Stephen Calkins was appointed a Fellow of the European Law Institute, which is modeled on the distinguished American Law Institute. The European Law Institute, founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organization, aims to improve the quality of European law, understood in the broadest sense. It seeks to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, to make recommendations, and to provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development.
Rachel Settlage spoke on "The Surge in Unaccompanied Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Humanitarian Crisis" for Professor Asher Kaufman's class, Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers, at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her lecture was sponsored by Teaching Beyond the Classroom of Arts & Letters, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Center for Social Concerns.
Robert Ackerman was elected to a four-year term on the Metro Detroit Branch Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Brad Roth was elected to a four-year term on the Metro Detroit Branch Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jocelyn Benson is one of 13 election law professors who signed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a case and overturn a state supreme court ruling in Dickson v. Rucho. The professors argue that the lower court's decision misapplies U.S. Supreme Court precedent on redistricting in order to uphold North Carolina's redistricting, and that not overturning the ruling will undermine the Voting Rights Act.
John Dolan had an excerpt from his article, "Strict Compliance with Letters of Credit: Striking a Fair Balance," published in the recent 125th anniversary issue of the Banking Law Journal. The article was first published in the journal's January 1985 issues.
Nick Schroeck taped a Great Lakes Log TV program about the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic with students Anna Rossi and Erica Shell. The show is slated to air every day Feb. 23-March 1 at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on WMTV 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 metropolitan Detroit communities.
Blanche Cook was a panelist during a Human Trafficking Forum presented by the Outreach Committee of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Wayne State University in collaboration with the WSU student organization Not For Sale, Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe and Heaveny Hope International.
Hon. Gerald Rosen delivered the 2015 William Weber Lecture in Social Science at Kalamazoo College. His lecture, "Detroit Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned," drew from his experience as chief judicial administrator for the Detroit bankruptcy case, the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.
Blanche Cook moderated a panel discussion on the struggle for human dignity and justice in Detroit for "Black Lives Matter" presented at Wayne State University.
Blanche Cook presented "Implicit Bias and Unpacking the Deaths of Unarmed African Americans" at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn. The event was sponsored by the school's Criminal Justice Program, Social Justice Program, Black Law Students Association, American Constitution Society and Law Students for Social Justice.
Katherine White spoke on diversity in the military and in higher education during the Student Veterans Benefit Dinner at the University of Michigan, where she is a regent.
Christopher Lund wrote an amici brief on behalf of five North American Islamic scholars. The brief, filed May 29, 2014, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Jan. 20, 2015, decision reversing an appellate court ruling in the religious freedom case of Gregory Houston Holt aka Abdul Maalik Muhammad v. Ray Hobbs, director, Arkansas Department of Correction, et al.
Robert Sedler spoke on "The Constitution and Presidential Power" during a "Power Lunch" event sponsored by the RISE Committee of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, in the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit. Sedler discussed the often misunderstood principles of "justiciability," including standing, mootness, and the case-or-controversy requirement.
Gregory Fox will return to his roots at noted international law firm WilmerHale as a scholar-in-residence in June. He'll be in the firm's London offices researching an ongoing project, "The Multilateralization of Armed Conflict," he's working on with Professor Kristen Boon of Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey. Fox, who joined Wayne Law in 2002, began his legal career in the litigation department of Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale) in Boston.