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Reuven Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on profit shifting: "Caterpillar's Offshore Tax Strategy."

Prof. Sam Bagenstos, in an MSNBC article, discussed legal issues related to the release of video by Ferguson, Missouri, police that allegedly shows shooting victim Michael Brown robbing a convenience store.

Assistant Prof. Nicholas Bagley was quoted in CBS News about the likelihood of the U.S. Supreme Court reviewing yet another case challenging the Affordable Care Act, and in The Atlantic and Newsweek, among others, regarding House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama.

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James A. Baker, '88:

General Counsel for the FBI

By Jenny Whalen

James A. Baker, '88

The memos rarely self-destruct and the gadget collection is limited to a Blackberry, but the position of general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not without its air of adventure, at least for James A. Baker.

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Have you authored a new book recently? The Law Library maintains the Alumni in the Law Collection, consisting of both fiction and nonfiction works that are authored or edited by alumni. Please consider donating a copy when you are published. When doing so, please indicate your class year and degree earned, as the library will add that to the record in the catalog and on the gift plate in the book. Donations should be addressed to:

Barbara Garavaglia
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210

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Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Jamie Lee Peterson Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Jamie Lee Peterson Exonerated

Jamie Lee Peterson had 17 years to think about what he would like to eat if he ever got out of prison, and he decided on this: a Fudgsicle.

Peterson's ability to choose his own snacks is one aspect of a much greater freedom: He has been cleared by a new round of DNA testing that was championed by a group of attorneys and students from law school wrongful conviction projects at Michigan Law and the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. The exoneration is the ninth final victory and eighth exoneration in the five-year history of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the Law School.

Peterson had been in custody for more than 17 years after being convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery in the small northwest Michigan town of Kalkaska. On Sept. 5, 2014, the Kalkaska prosecutor announced he would drop all charges against Peterson on Sept. 8, 2014.

Caitlin Plummer​, Michigan Law Class of 2011 and one of Peterson's attorneys, explained that the announcement is not due to some legal technicality.

"Let me make this crystal clear," Plummer said. "Jamie Lee Peterson is absolutely 100 percent innocent of this crime. He had no involvement. He knows nothing about it. The tragedy of this heinous crime was compounded by the wrongful conviction of an innocent man."

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Reunion 2014: The Michigan Ties That Bind

By Amy Spooner

Some pushed strollers; others showed off their grandchildren's photos. Some are contemplating a job change; others are contemplating retirement. The nearly 500 alumni and guests who returned to the Law Quad for Reunion 2014 were from points near and far, and were at different life stages. But what they all had in common was the joy of reconnecting with classmates and reminiscing about their days in the Quad.

While both reunion weekends featured tours, lectures, and plenty of maize-and-blue spirit, the highlights were the class connections at the Friday-night receptions, Saturday-night dinners, and beyond.

"To get together with classmates I have not seen in over 40 years was as humbling as it was enjoyable," said the Hon. James Jackson, '74, who traveled back to Ann Arbor from his Falls Church, Virginia, home. Jackson's class gathered the weekend of Sept. 12-14, along with graduates of the classes of 1964, 1969, 1979, and 1984 and emeritus alumni.

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Internships: In the Public Interest, and the Interns’, Too

By Amy Spooner

One student inspected marijuana dispensaries. Another drafted hearing questions for a senator. A third worked on a project regarding the legality of creating three-parent embryos. From San Francisco to Sierra Leone, and from the nation's capital to the Colorado State Capitol, students put their lawyering skills to use at a wide variety of organizations.

For the 286 Michigan Law students who embarked on public service internships this past summer, the lessons were as diverse and abundant as the work assignments.

Many Michigan Law students use summer internships to help solidify their career goals. After graduation, 3L Patrick Tighe wants to enter politics or work in public policy in his home state of Arizona. As a Michael Dukakis Fellow working for the governor of Colorado, he experienced political life and hot-button issues firsthand. Tighe was part of the Governor's Marijuana Coordination Office, responsible for helping develop the regulations for the legalization of the controversial drug. "It was like Breaking Bad, but legal," he said of his inspection of a dispensary and a cultivating and growing facility. And he said he found the public interest motivating: "I was definitely excited that so many people were talking about the issue. That helped me stay focused, as I knew many of the office's decisions would be highly watched and analyzed."

Matt McCurdy, also a 3L, wants to pursue a career in environmental law, so his work at the Sierra Club's San Francisco headquarters provided a glimpse of life in one of the field's leading nonprofits. McCurdy's work touched on Sierra Club initiatives nationwide and included research in the areas of coal power plants, fossil fuel exports, and violations of the Clean Water Act. He also presented research findings in front of the organization's Environmental Law Program staff. "The Sierra Club wants its interns to become better advocates. We wrote plenty, but we were also encouraged to speak with our assigning attorneys and present to the group, which was an excellent experience," he said.

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Michigan Law Alumni-Student Mentoring Program Continues to Grow

By Amy Spooner

When at first you do succeed, grow and grow again. ​​​

So said the creators of Michigan Law's alumni-student mentoring program following a successful launch in Washington, D.C., last summer. The one-on-one mentoring program, which is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Planning (OCP) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, was piloted at Reunion 2012 before being rolled out in D.C. in 2013. Based on the enthusiastic response of both alumni and student participants, organizers added a Chicago-based component this summer.​​​

"We've learned things at every step of the way that have allowed us to improve the program," said Lara Furar, director of alumni engagement and programming. "One of the most encouraging outcomes from our perspective is the number of new alumni we've engaged."​​​

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Back to School with the Class of 2017


Using the football team's terminology, they could be known as Team 156. Before coming to Michigan Law, they were professional golfers, senior talent producers at CNBC, police officers, members of the anti-money-laundering team at a Wall Street bank, professional pyrotechnicians, volunteer firefighters, pediatric oncology session assistants, special assistants at OPIC, and members of the Truman National Security Project. They were undergrads at schools ranging from Cal to Columbia. (Some were even Buckeyes and Spartans.) For all the diversity of their backgrounds and interests, the Class of 2017 is uniform in maintaining the excellence that is the hallmark of Michigan Law students.

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