Wayne State University

Accomplishments

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 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.

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 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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