The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol 9.5 - 6.2016

MLaw Grad Caroline Flynn, '13, to Clerk for Chief Justice Roberts

By Amy Spooner

Caroline Flynn, '13, is not new to the world of clerkships. But it still was a surprise for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. to call personally and offer her a clerkship position for the 2017 term. And unlike some job offers, Flynn didn't need time to weigh her decision. "I accepted on the spot," she said.

Flynn is an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and previously clerked for the Hon. Joel Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Hon. Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Circuit. Those experiences helped her consider throwing her hat into the SCOTUS ring. "I loved my clerkships, both in terms of the work I did and the judges I worked for," she said. "Being in their chambers taught me so much, and they encouraged me to apply to the Court. But it still felt like a moonshot."

MLaw Dinner in Tokyo Celebrates Global Reach, Longstanding Ties

By Amy Spooner

At the recent Michigan Law Alumni & Friends Dinner in Tokyo, alumni happily mingled, albeit with an undercurrent of trepidation—will Professor J.J. White cold-call someone during his keynote address? Although many elements of the Michigan Law experience are timeless, White passed on the opportunity to put his former students on the hot seat.

Alumni spent the evening reminiscing, networking, and hearing updates about the Law School and its global initiatives from Dean Mark West; Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, the assistant dean for international affairs; and White, '62, the Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law Emeritus. Three incoming LLM students also joined the gathering, as well as representatives from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, which is in its third year of hosting Michigan Law students as interns.


Calling Aspiring Law Professors


Are you a Michigan Law graduate hoping to enter the world of legal academia? Are you planning to go on the teaching market in fall 2016? If so, there are some ways Michigan Law can help you in your job search.  


Alumni Profile

Jane Wu Brower, '11: Scoring a Hit with Goalposte

By Lori Atherton

As a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose LLP, Jane Wu Brower, '11, spent a year representing Major League Baseball in an antitrust lawsuit involving League broadcasting practices. The legal work was challenging, but what proved even more daunting for Brower was her limited knowledge of baseball. Client dinners and development events always included small talk about the sport, which left Brower feeling as though she had little to contribute.

She turned to one of her law firm friends for help, and the rundown he gave her of current sports happenings helped to ease Brower's anxiety. "Through that experience I realized there wasn't a great resource for someone who, for personal or professional reasons, wanted to learn more about sports in a fun and accessible way," Brower said.

Poised for Greatness

The Class of 2016 celebrated Senior Day on May 6, and helping to mark their new beginnings was Senior Day speaker and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, AB '92. "Your life is a trapeze, not an escalator," he told the newly minted lawyers. "It's time for you to make that leap toward being your most authentic selves." View the slideshow.
Emeritus Musings

Professor Emeritus Yale Kamisar and Professor Eve Brensike Primus, '01, share an engaging conversation about Kamisar's career, coaching judo in the army, the legacy of the Miranda warning, and the first and last time he threw a book at a student. Watch the video.
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

July 14: D.C. Alumni and Student Reception

July 19: Chicago Alumni and Student Reception

July 21: London Alumni Reception

July 23: Michigan Law and Michigan Ross Summer Picnic in Cleveland

August 4: ABA Reception in San Francisco

September 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22: Fall On-Campus Interviewing (more information coming soon)

Faculty News and Accolades

Sherman Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, was mentioned in The New York Times article, "In Newtown Families' Suit Against Maker of the AK-15 Rifle, Surprising Progress."

Samuel Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law, coauthored a piece for Newsweek, "Why Do People Confess to Crimes They Didn't Commit?"

Clinical Professor David Moran, ’91, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, Salon, and other outlets about the release of Davontae Sanford, who had been wrongly imprisoned for murder since age 14.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, authored The Atlantic piece, "Will Lin-Manuel Miranda Transform the Supreme Court?" and the New York Times piece, "Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Here to Stay."

Professor Sonja Starr coauthored a new study with Amanda Egan of Princeton, which points to a serious unintended consequence of Ban the Box laws: While they may indeed improve the prospects of people with records, this gain comes at the cost of encouraging a substantial increase in racial discrimination by employers. The study was covered by Mother Jones, Michigan Radio, and other outlets.

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