Wayne State University

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A special message for our alumni and friends

Greetings Wayne Law alumni and friends:

This year’s edition of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine is now available, and once again Wayne Law alumni top the list. Three hundred and seventy-nine of this year’s Super Lawyers are graduates of Wayne Law. That’s 25 percent of the total, 29 more than the University of Michigan and six more than the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Michigan State University College of Law combined! Additionally, 119 Wayne Law alumni were named Rising Stars in the 2010 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine. This represents nearly one-third of the 362 total Rising Stars!

Some rankings measure law schools by their inputs, like how much money they spend, or the LSAT scores of their incoming students. At Wayne Law, we like to be measured by our outputs, such as the quality of scholarship produced by our faculty and, most significantly, the quality of our graduates. Our students are bright, mature, conscientious and altruistic. Our faculty members are superb teachers whose nationally and internationally recognized scholarship adds depth to our students’ understanding of legal theory, doctrine and practice. This mixture of motivation and expertise has produced several generations of superb lawyers. We are proud of all of our alumni, who distinguish themselves as public servants, as leaders of the bar and as role models for our students.

Wayne Law also recently has received a number of other accolades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Wayne Law’s part-time program 21st in the nation in 2010. PreLaw magazine ranked the Law School as a Best Value Law School this fall and also listed Wayne Law as a Top Green Law School in its 2010 Back to School edition. These are all accolades for which we can be very proud.

We continue to offer our students Public Interest Law Fellowships, this year expanding our reach through International Public Interest Law Fellowships as well. These fellowships underscore Wayne Law’s commitment to both public service and our students. We have significantly expanded our scholarship program in order to attract the best students and to provide relief from some of the debt that might otherwise encumber our students’ careers. We have doubled the size of our Career Services Office, in order to provide more opportunities for both students and alumni. And we have welcomed a full-time Alumni Director, Kathi Koehler, in order to create an effective alumni network, maintain better communication, and strengthen our sense of community at Wayne Law.

We continue to invest in faculty as well. This semester, we welcomed three new full-time faculty members: Brandon Hofmeister, an expert on energy law and former special counsel for energy and climate policy under Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; Justin Long, an expert on civil procedure and state constitutionalism; and Eric Zacks, an expert on complex acquisitions and divestitures. In addition, comparative law expert Serban S. Vacarelu joined the faculty as a visiting professor for the fall 2010 semester, and Sharon Keller, a former visiting faculty member, has prolonged her stay at Wayne Law, now serving as director of a newly launched Academic Success Program.

The Law School broke ground on the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights in May 2010, and are nearing our fundraising goal thanks to a challenge match gift recently made by longtime Judge Keith supporter and friend, A. Alfred Taubman. We expect the building to be completed next fall.

Even in difficult times, the University recognizes the value of our Law School and has assisted us with these strategic investments. At a time of economic challenge we regard Wayne Law as part of the solution, serving as a mechanism to advance the economy of Detroit and the region. We are not awash in funds, but we will continue to invest wisely in programs that will make Wayne Law graduates the Super Lawyers of tomorrow.

Robert M. Ackerman
Dean and Professor of Law