University of Michigan Law School - Amicus


Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Amicus editor Lori Atherton at or call 734.615.5663.


Evan Caminker, the Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law and dean emeritus, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune about lawyers who have emerged as U.S. Supreme Court confidants.

Martha S. Jones, associate professor of history, chair of U-M's Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and codirector of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History, was featured on the C-Span program, "Lectures in History: Female Slaves and the Law," on Dec. 6. She also penned a Huffington Post blog, "From Michael Stewart to Michael Brown: A Reflection on #Ferguson October."

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Kristen Brink Rosati, '90

Championing Big Data and Privacy in Health Care

By Amy Spooner

Kristen Brink Rosati, ’90

In an increasing number of doctors' offices and hospitals, patient histories are taken via fingers on a keyboard instead of pens on paper. Doctors consult charts on an iPad, not in a manila folder. Kristen Rosati, '90, is a leader in helping the industry harness the power of digital health information in a manner that protects patient privacy.

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Around the Law School

You've been following current events, and so have Michigan Law students and faculty. From Ferguson to domestic violence in the NFL to Detroit's next steps following bankruptcy, these topics and more were discussed at the Law School during the fall semester. Visit our newsroom for highlights of these and other events.

Your Online Connection to Michigan Law

If you haven't visited Michigan Law's Alumni and Friends website recently, we invite you to take a look. Our refreshed site offers increased emphasis on alumni stories and streamlined navigation. Bookmark us and visit often for the latest alumni news and upcoming events.

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Give the Gift of Maize and Blue

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Give the gift of maize and blue. 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.

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Student Funded Fellowships

Michigan Law's Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) Program provides grants to students who take unpaid public interest internships during their 1L summers. SFF is an entirely student-run organization and needs your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift at

Richard Primus Named Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law

Richard Primus Named Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law

By Lori Atherton

Constitutional law scholar and longtime Michigan Law faculty member Richard Primus has been named the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law. The newly endowed professorship was created with significant support from alumni in gratitude for Prof. St. Antoine's influence on their careers.

Prof. Primus said he was "surprised and delighted" to learn of his appointment to the St. Antoine chair. "When I first arrived at Michigan as a junior faculty member, my office was next to Ted's," Prof. Primus said. "He took me to lunch, gave me my first Michigan football ticket, and was unfailingly welcoming to me. Ted is a beloved figure at the Law School, and the professorship means a lot to me."

Prof. Primus joined the Law School in 2001 and teaches Introduction to Constitutional Law I and II, Equal Protection, and Problems in Constitutional Theory. A popular teacher among students, he has received the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching four times, most recently in 2011.

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Bagenstos Argues Before Supreme Court in Young v. United Parcel Service

Sam Bagenstos

By Lori Atherton

Sam Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 3 on behalf of plaintiff Peggy Young in the pregnancy discrimination case Young v. United Parcel Service. He was widely quoted about the case, including in The New York Times: "What went wrong here is that UPS did not treat Peggy Young as it did any other valued employee," in Bloomberg: "UPS argued they couldn't accommodate pregnant workers because it would violate their collective bargaining agreement and because it would be too burdensome. It turns out that those aren't obstacles to accommodating pregnant workers at UPS," and on NBC News: "[If the pregnancy anti-discrimination law means anything], it must mean that when an employee seeks an accommodation or benefit due to her pregnancy, she is entitled to the same accommodation that her employer would have given her otherwise." For an analysis of the case, read

Conference in Hong Kong to Focus on Public and Private Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Law

Dec. 13–14 Event Presented by Michigan Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong Law Faculty, and U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Nicholas C. Howson

By Katie Vloet

The University of Michigan Law School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong's (CUHK's) Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) at U-M will bring together some of the world's top experts in the public and private enforcement of corporate and securities law at a Dec. 13–14 conference in Hong Kong. The conference marks a significant milestone in global academic engagement by Michigan Law, as well as an occasion to examine the most critical issues affecting globalized capital markets and China's domestic legal system.

"Public and Private Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Law—China and the World," to be held at the Sha Tin campus of CUHK, will feature keynote remarks by the Hon. Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York and Alexa Lam, JP, deputy chief executive officer and member of the Board Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. In addition to the participation of seven Michigan Law faculty, the conference will feature papers presented by academics and officials from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, India, and Japan. 

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Partnerships with Local Firms Abroad Expand Summer Internship Opportunities at MLaw

Hana Damore

By Jenny Whalen

The jet lag had barely worn off when Hana Damore arrived from China for Michigan Law orientation, but already the 1L was planning her return to Asia.

Having spent the previous two years teaching English in China, Damore knew she wanted to spend her 1L summer at a local firm abroad. Persistence, Internet research, and an extensive international alumni community ultimately led her to a nine-week internship at DFDL Legal and Tax Services in Thailand.

The experience proved so incredible that Damore has been working with Michigan Law's Center for International and Comparative Law​, Office of Career Planning, and Office of Development and Alumni Relations to make similar opportunities available for other 1L and 2L students.

"Internships overseas are difficult to establish," Damore said. "It's a different system of law and, depending on the country, there are different explanations for what an internship actually is. In my search, I was relying on the fact that there was a partner out there able to understand what I was asking for and make the idea work."

Michigan Law's International Summer Firm Internship (ISFI) program intends to streamline this process by partnering with local law firms abroad and establishing the internship criteria in advance. The program, which is open to 1L and 2L students, will be offered for the first time during the summer of 2015.

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