Ardiola Sinaj is the incoming editor-in-chief for The Journal of Law in Society. Other students selected are Sarah Douglas-Siegel, managing editor; Meera Patel, reviewing editor; Eric Shovein, symposium director; Ariella Morrison, public relations/business editor, Erica Lemanski, senior note editor; Klaudia Nikolli, note editor; Kate Beson, executive article editor; and Brittany Bradshaw, executive article editor.
May 28, 2013
Rachael Kohl has been chosen as chancellor of the 2013-2014 Executive Board for Moot Court. Other officers are Vice Chancellor Bonsitu Kitaba, Junior Member Advisor Allison Bars, Senior Member Advisor Klaudia Nikolli, Director of Outside Competitions Stephanie Eisenburg, Co-Editors in Chief Jordan Barke and Christina Bertrand.
May 26, 2013
Mary Hennessey and Jordan Summers were awarded Excellence in Tax Awards by the Council of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan on May 23. The honorees were selected by the tax faculty of Wayne Law -- Professors Linda Beale, Michael McIntyre and Alan Schenk. Shown here are alumnus Mary Hennessey with her husband alumnus Paul Mardirsosian (left), Professor Linda Beale, Jordan Summers, his father Michael Summers, and Professor Alan Schenk.
May 24, 2013
Joseph Nunez was selected as one of two 2013 recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students given by Banner & Witcoff Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm. The scholarship program will provide Núñez, a rising second-year Wayne Law student who earned a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the University of California-Irvine and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with $5,000 for the upcoming fall semester of law school. The scholarship is open to all law students who are members of a minority group (including any group traditionally underrepresented in the field of intellectual property law) and who meet the following criteria: current enrollment in an American Bar Association-accredited law school in the U.S., commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law, strong communication and writing skills and demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement. For more information, visit the Banner & Witcoff Ltd. website.
May 21, 2013
Brittany Bradshaw and Bonsitu Kitaba were featured in a Legal News article about law students who have served externships with federal judges. Kitaba (right) spent last summer's clerkship with Judge Nancy Edmunds at U.S. District Court in Detroit. Bradshaw did her externship in the office of Judge Arthur Tarnow.
May 10, 2013
Shivangee Pandya made a presentation on business entity selection during a special event for Quarterly Business Owners that was held at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and hosted by the Business and Community Law Clinic with Midtown Detroit Inc.
April 2, 2013
Kevin Kresch has been elected as president of the Student Board of Governors for 2013-14. SBG officers for the coming year are Ana Campos, Zach Rowley, Blake Edwards, Justin Hanna, Deborah Johnson, Marcia West, Adam Kessler, Nora Youkhana, Chris Chesney, Henry Ibe and Melissa Brown. Student governors at large are Katie LaForest, Stephen Johnston, Mike Szparaga, Emily Mayer, Chelsey Marsh, Katie Vanderveen, Luke Wolfe, Wade Fink, Angela Strobbel, Nick Jones, Zainab Sabbagh, Lauren Samona, Nishal Patel, Karrine Marcolini, Nadine Yousif and Sumeet Aggarwal.
April 1, 2013
Robert Johns, Jessica Wayne and Kenneth Cox are the members of Wayne Law's environmental moot court team who competed recently at Pace Law School in New York and won the award for Best Brief-Intervenor Appellant. The team also advanced through oral arguments to the quarterfinals of the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. Johns is team captain. Professor Nicholas Schroeck works with team and called the best brief award "a huge honor."
March 14, 2013
Lynn Bartkowiak was named editor-in-chief for the 2013-14 Executive Board of Wayne Law Review. Other students named to the board include Elizabeth Gotham, managing editor; Suzanne Sutherland, production editor; Emily Mayer, executive articles editor; Chelsey Marsh, executive note and comments editor; Stephanie Eisenberg, symposium editor; Angela Strobel, technology editor. Notes and comments editors are Chris Adams, Jane Burke, Josh Noffke, Jessica Russell and Lauren Saad. Senior article editors are Weiling Chou, Andrew Eurich, Erick Hosner, Maryam Karnib, Mark Steiner, Patrick Tully and Courtney Williams.
February 22, 2013
Kaitlyn Cramer, Jessica Wayne, Bonsitu Kitaba, Klaudia Nikolli and Rachel Hom will go on to the international round of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition after winning the regional contest in Chicago. Cramer won the regional competition as best overall speaker, the Wayne Law team's brief shared a spot in a three-way tie for third, and Nikolli tied for fifth-place speaker. Hom is chancellor of the team, which beat out 24 other teams in the regional contest.
February 3, 2013
Steven Helton and Zachary Van Horn have been selected to work as interns this summer in the London office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, a multinational law firm with offices around the world. The third-year students will work in the firm's international arbitration group, which includes some of the world's foremost experts in the field.
January 22, 2013
Kathleen LaForest and Kevin McQuillan are winners of the 2012 Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition. The four finalists in this year's competition were second-year students Jake Vorkapich (left) of Canton and Jason Alvarado of Rochester Hills, who argued for the petitioner; and winners LaForest of Ann Arbor and McQuillan of Toledo, Ohio, who argued for the respondent.
December 7, 2012
Jack Schulz , Student Bar Association Board of Governors President, received the Bernard Gottfried Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Labor Law from Terry A. Morgan, regional director, Region 7, of the National Labor Relations Board recently. The scholarship is awarded to a student planning to pursue a career in labor and employment law.
November 27, 2012
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.
November 14, 2012
Ryan Schutte received an award from the Michigan State Bar Environmental Law Section for an essay he submitted in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal as a second-year student. His third-place finish is "especially impressive" because he was in competition with third-year students, said Christopher Dunsky, editor of the MELJ. "Ryan's work is superb, well deserved," said Wayne Law Associate Professor Noah Hall, who teaches Environmental Law. He was presented with the $500 award by Anna Maiuri, ELS chair.
September 25, 2012
Free Legal Aid Clinic student attorneys
working at the Detroit Free Legal Aid Clinic were thrilled recently to cut the ribbon and officially move into their brand new digs - right next to the organization's former office on Woodward Avenue.
Last winter, the clinic, which operates in conjunction with Lakeshore Legal Aid and with the Elder Law and Advocacy Center, was in trouble. The roof of FLAC's former home office was caving in.
The Wayne Law students came up with a possible solution for a new and better office to help them serve FLAC's low-income clients, and the clinic's Executive Board - all students -presented their "case" to Law School Dean Robert Ackerman.
He was impressed with their initiative, and that they hadn't asked the university, which helps sponsor the clinic, to solve the problem for them. Ackerman helped the students put their plan into action.
A couple of moves were involved. First, the clinic - run by law students under the supervision of licensed attorneys - had to move lock, stock and law books into temporary office space on the Law School's third floor.
The students found more permanent new office space for FLAC in a building right next door to their old one, but it needed extensive renovations, and the students needed a place to work for their clients while the repairs took place. The students also proposed to the dean a way to fund the renovations for the new office.
"We said we could pay a third (through fundraisers), the law school could pay a third and the alumni could pay a third," said FLAC Chairwoman Gabrielle Saitz, a third-year law student. "We wanted to be close to the law school."
Ackerman made it happen, and found funds in the law school's budget to provide FLAC with a little extra besides. He is proud of the students, proud of the conscientious manner in which they run FLAC, and proud of the service FLAC has provided to Wayne County's low-income residents since the clinic was founded in 1965 by Wayne Law alumni, students and private donors.
And now the student attorneys with FLAC have moved into their new space, which is bigger than their original office space and in a location familiar to their clients.
Wherever they work, the students with FLAC share a passion for advocacy and service, and enthusiasm for the clinic's work, whether they're doing it as interns for credit, work-study students for a stipend or as volunteers.
"We're helping people who've been in really bad situations," said FLAC Secretary Julie Bland, a third-year law student. "It feels really good to be someone's advocate and help them get out of a bad situation. Ideally, I would like to work in legal aid (after graduation)."
Patrick Klida, a second-year law student who works with FLAC, said he, too, would like to work as an attorney after graduation for "the people who need it most and for causes I believe in."
"FLAC has a legacy in the community, and that's something I want to contribute to and be a part of," he said. "My heart's really in the mission."
The "mission" now has office space at 5425 Woodward Avenue. Donations are welcome. Visit http://www.detroitflac.com to learn more.
September 24, 2012
Environmental law students Three Wayne State University Law School students in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic have received highly coveted internships this summer. Robert Johns will be working with the Michigan Attorney General's Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division in Lansing. Katie Okonowski has an internship in Atlanta with Environmental Protection Agency. Nick Ranke will intern with the legal staff at the MDEQ, in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, the Attorney General's Office, Administrative Law Judges and the Department of Agriculture.
April 25, 2012
Journal of Law in Society announces its newly elected board for 2012-13: Editor-in-Chief Victoria Suber, Managing Editor Sorin Borlodan, Reviewing Editor Avery Rose, Symposium Director Kanika Suri, Public Relations Director and Business Editor Maggie Seeger, Senior Note Editor Amanda Skalski, and article editors Ashleigh Weinbrecht and Ryan Paree.
April 16, 2012
Sarah Barbantini co-wrote an article with Adam Kutinsky, '00, titled "The uniqueness of professional-liability policies" for the Feb. 17 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Kutinsky is a principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook with the Commercial Litigation group; Barbantini is a law clerk on his team.
February 28, 2012
John Zervos had an article published in the Huffington Post Detroit titled "Detroit in Transition: The Restructuring of Governance Through Privatization and Corporatization." The article talks about the upcoming Journal of Law in Society symposium to be held on March 23. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-zervos/detroit-privitization_b_1291869.html?ref=detroit
February 22, 2012
Chelsea Zuzindlak 3L, has accepted an offer of employment from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program. The two-year program starts in September 2012. Zuzindlak will be working at the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, Detroit Immigration Court, in the McNamara Federal Building downtown.
January 10, 2012
Suzanne Quinn is profiled in December 2011 issue of the American Bar Association's Student Lawyer magazine. The article, titled "A Nontraditional Path to Law School," features Quinn's community activism and her work with humanitarian aid organizations before coming to Wayne Law.
December 1, 2011
Eleanor Ung was recently named Law Student of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. This award recognizes exceptional student members of NAPALSA demonstrating a commitment to the group's mission, service to his/her local APALSA organization, and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession. She will be honored at the association's National Conference in Atlanta in mid-November.
November 7, 2011
Min Jian Huang led the Disability Law Clinic in receiving a fully favorable decision in one of its cases. The case involved an eight-year-old boy with autism whose mother applied for children's SSI benefits on his behalf in March 2010. The Social Security Administration denied the application, and the child's mother then requested a hearing before an administrative law judge. Min Jian Huang represented the mother and child at the hearing. Min persuaded the judge that the child has marked limitations in the domains of acquiring and using information and interacting and relating to others, and therefore is disabled under Social Security's definition of disability for children. The child will receive past due SSI payments dating back to the month the application was filed, plus monthly SSI payments for the foreseeable future. Eligibility for SSI also means that the child will receive health insurance through Medicaid.
September 13, 2011
Stephanie Karisny recently won the 2011 Environmental Law Essay Contest sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The title of her essay is "Hydraulic Facturing in Michigan: Reassessing State Regulations in Light of New Drilling in the Collingwood and Utica Shales." According to Karisny, the essay examines the utilization and regulation of the hydraulic fracturing process in Michigan taking into account the new hydraulic fracturing rules issued by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on May 25, 2011. Where necessary, the essay makes suggestions for revision in or addition to the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations.
September 9, 2011
Margaret Stalker recently placed third in the 2011 Environmental Law Essay Contest sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Her paper was titled "The Asian Carp Invasion: The Supreme Court's Failure to Protect the Great Lakes." According to Stalker, in December of 2009 the State of Michigan, supported by numerous other Great Lakes States, filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court (Wisconsin v. Illinois, 130 S. Ct. 2397 (2010)) to force a closure of portions of the the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), a manmade waterway that connects the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes Basin. However, the Supreme Court, without stating the reason for its decision, declined to hear the case. Stalker's paper examined the arguments that Michigan made and the defendants' responses to those arguments. It concluded that because the Asian carp poses a grave threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and the arguments Michigan put forth in support of the Supreme Court setting the dispute concerning the future of the CAWS were compelling and legally sound, the Supreme Court should have taken the case. By declining to do so, the Court has given the Asian carp more time to find its way into the Great Lakes.
September 9, 2011
Jack Schulz a second-year student, was elected as a student delegate for the National Supreme Senate of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Jack represented Wayne Law's chapter, the C.B. Warren Senate, at the fraternity's bicentennial conference held at Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was elected by voting delegates from each Senate, alumni, and past chancellors of the fraternity. Jack worked with several other students last year to reactivate Delta Theta Phi at Wayne Law and was elected dean of the school's senate. As student delegate, Jack will serve a two-year term as the representative for the Midwest, representing all the schools in the area. Delta Theta Phi is currently recruiting for the fall semester. Feel free to contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
August 31, 2011
Kathleen Howard has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of a new DPS-authorized charter school, New Paradigm Glazer Academy Glazer. Board members of charter schools are public officials who swear a constitutional oath of office and are appointed by DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. Charter school board members set policy, maintain the academy's vision and/or mission promote educational excellence through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services as well as ensure that the academy complies with its charter and all applicable laws. They also manage school resources, ensure effective organizational planning, support and review the performance of the school leader and education service provider, and maintain accountability. Click here for more.
July 7, 2011
Dan Ringo has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of a new DPS-authorized charter school, GEE Edmonson Academy. Board members of charter schools are public officials who swear a constitutional oath of office and are appointed by DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. Click here for more.
July 6, 2011
Robert Rogosich was nominated by the Wayne Law tax faculty, including Professors Beale, McIntyre and Schenk, to be honored at the Michigan Bar Tax Section Annual Meeting lunch at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth on May 12, 2011. Each year the Tax Section of the State Bar gives awards for "Excellence in the Study of Taxation." The recipients are determined by the school, and each school can designate two students that it believes are worthy.
May 13, 2011
Thomas Fabbri was nominated by the Wayne Law tax faculty, including Professors Beale, McIntyre and Schenk, to be honored at the Michigan Bar Tax Section Annual Meeting lunch at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth on May 12, 2011. Each year the Tax Section of the State Bar gives awards for "Excellence in the Study of Taxation." The recipients are determined by the school, and each school can designate two students that it believes are worthy.
May 13, 2011
Dan Ringo was featured in a recent Legal News article.
April 20, 2011
Samantha Orvis was selected to be a Dickinson Wright Women's Network Scholar for 2011. The scholarships come from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation. Awardees will be honored at an awards reception on March 30.
Also, Orvis was featured in the ABA's Student Lawyer magazine in February 2011, Vol. 39, No. 6, in an article titled "Competing for Experience," under the subtitle "Make Your Own Luck," where she offered advice on how to get clinic experience when you're not selected to participate in your school's clinic(s). She talked about the many opportunities available for Wayne Law students to get involved in the Detroit community and gave an account of her positive experience working with Lakeshore Legal Aid's Counsel and Advocacy Law Line, a legal aid hotline.
March 3, 2011
Aisa Villarosa was highlighted in a recent Detroit Free Press article.
February 22, 2011
Dan Ringo was selected to serve on a national search committee for a new Detroit Public Schools Superintendent. He was selected along with 24 other notable community, business and labor leaders.
February 18, 2011
Dan Ringo who serves as a committee member on the Joint Labor Business Task Force along with notable and respected leaders in government, labor and business, contributed to a recent compilation titled "The Positive Story of Michigan's Workforce."
January 3, 2011
Rewaq Najor a second year law student at Wayne State University Law School, spoke at the Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA) quarterly meeting about her experience with the mentoring program that the association offers to students. http://www.chaldean.org/CommunityPages/ChaldeanChurches/MarAddaiMIUSA/tabid/118/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/106/Fuddruckers-Play-Host-as-Chaldean-Attorneys-Gather-for-the-2007-CABA-Quarterly-Meeting.aspx
December 6, 2010
Emily Thomas was featured in the Oakland County Bar Association's magazine Laches. She is featured in a photo with OCBA President and Wayne Law alumna Jennifer Grieco at the Leadership Orientation.
October 21, 2010
Paul J. Isso was recently appointed by the Student Bar Association Board of Governors to serve on the American Bar Association Membership Committee for Wayne Law. In addition, he currently serves as an article editor board member on the Journal of Law in Society Board, and a governor-at-large and associate justice on the Student Bar Association Board of Governors.
October 18, 2010
Jyarland Daniels Jones was featured in Legal News story on summer externships. Article at http://bit.ly/9fBipo.
August 30, 2010
Aisa Villarosa and Samantha Orvis recently returned from a four-day trip to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As official delegates at the conference, they participated in the Law Student Division Assembly, voting on amendments and reforms to the ABA Law Student Division policies. One of the new policies that they voted for -- which ultimately passed -- was a renewal of individual law student and attorney commitment to engaging our nation's youth in civic learning. More than a hundred law schools were present at the meeting.
August 23, 2010
Dan Ringo was appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing as a member of the Advisory Task Force for the Detroit Strategic Framework Plan Project. The Advisory Task Force will advise the Mayor and the project team during the Strategic Framework Planning Project. The Task Force, made up of respected and recognized city leaders, will meet 12 times from now until July 2011.
August 17, 2010
Samantha Orvis has been appointed Wayne Law's ABA Representative for 2010-2011. As an official delegate to the ABA Law Student Division Assembly, she will serve as an advocate on behalf of the ABA Law Student Division members at Wayne Law and serve as the school's point person to the ABA Law Student Division. She will also promote the ABA at Wayne Law and communicate the benefits and value of ABA membership to Law School students.
August 13, 2010
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.
June 1, 2010
Dan Ringo provided expertise in an article in the Michigan Citizen titled "Incinerator debate continues: Tension between environment and employment." Article here.
May 23, 2010
Steve Williams was recognized as an outstanding tax law student at Wayne Law by the tax faculty. He will be honored at the Annual Tax Conference sponsored by the Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Tax Conference is scheduled to take place on May 20, 2010.
May 12, 2010
Bethany Van Ansorge was recognized as an outstanding tax law student at Wayne Law by the tax faculty. She will be honored at the Annual Tax Conference sponsored by the Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Tax Conference is scheduled to take place on May 20, 2010.
May 12, 2010
Eric M. Jamison co-authored an article that was published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Article here.
April 21, 2010
Aaron Silvenis will be working as a summer research fellow at the American Antitrust Institute under Albert Foer (president, former counsel to the FTC) and James Hurwitz (adviser, former counsel to the FTC) starting in May. As a fellow, he will help facilitate and conduct an in-depth report of the competitive effects on the entertainment industry following the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. He will also obtain assistance on a working paper that will examine the findings, which will subsequently be submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and used as a resource for future analysis of vertical mergers within the entertainment industry.
Before he attended Wayne Law, Silvenis worked in the music industry for five years for a number of indie labels, including Island/Def Jam. He served as the principal college and lifestyles marketing representative for the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
In addition to his role at the American Antitrust Institute this summer, Silvenis will continue his ongoing clerkship under J. Douglas Peters at Charfoos and Christensen in Detroit.
April 14, 2010
Emily Thomas was highlighted in an article on student membership initiatives within the Oakland County Bar Association. Barry Malone, New Lawyers Committee director, mentioned that Thomas is part of an ad hoc subcommittee focused on increasing membership and participation in the OCBA. Article here.
April 13, 2010
Eric Jamison won first place in the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section essay contest. His essay, "The Impact of Climate Change on Disclosure Requirements," will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal in 2010.
February 14, 2010
Eric M. Jamison testified before the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on the Great Lakes and Environment regarding HB 5640 for which Jamison was the lead drafter as a summer associate at the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
February 4, 2010
Rita Subhedar received a $2,500 fellowship from the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty John J. Curtin Fellowship for her work in Washington, D.C. over the summer. More information on the fellowship can be found at http://www.abanow.org/2009/05/aba-fellowships-boost-indigent-services-encourage-public-interest-careers/. Subhedar was also a 2009 Wayne Law Public Interest Law Fellow.
February 3, 2010
Paul J. Isso was recently selected as the Law School's American Bar Association representative. Isso, an associate editor with the Journal of Law in Society, also serves on the Wayne Law Student Bar Association Board of Governors as a governor-at-large and as the associate justice.
January 26, 2010
Dan Ringo was appointed to the Detroit Public Schools $500 million Bond Oversight Advisory Committee. More information at http://www.detroit.k12.mi.us/news/article/1846/
January 6, 2010
Brandon Fournier was named Southgate City Administrator in December. Click here for more information.
January 6, 2010