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 Prof. John Reed and Ted Lawrence

Michigan Law student earns Supreme Court Historical Society award

By John Masson
Oct. 26, 2012

John Reed, Michigan Law's Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus, is glad to serve on the board of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.

For one thing, it means he gets to be on hand to present the Society's awards to meritorious students like 3L Ted Lawrence, who was honored this week based on his superior performance in Prof. William Novak's Early American Legal History class.

The award, the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Law Student Prize, is part of a new Society initiative geared broadly toward younger people. Awards were made at several schools around the state.

"We try to encourage, among those who are becoming lawyers, an appreciation of the history and role of the Michigan Supreme Court in shaping the law of our state," Prof. Reed said. As for Michigan Law in particular, Prof. Reed said, "one of my concerns is that a lot of lawyers in the state don't think of Michigan Law as a Michigan law school."

Nothing could be further from the truth, Prof. Reed said. Michigan regularly graduates lawyers who work all over the state, as well as making up a sizeable proportion of its judges and other legal officials.

In the case of Lawrence's award, members of the Society determined that the recipient of the top grade in Novak's Early American Legal History course would earn the award, which included a $500 check.

"So they got a Michigan Law winner, who also is from Michigan," said Lawrence, who grew up in Ann Arbor and was in Prof. Reed's office to pick up the award. "It seems to have worked out."

 

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