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Izumi Scholar in Residence to Speak at Wayne Law, Jan. 10

December 5, 2007

DETROIT (Dec. 5, 2007) –  Wayne State University Law School is proud to welcome to campus this year’s Izumi Scholar in Residence, Thomas J. Sugrue, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Sugrue will address law school students, alumni and friends in a lecture titled “Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Detroit and the Unfinished Struggle for Civil Rights in the North” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Sugrue to Wayne Law,” said Dean Frank H. Wu, co-creator of the Izumi Family Fund. “His knowledge and expertise on law and racial equality is phenomenal, and those attending will surely learn a great deal.”

A Detroit native, Professor Sugrue is author of “The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Post-War Detroit,” a book that was listed in 2005 by Princeton University Press as one of its 100 most influential books of the past 100 years.

Professor Sugrue's newest book is “Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North” (in press at Random House). He is also involved in civil rights and urban policy nationally. He served as an expert for the University of Michigan in the two federal lawsuits concerning affirmative action in its undergraduate and law school admissions, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. More recently, he has worked as an expert in the voting rights case, U.S. v. City of Euclid, Ohio.

As the Izumi Scholar in Residence, Professor Sugrue will be available to meet with interested faculty and students during his visit, as a resource to the law school. Please contact Professor Peter Hammer at phammer@wayne.edu to schedule an opportunity to meet with Professor Sugrue. 

The Izumi Family Fund was created by Frank H. Wu, the ninth Dean of Wayne Law, and his wife Carol “Debbie” Izumi, to honor the memory of Carol’s late parents, Shinsuke Edwin and Misao Izumi, by supporting Law School initiatives such as the Izumi Scholar in Residence. They have given $25,000 to the Izumi Family Fund each year since Dean Wu arrived at the Law School.

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.