2008 News Archive
Innocence Clinic co-founder honored by ACLU of Michigan
Michigan’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union feted Michigan Law professor and ACLU Cooperating Attorney David Moran this month as its Annual Dinner Honoree in a gathering at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.
The Nov. 22 dinner featured a keynote speech from noted actor, singer and activist Harry Belafonte.
Prof. Moran received the award because of his outstanding work for the ACLU, which included representation in the U.S. Supreme Court on four cases. Key issues in the cases included the right of indigent criminal defendants to attorneys on their appeals and whether police could use evidence they found inside a house, even though they entered the house unlawfully.
Michigan Law’s ECJ stagiaires converge on Luxembourg
With three Michigan Law graduates serving as stagiaires at the European Court of Justice this academic year – and several more having served in the recent past – the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is beginning to take on a distinct Ann Arbor flavor.
The three alumni – Dana Kaersvang ‘06, Antonia Eliason ’07, and Tina Orsolic ’08 (LL.M) – are among a limited number of graduates from top American law schools with the opportunity to work in the chambers of an ECJ judge or advocate general.
Archbishop Tutu delights Michigan Law students with personal visit
A visit to U-M by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu led to the chance of a lifetime for a dozen Michigan Law students Oct. 30: a private lunch with a Nobel laureate.
It was a joyous, informal brown-bag affair, with water bottles and sandwiches set out on a square table in a conference room at the Rackham Building.
Not much actual eating went on.
Regents approve design for U-M Law School building project
The University of Michigan Board of Regents today approved schematic designs for construction that will expand instructional space at the University's top-ranked Law School for the first time since the school's main classroom building opened in 1933.
Michigan Law names ten Dean's Fellows for 2008-2009
The Law School this month selected 10 promising second-year law students to carry on the tradition of public service embodied by the Dean’s Public Service Fellows program.
Michigan Law grads land even more prestigious clerkships
The latest figures available from our Legal Research Department show significant gains in judicial clerkship positions from previous years, with a total of 65 accepted judicial clerkships for 2009 as opposed to 48 clerkships for the current year.
Amnesty International official to speak at Michigan Law
Louise Moor, Amnesty International’s Refugee and Migrants’ Rights Officer, will address the contributions Michigan Law has made to refugee rights during an Oct. 17 program celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Law School’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law.
State Bar of Michigan honors 3L for Animal Law work
A third-year student at Michigan Law was honored by the State Bar of Michigan Sept. 19 with the Wanda Nash Award for dedication to the cause of Animal Law. Annise Maguire was nominated for the award by Prof. Joseph Vining, who has been teaching courses in Animal Law at Michigan for many years.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy visits Michigan Law
You’d have been welcome to argue constitutional technicalities with the guest instructor for Prof. Joan Larsen’s recent Constitutional Law class -- although it must be stipulated that Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court has a legal right to insist upon the last word.
Michigan Law embraces incoming class
They build sailboats, win Olympic medals, and can keep up on the violin with Itzhak Perlman. They hold patents, drive Zambonis, and one of them came out number one on an exam in a pool a mere 1.3 billion people deep.
Incoming students take part in integrity ceremony
Michigan Law’s incoming 1Ls will assemble before a federal judge the morning of Aug. 29 to pledge their commitment to studying – and later, practicing – with integrity.
New guarantee boosts students' public service hopes
The University of Michigan Law School has good news for students planning to pursue careers in public interest or government: starting next summer, Michigan Law will launch the Public Service Guarantee – a summer stipend of $5,000 for all 2Ls who obtain summer internships with qualified government or public interest organizations.
Two Michigan Law alums win Supreme Court clerkships
A distinct Ann Arbor flavor will be coming to the United States Supreme Court in time for 2009’s October Term, thanks to two Michigan Law graduates who recently secured coveted high court clerkships.
Overseas faculty member Christopher McCrudden elected to British Academy
Prof. Christopher McCrudden, a Michigan Law affiliated overseas faculty member who teaches human rights law at Oxford, was elected this month as a Fellow in the British Academy.
New law faculty arriving for fall term
The University of Michigan Law School continues its leadership in legal education this fall by welcoming to its faculty four new scholars with wide-ranging interests in time for the coming academic year.
With the Michigan summer heating up, so are the studies of 95 intrepid law students who have become part of Michigan Law’s Summer Starter tradition.
The Council of the American Law Institute – an organization of judges, practicing attorneys and legal scholars that helps improve the American justice system by clarifying and simplifying the law – last month elected Michigan Law Prof. Douglas Laycock to serve as its second vice president.
Professor Margaret Jane Radin, a noted property theorist and scholar of the jurisprudence of cyberspace, has been named a member of the 2008 class of fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is the 10th Michigan Law faculty member to be named to the prestigious academy.
Students at Michigan Law will help shape international deals from microfranchises to multinationals as part of a new International Transactions Clinic being established at the Law School this fall.
Michigan law to launch new innocence clinic in 2009
DNA evidence has already freed dozens of wrongfully convicted prisoners around the country, and that’s one reason Michigan Law’s new Innocence Clinic, opening in January, will focus on a potentially far larger group: prisoners convicted in cases where biological evidence like DNA doesn’t exist.
Yale dean and author gus speth at m law to speak on environment
James Gustave (Gus) Speth, a leading environmentalist and the dean of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will bring his ideas to Michigan Law April 14 as the final speaker in this academic year’s Environmental Law & Policy Program lecture series.
STUDENT FUNDED FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM RAISES $70,000
The Student Funded Fellowships program may have celebrated its 30th birthday this year, but no one is suggesting the event has lost a step as it ages. This year’s program displayed the same verve, enthusiasm, and generosity on the part of the Michigan Law community that have fueled its previous 29 incarnations. And this year, SFF participants also posted a record-breaking total of more than $70,000 to aid students in public service work this summer.
Michigan law professor joins Guggenheim elite
Michigan Law Prof. Richard Primus this week joined an international cross-section of intellectual luminaries when he was awarded one of two inaugural Guggenheim Fellowships in Constitutional Studies.
BACH-ARMAS AND BORGHESAN ARE CAMPBELL MOOT COURT CHAMPS
A Michigan Law tradition dating back more than 80 years culminated in honors for Marcus Bach-Armas and Dario Borghesan, whose arguments at the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court finals March 27 netted them the championship.
2007 graduate named to prestigious Bristow Fellowship
With a highly sought-after appeals court clerkship under his belt, 2007 Michigan Law graduate Shiva Nagaraj has added to an already formidable resume with a coveted Bristow Fellowship at the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office.
campbell moot court finals slated for March 27
Finalists in Michigan Law’s 82-year-old Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition are putting a last coat of polish on their finely-honed arguments as the day of the finals in the annual competition approaches.
Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship in works for M Law 3L
A recently awarded Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship will help Michigan Law 3L Kate Pomper continue her dedication to public service as she helps work through such pressing social issues as public housing, affordable housing, and public education.
Torture, Rule of Law and Security on tap for Levin talk at M Law Michigan's senior senator is scheduled to deliver a Dean's Special Lecture February 18 as part of Michigan Law's 2008 International Law Workshop series.
Children's Law Fellowship Goes To Michigan Alumna
A two-year Zubrow Fellowship from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia will help 2007 Michigan Law grad Emily Keller continue to pursue the passion for children’s law that drew her to law school in the first place.
Michigan Law Hosts Symposium on Diversity in Education
On Saturday, February 9th, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law will be holding its winter symposium, “From Proposition 209 to Proposal 2: Examining the Effects of Anti-Affirmative Action Voter Initiatives” at the University of Michigan Law School. The event will include opening and closing remarks by Dean Frank Wu of the Wayne State University Law School and Dean Guy-Uriel Charles of the University of Minnesota Law School, and will also include panel discussions showcasing many prominent scholars in the field of educational diversity.
Gunderson Gift Helps Keep Renowed Practitioners in Michigan Law Classroom
A generous gift from the estate of distinguished 1930 graduate Harvey J. Gunderson will allow the Law School to create a new professorship to help ensure Michigan Law students continue studying under accomplished legal practitioners who are at the top of their fields.
Three From Michigan Law Land Skadden Fellowships
Three recent Michigan Law students will get a boost in prospective public service careers thanks to newly awarded fellowships from the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.
Dean Announces New Jeffrey F. Liss Professorship From Practice
A newly created professorship at the University of Michigan Law School is designed to add an accomplished legal practitioner to an already formidable faculty of legal scholars, Dean Evan H. Caminker announced today.