The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol 9.7 - 12.2016

Law Quad Walkway and Lighting Project to Begin

By Lori Atherton

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved at its December 8 meeting a $6.2 million project for walkway improvements and new lighting in the Law Quadrangle.

The project will consist of three phases. The first phase will focus on the refurbishment of external light fixtures on buildings within the Quad. The fixtures will be removed, cleaned, and upgraded to include emergency lighting functionality. In phase two, lighting around the Quad's perimeter will be upgraded. During the final phase of the project, the slate walkways will be removed and replaced with ashlar bluestone, a durable material that will not be susceptible to breakage during freeze-thaw cycles. More than 23,960 square feet of slate equaling a half-acre (roughly half the size of a football field) will be replaced with the bluestone pavers, which have a natural cleft finish of varying colors and mimic the look of slate.

The project is expected to begin in early 2017. Pathways will be maintained in the Quad while the work is being done.

Annual Report of Giving Available Online

By Lori Atherton

The 2016 Annual Report of Giving, produced by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, is available online. The report lists gifts made between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. For full access to the report, please enter the password donor2016. For additional information, contact the Alumni Office at 734.615.4500 or email

'Meet the Employers' Set for February 21

By Lori Atherton

The Office of Career Planning is accepting registrations for its 2017 Meet the Employers event on Tuesday, February 21, at the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium. Meet the Employers offers 1Ls the opportunity to network with attorneys from firms and other organizations prior to their first summer job. Space is limited and is filling up fast. For more information, contact Erin Allett at or 734.936.3459.

Alumni Profile

Akilah Green, '06: It's a Laughing Matter

By Amy Spooner

A lawyer walks into a bar and tells the bartender, "I'm moving to L.A. to be a comedy writer..."

It's not the setup for yet another lawyer joke. It's Akilah Green's career path, which has pointed toward Hollywood for decades. 

Fall Semester in the Quad

The fall semester is drawing to a close at Michigan Law and, in typical Law School fashion, it's been full of events and happenings. View our pictorial roundup to see what you might have missed.
Support Student Funded Fellowships

Making your year-end charitable contributions? Consider donating to MLaw's Student Funded Fellowships (SFF). SFF provides grants to students who take on unpaid, public-interest internships during their 1L summers, as well as guaranteed, non-interest-bearing loans for all 1Ls during their first summer, no matter the job they take. Michigan Law has one of the most comprehensive 1L summer funding programs in the country, in part because of generous support from alumni like you. To learn more about SFF or to make a donation, email
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.

Coming Up

December 16: Senior Day

January 5: AALS Reception in San Francisco

March 24–26: African American Alumni Reunion

June 9–11: European Alumni Reunion

Faculty News and Accolades

Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, was quoted in the Bloomberg article, "Americans Are Paying Apple Millions to Shelter Overseas Profits."

Professor Nicholas Bagley was quoted in the Modern Healthcare article, "The State of the ACA's Risk Corridors."

Rebecca Eisenberg, the Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law, was quoted in The Atlantic about the science-patent dispute involving the gene-editing technique CRISPR.

Ellen Katz, the Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law, was quoted in The New York Times article, "After Bitter Campaign, Election Positions Trump to Shape Rules on How You Vote."

Clinical Professor David Moran, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was named a Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News.

Professor Leonard Niehoff authored The Detroit News op-ed, "The Marketplace of Ideas Has Crashed."

Adam Pritchard, the Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal about potential changes to the Dodd-Frank law.

Clinical Professor Dana Thompson, director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, was quoted in the Financial Times article, "How to Bring Out Every Lawyer's Inner Entrepreneur."

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