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Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in The New York Times regarding the lawsuit brought against Harvard and M.I.T. for failing to provide closed captioning in their online courses, lectures, and other educational materials. He also was quoted in The Huffington Post about the discrimination lawsuit that African American police officers brought against the city of Memphis.

Assistant Prof. Nick Bagley was quoted in The Huffington Post, The National Journal, and other media outlets about the Affordable Care Act case King v. Burwell, which goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

Clinical Prof. Bridgette Carr, '02, director of Michigan Law's Human Trafficking Clinic, was interviewed on Michigan Radio about Michigan's new anti-trafficking laws.

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Gordon Toering, '91:

An Old Fashioned Guy

By Amy Spooner

Gordon Toering, '91

Lawyers don't shy away from a challenge. They carefully construct their arguments, anticipate how to deconstruct their opponents', and present their cases.

Gordon Toering, '91, currently is trying a case in the court of public opinion. Old Fashioned, the first release by his film company, Skoche Films LLC, premiered nationwide on Valentine's Day—opposite the much-hyped Fifty Shades of Grey. Taglines like "Love is Anything but Grey" bill Old Fashioned as the antithesis of its rival—a story of platonic courtship. With a $600,000 budget and an opening weekend of approximately 220 screens, no one expects the film to garner Grey's buzz or revenue. Toering and his partners just wanted to produce a high-quality film that offered a different way of thinking of modern love, and a bit—a "skoche"—of inspiration.

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Justice Ginsburg: I Like to Think Most of My Dissents Will be the Law Someday

Justice Ginsburg: "I Like to Think Most of My Dissents Will be the Law Someday"

Justice Highlights Key Moments in Legal History During Tanner Lecture

By Katie Vloet

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is accustomed to being ahead of her time—and she thinks that her minority opinions in many U.S. Supreme Court cases might be as well.

"I like to think most of my dissents will be the law someday," Ginsburg said to thunderous applause Feb. 6 during the 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values at the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium.

The justice participated in an engaging and spirited 90-minute conversation during which she spoke about milestones in her own life, as well as key moments in the legal history of the past several decades. She talked about her dissent in the Citizens United case in which the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on campaign finance. Ginsburg said that is the decision she would most want to see overturned. She also predicted that the pendulum would swing and that "there will come a time when people are disgusted" with the increasing influence of money in politics.

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International Transactions Clinic Helps Jibu Test Waters of Franchise in Africa

International Transactions Clinic Helps Jibu Test Waters of Franchise in Africa

By Jenny Whalen

When a Jibu​ franchise opens in Uganda or Rwanda—and provides a new community with access to clean, affordable drinking water—traces of that success are felt 7,500 miles away in the International Transactions Clinic (ITC) at Michigan Law.

The source of this shared sense of achievement is the social franchise agreement that ITC students have developed to facilitate Jibu's continued expansion in Africa.

"It has been not just a tremendous pleasure to work with the ITC, but essential to Jibu's success," said Randy Welsch, cofounder and U.S. CEO of Jibu. "We needed to get a social franchise agreement written properly and quickly to be used with our new franchisees who were launching water businesses in Uganda and Rwanda."

Knowing the clinic's reputation for providing top-notch transactional work to social enterprises, Welsch approached ITC Director Deborah Burand in September 2014 to inquire about becoming a client of the clinic. For Burand, the significance of this request went beyond day-to-day business.

"That Randy [Welsch] came to the clinic suggested to me that we have succeeded at our mission of developing world-class legal services for our clients," Burand said. "He didn't come purely for the pro bono benefits. He came for our world-class service. It's a wonderful affirmation of the reputation that our clinic has been able to grow."

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Around the Law School: An Events Roundup

As Michigan Law students and faculty rush toward the end of the winter semester and graduation, there are plenty of activities to keep them hopping. Here, we've compiled some of the big events that are taking place at the Law School in upcoming months. If you're in Ann Arbor on one of these days—or any day, for that matter—stop by and see us.

March 13: Inaugural Brian Simpson Lecture: Gibbons v. Ogden, without the Commerce Clause: Of Steamboats, a River, Slaves, a Quarrelsome Family, a Bank, and the Legal Lives of Two Old Men, 4-6 p.m., Hutchins Hall 132. Free and open to the public.

Presenter: Hendrik Hartog, the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University.

The biennial Brian Simpson Lectures in Legal History bring distinguished scholars to the University and reinforce the longstanding ties between the U-M Law School and the Department of History. This series honors the late Prof. Brian Simpson, who was internationally recognized as one of the most gifted and wide-ranging historians of the English common law. The lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Thomas and Ruth Green Legal History Endowment.​

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