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


Prof. Michael Barr testified at a recent House Financial Services Committee hearing on proposed reforms to the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Daniel Crane, associate dean for faculty and research and the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law, was cited in a Crain's Detroit Business article on an investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry.

Steven Croley, the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Chris Mansour, '98:

From Big Law to the Big D

By Amy Spooner

Chris  Mansour, '98

As legal director for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI), Chris Mansour, '98, spends a lot of time working with—and on behalf of—young people. But her early attempts at engaging with kids, as a student attorney in Michigan Law's Child Advocacy Law Clinic, didn't go so well.

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Alumni and Friends Service Day

Alumni and Friends Service Day

Early Interview Week

Are you interested in having a Michigan Law student work for your firm or organization next year? After 12 years of being hosted at the Ann Arbor Holiday Inn, Early Interview Week will be held in the Lawyers Club Aug. 7-8 and 11-12. Openings are still available on Aug. 12 if your firm is interested in participating; the registration deadline is Wednesday, July 9. For more details, contact Kim LeClair, recruitment manager in Michigan Law's Office of Career Planning, at or 734.936.3459.

Victors for Michigan Campaign

Want to be a Victor for Michigan? Learn more about the Law School's campaign to raise $200 million in support of students, programs, facilities, faculty, and the Law School Fund.

Shop Blue All Year Long

The Law School and The M Den have teamed up to make specialized Michigan Law apparel available 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 Law School student groups to help support their activities.

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Senior Day Messages Encourage Grads to Embrace Change, Be Authentic

Senior Day Messages Encourage Grads to Embrace Change, Be Authentic

By Jenny Whalen

"Be humble. Take chances. Be a team player. Maintain your integrity. And above all else, be real. Be you." With those words, graduates of the University of Michigan Law School's Class of 2014 joined the likes of American presidents in receiving the expert counsel of Kathryn Ruemmler.

The longest-serving counsel of Barack Obama's presidency, Ruemmler delivered the Law School's Senior Day address May 10, offering Michigan's graduating JDs, LLMs, and SJDs advice gleaned from her own extraordinary career.

(View an image gallery of Senior Day celebrations.)

"Don't worry about what other people think," Ruemmler advised the audience in Hill Auditorium. "I know you are skeptical of this idea, but in my experience if you just allow yourself to be you—your authentic self—and follow your own path rather than comparing your path to that of others, success—success for you—will come."

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Lindsey Stetson, '05, Named Michigan Law's Director of Financial Aid

By Lori Atherton

Discussing how to finance one's law school education and pay back loans can be a daunting prospect for students, but Lindsey Stetson, Michigan Law's newly appointed director of financial aid, hopes to lessen the anxiety surrounding the topic.

Stetson, a 2005 graduate of Michigan Law, was officially named director of financial aid after serving as acting director following last fall's retirement of Katherine Gottschalk, the longtime assistant dean for financial aid. Stetson previously had served as Michigan Law's assistant director of admissions since 2009. Prior to joining the Law School, she practiced corporate transactional law at Miller Canfield in Detroit and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC in Chicago.

"I'm really enjoying my new role and think it's a great fit for my personality, skill set, and background," Stetson said. "I was a corporate transactional attorney, so my knowledge of numbers and how systems work is really helpful in looking at the big picture of financial aid. Having worked in admissions, I interacted with admitted students on how to choose a law school, and now I can counsel them on how to think about finances when making a law school choice, and how to think about debt once they become students and after they graduate."

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Michigan Law Surpasses 100 Clerkships for Second Year

By Lori Atherton

Diana Cieslak, '10, can attest to the invaluable benefits of serving as a judicial clerk. After graduating from Michigan Law, she clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, then put the practical skills she gained to use as an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. She is now completing a second clerkship with the Hon. Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

"I have had a wonderful experience clerking, and have enjoyed that it has exposed me to a wide variety of issues and subject matters," Cieslak said. "I have significantly improved my writing and analytical skills, and reading a variety of briefs and attending numerous oral arguments has given me a better understanding of what makes a strong oral argument. Working for a judge helps you to gain tremendous insight into how the process works behind the scenes."

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Calling Aspiring Law Profs

Are you a Michigan Law graduate hoping to enter the world of legal academia? Are you planning on entering the teaching market in fall 2014? If so, here are some ways Michigan Law can help you in your job search.

Plan to attend the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. To register for the conference, visit and complete the Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) form listing your scholarship, areas of expertise and teaching interests, work experience, and educational background. You will also need to prepare an academic CV, which Michigan Law will circulate on your behalf to the hiring committees of law schools around the country. Need help? A Michigan faculty member can review and comment on your CV and FAR form to help you put your best foot forward. Please send a copy of your CV no later than Monday, July 7, to Please type "CV Review" in the subject line of your email. To be included in the Michigan Law CV book, please submit your finalized CV to the same address no later than Thursday, Aug. 21. Please use "Final CV" in the subject line of your email.

Wondering how to prepare for interviews at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference and for on-campus interviews? Would you like to practice your job talk in front of a panel of Michigan Law professors and alumni? If so, plan to attend the Future Law Professors Workshop at Michigan Law on Friday, Sept. 12. To register, email Jenny Rickard by Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Visit Michigan Law's Careers website for more information and read the recent Law Quadrangle article about the Michigan Law faculty who prepare alumni for academia.