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Professor Beecher-Monas Selected as Fulbright Scholar

April 21, 2008

Erica Beecher-MonasDETROIT (April 21, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School Professor Erica Beecher-Monas was recently selected as a 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholar to China, joining the ranks of a number of distinguished alumni of the program including heads of state, judges, ambassadors, CEOs, Nobel Prize winners and more.

As a Fulbright Scholar to China, Beecher-Monas will be assigned to a yet-to-be-determined city in China, beginning in February 2009. Her role as a Scholar will include participating in open communication and establishing long-term cooperative relationships in an effort to “enrich the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of countries around the world.”

“On behalf of Wayne State University Law School, I would like to congratulate Professor Beecher-Monas on being selected as a Fulbright Scholar,” said Wayne Law Dean Frank H. Wu. “Professor Beecher-Monas is a leader both here at the Law School and in the greater legal community. Her efforts in China will surely make a difference in the lives of many people.”

According to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board (FSB), grants such as the one awarded to Beecher-Monas are made possible through funds that are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress, or by contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector.

Professor Erica Beecher-Monas taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law from1996 until 2005. Her areas of expertise include corporations and evidence. She has been a visiting professor at Florida State University College of Law and at the University of Miami School of Law.

Her work includes articles on the Enron case and on law and science. Her current work-in-progress is "Reality Bites: The Illusion of Science Behind Bite-Mark Evidence." She has presented papers at conferences across the United States, in Canada, Hungary, and in Austria.

Beecher-Monas received her undergraduate degree in biology from Florida International University, and a Master of Science degree in Anatomy and Biochemistry from the University of Miami. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law (1988) and earned an LL.M. in 1995 and J.S.D. in 2001, both from Columbia School of Law. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she worked as a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.