

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COMING UP


Oct. 4: Michigan Court of Appeals holds oral arguments starting at 10 a.m., Room 100, Hutchins Hall.

Oct. 6: Slavery Against the Law: Enslavement and Human Trafficking in Historical Perspective, from the Amistad Captives (1839) to Siliadin v. France (2005)

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

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


By John Masson, Amicus editor

The opening September 7 of the magnificent glass-roofed Robert B. Aikens Commons left little doubt about where the social heart of the Law School now lies.

Several hundred students, faculty, and staff formed up outside four new sets of double doors leading into the space from Hutchins Hall. When the doors finally swung open precisely at noon (after the last construction worker had finished polishing the last piece of trim), a flood of humanity broke over the Commons' comfortable furnishings like a wave and settled in as if the place had always been there.

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Sam Zell

Michigan Law Launches Groundbreaking Entrepreneurial Law Program

Free legal clinic will serve student entrepreneurs


By John Masson, Amicus editor

A rare program in entrepreneurship and law launching this fall at the University of Michigan Law School will steep student lawyers in the arts of entrepreneurial businesses and also lead to groundbreaking entrepreneurial opportunities for students University-wide.

The Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program establishes a clinic to offer free legal advice to Michigan's burgeoning number of student entrepreneurs, while simultaneously boosting the Law School's curriculum to train law students to better serve both start-up and existing entrepreneurial businesses. This dual approach, combined with the depth and scope of resources involved across the full spectrum of the University, makes the ZEAL program unique.

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Recently retired Law Library Director Margaret Leary  examines life of MLaw benefactor

A Different Kind of Cook Book

Recently retired Law Library Director Margaret Leary examines life of MLaw benefactor


By John Masson, Amicus editor

When Margaret A. Leary came to work at the Law Library at the University of Michigan in 1973, she found an unexpected item in a vault in her office: a large black object that turned out to be the death mask of Michigan Law's most famous benefactor, William W. Cook.

Thus began a three-decade fascination with the life and work of Cook, best known at the Law School as the man whose generous bequest simultaneously launched the school into the top rank of legal education and gave Ann Arbor perhaps its most recognized buildings—the magnificent Law Quadrangle that bears Cook's name.

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Eric Stein

Memorial Celebration Planned for Professor Eric Stein, "Europe's Prophet," who died at 98


By John Masson, Amicus editor

A celebration of the life of beloved Michigan Law Professor Eric Stein, who died in late July after an illness, will be held at the Law School Oct. 30.

Stein, who first came to the University of Michigan Law School as a refugee from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, was universally acknowledged as the father of legal scholarship on the European Union. His passing at age 98 means the loss of two bridges in the legal world—one spanning the Atlantic, and the other spanning the pre- and post-World War II eras.

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Law School announces first Distinguished Alumni Awards

Law School announces first Distinguished Alumni Awards


By Becky Freligh, Law School Development

From a pool of more than 20,000 alumni, Michigan Law has chosen three inaugural recipients of the new Distinguished Alumni Award: the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, '65; Robert B. Fiske Jr., '55, HLLD, '97; and Richard W. Pogue, '53.

"We are thrilled to name these exemplary alumni as the first honorees of this prestigious new award," said Dean Evan Caminker. "Their professional achievements are of the highest order, and their dedication to the Law School is unsurpassed."

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Profesor Mark West talks about his new book, Lovesick Japan

Labor of Love

Profesor Mark West talks about his new book, Lovesick Japan


By John Masson, Amicus editor

A new book by Michigan Law Professor Mark D. West takes a lively look at the painful reality of love, as seen through the eyes of Japanese judges.

Lovesick Japan: Sex/Marriage/Romance/Law is the fifth book for West, the Nippon Life Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the Law School. He has written Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States(2006); Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes (2005); and Economic Organizations and Corporate Governance in Japan (2004). He is also an editor of The Japanese Legal System: Cases, Codes, and Commentary(2006).

The latest book sprang, West said, from a classroom discussion of divorce law in Japan. But don't take our word for it—instead, play the short video interview with the author.