The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 11.5–5.2018

Student Award Winners Celebrated at Senior Day

By Jordan Poll

Michigan Law’s Senior Day celebration, held May 4, featured Glynn Washington, ’96—the host and executive producer of Snap Judgment, the radio show/podcast/stageshow/television program distributed by NPR affiliate, WNYC—as its guest speaker. Johannah Walker, a member of the Class of 2018, was the student speaker. Both offered words of wisdom to graduates: Washington stressed the importance of remaining connected to one’s Law School classmates, while Walker spoke of the power of a Michigan Law degree and reminded graduates of the obligations that it holds.

During the ceremony, candidates for juris doctor, master of laws, master of laws in international tax, and doctor of the science of law degrees were hooded and received their certificates of Lawyers Club membership.

In addition, four graduating students were recognized for their exceptional leadership, academic excellence, and contributions to the Law School community, and were presented with the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, Jane L. Mixer Memorial, and Irving Stenn Jr. awards. They join five other recipients from the 2017–2018 academic year.


Inaugural Michigan Law Team Competes in Prestigious Vis Moot

By Lori Atherton

Michigan Law recently sent its first-ever team to compete in the 25th annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. More than 360 teams from 82 countries participated in the prestigious competition, the goal of which is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration.

The Law School’s Vis team was composed of seven 1Ls: Andrew Bulovsky, Shane Callaghan, Lindsay Wardlaw, Fiona Gaul, Robby Turner, McKenzie Southworth, and Lixin Lin. They began preparing for the brief-writing portion of the competition last October, when the legal problem was distributed to participants. The problem focused on a contract dispute between companies in two fictional countries.

Child Welfare Appellate Clinic Spearheads New Legislation

By Kristy Demas

“There is no way we’re going to win this,” was not what Clinical Professor Vivek Sankaran, ’01, wanted to hear from his students. But he had to admit, the case looked grim.

Sankaran, who is the director of Michigan Law’s Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, was working with a group of student-attorneys to help a mother regain custody of her young son after a neighbor found him wandering outside early one Saturday. By Monday morning, Child Protective Services (CPS), in accordance with Michigan law, had removed the three-year-old from his home. The law stipulated that because his mother, Michelle Gach, had a prior termination of parental rights on her record, CPS could permanently terminate her rights for any subsequent violation. Gach had no recourse—or so she thought.

Alumni Profile

Kara Brockmeyer, ’92: FCPA Expert Transitions to Private Practice

By Lori Atherton

It’s been a year since Kara Brockmeyer, ’92, retired from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after spending 17 years with the organization. She transitioned to the other side of the table, and is now a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Debevoise & Plimpton. A member of the white collar and regulatory defense and strategic crisis response and solutions groups, she represents companies and individuals in government investigations and handles internal investigations for companies in which their board of directors or management has identified issues that need to be reviewed.

“Not surprisingly, given my background and expertise, the majority of what I’m doing focuses on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and allegations of foreign bribery or corruption,” said Brockmeyer, who spent her last five and a half years with the SEC as head of its FCPA enforcement unit. “This can mean representing a U.S. company that’s doing business abroad and has run into problems or has questions, or representing a foreign company that issues stocks in the United States and is subject to U.S. laws. I also do a lot of advising for both domestic and international clients on how to stay out of trouble.”
Alumni and Friends Service Day Celebrates 10 Years

Whether it was delivering meals to senior citizens or helping a farming initiative prepare the ground for planting, Michigan Law alumni answered the call to serve their communities on April 28. More than 102 alumni in 10 locations throughout the United States participated in the 10th Annual Alumni and Friends Service Day. View an image gallery from the event.
Support for Michigan Advocacy Program Extended

Michigan Law has renewed its support for the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). MAP encompasses direct legal services programs, including Legal Services of South Central Michigan, through which Michigan Law students provide pro bono advice and representation to low-income members of the Ann Arbor and surrounding communities.
Show Your Law School Pride

Looking to upgrade your Law School apparel? The Law School and the M Den make it easy to purchase specialized Michigan Law apparel 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 the Law School to help support the activities of our student groups.

Coming Up

May 31: Detroit Summer Gathering

June 10: Chicago Club at the Chicago Cubs

June 19: Ann Arbor Summer Gathering

June 19: Chicago Summer Gathering

July 12: New York City Summer Gathering

July 15: Los Angeles Football Club Soccer Outing
July 25: Washington, D.C., Summer Gathering

August 7–10: Early Interview Week

September 21–23: Reunion Weekend for Emeriti and the Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, and 1988

October 12–14: Reunion Weekend for the Classes of 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013

Recent News Mentions

Professor Nicholas Bagley and Adjunct Professor Eli Savit, ’10, co-authored pieces for The New York Times, “Michigan’s Discriminatory Work Requirements,” and the Notice & Comment blog, “Disparate Impact and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Professor Monica Hakimi authored a piece for Just Security, “Navigating the Terrain at the Intersection of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, was interviewed by the Slovene newspaper Dnevnik about the migration of refugees into Slovenia.

Barbara McQuade, ’91, a professor from practice, was quoted in or appeared on numerous media outlets about the Robert Mueller investigation including MSNBC, Vanity Fair, Time, and Politico.
Clinical Professor David Moran, ’91, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, appeared on Michigan Radio to discuss the exoneration of Richard Phillips, a former client of the clinic and the longest-serving exoneree in U.S. history.

Assistant Professor Nicholson Price was quoted in the Washington Post article, “For Shame: ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Is In Prison, But Daraprim’s Price Is Still High.

Clinical Professor Vivek Sankaran, ’01, director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, authored a piece for the Los Angeles Times, “Rushing foster kids into quick adoptions isn’t always in their best interest.

Clinical Professor Frank Vandervort was interviewed on WILS 1320 about new reporting requirements in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.
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