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Michael Barr, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, was quoted in The National Journal about Republican efforts to weaken the Dodd-Frank reform law.

Clinical Prof. Bridgette Carr, '02, director of Michigan Law's Human Trafficking Clinic, was mentioned in a Brazilian newspaper article about the Human Trafficking Clinic's collaboration with the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Richard Friedman, the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, coauthored an opinion piece in The Washington Post proposing an alternative approach for the U.S. Supreme Court to take in its Ohio v. Clark ruling.

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Kevin Conroy, '91

Promoting Early Detection with At-Home Cancer Test

By Lori Atherton

Kevin Conroy, '91

Kevin Conroy, '91, had been at the helm of Exact Sciences Corp. for six months when he learned three friends had been diagnosed with colon cancer. One of those friends eventually died from the disease, while the other two are in its later stages. Conroy's personal connection to colon cancer fortified his resolve to lead Exact Sciences in bringing Cologuard—the first at-home colon cancer screening test—to patients.

In March 2014, the New England Journal of Medicine published a 10,000-patient study of Cologuard that showed it detected 92 percent of colon cancers and 69 percent of the most advanced pre-cancers. These results were followed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving Cologuard and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing a national coverage decision, making the test available to all Medicare patients.

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Early Interview Week Registration

Registration for employers interested in participating in Early Interview Week (EIW)—scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 4-7, 2015, in the Lawyers Club—is now open. To register for EIW, log on to Symplicity, click on "OCI," then click on "Request Schedule." For more information on EIW, contact Kim LeClair, recruitment manager in the Office of Career Planning, at

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Ben Mizer, '02, Named Acting Assistant Attorney General for the 
			Justice Department's Civil Division

Ben Mizer, '02, Named Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division

By Lori Atherton

Benjamin C. Mizer—a 2002 University of Michigan Law School graduate—has been named the principal deputy assistant attorney general and acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Division. He was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder on March 2.

"I am humbled by the trust and confidence the attorney general has placed in me to lead the largest litigating division within the Justice Department," Mizer said. "It is a great honor to be joining the division. I'm excited to work alongside many of the country's best lawyers on the hardest legal issues facing the United States."

Mizer will oversee the Civil Division in representing a wide array of civil litigation, including challenges to congressional statutes, administration policies, and federal agency actions, as well as federal benefit programs; commercial disputes including contract disputes, banking, insurance, patents, and debt collection; international trade matters; and enforcement of immigration laws.

Michigan Law Professor Julian Mortenson, who previously worked with Mizer, said the DOJ is "incredibly lucky to have him" on its staff. The two clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices at the same time—Mizer for Justice John Paul Stevens and Mortenson for Justice David H. Souter. In addition, they served as associate legal officers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and as associates in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale.

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Ann Arbor to Addis Ababa: MLaw Students Build Partnerships Abroad to Combat Human Trafficking

Ann Arbor to Addis Ababa: MLaw Students Build Partnerships Abroad to Combat Human Trafficking

By Jenny Whalen

At 7,379 miles, the physical distance between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is vast—the political and cultural expanse equally so. But now a partnership between the University of Michigan and Addis Ababa University has begun to bridge that gap as both work to combat human trafficking.

Representing Michigan Law's Human Trafficking Clinic, 3Ls Daniel Cellucci and Danielle Kalil-McLane recently joined two U-M School of Nursing students and five Ross School of Business students on a visit to Ethiopia, where members of the U-M delegation met with Ethiopian citizens interested in establishing a comprehensive services clinic—offering legal, health care, counseling, and employment resources—through a partnership with Addis Ababa University.

The trip was organized and led by Eva Foti-Pagán, '12, who previously visited Addis Ababa in January with Clinical Professor of Law Bridgette Carr, '02, who directs Michigan Law's Human Trafficking Clinic. The two had been invited to participate in a symposium hosted by the Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement (EM-PACE), a project designed to foster bold new Michigan initiatives in Ethiopia—among them the clinic's own "Triple R" initiative that looks to "Recognize, Respond, and Reintegrate" victims of human trafficking. The purpose of the most recent U-M trip—made possible through financial support from EM-PACE, the International Institute, and the William Davidson Institute—was to help implement this initiative.

"Triple R represents a way for us, and other clinics around the world, to track the life-cycle of a trafficking victim," Foti-Pagán said. "One thing we have learned at the clinic is that trafficking victims don't just have legal needs. They also have psychological needs and healthcare needs and, certainly, financial needs. Getting our clients good jobs, for example, is one of the best ways to prevent them from being re-trafficked."

Cellucci and Kalil-McLane have focused this semester's work on establishing a way for U-M and the Addis Ababa University College of Law and Governance Studies to exchange materials and best practices regarding clinical legal education and advocacy, but while in Addis Ababa, they were able to accomplish much more.

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Philanthropy Awareness Day Shows Impact of Private Support

Philanthropy Awareness Day Shows Impact of Private Support

By Amy Spooner

When colorful balloons and signs fill the Law Quad this time of year, it doesn't mean that preparations for football tailgates are underway already. It means Philanthropy Awareness Day is here, a reminder that the entire Michigan Law community is made better through the support of private donors.

The event was launched in 2013 and was so successful that the Office of Development and Alumni Relations decided to make it an annual occurrence, said Todd Baily, assistant dean for development and alumni relations. Staff members and student volunteers—many of whom are involved with the Law School Student Senate, student organizations, and the Nannes 3L Challenge—use Philanthropy Awareness Day to showcase the ways that private support improves life in the Quad.

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MLaw Faculty Offer Guidance to Aspiring Law Profs

Michigan Law graduates: Are you seeking a law teaching job or planning to apply for legal academia jobs in the future? The Law School's Alumni Academic Placement Committee can offer the help and guidance you need. Led by Professors Joan Larsen, Jessica Litman, Julian Mortenson, and J.J. Prescott, the committee's services include CV review and guidance, job search and placement strategy development, interview preparation, and assistance in reconnecting with faculty references. If you are interested in law teaching now or in the future, contact