Wayne State University


November 21, 2015

Blanche Cook was a presenter at a conference on race and politics at Duke Law School in North Carolina. The title of her talk was, "Biased and Broken: The Criminal Justice System and the Profiling, Policing, and Peril of Unarmed Black Bodies."

November 6, 2015

Noah Hall moderated a panel discussion at the 15th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. 

November 6, 2015

Christopher Lund spoke at the Notre Dame Law Review annual symposium. This year's event examined the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom.

November 5, 2015

Nick Schroeck was part of the opening keynote panel on Current Michigan Water Issues at the joint conference of the East and West Michigan chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

November 5, 2015

Jocelyn Benson spoke at the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Women's Empowerment Symposium. Her talk was titled, "Backwards and in High Heels: Challenges Facing Female Executives Today."  

October 30, 2015

Noah Hall served on a panel of experts speaking on water rights at the Virginia Environmental Law Journal Symposium.

October 29, 2015

Linda Beale was accepted for fellowship in the American College of Tax Counsel.

October 27, 2015

Nick Schroeck presented "What are Michigan's leaders doing to make the environment safer" during a WDET panel discussion at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

October 22, 2015

Nick Schroeck spoke at the American Agricultural Law Association's annual educational symposium in Charleston, S.C. He was part of a water law panel, discussing Lake Erie algae and efforts to curb agricultural runoff.

October 22, 2015

Blanche Cook spoke at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Fall Institute in Washington, D.C. She took part in a panel discussion, "The Media's Role in Fostering Racial Perceptions and What It Means for Criminal Justice Policy."

October 16, 2015

Noah Hall spoke about how the public trust doctrine fits with state sovereignty and property rights to shape the law of water at a symposium hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.  

October 16, 2015

Nick Schroeck spoke about micro-plastics pollution and the public trust doctrine at a symposium hosted by The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. 

October 14, 2015

D'lorah Hughes has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan's Equal Access Initiative Committee, which has a mission to develop policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including those with special needs, cognitive disabilities, and juveniles.

October 14, 2015

Nick Schroeck hosted a webinar titled "Dire Straits: A Legal and Policy Update on the Line 5 Straits of Mackinac Oil Pipeline" in his role as co-chair of the Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section.

October 14, 2015

Peter Hammer spoke at a workshop on "Integrative and Sustainable Food, Energy and Water in Transitioning Urban Landscapes."

October 12, 2015

Rachel Settlage served as a panelist during the 2015 Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. conference in southern California. Her panel's topic was "Victim/Survivor-Based Immigration Relief and the Realities of Immigration Enforcement."

October 12, 2015

Hon. Gerald Rosen is the recipient of the 2015 John Hensel Award from the State Bar of Michigan Arts, Communication, Enterntainment and Sports Section. The award recognizes an attorney or judge who has contributed significantly to the arts, entertainment or sports in Michigan. Rosen is receiving the award to recognize the "grand bargain" he achieved as chief judicial mediator for the Detroit Bankruptcy case, saving the Detroit Institute of Art's world-class collection from the threat of liquidation. 

October 12, 2015

Peter Hammer participated in a roundtable discussion entitled, "How can Michigan cities be more inclusive and resilient?" It was part of an event, People Building Better Cities, at the University of Michigan.

October 8, 2015

Carl Levin received the 2015 Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award. The award recognizes leaders who embody the legacy of Governor William Milliken and the late Helen Milliken, and the belief that a clean, healthy environment is necessary for a prosperous economy. Levin received the award for accomplishments during his 36 years of service including passing legislation that preserves more than 32,000 acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness, funding the Boardman River Dams Removal Project and playing a key role in the creation of the Grand Vision for the region.

October 6, 2015

Noah Hall gave a presentation on environmental law and the Great Lakes during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.

October 5, 2015

D'lorah Hughes spoke about "Curriculum Innovation in Experiential Education" at the 30th Annual Midwest Clinical Conference, held at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

October 5, 2015

David Moss spoke at the 30th annual Midwest Clinical Conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Working together with Associate Director of Professional Skills Lawrence Mann, he presented "Team Teaching Live-Client Clinics: The Benefits of Pairing Instructors from Diverse Teaching & Practice Backgrounds."

October 5, 2015

Lawrence Mann spoke at the 30th annual Midwest Clinical Conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. With Associate (Clinical) Professor David Moss, he presented "Team Teaching Live-Client Clinics: The Benefits of Pairing Instructors from Diverse Teaching & Practice Backgrounds."

October 5, 2015

Stephen Calkins gave a presentation for the Department of Political Science Colloquium Series. He spoke about his experiences working for the Irish government as a member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

October 1, 2015

Nick Schroeck spoke on "Current Trends in Environmental Law" at the Sierra Club of Southeast Michigan's Oct. meeting.

September 22, 2015

Kirsten Carlson was chosen to present her paper, "Congress, Tribal Recognition, and Legislative-Administrative Multiplicity," at the 2015 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies to be held at Washington University Law School in St. Louis Oct. 30-31. The paper will be published in the Indiana Law Journal in the winter.

September 19, 2015

Kathryn Smolinski represented the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic at the fifth annual Prostate Cancer Symposium at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She provided information about the clinic services available. The event, hosted by Karmanos Cancer Center, was attended by more than 150 cancer patients and their caregivers.

September 17, 2015

Jocelyn Benson moderated a Constitution Day debate at Macomb Community College about the meaning and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The event was sponsored by the Macomb County Bar Association.

September 17, 2015

Robert Sedler participated in a Constitution Day debate at Macomb Community College about the meaning and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The event was sponsored by the Macomb County Bar Association.

September 13, 2015

Peter Hammer delivered a keynote address at Sustainability Summit Detroit 2015. The title of his presentation was "The Impact of Beliefs and Conditioning on Society."

September 12, 2015

Nick Schroeck and third year law student Justin Sterk spoke on "Sustainable Development in the United States: Current Challenges and Planning for the Future" at a research symposium about social institutions and sustainability.

September 11, 2015

Blanche Cook was part of a panel discussion during the Michigan Future Law Professors Workshop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

September 2, 2015

Kathryn Smolinski co-wrote a chapter, "Educating and training professional social workers in psycho-oncology," in the new third edition of Psycho-Oncology published by Oxford University Press.

September 1, 2015

Linda Beale was named to the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Appointments to the Tax Court Committee for a two-year term ending in June 2017. 

August 27, 2015

Peter Hammer spoke about Michigan's diverse communities to Blue Cross Blue Shield employees at the company's Celebrate Diversity Expo in Detroit.

August 26, 2015

Linda Beale is the new editor of the American Bar Association Tax Section's digital news magazine (currently called NewsQuarterly but to be renamed in September to fit better with a digital framework).

August 25, 2015

Charles Brower will be listed for the second straight year 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.

August 24, 2015

Blanche Cook gave an implicit bias training during Curriculum and Instruction Day at the Wayne State University School of Social Work.

August 20, 2015

Katherine White was elected to the Corporate Board of Directors of Old National Bancorp. She is a lieutenant colonel in the Michigan Army National Guard, and a regent for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, serving as Michigan Board of Regents Chair from 2008-09 and again from 2014 -15. She serves as command judge advocate for the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing. White was a market board member for United Bank and Trust for 11 years, which was assumed into Old National Bancorp in 2014 as part of a cash and stock merger. She has since been serving on the Old National Bank Advisory Board for the central Michigan market.  

August 6, 2015

Peter Hammer spoke about connections between Detroit's bankruptcy and structural racism at a town hall meeting. The event was sponsored by the Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association.

August 5, 2015

Jocelyn Benson was named as a 2015 inductee into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, making her one of the youngest people to receive the honor. She is being recognized for her leadership as Wayne Law's 11th dean, for co-founding Military Spouses of Michigan and for her service as a board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

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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