The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 11.6  I  9.2018

Michigan Law’s Class of 2021: Students Are in the Quad and Ready to Make a Difference

By Kristy Demas

“Sometimes eight hours in the jungle watching a sloth resting could be a bit of a drag, so to stay entertained I would have one earbud in to listen to podcasts and recordings of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments, and one ear free to listen for snakes, jaguars, and other predators,” said Everett Secor of his time with the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica.

So what does a sloth technician have in common with a press manager for the 2014 Asian ParaGames; a writer for Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer; and an aide to Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan? All are part of Michigan Law’s incoming 1Ls—a class that stands out in myriad ways, according to Sarah Zearfoss, ’92, senior assistant dean, who says that this year’s high volume of students—362—is matched by their high quality.

These students have a median LSAT score of 169 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.77—which makes this year’s LSAT/GPA combination the Law School’s second highest ever. On top of their academic excellence, 11 were Fulbright Scholars, nine taught for Teach For America, six served in the U.S. military, three were in the Peace Corps, and 11 percent have advanced degrees.


Applications Being Accepted for MLaw Faculty Fellows Program

Michigan Law has launched a program of two-year fellowships for highly promising scholars with outstanding academic records, giving them an opportunity to develop their scholarship and teaching skills in preparation for the academic job market. Applications are being accepted until October 27 for fellowships that will begin in September 2019. For application details, visit the Faculty Fellows Program website.


Alumni Profile

Jasbina Ahluwalia, ’95: Lawyer-Turned-Matchmaker Helps People Find Love Connections

By Lori Atherton

Sometimes people need a little help finding that special someone. That’s where lawyer-turned-matchmaker Jasbina Ahluwalia, ’95, comes into the picture.

Ahluwalia is the founder of Intersections Match, a professional matchmaking service that connects singles of all ethnicities (with a specialization in those of South Asian backgrounds) throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Intersections Match, Ahluwalia says, is the type of service she wished had been available when she was single more than a decade ago. A second-generation Indian American, Aluwalia didn’t want an arranged marriage, but working as an attorney left her with little personal time to date. She previously practiced commercial insurance coverage law in San Francisco and Chicago.
ICYMI: Law Quad Facelift
ICYMI: Law Quad Facelift
The iconic Law Quadrangle recently underwent infrastructure improvements as part of a $6.2 million renovation project. Along with upgrades to underground utilities, the project included refurbishing light fixtures on all buildings with entrances to the Quad; installing Collegiate Gothic-style light poles around the Quad’s perimeter; and replacing the deteriorated slate walkways with ashlar bluestone pavers.
View a time-lapse video of the changes.
Show Your Law School Pride

Looking to upgrade your MLaw apparel? The Law School and 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

September 27: MLaw Reception during the State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference

October 12–14: Reunion Weekend for the Classes of 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013
October 18: Atlanta Alumni and Prospective Students Reception

December 13: Dear Evan Hansen
Pre-performance Reception in San Francisco


Recent News Mentions

Professor Nicholas Bagley was quoted in numerous media outlets about health care policy including The Wall Street Journal, “Nearly 600 Russia-Linked Accounts Tweeted About the Health Law,” NPR, “A Setback For Massachusetts In States’ Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending,” and Michigan Radio, “Stateside: Kalamazoo Homeless Protests; A Stage Coach Robber’s Brain; Are Schools Really Failing?.”

Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law, was quoted in The New York Times article, “Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonish Has a Breakthrough Idea,” and in the Bloomberg piece, “Antitrust Cops Look to Retool as Washington Flays Tech Firms.”

Catharine A. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, was quoted in a Politico article about the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Professor Leonard Niehoff, ’84, was quoted by Politifact in “Donald Trump Inaccurately Describes Libel Law.”

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, was interviewed by WDET 101.9 (Detroit) about the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Barbara McQuade, ’91, a professor from practice, was quoted in numerous media outlets about the Robert Mueller investigation including Politico, “Manafort to Cooperate with Mueller as Part of Plea Deal,” and The Washington Post, “Robert Mueller’s Real Quest Here is for the Truth: How Paul Manafort’s Plea Brings the Special Counsel Probe Closer to its Endgame.”

Clinical Professor David Moran, ’91, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was quoted in The Detroit News article, “Releases from Bad Convictions Hit Record Level.”

Margo Schlanger, the Wade H. and Dores McCree Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in Salon, “Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh dodges questions related to Mueller probe during hearing.”

David Uhlmann, the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, “Case Alleges Chemical Companies Should Prepare For Unprecedented Storms.” 
Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Amicus editor Lori Atherton at