The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 10.2–2.2017

U-M Board of Regents Reappoints Dean Mark West for Second Term


The University of Michigan Board of Regents has reappointed Dean Mark D. West, Nippon Life Professor of Law, to a second five-year term, effective September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2023. The reappointment follows an extensive review process and recommendation by the University's Interim Provost Paul N. Courant.

In his first term, Dean West has focused on a four-point plan encompassing teaching and curriculum, enhancing student life and the broader intellectual community at the Law School, resources for students, and support for faculty research and external engagement. He also has revitalized the Law School's Educational Environment Committee, demonstrating his commitment to allocate resources to make real progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.  


Lip-Syncing and an Absence of Blue Jeans Highlight Professor Krier's Blue Jeans Lecture

By Allison Hight, 2L

While delivering the Law School's winter-term Blue Jeans Lecture, Professor James Krier challenged his audience's expectations from the beginning. "I didn't wear jeans today," he pointed out. "I'm not going to be programmed to do so just because someone says this is a blue jeans lecture." Krier, who is the Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law, also expressed his dislike of lectures as a whole. "I like spontaneity, and that's usually absent from lectures. I think I'm better if everything is extemporaneous."

Michigan Law's Blue Jeans Lecture, a semi-annual event sponsored by the Law School Student Senate, provides an "opportunity for professors to give life advice as lawyers and as human beings." Despite critiquing the event's terminology, Krier lived up to its purpose by delivering both an unconventional and approachable presentation, complete with several minutes where he lip-synced from a pre-recorded version of himself giving part of the lecture.


Love Notes 

The Headnotes a cappella group made the rounds at the Law School on February 14, delivering Valograms (singing Valentines) to unsuspecting students and professors, who were good sports about the special attention. Click through our image gallery for highlights of the performances. 

Alumni Profile

Matt Gregory, '14, Receives Clerkship with Justice Anthony Kennedy

By Lori Atherton

Matt Gregory, '14, received an unforgettable gift last Christmas when he was offered a coveted clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 2017 term.

Justice Kennedy personally called Gregory the day after his in-person interview, which was held in late December, to share the good news. "It's certainly not a call I ever expected to get," Gregory says. "It took a while for everything to sink in, and it's still a bit surreal. Justice Kennedy is someone I have a lot of respect and admiration for, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to clerk for the Supreme Court."

Summer Mock Interview Program

Alumni who are interested in sharing their interviewing expertise are invited to volunteer for the 2017 Summer Mock Interview Program sponsored by the Office of Career Planning (OCP). The program is open to all alumni and helps rising 2Ls develop and hone their interview skills in preparation for the fall interview season. Alumni will be matched with students working in summer jobs in their cities, both in the United States and abroad. Mock interviews will be conducted in the alumni's place of employment during regular business hours and will last approximately one hour. If you would like to volunteer for the Summer Mock Interview Program, please complete this short survey. If you are matched with a student in your city, OCP will contact you with specific details. For more information, email
Student Funded Fellowships 

Want to get your 2017 charitable giving off to a strong start? Consider supporting Student Funded Fellowships (SFF). SFF is a Michigan Law organization that provides grants to students who take unpaid, public interest internships during their 1L summers, as well as guaranteed, non-interest-bearing loans for all 1Ls during their first summer, regardless of 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. And, if you make a gift in the next few weeks, your contribution will be acknowledged in the program for the 2017 SFF Auction, happening March 23. To learn more about SFF, email, and to make a donation, visit SFF's Giving Blue page.
Show Your MLaw Spirit

Looking to refresh your maize-and-blue apparel for spring? 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 16: 12th Annual APALSA Origins Banquet (featuring May Liang, '89, cofounder, general counsel, and CFO of OpenConcept Systems, Inc.)

March 24: 32nd Annual Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship Banquet (featuring Gloria Santona, '77, executive vice president and general counsel of McDonald's Corporation)

March 25: 39th Annual Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Gala (featuring Broderick Johnson, '83, former assistant to President Obama and former cabinet secretary and chair of My Brother's Keeper Task Force)

March 24–26: African American Alumni Reunion (early-bird registration ends March 3; final registration ends March 17)

April 29: Alumni and Friends Service Day

June 9–11: European Alumni Reunion

Faculty News and Accolades

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in Bloomberg about Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, a disability-rights case involving a young girl who was denied the use of her service dog in school. Bagenstos, representing the Fry family, argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall; the Court ruled in his clients' favor 8-0 in a decision released February 22.

Clinical Professor David Moran, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was quoted in The Detroit News, Fox 2 Detroit, and WDIV- Detroit about client Lamarr Monson, who was released from prison after being granted a new trial.

Assistant Professor Nicholson Price was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the true cost of pharmaceutical drugs.

Professor J.J. Prescott has been featured in a variety of media for his Court Innovations project, the first company born of technology developed at Michigan Law to offer equity investment under the new SEC-approved Jobs Act by way of a 4(a)(6) offering. Court Innovations expands access to the courts to all citizens. Here's one recent story: "Court Innovations at Forefront of Next Generation Crowdfunding."

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, authored two pieces for Politico—"Will the Supreme Court Back Trump?" and "Trump Picks Scalia 2.0."

Margo Schlanger, the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, was quoted in numerous media outlets about President Trump's immigration order, including the Los Angeles Times, and was interviewed on Democracy Now! about new immigration rules.

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