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November 2012 Make a Gift

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Faculty and staff give generously to support WSU misson

Every year Wayne State employees take part in the Faculty/Staff Campaign by making gifts and pledges to Wayne State University. When faculty and staff members show their generous support, it demonstrates that those closest to the university believe in its mission. During calendar year 2011, more than 1,000 Wayne State employees, including Ericka Matthews-Jackson, assistant dean of admissions at Wayne Law and shown in this video,  gave $2.87 million in gifts and pledges as a part of the Faculty/Staff Campaign.

Honors Convocation celebrates student achievement and donors’ generosity

Law Alumni Association Annual Scholarship recipient Anthony Phelps (second from left) is shown with Dean Robert Ackerman (second from right) and LAA boardmembers Michael Fayz , ’91, (left) and Cesare Sclafani, ‘08. The scholarship fund was established by the LAA to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued progress and to provide assistance to students in financing their education at the Law School.

Environmental law professor, alumnus, gaining recognition

He can talk dirty. He can talk clean. But whatever the topic, Nick Schroeck talks green.

Professor advocates for animal protection

Jerry Simonelli is kept company by Tae, one of his two cats, while he works. Advancement of the interests and protection of animals is cutting-edge social justice for Simonelli, who teaches courses in animal law at Wayne State University Law School and at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

Social justice advocate talks of healing society of racism

Americans are “less racist at a conscious level” than ever before, but at an unconscious level, the issues of race that are “a habit of our society” still prevail, said renowned social justice advocate john a. powell, who spoke recently at Wayne State University Law School. And until we can find our way to move beyond the institutional racism inherent in our system, we cannot heal ourselves and find real harmony, he said.

Looking for summer employment: Upperclassmen share advice with first-year law students

The Symplicity website probably looks familiar to law students and alumni. First-year law students are expected to have relevant summer employment, and finding those experiences — paid or unpaid — can seem like a daunting task. Wayne Law’s Career Services Office tries to take some of the anxiety out of the search, which begins for many right after the holiday season.

Japanese judge reports on success of new trial system using lay judges

Lay judges, selected from the public, have been participating in trial proceedings in Japan for serious criminal cases, including death-penalty cases, since May 2009, and assessment of the new system shows it to be successful, according to Japanese Judge Mitsuaki Watanbe. It is the first time in history, aside from a brief period before World War II, that a type of jury system has been used in Japan.

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Michigan Diversity Council event is set for Dec. 3

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Alumni Accomplishments

Kevin Cox, '84, was elected in November to the Wayne County Third Circuit Court bench. As an assistant attorney general in the labor division of the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette since 2010, Cox represented the state of Michigan in state courts and administrative hearings.

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Student Accomplishments

Blair Gould was awarded the Erman Teicher Miller Zucker & Freedman PC Annual Scholarship recogonizing scholastic achievement to encourage continued progress and to provide assistance to students in financing their Law School education. Gould, a second-year law student,  works as a law clerk in the law office of Alan Lowenthal and served as a judicial intern to Hon. Mark Randon in U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Michigan.

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