Wayne State University

Accomplishments

July 30, 2015

Nick Schroeck with law student Justin Sterk wrote "What is a Pond? Michigan Court of Appeals Interprets 'Waters of the State'Under Michigan Law." The article was published in the Spring-Summer edition of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.

July 28, 2015

John Dolan  has had three installments of "Insolvency in Letter of Credit Transactions" published in the April, May and June editions of the Banking Law Journal.  

July 21, 2015

Lynn Gandhi was elected to the board of directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

July 11, 2015

Nick Schroeck was a speaker during the Citizens Environment Alliance State of the Detroit River Boat Tour 2015.  

June 19, 2015

Peter Hammer was the keynote speaker for the annual Health Care Heroes Dinner of the Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network in Detroit. His presentation was "Health for All: The Ongoing Struggle for Access and Justice in American Healthcare."  

June 15, 2015

Peter Hammer presented "Connecting the Dots: Water Shutoffs, Emergency Management, Bankruptcy and Beyond" at the 92nd Street Y Ford Fellows Dinner in Dearborn. The nonprofit  fellowship is a partnership of Ford Motor Co. and Jewish community center 92nd Street Y with programs designed to enhance the efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world.

June 10, 2015

Peter Hammer spoke on "Racial Equity in Healthcare" at a Hispanic Roundtable meeting held at Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit.

June 7, 2015

Peter Hammer presented "Behind the Times: The Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Michigan" at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit.

June 5, 2015

Peter Hammer was a featured speaker at "Justice for our Neighborhoods," a statewide community benefits conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit.

May 29, 2015

Nick Schroeck is co-author of Petroleum Coke in the Urban Environment: A Review of Potential Health Effects. The article was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

May 28, 2015

Carl Levin was awarded the Leonard N. Simons History Award by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan for "his passion for and interest in preserving and sharing Michigan's Jewish history." The award was presented at the society's annual meeting at the Gem Theater in Detroit.

May 28, 2015

Brad Roth gave several talks in Taipei, Taiwan during a recent visit: "Russia's Near-Abroad ... and China's: Implications of the Ukraine Crises for the Future of Taiwan's International Legal Status" presented to the Asia-Pacific Regional Research Forum of the International Law Association and to the Taiwan Think Tank; "Graduate Legal Education in the United States: A View from Wayne State University in Detroit" presented at National Chengchi University and at National Taiwan University; and "Sovereignty Equality and Non-Liberal States" presented at National Taiwan University.  

May 26, 2015

Katherine White was reappointed to the national Plant Variety Protection Board for a two-year term.  The 14-member board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters concerning intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants. White represents the public/university sector of the board, which also includes members of the farm community and the plant breeding seed industry. 

May 25, 2015

Noah Hall presented "Law and Governance of the North American Great Lakes" at World Water Congress XV in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event was sponsored by the International Water Resources Association and the Scottish government. The congress is a global event bring together experts and leaders in water use and protection.

May 21, 2015

Rachel Settlage was a panelist at an immigration workshop presented by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn.

May 20, 2015

Kenneth Mogill was the keynote speaker at the Washtenaw Association for Justice annual awards banquet. He discussed marriage equality legislation.

May 11, 2015

Lance Gable presented "Quarantine and Isolation Power: Legal and Ethical Considerations" at the Public Health and Disasters Conference sponsored by the University of Utah.

May 7, 2015

Blanche Cook presented "The Racialization of the Justice System" at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center in Detroit. The presentation's sponsors included the American Civil Liberties Union, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Swords into Plowshares Peace Center, Central United Methodist Church, AFL-CIO Metro Detroit's Civil Rights Committee and People's World.  

May 7, 2015

Julia Qin presented "Nature of WTO Accession Protocols" at the 15th WTO Annual Conference, co-sponsored by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Georgetown Law Center, London, U.K.

May 7, 2015

Susan Butterwick received a Pioneer of Peace award from the Dispute Resolution Center in Ann Arbor. The award was presented during the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

May 1, 2015

Lance Gable presented "Public Health Ethics and Emergency Preparedness" to the Wayne State University Bridges 2 Equity program workshop.

April 28, 2015

Nick Schroeck hosted a webinar about Lake Erie algae through the Michigan State Bar Environmental Law Section. He co-chairs the section's Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee.

April 28, 2015

Stephen Calkins presented "Both Sides (of the Pond) Now: Reflections on Competition Enforcement in the US and the EU," at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland.

April 23, 2015

Robert Sedler spoke as part of a panel on U.S. federal courts in a program sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Detroit Chapter at the group's Southfield headquarters.

April 22, 2015

John Mogk was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit during its annual Attorney Appreciation Awards.  

April 20, 2015

Brad Roth spoke at the University of Sheffield (U.K.), School of Law and Department of Politics on the topic of his 2011 book, Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement: Premises of a Pluralist International Legal Order. His lecture is available online.

April 18, 2015

Peter Henning was on a panel at the spring meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, held in San Francisco. The topic was "Obtaining and Negotiating Corporate Deferred and Non-Prosecution Agreements."

April 17, 2015

John Rothchild served as program chair and moderator for a panel discussion on "Losing Control: Who Owns Your Devices Now That They are Connected to the Internet?" presented by Cyberspace Law at the American Bar Association Business Law Section spring meeting in San Francisco.

April 17, 2015

Lance Gable spoke at a symposium on "The Future of Public Health Law" at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

April 6, 2015

Nick Schroeck lectured on "Great Lakes Law and Policy: Current Trends" to the faculty of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

April 3, 2015

Peter Hammer was part of an academic panel discussing policy during a symposium on the Detroit housing crisis at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

March 28, 2015

Peter Hammer was a panelist discussing the "Critical Role of Asian Americans in Multi-racial and Issue-Based Efforts" during an Asian American civic leadership forum at the Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor. The event was sponsored by Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan.

March 25, 2015

Jocelyn Benson was part of a "TED" talk held during the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation's Reception for Education and Community Leadership held in Southfield. TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.

March 24, 2015

Brad Roth was a panelist for a discussion on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict held at WSU and sponsored by the departments of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Political Science; and History, as well as the WSU Ukrainian Studes Endowment Fund. 

March 21, 2015

Robert Sedler presented "The Case, Its Impact, The Future" during a workshop at the Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo in Southfield.

March 20, 2015

Lance Gable spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., as part of its Global Health Governance Roundtable Series. The discussion was titled "Understanding a Framework Convention on Global Health in the Context of the Ebola Outbreak," and a podcast recapping it is available online

March 20, 2015

Brad Roth presented "The Neglected Virtues of Bright Lines: International Law in the 2014 Ukraine Crises" at the University of Windsor (Canada) Department of Political Science and Transnational Law and Justice Network Conference, "From Maidan to Donbass: The Ukraine Crisis in the Context of Western-Russian Relations."

March 14, 2015

Peter Hammer gave the keynote address, "Freedom - The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later," at the 57th annual Michigan In Perspective local history conference in Sterling Heights.

March 12, 2015

Peter Hammer was a panelist discussing the Detroit bankruptcy during the Wayne State University's 12th annual Conference in Citizenship.  

March 12, 2015

Blanche Cook gave the lunch address on "Implicit Bias and Unpacking the Deaths of Unarmed African-Americans" during Wayne State University's 12th annual Conference in Citizenship.  

March 11, 2015

Jocelyn Benson will serve as one of six democracy experts to judge academic papers from around the country in a writing competition aimed at ending gerrymandering as part of the Common Cause Democracy Prize contest sponsored by Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to open and transparent government. Common Cause launched the inaugural Common Cause Democracy Prize last year to find the best "gerrymander standard," a new definition for partisan gerrymandering that can be used to challenge the most unfair congressional and state legislative districts in the United States.

March 7, 2015

Nick Schroeck was on a panel discussing using the Freedom of Information Act as a strategic tool in permitting legislative, regulatory and litigation strategies to protect water quality and human health from concentrated animal feeding operations.  The panel was part of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon School of Law.

March 3, 2015

Julia Qin presented "WTO Disciplines on Export Restrictions," commentary on G. Marceau, "Export Controls and WTO Agreement," at the Symposium on International Trade Law and Policy Relating to Natural Resources, Energy and Environment - Perspectives to Sustainable Development, Tokyo University, Japan.

February 27, 2015

Eric Zacks presented "Bonding and Contract Drafting" at the 10th Annual International Conference on Contracts, Williams S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas.

February 24, 2015

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.

February 19, 2015

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.

February 17, 2015

Robert Ackerman was elected to a four-year term on the Metro Detroit Branch Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.

February 17, 2015

Brad Roth was elected to a four-year term on the Metro Detroit Branch Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union.

February 17, 2015

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. 

February 13, 2015

Brad Roth presented "Self-Determination, Secession, and External Intervention" at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's Berkeley Law-German Law Journal Colloquium on the Crisis in Ukraine.

February 11, 2015

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.

February 10, 2015

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.

February 10, 2015

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.

February 5, 2015

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.

February 4, 2015

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.

February 2, 2015

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.

January 30, 2015

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.

January 20, 2015

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. 

January 14, 2015

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.

January 13, 2015

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.

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