The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol 9.6 - 9.2016

Class of 2019: 'Full of Interestingness'

By Lori Atherton

During her two years in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer, Emily Van Dam taught physics at a rural secondary school, worked on projects related to HIV and malaria, and helped install a water catchment system at the school where she taught. With a master's degree in civil engineering, Van Dam wanted to combine her technical skills with public service in a "creative way." She hopes to put her JD to use in a similar fashion, through a career in environmental law or a related field.

Van Dam is a first-year student at Michigan Law and among the 305 members of the Class of 2019, which boasts an average LSAT score of 168 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.78, the highest ever for an entering class, according to Sarah Zearfoss, '92, senior assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and career planning.


MLaw Honors Mary Frances Berry, '70, with Distinguished Alumni Award

By Jordan Poll

The University of Michigan Law School has named Dr. Mary Frances Berry, '70, a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She received the award as part of Reunion Weekend festivities on September 16.

Berry is one the nation's leading activists for civil rights, gender equality, and social injustice. Her extensive career spans four decades and includes leadership roles in both higher education and government service.


Alumni Profile

Christian Urrutia, JD/MA '09: Bringing Justice to the Family of Victor Jara

By Lori Atherton

Christian Urrutia, JD/MA '09, never expected to get involved in a 40-year-old murder case, let alone one that had occurred more than 5,000 miles away in Latin America. But that's exactly what happened when he volunteered as pro bono counsel for the family and estate of slain Chilean folk singer Victor Jara.

Reunion Weekend: In Pictures

Emeritus alumni and the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, and 1986 returned home for Reunion Weekend on September 16-18. Highlights included the Distinguished Alumni Award presentation to Dr. Mary Frances Berry, '70; the Michigan v. Colorado football game and tailgate; Law School tours; and class dinners. View a slideshow.
Campbell Moot Court Kick-Off

Paul Clement, a former solicitor general and a nationally recognized litigator who has argued more than 80 cases in front of the Supreme Court of the United States, visited Michigan Law to kick off the 92nd Campbell Moot Court competition. As a government lawyer and in private practice, Clement has argued more cases before the Supreme Court since 2000 than any other attorney. Read more.
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

September 30: Michigan Law Fall Blood Drive (sponsored by the Michigan Law Veterans Society)

October 27-28: Big Data in Finance Conference (sponsored by U-M's Center on Finance, Law, and Policy and the Federal Office of Financial Research)

Faculty News and Accolades

Samuel Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA about the lawsuits aimed at stopping the Labor Department's new overtime rule.

Evan Caminker, the Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law, is one of the attorneys involved in a federal lawsuit alleging that Detroit students are being denied their constitutional right to literacy. He was quoted or mentioned in numerous media outlets, including The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and The American Lawyer.

James Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, was interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National Breakfast about the migrant crisis in Europe.

Assistant Professor Nicholson Price was quoted in Time's Money Magazine, "Why the EpiPen Price Scandal Sums Up Everything We Hate About Big Business and Politics."

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in The Economist article, "About to Tilt," about how the election could affect the Supreme Court nomination process. He also was interviewed on WDET 101.9 FM about whether or not students have a constitutional right to literacy.

Steven Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, was quoted in the Politifact article, "Should the U.S. have kept Iraq's oil, as Donald Trump argues?"

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