Wayne State University

Accomplishments

December 15, 2014

Peter Hammer was honored by the ACLU of Michigan for his "work improving access to true justice for all members of society."

December 4, 2014

Nick Schroeck has been asked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to serve on a site review team for the National Sea Grant Law Center. The National Sea Grant College Program periodically reviews all of their colleges and centers for management and collaboration. He'll serve as an external panelist to help ensure that the program is well run and well connected. The site review will take place Feb. 10-11 at the center's offices at the University of Mississippi Law School.  

November 19, 2014

Laura Bartell presented "Detroit's Bankruptcy - A Primer for the Non-Lawyer" to the Grosse Pointe League of Women Voters.

November 15, 2014

Blanche Cook presented "Implicit Bias and the Inevitablity of Michael Brown" at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Tennessee, as part of the Social Justice Forum program, an activity of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on African American Church Studies.

November 9, 2014

Jocelyn Benson gave a presentation at the annual Veterans Day and Remembrance Service of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.

November 8, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented the closing roundtable session, "The Future of the Federal Trade Commission," at George Washington Law Review's The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress in Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2014

Kathryn Smolinski has been elected to distinguished fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Social Work Academy as a distinguished practitioner and fellow. The honor acknowledges outstanding achievement and recognized leaders in their profession. Induction will take place in April at the organization's annual meeting and forum. 

November 6, 2014

Katherine White was re-elected to a third eight-year term on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. She was previously elected to the Board of Regents in 1998 and 2006, and serves as the board chair.

November 6, 2014

Marilyn Kelly was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

November 6, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Amalgamation of Competences v Specialization, Integration v Bifurcation, Administrative v Judicial" at the College of Europe's 10th Global Competition Law Centre Annual Conference, 10 Years of Regulation 1/2003: Challenges and Reform in Brussels, Belgium.

October 29, 2014

Peter Henning presented "Bitcoin & White Collar Crimes" at the Investigative Techniques Fraud Conference of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators held at VistaTech in Livonia.

October 28, 2014

Peter Hammer presented "Connecting the Dots: A Humanitarian-Based Approach to the Renewal of Detroit" at the Ewald Branch Public Library in Grosse Pointe Park. The events was sponsored by Pointes for Peace, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES) and Michigan Legal Services.

October 23, 2014

Peter Hammer will be honored Oct. 30 at The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Michigan Office's 12th annual Guardian of Justice Judges Night Dinner. ADC-Michigan Director Attorney Fatina Abdrabboh said, "We are honored to present an award to Peter Hammer for being a tireless advocate for the voiceless and the marginalized and for constantly advancing constitutional values of justice, equality and tolerance for all. Peter Hammer is an excellent example of a leader dedicated to empowering and serving others."

October 17, 2014

Jocelyn Benson spoke on the state of Michigan's campaign finance law in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutheon v. Federal Election Commission. Her talk was at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, where she was a guest of the Michigan Election Law Project.

October 16, 2014

Peter Hammer presented "Structural Racism Initiative," a talk about the Damon J. Keith Center's new Detroit Equity Action Lab, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit as part of the Henry Ford Health System's Health Disparities Research Collaborative at its annual reception.

October 16, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Top Tips: Your Business and Competition Law" at Taking Care of Business held at Dublin Castle, Ireland.

October 8, 2014

Julia Qin Julia Qin gave a presentation at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, commenting on its Appellate Body's recent decision in the China - Rare Earths case. The event, attended by about 70 people including government representatives from major countries and World Trade Organization legal staff, was part of the "Talking Disputes" program organized by World Trade Institute Advisors and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

October 3, 2014

Jocelyn Benson was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program.

October 3, 2014

Anthony Dillof presented a paper at the Buffalo Criminal Law Colloquium. The paper was "Possession, Child Pornography and Proportionality: Criminal Liability for Aggregate Harm Offenses."

September 30, 2014

Peter Hammer presented "Connecting the Dots in Detroit: Water Shutoffs, Emergency Management, Bankruptcy & Beyond" for the 2014-15 Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series at Wayne State University. The lecture explored the common roots of the problems facing Detroit, grounding the analysis in the convergent influences of structural racism and fiscal austerity, and explored alternative approaches to the plans for the city to move forward.

September 29, 2014

Peter Hammer spoke at Marygrove College in a talk sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.  He addressed fundamental problems and suggested improvements in the city of Detroit's post-bankruptcy plan of adjustment, and also addressed the regional water plan, Detroit's water shut-off crisis, the proposed Ilitch hockey arena complex and ongoing developments regarding emergency financial manager situations in Michigan cities and school districts.

September 25, 2014

Nick Schroeck presented a seminar, "Hydraulic Fracturing and Great Lakes Water Resource Management," for Water@Wayne in the WSU Welcome Center auditorium.

September 25, 2014

Blanche Cook presented "Prostitutes, Pimps, Prosecutors and Politicians: Navigating the Dangerous World of Hegemony, Pseudospeciation and Patriarchy" at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn. The lecture was based on an upcoming law review article Cook is preparing.

September 24, 2014

Katherine White presented "Patent Eligibility: Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - What It Reveals: Past, Present and Future" at the seventh annual Information Technology Law Seminar in Plymouth.

September 22, 2014

Robert Sedler presented a program at Wayne Law for a delegation from the Republic of Georgia visiting the United States under the U.S. State Department's Open World Program. Delegates included a judge of Tbilsi Civil Court; the deputy head of the republic's Legal Department in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia; a criminal defense lawyer who is a member of the Georgian Ethics Committee and Georgian Bar Association; the parliamentary secretary of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association; and the chief of staff for the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Sedler compared constitutional governance under the U.S. Constitution and the Georgian Constitution, and also discussed judicial independence, transparency in the legal system and differences in the protection of press freedom.

September 16, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Varied Structures for Competition and Consumer Protection" at the Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section's 2014 annual Competition Law Fall Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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 5, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Enhancing Compeition Law in Asia with a Focus on Procedural Law: A Non-Asian Perspective" at the 18th International Workshop on Competition Policy held in Seoul, South Korea.

September 4, 2014

 presented "Competition Enforcement and Competitive Neutrality" at the eighth Seoul International Competition Forum held in Seoul, South Korea.

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.

September 3, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Thoughts and Observations on Case Handling Procedures" at the 2014 Seoul National University, Korea University and Sookmyung Women's University Mini-Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

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 6, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Economic Analysis and Oligopoly in Competition Law" and "Competition Law in Times of Crisis" at the eighth annual Institute of Studies in Competition Law and Policy conference, New Challenges in Competition Law Enforcement, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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 22, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented "Use of Commitment Decisions" at the European Competition Authorities' annual meeting held in Prague, Czech Republic.

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 25, 2014

Stephen Calkins served as a resource person at a breakout session, "Fostering Convergence in Merger Analysis," at the 13th annual International Competition Network conference held in Marrakech, Morocco.

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 26, 2014

Stephen Calkins presented the luncheon address, "An American (Still) in Dublin," at the American Bar Association Section of Antiturest Law spring meeting held in Washington, D. C.

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.

March 5, 2014

Stephen Calkins moderated a discussion, "Reforming the EU Merger Regulation - Minority Interests" at the Irish Society for European Law Competition Law Forum.

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 14, 2014

Stephen Calkins was a participant in the Global Antitrust Institute Competition Law & Economics Symposium for International Competition Officials held in Arlington, Va.

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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