Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer to Deliver Senior Day Address May 6

By Lori Atherton

University of Michigan graduate and political thriller author Brad Meltzer, AB, '92, will deliver the spring commencement address at Michigan Law’s Senior Day on Friday, May 6.

Meltzer, who also earned a JD from Columbia Law School, has written 10 novels that have made The New York Times bestsellers list, including The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, and The Fifth Assassin. His latest book, The President’s Shadow, part of the Culper Ring Series, was released in 2015.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez Visits Michigan Law

By Lori Atherton

"Keep an open mind, and the phone will ring with opportunities you've never dreamed of," U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told Michigan Law students during an informal meeting February 8. "I enjoy that I've had to reinvent myself several times over the course of my career."

His other advice for students? Find a mentor, find a job you enjoy doing, and do your job and do it well.

Secretary Perez, who visited Michigan Law hours before he was scheduled to give a talk at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, met with 2Ls and 3Ls who are taking Employment Law, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, and Constitutional Litigation classes with Sam Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law. Professor Bagenstos and Secretary Perez are former colleagues who worked together in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.


Alumni Profile

Jayne Rizzo Reardon, '83: Leading the Charge for Professional Responsibility

By Amy Spooner

When it comes to lawyers behaving badly, Jayne Rizzo Reardon, '83, has been on both sides of the table. She spent a decade in enforcement—with Illinois' Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)—and now has logged a decade in prevention, as head of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

It's a good thing she has a solid left brain-right brain balance.
Student Funded Fellowships Auction

Mark your calendars for the annual Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) Auction on Thursday, March 17, in Hutchins Hall 100. All alumni are invited to attend the auction or bid electronically on items through the mobile app Handbid. Look for an email in the coming weeks with more information about participating in the event. SFF is a Michigan Law organization that provides grants to students who take on unpaid public-interest internships during their 1L summers. To learn more about SFF or to make a donation, email
2016 Summer Mock Interview Program

Michigan Law alumni working in private practice who are interested in sharing their interviewing expertise are invited to volunteer for the 2016 Summer Mock Interview Program. This program is designed for rising 2Ls to help them develop and hone their interview skills in preparation for Early Interview Week. If you would like to volunteer for the Summer Mock Interview Program, please complete this short survey. If we are able to match you with a student in your city, we'll be in touch. For more information, contact the Office of Career Planning at or 734.764.0546.
Update Your Wardrobe with 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

March 3: New Hampshire Alumni Reception

March 3: MLaw Breaks Reception in Detroit

March 18: Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship Banquet

March 19: Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Banquet

March 31: Alumni Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Faculty News and Accolades

Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, "Google's Parent Could be Big Winner in Intel Tax Dispute."

Sam Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in The Daily Beast, "The GOP's Worst Nightmare SCOTUS Nominee," and in The Washington Post, "Don't believe the hype: Here's what a liberal Supreme Court would actually do."
Clinical Assistant Professor Steve Gray, director of the Unemployment Insurance Clinic, was quoted in The Guardian about Michigan's faulty unemployment system.

Sam Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, was quoted in the BBC News and The Huffington Post about the Registry's 2015 exonerations report.

James Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, was quoted on ABC News (Australia) about Manus and Nauru refugees.

Adjunct Professor Joan Larsen authored the New York Times op-ed, "What I Learned from Justice Scalia."

Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, "Experts: Trump Can Play Adele's Sad Songs As Much As He'd Like."

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of law, authored op-eds in Politico Magazine"Why the Court Will Lean Left Even Without a Scalia Replacement" and "The Ted Cruz Citizenship Fight is Bogus—But Still Matters"—and was quoted in The Guardian article, "Antonin Scalia: Liberal clerks reflect on the man they knew and admired."

Professor Gil Seinfeld was quoted in The Washington Post about the Flint water crisis.

David Uhlmann, the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, was quoted in The Washington Post, "Did Flint's contaminated water cause deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' outbreaks?", and in The Wall Street Journal, "U.S. Bid to Prosecute BP Staff in Gulf Oil Spill Falls Flat".

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