Michigan Journal of Race & Law to Host Symposium on Criminalization of Poverty Feb. 19-20

By Lori Atherton
A two-day symposium focusing on the relationship between poverty and the criminal justice system is being hosted by the Michigan Journal of Race & Law on Feb. 19-20.

"Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty," to be held in South Hall, brings together practitioners and scholars, including Michigan Law professors, to discuss strategies for fighting back against some of the most blatant abuses of the poor, including aggressive policing of poor neighborhoods, prosecutorial discretion, legal categorization of crimes, debtors' prisons, excessive bail, civil asset forfeiture, court fees and fines, and the collateral consequences of such practices.

Four Michigan Law Recipients Named Skadden Fellows for 2016

By Lori Atherton
Third-year Michigan Law students Cari Carson, Julie Kornfeld, and Amanda Merkwae, along with 2013 Michigan Law graduate Charlie Gerstein, have been awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowships for 2016.

The Skadden Fellowships, founded in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, are intended to fund 28 new graduates in full-time work for legal and other advocacy organizations, and encourage graduates to build public-service careers based on helping poor, disabled, elderly, and homeless people, and other underserved groups. Skadden Fellowships are awarded for two years, and cover each fellow's salary and fringe benefits—the equivalent of what they would earn with their sponsoring organizations.

Michael Dubin Joins MLaw as Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

By Amy Spooner
Michael Dubin has joined the Law School as assistant dean for development and alumni relations. He previously served as the director of development, communications, and alumni relations at U-M's School of Education.

"We are thrilled to have Mike join our team at the Law School," said Dean Mark West. "His strong experience and warm personality make him the perfect choice to lead our vitally important development and alumni relations efforts."

Alumni Profile

Brad Brockmann, ’83: Reforming Prisons by Reforming Healthcare

By Amy Spooner
It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Brad Brockmann’s journey of more than 2,500 miles became the pivotal step toward finding his life’s work.

Brockmann, '83, is the executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, which is working to reform (and shrink) the nation’s vast prison system by increasing current and former prisoners’ access to healthcare—particularly mental health and addiction treatment. “By criminalizing treatable diseases and not providing adequate healthcare for the poor, the U.S. created a perfect system for increasing the incarceration rate,” he says. “We have put problems we don’t know how to handle behind bars, where we don’t have to see them.” But with one in nine men and one in 56 women likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime, Brockmann argues it’s time for the United States to get its head out of the sand.
Michigan Law: Student Support
Michigan Law students Seth Buchsbaum, Cari Carson, Omar El-Halwagi, Jennifer Fischell, and Gabriel Lopez received scholarships that helped make their dreams of attending Michigan Law a reality. See how they've leveraged the opportunity to be leaders in the Quad and beyond, and how their Michigan Law educations are positioning them for their future success. View our Victors for Michigan campaign video.
Fall Semester at Michigan Law
The fall 2015 semester at Michigan Law was filled with service, integrity, and culture; celebrations of veterans and a new state Supreme Court justice; and visits from many luminaries from the law and other fields. Enjoy this look back at the fall semester—a sampling of some of the things that make Michigan Law great.
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Coming Up

February 4: ABA Alumni Reception in San Diego

February 6: Michigan Journal of Law Reform Symposium: At a Crossroads: The Future of the Death Penalty

February 19-20:  Michigan Journal of Race and Law Symposium: Innocent Until Proven Poor

February 24: Naples Alumni Dinner

Faculty News and Accolades

Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, coauthored an op-ed with former Senator Carl Levin for The Hill, "Congress Got It Wrong on Unjustified Corporate Tax Loopholes."

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, appeared on Episode 34 of Slate's Amicus podcast, "Labor Pains: The Supreme Court Takes Up a Case That Could Staunch the Flow of Funds to Public Sector Unions," and was quoted in the MSNBC article, "Religious freedom arguments used to weaponize the First Amendment."

Professor Nicholas Bagley was quoted in The Washington Post article, "Foes of Obama's Executive Actions on Guns Should Take Them to Court."

Michael Barr, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, wrote a commentary for CNBC on President Obama's State of the Union address.

Clinical Professor Bridgette Carr, '02, director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press about the reality of human trafficking.

Professor Julian Davis Mortenson was quoted on WWJ-AM about the reaction to President Obama's gun control policies.

Adam Pritchard, the Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law, was quoted in the Bloomberg article, "SAC's Cohen Poised for Hedge Fund Return Under Deal With SEC."

Clinical Professor Vivek Sankaran, '01, was quoted in The Atlantic about the legal standing of free-range parenting.

Margo Schlanger, the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, coauthored "Class-Action Suit Brings Sweeping Changes to Solitary Confinement in New York" for The American Prospect.

Clinical Professor Dana Thompson, '99, director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, was quoted in Crain's Detroit Business about new SEC crowdfunding rules and what they mean for small businesses.

David Uhlmann, the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and director of  the Environmental Law and Policy Program, was quoted in Bloomberg and The Huffington Post about the Volkswagen lawsuit and corporate accountability, and in The New Yorker about the Koch brothers.

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