The University of Michigan Law School E-News
Vol. 10.5–9.2017

Incoming 1LS Poised to Take on Law School 

By Lori Atherton 

After seven years as a choreographer and coach for the San Diego Rhythms gymnastics team, Nicole Minevich was ready to pursue other passions, including law. That interest led her to Michigan Law, where “despite it being 2,000 miles from San Diego, it felt like home almost immediately.”

Minevich, who is interested in the Veterans Legal Clinic, is one of 320 students in the entering 1L class, whose makeup is 46 percent female and 54 percent male, according to Sarah Zearfoss, ’92, senior assistant dean. Racial minorities account for 24.3 percent of the class, while 9.7 percent identify as LGBTQ. The students, whose mean age is 25, come from 42 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 10 foreign countries. They attended 168 undergraduate institutions, and their most common majors were political science, history, economics, international relations, and philosophy. In addition, 28 1Ls got an early start at Michigan Law by participating in the Michigan Access Program, an innovative leadership program that explores issues of social justice, identity, and diversity.  


Bill Jentes, ’56, and Bill Bogaard, ’65, Named 2017 Distinguished Alumni

By Jordan Poll

Michigan Law has named William Jentes, ’56, and William Bogaard, ’65, recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, the Law School’s highest honor. “To receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at a place like Michigan Law, which is full of talented alumni, is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Dean Mark West. “There is no doubt that this year’s honorees earned their place among the Law School’s list of Distinguished Alumni Award winners.”


Inaugural Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship Awarded

By Kristy Demas

As Fiza Quraishi’s Michigan Law classmates gathered to celebrate their 10-year reunion, the Fellowship created in her memory has its first recipient: Amanda Grill, ’17. Grill will soon be traveling to Oakland, California, to begin her yearlong position as the inaugural Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellow at the National Center for Youth and Law (NCYL).


Alumni Profile

Matthew Andres, ’02, Appointed New Director of Veterans Legal Clinic

By Lori Atherton

Matt Andres, ’02, is drawn to helping vulnerable populations. As a professor at various law clinics in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan, he’s helped domestic violence victims and elderly victims of financial exploitation. Now, Andres is helping military veterans through his new role as the director of Michigan Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic, and he couldn’t be happier.

Reunion Weekend I

Emeriti and the Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987 gathered for Reunion Weekend on September 8–10. View a slideshow.
Reunion Weekend II

The Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 returned to the Law Quad for Reunion Weekend on September 15–17. View a slideshow
Show Your MLaw Pride

Looking to refresh your maize-and-blue apparel for U-M football games? 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 28: Alumni Reception at the Michigan State Bar Meeting

Faculty News and Accolades

Professor Nicholas Bagley was quoted extensively by the media regarding health care reform, including in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Barbara McQuade, ’91, a professor from practice, regularly appears as a commentator on MSNBC. She also recently wrote a piece for the Detroit Free Press in honor of Constitution Day. McQuade will be awarded the State Bar of Michigan’s Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award on September 27.

William Miller, the Thomas G. Long Professor of Law, was quoted by The Huffington Post in the article, “Experts Explain Why People Are Disgusted by Mayonnaise.”
Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Professor of Law, was quoted in the article, “How Does Trump's Arpaio Pardon Compare to Past Presidential Pardons?”, and in the U.S. News & World Report article, “Is Gorsuch’s Speech Really a Big Deal?

Clinical Professor David Moran, ’91, director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was interviewed extensively, including by Michigan Radio, about the exoneration of LaMarr Monson. Clinical Assistant Professor Imran Syed, ’11, the clinic’s assistant director, was quoted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly about the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.
Have a story of interest to fellow alumni? Contact Amicus editor Lori Atherton at