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MLaw's New Summer Starters Settling In

June 1, 2011
Contact: John Masson, 834.647.7352,

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—They've fought in the fields of Iraq, toiled in far-off lands in the Peace Corps, and sung in the Beijing Olympics. They're engineers and journalists and Fulbright Scholars, and now they're something else, too: Michigan Law Summer Starters.

The 85 students hail from all over the country and all over the world, and they arrived in Ann Arbor at the end of May to begin a three-year journey leading to a JD degree that will change their lives.

Michigan Law Admissions Dean Sarah Zearfoss, who said she's especially proud of this group, helped welcome the new students to Hutchins Hall.

The students also heard from Dean Evan Caminker and other Michigan Law leaders. And they worked out their assignments for another Michigan Law custom: Service Day, a community service outreach traditionally held immediately after new students arrive in spring and fall.

In between events the new students mingled in the Law Quad, learning each other's names and interests—which, as usual, are wide-ranging.

Picture, if possible, the student who listed interests including "knitting" and "body-building." Or the one who works helping to recover kidnapping victims. Then there's the student who worked as a mapping analyst for the Republican National Committee, or the one who once worked as a press secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton (maybe they'll room together).

Other students flew helicopters for the Marine Corps, or grunted it out on the ground as noncommissioned officers. One suited up for the Michigan Wolverines football team—when he wasn't working as a bouncer at a local pub or doing considerable volunteer work for charities.

All can expect to be tested during the year to come. But Zearfoss said they're up to the challenge.

"This is going to be a group we're all happy to have around—engaged and engaging, smart but also fun," Zearfoss said. "Is it a mere coincidence that their arrival coincided with the long-awaited arrival of summer after our second-rainiest spring ever? I think not."

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