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July/August 2010 Make a Gift

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Wayne Law announces new faculty members

Wayne Law announced that three outstanding individuals will join its faculty at the start of the 2010-11 academic year. They are Assistant Professor Brandon Hofmeister, Assistant Professor Justin Long and Assistant Professor Eric Zacks.

Wayne Law breaks ground on Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

The Wayne State University Board of Governors and President Jay Noren welcomed Keynote Speaker The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Attorney General of the United States, to campus for the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights on May 17, 2010. Click the below link to view event photos and read remarks made at the event.

Commencement photos online

Fifteen LLM degrees and 144 JD degrees were awarded at the Law School’s 83rd Commencement, held on May 17, 2010, at Orchestra Hall. Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State Harold Hongju Koh gave the commencement address and Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Marilyn Kelly, ’71, was recognized as a 2010 WSU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Koh was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Wayne Law announces 2010 recipients of Public Interest Law Fellowships

Wayne Law announced the 2010 Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) recipients. Eric Berg, Adam Clements, Bradley Dembs, Anupama Gokarn, Andrew Hoff, Phyllis Jeden, Jeffrey Kerby, Elizabeth Kruman, Natalia Santanna, Aisa Villarosa and Chelsea Zuzindlak are gaining practical legal experience this summer through $4,800 fellowships that allow them to work for a variety of agencies and clinics in Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Wayne Law Review honors alumnus Michael Gadola with Richard J. Barber Alumni Achievement Award

The Wayne Law Review held its annual banquet on May 14, 2010. Michael F. Gadola, Michigan Supreme Court counsel and general counsel to the State Court Administrative Office, was awarded the Richard J. Barber Alumni Achievement Award.

Women in the Law Super Panel Discussion photos

The Law Alumni Association and the Wayne Law Development and Alumni Relations Office hosted the Women in the Law Super Panel Discussion on May 13, 2010, which offered Wayne Law alumni and students the opportunity to hear from and network with accomplished women lawyers. Pictured from left to right: Suzanne Johnson, '84, Kim Yapchai, '93, Anne MacIntyre, ’93, Judge Nancy Edmunds, ’76, Margaret Raben, ’86, Aleksandra Miziolek, ’80, Angela Davison, ’02, and Wayne Law Professor Anne Burr, '81.

Enhanced Alumni Careers Page

The Wayne Law Career Services Office has enhanced its online presence for Law School alumni. Please click the below link to learn how the Career Services Office can assist you on your job search or with your recruiting efforts.

Arthur Neef Law Library Director elected vice-president/president elect of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries

Wayne Law congratulates Arthur Neef Law Library Director Virginia C. Thomas on her recent election as vice-president/president elect of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL). She will hold the position for the 2010-11 term.

Save the date: Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Fifth Biennial Lecture, Oct. 30

Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will host its Biennial Lecture on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The Biennial Lecture was created to inspire people to take a closer look at issues related to civil rights and race relations. The keynote speaker will be announced shortly.

FInancial Aid News - Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program

The Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) repays a portion of eligible federal student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are employed full-time. Click the below to read more.  

2010 Wayne Lawyer

Please contact Kristin Copenhaver at kcopenhaver@wayne.edu if you have not received your hard copy of the 2010 Wayne Lawyer. Click the below link to view online.

Save the date: Book signing to celebrate Ernie Goodman biography, Oct. 27

Wayne State University Press has published "The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights" by Steve Babson, Dave Riddle and David Elsila. A special book signing will be held to celebrate the arrival of the biography at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Additional event details will follow. Click the below link to learn more about the book.

Upcoming Events

LAA Downtown Evening Social, July 29

Lecture by Professor Robert Sedler in Houghton Lake, Aug. 24

Wayne Law Alumni Happy Hour at The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, Sept. 30

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Alumni Accomplishments

Edward M. Zelenak, '77, was selected by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners as the recipient of the 2010 State Bar Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award. The award will be presented to Zelenak on Sept. 29, 2010, at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Awards Banquet.

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Student Accomplishments

Kimberly M. Adams was selected as a Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF) Summer Judicial Externship Fellow. She will be externing with The Hon. Walter H. Rice, U.S. District Court-Southern District of Ohio (Dayton, Ohio) for eight weeks from June 1 through July 20, 2010. The JTBF is a multiracial, non-profit organization dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons of various ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession and supporting their continued advancement. The specific objective of the Judicial Externship Program is to match selected law students with federal and state judges and to sharpen their skills in legal research, writing and analytical techniques.

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Faculty Accomplishments

Associate Professor of Law Paul Dubinsky will represent Wayne State University at the 2010 World Congress of Comparative Law in Washington, D.C. Professor Dubinsky's report for the Congress was published in the American Journal of Comparative Law.

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Professors in the News

Adjunct Professor Nick Schroeck was featured in an article on Mlive.com titled "Nick Schroeck works to keep Asian carp out of Michigan's waters."

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