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Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in the Daily Beast opinion piece, "How Liberals Can Save Obamacare." He also was quoted in a BuzzFeed News article about Scarlett Wilson, the South Carolina prosecutor tasked with prosecuting two high-profile and racially motivated murder cases.

Assistant Prof. Nicholas Bagley was quoted by Christopher Flavelle in his Bloomberg News column, "Next Obamacare Fight: Who Gets the Blame?" He also was quoted about the U.S. Supreme Court's impending ruling on ACA subsidies in numerous outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune, and coauthored a Washington Post opinion piece,  "States Have 'No B Plan' if the Supreme Court Scraps Health-Care Subsidies."

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Jeff Bradford, '13

Perfect Stranger

Jeff Bradford, '13

By Amy Spooner

Jeff Bradford, '13, didn't think it was that big of a deal. But his recent act of do-goodery landed him in The Oregonian, Oregon's largest newspaper.

That's because when he gave $71.89 to the guy with the declined credit card who was ahead of him in line at Costco, that guy happened to be a reporter for the publication. A reporter who was flabbergasted that a stranger would offer him a bailout. "I didn't think it was that remarkable, but he really did," said Bradford. "He later said that he polled his office and to a person, everyone said they wouldn't have done it. His wife said she wouldn't have done it, either."

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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Second Ruling on Issue of Bankruptcy Court 

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Second Ruling on Bankruptcy Court Authority

Prof. John Pottow Played a Leading Role in Both Cases

The Supreme Court of the United States' 6-3 decision in Wellness International Network, Limited v. Sharif was somewhat déjà vu for Professor John Pottow.

Almost a year to the date of its 9-0 ruling in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (EBIA v. Arkison)—which Pottow argued before the Court in January 2014—the U.S. Supreme Court issued a second decision bolstering bankruptcy court authority in Wellness International Network, Limited v. Sharif (May 26)—a case in which Pottow, the John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law, joined Jenner & Block's Catherine Steege to represent Wellness International. Also part of the Jenner team that helped prepare the case were Michigan Law graduates Melissa Root, '03, and Landon Raiford, '08.

"Better late than never, the Court gets it right and notes that its holding is 'nothing new,'" Pottow said. "In vindicating our reading of historical precedents and accepting our best practices reading of the recent fumble of Stern v. Marshall, the Court will calm the bankruptcy waters it disrupted four years ago."

In an opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Court reversed an appellate court decision ruling that the bankruptcy court did not have the constitutional authority to determine even though the parties consented to that exercise of jurisdiction. The ruling also found that such consent may be implied and need not be expressed so long as the consent was knowing and voluntary.

Both EBIA and Wellness International Network serve to clarify the Court's 2011 ruling in Stern v. Marshall, which created jurisdictional chaos by invalidating a central provision of the Judicial Code by calling into question the power of bankruptcy judges to rule on key issues that arise in bankruptcy cases.

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MLaw Grads Net 100 Percent Pass Rate for February Bar in Michigan, New York, and Illinois

MLaw Grads Net 100 Percent Pass Rate for February Bar in Michigan,

Among those who sat for the February 2015 bar, Michigan Law graduates posted a 100 percent passage rate in Michigan, New York, and Illinois—three of the most popular markets among 2014 Law School graduates.

Michigan Law graduates historically have performed well on bar exams across the United States and go on to work for a broad range of employers. The 2014 class spread out to 35 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 foreign countries. Our national placements include private practice (53.2 percent), judicial clerkships (18.7 percent), public interest (12 percent), government (10.7 percent), business (4.5 percent), and academia (0.8 percent). Post-graduation, 97.4 percent of the class was employed or continuing their education, and 99 of The American Lawyer's top-100 firms count Michigan Law graduates among their ranks.​​​​​​​​​​​

Alumni Invited to Support Outlaws' Inaugural Gayla

By Amy Spooner

Affinity organizations like the Black Law Students Association and the Latino Law Students Association have well-established and longstanding traditions of offering scholarships to Michigan Law students. Now Outlaws—a political and social organization that serves the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community at Michigan Law—hopes to establish a similar tradition.

This fall, the group will hold its inaugural Gayla banquet to reconnect with alumni and fundraise for the Spectrum Fund, which was established by Henry Grix, AB '70, JD '77, and Howard Israel, BFA '72, to provide summer funding support for a student working in the field of LGBTQ law. Outlaws' goal is to raise enough that the Spectrum Fund will be able to offer a second fellowship each summer to a member who is spending their 1L summer working in a public interest position.

The Outlaws Gayla will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the Michigan Union's Rogel Ballroom. The event coincides with U-M's Homecoming Weekend, and all alumni and friends are invited to attend. " This is an exciting time for Outlaws, as this will be the first time our group has held its own fellowship banquet in its 30-plus-year history," said co-chairs Kristina Meyer, a 3L, and Caitlin Fitzgerald, a rising 2L.

"Our group's history is one we are proud of, but it is also one that poses unique challenges to hosting such a large alumni event," said Meyer and Fitzgerald. "Unlike other student affinity groups, Outlaws does not have a formal alumni network or even a record of past membership. We hope that this gala will serve as a homecoming, allowing us to reconnect with Outlaws and allies of years past and develop intergenerational relationships."

If you are interested in being added to the mailing list for more information about the Gayla or the Spectrum Fund, complete the Outlaws online survey. "And please help us spread the word to other interested alumni," Meyer and Fitzgerald said. "We want as many alumni and supporters as possible to attend."