Wayne State University

Accomplishments

September 15, 2014

Nick Schroeck has been appointed as vice chair for the Water Resources Committee for the American Bar Association's 2014-15 The Year in Review publication of the Section of Envrionment, Energy and Resources. The Year in Review provides broad coverage of the changes in law and current events in the section's areas of practice. All substantive committees have the opportunity to submit a chapter, and the vice chair oversees the chapter's preparation.  

September 14, 2014

D'lorah Hughes was co-presenter of "Currrent Issues in Law Practice: Externships" with Hannah Brenner at the Midwest Clinic Teachers Conference held at Michigan State University in Lansing.

September 13, 2014

Rachel Settlage was a panelist discussing "Does Success Really Matter? Accepting or Continuing Representation of Clients who have Little Hope of Winning their Cases" for the Midwest Clinic Teachers Conference at Michigan State University in Lansing.

September 3, 2014

Charles Brower will be listed for the first time in the global edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration. He is one of only 120 in the United States and two from Michigan to be accorded the honor.

September 3, 2014

Charles Brower was elected and invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. No more than one-third of 1 percent of lawyers registered in any jurisdiction may be Fellows at any given time.

August 19, 2014

Thomas Helmholdt spoke about the Wayne Law Patent Procurement Law Clinic at the Aug. 19 Macomb-OU INCubator event titled "Get Out of the Garage: Patent Your Idea!" and held in Sterling Heights. Patent attorney Bonnie Smith, a Wayne Law alumna who particpated in the clinic during law school, also spoke.

August 16, 2014

Nick Schroeck presented "Water Quality: Great Lakes Water Levels and Requests for Water Withdrawal" on Aug. 16 at the national summit of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators held in Minneapolis. The group comprises more than 1,000 legislators from all 50 states and the Canadian province of Ontario.

June 24, 2014

Sarah Abramowicz is the author of "Adoption and the Limits of Contract in Victorian Adoption Case Law and George Eliot's Silas Marner." The article is one of two selected for presentation at the session on Law and the Humanities for the 2014 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. The forum showcases papers selected on a blind basis by a jury of accomplished scholars. 

June 11, 2014

Jocelyn Benson was honored with the Frederick Douglass Equality Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force Inc. The award honors leadership and significant contributions to promote justice and equality. The task force, established in 1985, sponsors the annual MLK Peace Walk Celebration in Southfield each year, offers scholarships and promotes the importance of celebrating diversity.

June 6, 2014

Jocelyn Benson spoke at the Grand Rapids Bar Association's Law Day Celebration on April 30, 2014, about "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."

June 6, 2014

Nick Schroeck is the author, with Wayne Law alumni Ryan Schutte, 2013, and Elizabeth Arnkoff, 2007, of "Hydraulic Fracturing and Protection of Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes State" published in Vol. 24 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 113 (2014).

June 5, 2014

Nick Schroeck was a panelist at the June 5, 2014, Ann Arbor SPARK Michigan Energy Forum business training for entrepreneurs. SPARK is a nonprofit geared to encourage economic development.

May 27, 2014

Brad Roth presented an article on legal aspects of the breakup of Yugoslavia at a meeting of Croatian scholars at the Political Science Faculty of the University of Zagreb on May 23. On May 22, he delivered a lecture on related topics at the University of Zadar in Croatia, and later in the month, he lectured on related topics at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University (Netherlands).

May 13, 2014

Christopher Lund gave a talk at the Mid-Michigan Labor Employment Relations Association in Lansing on May 13, 2014. He spoke on  "Modern Controversies Regarding the Intersection of Religion and Employment Law."

May 1, 2014

Robert Sedler presented "The 2012 Presidential Election and its Aftermath, The Eighteenth Century Constitution Meets the Two Party Political System" on May 1 at the Orchard Lake campus of Oakland Community College for the Adult Learning Institute.

April 26, 2014

Brad Roth is the author of Just Outcomes, Overreaching Rationales: How International Criminal Law's Achievements Augur Flawed Responses to Political Violence, which was published recently in 31 No. 1 Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law (2014).

April 24, 2014

Peter Hammer was a panelist on Thursday, April 24, 2014, when the Flint branch of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan examined the impact of Michigan's emergency manager law on the voting rights of citizens in cities and school. The discussion, dubbed "Emergency Management: The End of Democracy in Michigan Cities," was part of the branch's annual meeting held at the INNN Center in Flint.

April 23, 2014

Laura Bartell spoke Wednesday, April 23, to the Municipal Law Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association about the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings during the committee's regular meeting at the OCBA office in Bloomfield Hills.

April 12, 2014

Brad Roth , as one of three American Branch representatives on the International Law Association's research committee on recognition/non-recognition of states and governments, addressed the current Ukraine crisis in a presentation at the ILA's biennial meeting in Washington, D.C.  His continuing work on the formation and dissolution of states includes a forthcoming article on legal aspects of the breakup of Yugoslavia. A Croation language translation of the article will appear in the Croatian Political Science Review.

April 4, 2014

Paul Dubinsky and Professors Gregory Fox and Brad Roth prepared and presented "Treaties as Law of the Land? Change and Uncertainty in the Domestic Effects of International Agreements" during the April 4 Academic Symposium that was part of the two-day inauguration celebration for Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson.

April 4, 2014

Gregory Fox  and Professors Paul Dubinsky and Brad Roth prepared and presented "Treaties as Law of the Land? Change and Uncertainty in the Domestic Effects of International Agreements" during the April 4 Academic Symposium that was part of the two-day inauguration celebration for Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson.

April 4, 2014

Brad Roth and Professors Gregory Fox and Paul Dubinsky prepared and presented "Treaties as Law of the Land? Change and Uncertainty in the Domestic Effects of International Agreements" during the April 4 Academic Symposium that was part of the two-day inauguration celebration for Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson.

April 3, 2014

Susan Cancelosi was a panelist and co-convener of the AARP Forum Keep the Promise: Retirement Security in Michigan on April 3, 2014. The roundtable forum on retirement security was convened in cooperation with Wayne State University Law School, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel to address Michigan's overall state of financial security in retirement and the specific issues facing city of Detroit pensioners.

March 28, 2014

John Dolan  has had three articles republished in The 2014 Annual Review of International Banking Law & Practice. They are "Negotiable Obligations for Discount: Acceptances, DPUs and BPOs," originally published in 29 Banking & Fin. L. Rev. (Osgoode Hall) 103 (2013); "Whatever Happened to the Poor Old Doctrine of Negotiability?," originally published in 130 Banking L.J. 136 (2013); and "Letter of Credit Litigation under UCC Article 5: A Case of Statutory Preemption," originally published in 57 Wayne L. Rev.1269 (2011). Dolan continues to serve as a member of the Board of Editors of the Banking Law Journal and as Foreign Contributing Editor of the Banking & Finance Law Review, a Canadian journal. He is currently editing a book on the legislative history of Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

March 20, 2014

Peter Henning spoke on "Business Ethics - How Many Shades of Gray Do You See?" during the 2014 Turnaround Management Association Michigan Spring Conference March 20 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

March 11, 2014

Eric Zacks presented his article, "The Moral Hazard of Contract Drafting,"at the ninth annual International Conference on Contracts held at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 21-22. The article will be published in the Florida State University Law Review.

February 28, 2014

Lance Gable is serving as one of five guest editors for a special issue by Global Health Governance on a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health to come out in December 2014. The proposal for an FCGH would create a new international framework, grounded in the international human right to health, that would support health at the national and global levels.

February 28, 2014

Kirsten Carlson has been awarded a $250,000 grant for the university from the National Science Foundation. Carlson will use the grant to conduct a two-year research project - "Legal Mobilization, Rights Claims, and Federal Indian Policy Reforms" - that aims to develop a better understanding of how, when and with what success American Indian nations use the political process to change the law.  

February 27, 2014

Peter Hammer spoke about recent developments in the treatment of marriage equality at the annual Board of Managers meeting and Judges' Dinner of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers held in West Bloomfield.

February 21, 2014

Alan Schenk recently advised the Canadian national government on tax reform issues, and continues to serve as technical advisor and legislative drafter for the International Monetary Fund, most recently in The Bahamas and St. Lucia.

February 21, 2014

Brad Roth is spending the Winter 2014 semester on research leave at the University of California at Berkeley as a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Law and Society. In Feburary, he gave a public lecture at Arizona State University Law School's Center for Law and Global Affairs on the topic of his 2011 Oxford University Press book, Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreeement.

February 21, 2014

Jocelyn Benson was a panelist during a community forum, "50 Years of Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come?" hosted by the Oakland County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of Black History Month. The event was held at the Southfield Pavilion and was held to highlight the need for members of the African-American community to stay engaged in voting and political activities, to discuss voter disenfranchisement and to promote early and equitable voter regisration.

February 12, 2014

Brad Roth presented the University of Houston-Victoria Provost's Lecture at the Texas school. He spoke on tactics used by the United States to fight the global war on terrorism during the past 12 years and questions raised about the nation's violations of international law. Roth's lecture was titled "Torture, Indefinite Detention and Targeted Killings: How the War on Terrorism Violates International Law."

January 28, 2014

Robert Sedler participated in a roundtable discussion on privacy and security for Detroit's Ambassador magazine. Denise Ilitch was the panel moderator. An article about the panel discussion is expected to be published in the March/April issue of the publication.

January 23, 2014

Nick Schroeck taped a TV show, Great Lakes Log, for WMTV about Asian carp and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes.  The program will air Monday through Sunday, Feb. 17-23, at 1:30, 5 and 10:30 p.m. and at 2 a.m. on Comcast channels 5 and 915 in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, on WOW channel 10 in Grosse Pointe Woods and on AT&T U-verse channel 99 (select Grosse Pointe) in more than 140 communities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.

January 22, 2014

Peter Hammer gave a presentation about his book on civil rights advocate and federal Judge Damon J. Keith at the Barnes & Noble in Shelby Township. Hammer's book, Crusader for Justice, written with Trevor W. Coleman, was published last fall by Wayne State University Press. The event was the monthly meeting of the Macomb County Bar Foundation History Club.  

January 15, 2014

Alan Schenk presented a paper, "A Perspective on VAT Design Issues for Developing Countries," in a conference at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. The conference was on "Tax Design Issues Worldwide." "It was my opportunity to reflect on my 17 years drafting tax laws for developing countries under the auspices of the IMF," Schenk said. "In that period, I was involved in tax reform efforts in 25 different countries, either drafting or commenting on proposals to reform their laws." The papers from the conference are going to be published by Kluwer in its International Taxation Series.

January 5, 2014

Christopher Lund presented "Religious Law in Civil Courts" at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y. He also moderated a panel, "Developing as a Legal Scholar: Thoughts for New Law Professors," and served as a speaker on another panel, "Islamic and Jewish Law in the 21st Century: Contemporary Philosophical and Legal Challenges to Religious Law."

January 5, 2014

Anthony Dillof organized and spoke on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of American Law Schools in New York. The panel was "Guns, Drugs and Child Pornography: The Problematics of Possessory Offenses." He gave a paper - "Posession, Proportionality and Child Pornography" - as well.  

January 5, 2014

Robert Ackerman introduced the daylong Section on Socio-Economics at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y, and was part of a panel on Corporate Theory and Regulation. Ackerman gave a presentation on "Corporate Communitarianism in the Wake of Citizens United," the subject of an upcoming article he is writing with Professor Lance Cole of Penn State University. Also at the annual conference, Ackerman concluded his one-year term as chair of the Section on Socio-Economics.

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