The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol 9.3 - 3.2016

Michigan Law Conference to Explore Legal and Regulatory Issues of Driverless Cars

By Lori Atherton

A conference exploring the legal and regulatory implications of driverless cars and featuring attorneys from Tesla, Ford, and Google is being hosted by Michigan Law in April.

"Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles," set for Friday, April 15, will bring together industry, government, and academic experts to examine these issues from a variety of perspectives, including original equipment manufacturers; technology suppliers; insurance providers; federal, state, and local governments; and emerging entrepreneurial ventures.​​​

Salazar Honored with Michigan Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award

By Amy Spooner

Ken Salazar, '81, received Michigan Law's Distinguished Alumni Award at a special ceremony on March 18 as part of the Juan Luis Tienda Scholarship Banquet. Salazar delivered the keynote address at the annual banquet hosted by the Latino Law Students Association.

"Ken has been a dedicated public servant from the state level to the highest ranks of the federal government," said Dean Mark West. "We are proud that the foundation for his career was built at Michigan, and it is our privilege to present him with Michigan Law's highest alumni honor."


Alumni Profile

Jamala S. McFadden, '01, and Chandra C. Davis, '02: Kinship Guides Business Partnership

By Lori Atherton
Jamala S. McFadden, '01 (left), Chandra C. Davis, '02 (right)
When Jamala S. McFadden, '01, decided to start her own business, she wasn't looking to take on a partner. But that's exactly what she found in her friend Chandra C. Davis, '02, with whom she opened The Employment Law Solution (ELS), a boutique employment law firm in Atlanta, in 2013.

Though McFadden had been contemplating leaving her job as counsel at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta after nine years, Davis was happily working as a trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but knew she did not want to work with the EEOC forever. She was intrigued when she learned of McFadden's desire to open her own law firm. "We started talking about it, and when it came down to it, we knew we wanted to start a firm together," says Davis.
Early Interview Week Registration

Registration for employers interested in participating in the 2016 Early Interview Week (EIW)—scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 2-5, 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, contact Kim LeClair, recruitment manager in the Office of Career Planning, at
Law Students Donate Water to Flint

Student groups at Michigan Law—led by the Black Law Students Association, Muslim Law Students Association, and Poverty Law Society—joined together to donate 38,400 bottles of water to Flint residents. In all, individual students and some 35 student groups pooled their resources to purchase the water, which they recently had delivered to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.
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

April 15: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

April 28: Ohio Alumni and Friends Reception

April 30: Alumni and Friends Service Day

May 1: Baltimore Alumni and Friends Dinner

May 6: Senior Day

May 21: Tokyo Alumni and Friends Dinner

Faculty News and Accolades

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in "Obama's Tricky Supreme Court Politics" in The New Republic.

Daniel Crane, associate dean for faculty and research and the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law and, was quoted in the Bloomberg News article, "Tesla Takes on the Dealerships—And GM."

James Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, authored an openDemocracy op-ed advocating for a new approach to implementing the UN Refugee Convention.

Professor Len Niehoff, '84, authored "Hulk Hogan v. Gawker: A Fight Between Privacy and Free Speech," which appeared in The Huffington Post.

John Pottow, the John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal's Bankruptcy Beat, "Will Caesar's Examiner's Report Help Junior Creditors in Restructuring Talks?", and in Bloomberg, "Scalia, Alito Court Absences Shape Puerto-Rico Debt-Relief Bid."

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