The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 10.3–3.2017
Students and alumni reconnect at the 2017 Michigan Law African American Alumni Reunion.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, '91U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, '91, to Join University of Michigan Law School


U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, '91, will join the Michigan Law faculty as a professor from practice, effective May 1, 2017. She will teach in the areas of national security, criminal law, and criminal procedure.

"As a U.S. attorney, Barb oversaw more than 1,000 cases a year and a team of more than 100 attorneys. Her legacy includes an impressive number of important convictions, and our students will benefit tremendously from the experience and perspective she brings to the classroom," said Mark D. West, dean and Nippon Life Professor of Law. "I am thrilled to welcome Barb home to Michigan Law as a member of our faculty."


MLaw's Environmental Law and Policy Conference to Discuss 30 Years of Environmental Crimes Prosecution

By Amy Spooner

In the 30-year history of the environmental crimes section at the U.S. Department of Justice, eight attorneys have served as the section's chief. During the upcoming Environmental Conference at Michigan Law, which is titled "Environmental Criminal Enforcement," all eight will appear together for the first time to discuss their work, during the conference's opening keynote session.

The conference will be held March 30–31, in the Law School's South Hall. Sponsors of the sixth Environmental Conference are the Environmental Law and Policy Program, the Environmental Law Society, and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law.


LAWBreaks Means Law Immersion for Students 

By Allison Hight, 2L

Contrary to the name, Michigan Law's annual Legal Alternative Winter (LAW) Breaks are not a break from the law. Instead, LAWBreaks is an opportunity for students to spend their spring break using their legal skills outside of the classroom to work with organizations around the country and abroad. This year, six groups of students traveled to worksites in Arizona, San Francisco, Minnesota, Detroit, and Belize during the last week of February to work on issues ranging from environmental and housing law to death penalty appeals and LGBT rights.


Alumni Profile

Alan Kahn, '01: Making Public Service a Career Possibility for Students

By Lori Atherton

Shortly after he took over as Michigan Law's new public interest director, Alan Kahn, '01, had an a-ha moment that reaffirmed he was where he was meant to be. Kahn had organized a dinner honoring students who were awarded the Dean's Public Service Fellowship, one of the highest honors given to public interest students at Michigan Law. As he sat among the students, listening to their stories of how and why they wanted to make a difference in the world, it became clear to Kahn—who had spent the past 15 years in government and public interest roles—that he had found his people.

Alumni & Friends Service Day

Join us on Saturday, April 29, for the ninth annual Alumni & Friends Service Day. Held during National Volunteer Week, alumni will gather at 12 locations across the country—from New York to Hawaii—to give back to their local communities. Volunteers will spend the day planting community gardens, painting public schools, sorting food at local food banks, and lending their services to worthy organizations like Habitat for Humanity. To volunteer and for more information, visit the Alumni & Friends Service Day page. If your city isn't listed, contact Laura Gray at for information on starting a service day project in your area.
Meet the Employers

More than 200 Michigan Law 1Ls met attorneys from 73 law firms and private corporations during the Meet the Employers event on February 21. Sponsored by the Office of Career Planning, Meet the Employers offers 1Ls the opportunity to network with potential employers prior to their first summer job. This year's event was held in the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium. View our image gallery from the event.
Show Your MLaw Pride

Looking to refresh your maize-and-blue apparel for spring? 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 3: Zurich Alumni Gathering

April 29: Alumni and Friends Service Day

May 5: Senior Day

June 9–11: European Alumni Reunion

Faculty News and Accolades

Professor Nicholas Bagley authored a piece for Vox, "Shifting health care reform onto the states makes sense, but the Republican plan botches the job."

Clinical Professor Bridgette Carr, '02, director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News about a Michigan law that allows undercover police to have sex with prostitutes.

Clinical Professor David Moran, '91, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Man alleges Detroit police framed him for 1992 slaying."


Richard Primus, the Theordore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, authored a post for Take Care blog, "Motive Matters in Assessing the Travel Ban."

Margo Schlanger was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, "Trump faces major hurdles—and his own words—in challenging rulings against his new travel ban."

Sarah Zearfoss, '92, senior assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and career planning, was quoted in The National Law Journal article, "The 'Trump Bump' for Law Schools is (Kind of) a Thing."

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