The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 10.7–12.2017

Michigan Law Graduate Elected to Constitutional Court of Croatia

By Lori Atherton 

Michigan Law graduate Goran Selanec has been elected a justice of the Constitutional Court of Croatia for an eight-year term ending in October 2025. Justice Selanec, who received his LLM in 2002 and his SJD in 2012 from Michigan Law, is the youngest person ever elected to the Court.


Grads Giving Back

During the month of November, our Grads Giving Back web series highlighted ways that Michigan Law graduates are going above and beyond to serve their local communities outside of the office. Read how Thomas Bean, ’86, found his spark; why giving back is its own reward for Nancy Williams, ’81; how Reena Bajowala, ’05, turns outrage into action; and why Ronald Kahn, ’73, serves the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

Thank You

Thanks to all who made a gift to the Law School on Giving Blueday. In just 24 hours, 246 donors gave $65,439 in support of the people and programs that make Michigan Law great. The generosity and loyalty of our alumni and friends set Michigan apart and demonstrate the lifelong connection of our community. We appreciate you being a Victor for Michigan Law!

Alumni Profile


Bayrex Marti, ’06: Helping Students Navigate Law School Life

By Lori Atherton

Bayrex Martí, ’06, had numerous mentors at Michigan Law who helped him succeed academically and professionally. As the Law School’s new assistant dean for student life, Martí is paying it forward by helping the next generation of students navigate law school life.

Martí joined the Law School in October from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, where he was the executive director of admissions and financial aid. Prior to that, he served as the director of recruitment and associate director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

“This is an amazing opportunity, and I’m happy to be back at my alma mater,” Martí said. “There’s an energy here, and it’s something I haven’t gotten anywhere else. I feel invigorated coming to work every day.”

Martí replaces David Baum, ’89, who served for 22 years in the role before becoming the associate director in U-M’s Office for Institutional Equity in August. Following in Baum’s footsteps is “wonderful, but surreal,” Martí said, particularly since Baum encouraged him to consider administration as a career path.
Eve Primus Honored

Professor Eve Brensike Primus, ’01, was presented the 2017 L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching on November 15 at a wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Law School Student Senate. Primus spoke about her previous work as a public defender at a Blue Jeans Lecture earlier that day. “I’m touched that students selected me to receive this award,” Primus said. “It shows they understand that I truly do care about teaching, and they understand why I expect so much of them.”
Support Student Funded Fellowships

Making your year-end charitable contributions? Consider donating to Student Funded Fellowships (SFF). SFF is a Michigan Law organization that provides grants to students who take on unpaid, public interest internships during their 1L summers. Thanks to generous alumni like you, Michigan Law has one of the most comprehensive 1L summer funding programs in the country, which supports grantees like 2L Caroline Howe. “My summer at the New Orleans Public Defenders showed me some of the worst of what our criminal justice system is capable of, but also allowed me to learn from some of the most passionate advocates I have ever met," said Howe, who wants to pursue a career as a public defender. 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 22: Senior Day

January 4: San Diego Reception/AALS Meeting

January 20: Tokyo Alumni Reception (save the date)

Recent News Mentions

Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted extensively by the media about the “Paradise Papers” leaked documents.

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in The Intercept article, “The First Amendment Case that Coud Upend Abortion Law.” In addition, he co-authored (with Michigan Law Adjunct Professor Eli Savit, ’10) a guest column for The Detroit News: “Bias against LGBT on the basis of ‘sex’.”

Kyle Logue, the Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professor of Law, authored a guest column for the Detroit Free Press: “Treat auto insurance like the civil rights issue it is.”
Catharine MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, was quoted in numerous media outlets about sexual harassment allegations, including in U.S. News & World Report and The New Yorker.

Barbara McQuade, ’91, a professor from practice, regularly appears as a commentator on MSNBC. She also authored a piece for The Washington Post: “Appointing a special counsel for Clinton would damage the Justice Department.”

Nina Mendelson, the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in The Intercept about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in Newsweek about presidential impeachments.
Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Amicus editor Lori Atherton at