The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol 10.1 – 1.2017

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Susanne Baer, '93, Stress the Importance of Diverse Communities during U-M Visit

By Amy Spooner

Amid the debate concerning the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, two leading constitutional scholars spoke at the University of Michigan on January 30 about the importance of fostering diverse communities.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Susanne Baer, LLM '93, of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, headlined the first President's Bicentennial Colloquium, "The Future University Community." Justice Sotomayor also received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the event. (Justice Baer, who holds an LLM degree from Michigan Law, received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2014 and is a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan.) The justices' conversation was moderated by former NPR host Michele Norris.


U-M Celebrates Bicentennial in 2017

By Lori Atherton

The University of Michigan is celebrating its bicentennial in 2017 and yearlong activities are planned to commemorate the 200 years since the University's founding in Detroit.

"Over the course of 2017, we will be celebrating U-M's amazing impact on society, and the people who helped shape the leading institution we are today," said U-M President Mark Schlissel. "We also will examine how our University will continue to shape society in the future—through the contributions of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and supporters who make this community so special."

On tap are public festivals, exhibits, and academic programs. One of the first events, a colloquium held January 30 at Hill Auditorium, featured Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Susanne Baer, LLM '93, of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, who is also a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law. Michele Norris, former host of NPR's All Things Considered, moderated the discussion, which explored the future university community and the role of the university in shaping civic life.

To stay informed about news, events, and stories, visit the Bicentennial website.

MJLR to Host February Symposium on Cybersecurity Reform

By Lori Atherton

The Michigan Journal of Law Reform's 2017 symposium, Stemming the Breach: Cybersecurity Reform in the 21st Century, will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in South Hall.

Panel discussions on civil liberties, corporations, and national security are planned. Participants include Gautam Hans, '12, clinical teaching fellow in Michigan Law's Entrepreneurship Clinic and former policy counsel and director of CDT-San Francisco at the Center for Democracy & Technology; Cindy Cohn, '89, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; independent journalist and emptywheel blogger Marcy Wheeler; and Harley Geiger, director of public policy at Rapid7, a company providing IT and security analytics solutions. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, who founded the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence and Global Affairs, will serve as the keynote speaker.

For more information or to register, visit the MJLR website.

Alumni Profile

Cree Jones, '13: Mapping International Investment Treaties

By Jordan Poll

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a subject of national attention, the effectiveness of international investment agreements (IIAs), particularly bilateral investment treaties (BlTs), also has been in the spotlight. One of the more controversial aspects of the TPP allows foreign investors to take the United States to court outside of the U.S. legal system, causing many to argue that such an arbitration mechanism hinders U.S. BlTs from functioning as they were originally designed—to protect the United States and its native investors. In response to the increased attention drawn to BlTs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) initiated the IIA Mapping Project to better understand the trends in IIA drafting.

Skadden Fellow Named

3L Dana Leib has received a coveted 2017 Skadden Fellowship. Leib will work at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where she will represent former foster children who are now young parents facing child welfare proceedings. The Skadden Fellowships, founded by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, annually 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 underserved groups.
MLaw Grad Secures Supreme Court Clerkship

Matthew Gregory, '14, has been offered a clerkship with Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court for the 2017 term. Gregory is an associate in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C., office and practices in the litigation department, focusing on administrative law and appellate litigation. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Gregory served as a law clerk for the Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge, '93, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Give the Gift of Maize and Blue

Know someone in need of maize and blue apparel? 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

February 11: Michigan Journal of Law Reform Symposium: Stemming the Breach: Cybersecurity Reform for the 21st Century

March 24: 32nd Annual Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship Banquet

March 25: 39th Annual Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Gala (register via the African American Reunion website)

March 24–26: African American Alumni Reunion

June 9–11: European Alumni Reunion

Faculty News and Accolades

Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, was quoted in the Financial Times article, "Pricing in a Trump Border Tax."

Professor Nicholas Bagley coauthored an op-ed in The New York Times, "We Will Miss Antibiotics When They're Gone," and was quoted in numerous media outlets about possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, including Politico, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and USA Today.

Evan Caminker, the Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted on Michigan Radio regarding the lawsuit over Detroit school conditions.

James Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam.

Margo Schlanger, the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, was quoted in The Detroit News about the growth of mentally ill inmates in Michigan.

David Uhlmann, the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and the director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, was quoted in numerous media outlets about the Volkswagen criminal settlement, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News via the Associated Press.

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