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Daniel Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law and associate dean for faculty and research, coauthored "Making antritrust help, not harm workers abroad," an opinion piece for The Hill.

Prof. Alicia Davis was quoted in The Wall Street Journal about the DuPont-Trian proxy battle.

Richard Friedman, the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article about the lawyers who argued the same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

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Robert Fiske, '55

Combining Public Service and Private Practice

By Amy Spooner

Robert Fiske, '55

Robert Fiske, '55, believes that public service and private practice aren't mutually exclusive. He should know—he has excelled at both.

"There's a synergy between public service and private practice that makes people who do both better at each," Fiske said. "Government lawyers who have been in private practice have a better understanding of the industries they're supposed to regulate, and a more balanced background to make the necessary judgments. Conversely, lawyers in private practice who have worked in the government benefit from the increased responsibilities government service provides at an early age."

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Service Day Highlights

The seventh annual Alumni & Friends Service Day took place May 2 at 13 locations across the country, including Anchorage, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and New York City. Michigan Law alumni worked with local food banks and domestic violence and homeless shelters, supported events like Relay for Life, and preserved habitat at a local nature conservancy. Service Day is made possible through the local-level leadership of alumni in their respective communities. (View a Service Day image gallery.)

Help for 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 Michigan Law faculty committee on Alumni Academic Placement offers the help and guidance you need. Led by Professors Jessica Litman, Gabe Mendlow, Julian Davis Mortenson, and David Santacroce, the committee's services include CV review and guidance, job search and placement strategy development, interview prep, and assistance with reconnecting graduates with faculty references. If you think you might be interested in teaching law now or in the future, please contact us at We are here to help.

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Championed by Bob Woodruff, '87, Michigan Law Veterans Clinic Will 
			Serve Those Who Serve Us

Championed by Bob Woodruff, '87, Michigan Law Veterans Clinic Will Serve Those Who Serve Us

By Amy Spooner

They've risked their lives, often incurred long separations from loved ones, and sometimes suffered injury to serve their country. And when they return home, military veterans often face legal barriers to basic needs. A new clinic at Michigan Law will be committed to reversing that troubling pattern.

Beginning this fall, the Michigan Law Veterans Clinic will represent veterans and, in some instances, their immediate families in civil matters ranging from eviction, collection, and consumer contracts to family law cases. In addition, the clinic will assist veterans with service-related matters such as disability benefits and discharge status challenges. It's an array of services that is long overdue for the state of Michigan's 720,000 military veterans—the sixth highest state total nationwide. Twenty percent of those veterans have significant mental health issues and 65,000 are under age 39.

 "Legal problems were never part of most veterans' lives before they went to war," said Bob Woodruff, '87, an early proponent of the idea to establish a veterans' legal aid clinic at Michigan Law. "But when they returned, many have been overwhelmed with paperwork. Some have been ignored or badly treated in terms of health care, and without proper treatment, they could join the growing number of veterans filing for divorce or committing suicide. There are also thousands of homeless veterans who need legal help. This clinic will provide more tools to end these issues and will hopefully serve as a model that can be replicated at other top law schools."

Woodruff, a correspondent for ABC News, has a personal connection to veterans—he was injured while on assignment in Iraq in 2006. Suffering a traumatic brain injury at the hands of a roadside bomb made him better appreciate the danger faced by military servicemen and women, as well as the long road to recovery for those who are injured. "Until I was badly hit and injured, I didn't know much about the personal lives and medical treatment of our military personnel," said Woodruff. "Because this is a voluntary military and the weapons have become much more advanced, only about 1 percent of Americans are now serving. So since most civilians are not closely connected to the military, there are certain misconceptions about veterans. However, whenever someone gets to know a veteran, they realize they are exactly like them. I want everyone to realize that we should do everything we can to fix the problems facing our veterans."

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Julian Davis Mortenson Named 2015 Recipient of L. Hart Wright Award for Teaching Excellence

Julian Davis Mortenson Named 2015 Recipient of L. Hart Wright Award 
			for Teaching Excellence

By Lori Atherton

Katherine Warren, '15, fondly recalls her Introduction to Con Law class with Professor Julian Davis Mortenson. As a then-1L who was still getting acclimated to law school, Warren was impressed by Mortenson's approachability, nurturing teaching style, and willingness to help students understand the material.

When Warren learned that Mortenson was named the recipient of the 2015 L. Hart Wright Award for Teaching Excellence, she couldn't help but be excited on his behalf.

"Professor Mortenson is completely deserving of the award," she said. "It's always easy to tell when professors care about students, and he does. He has compassion for students, a passion for teaching, and a true skill at being able to convey complicated ideas to people. At the end of our last class, he gave a talk about personal dignity and what it means to be a good lawyer. He cared about us as people, not just as students."

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MLaw Class of 2015 Faces Opportunity, Responsibility

MLaw Class of 2015 Faces Opportunity, Responsibility

By Amy Spooner

A degree from the University of Michigan Law School presents boundless opportunities—to follow one's passion, to challenge the status quo, and to improve society. During the Senior Day ceremony on May 9, speakers encouraged the graduating class of 356 juris doctor candidates and 46 graduate degree candidates to do all three.

The Senior Day address was delivered by John Sloss, '81, who is a founder and partner of New York-based Sloss Eckhouse LawCo and Cinetic Media. He has executive produced more than 60 films, including the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War and Boys Don't Cry. He also produced the Golden Globe-winning film Boyhood.

Sloss spoke of his journey from an established Wall Street law firm to becoming an entertainment lawyer and ultimately opening his own firm. He admitted that he didn't fully appreciate the rigid training of law school until later, when he put the analytical skills he learned in law school to use doing something he loved. "This tool is astonishingly portable, in that it can be applied to a stunning array of pursuits, in no way limited to the traditional practice of law," he said, noting that his legal training ultimately helped him persuade executives of a multinational corporation to finance Boyhood over a 12-year filming period. "Put your skills to use in service of your passion. Pursuing nontraditional goals is by no means a squandering of your degree's inherent value, but perhaps the fulfillment of it."

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Michigan Law Announces Guaranteed Summer Funding for All First-Year Students

Program will be Most Expansive of Any Top Law School

Michigan Law Announces Guaranteed Summer Funding for All First-Year 

By Amy Spooner

Beginning in 2016, all first-year students at Michigan Law can land a great summer internship with less worry about paying the bills. And in true Michigan Law fashion, it's because the community is taking care of its own.

Gifts from the Himan Brown Charitable Trust and from Lisa and Chris Jeffries, '74—with a startup gift from the Law School Student Senate (LSSS) and ongoing fundraising through the Law School's Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) organization—will support 1L summer employment for all students, regardless of job sector, making it the most inclusive program at any top law school. Michigan's program will issue interest-free, forgivable loans administered by SFF, a Michigan Law student organization that since 1977 has provided some $2.5 million in summer funding support for 1Ls.

"Former and current students are helping current and future students," said Dean Mark West. "That mutual support represents our Law School at its finest." He notes the program's inclusive nature also epitomizes Michigan Law. "Several peer schools offer 1L funding, but eligibility is limited. One of the best things about Michigan Law is the divergent paths our students pursue, so it was important that we make summer funding available to everyone."

Law-related 1L summer employment is essential for exploring possible careers and gaining experience needed to secure good jobs for the 2L summer and beyond—experience that can have a steep price tag. Most 1L jobs pay very little, and large firms rarely employ 1Ls; in addition, opportunities often are in cities with high costs of living. Therefore, many students struggle to balance goals and current means.

Under the new program, all first-year law students will be eligible for summer funding up to $4,000, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. The funding, disbursed as a loan, will be forgiven for any student whose earnings during both law school summers total less than $18,000. Students who earn $20,000 or more must fully repay the loan, while those earning $18,000-$20,000 will repay on a sliding scale. Student repayments ultimately will make the program self-sustaining.