Charles Brower has joined Miller Canfield as Of Counsel to the International Dispute Resolution Section. He will continue full-time as a professor of law at Wayne State University, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Contracts, and the Law of Armed Conflict. Brower is an elected member of the American Law Institute, vice chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and winner of the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for 2012. Brower has served as advocate for the government of the Republic of Costa Rica in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, and a member of the American Arbitration Association's observer delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II.
Susan Butterwick is the director of a new project in Washtenaw County -- a Peacekeeping Court modeled on Native American tribal court traditions. The grant-funded court project is the first in Michigan sanctioned by the state. Peacemaking courts seek solutions that will repair the harm done from conflict in relationships, repair those relationships, and restore individuals involved to their communities or families. Types of cases suitable for the court might involve juvenile delinquency, domestic conflicts, eldercare issues or business disputes. The project is funded through a Michigan Supreme Court grant from the state's Court Performance Innovation Fund.
Paul Dubinsky presented a well-attended lecture on "The Impact of Terrorism on the U.S. Legal System" at Shandong University in Jinan, China. His presentation was part of a 10-day trip to China to promote Wayne Law's new master's degree in U.S. law to several universities there.
Jocelyn Benson was honored as December "ally spouse" by the Military Partners and Families Coalition. Benson co-founded Military Spouses of Michigan and currently serves as the organization's president. MPFC ally spouses are individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in working toward advancing equality for all military families. MPFC President and Co-Founder Ariana Bostian-Kentes said, "The Military Partners and Families Coalition is happy to honor Jocelyn as our featured ally spouse of the month. Allyhood is about taking action; it's also about doing whatever you can to make sure everyone is included. Jocelyn showed leadership in making that a priority when co-founding Military Spouses of Michigan as an organization that is inclusive of all military families. As a lifelong Michigan resident and the partner of a Michigan National Guard soldier myself, it means a lot to have such a vocal ally like Jocelyn to work alongside in my home state."
Gregory Fox and third-year law student Yunjoo Goze have an article, "International Human Rights Litigation after Kiobel," published in the November 2013 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. The edition is dedicated to international law.
Robert Sedler gave a presentation on Nov. 20 to the Michigan Court of Appeals about U.S. Supreme Court and Michigan Supreme Court constitutional law decisions for the last two years. He gave the presentation at the court's Detroit office, and it was broadcast to the court's other offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids. The court education program is coordinated by Judge Henry Saad, a 1974 Wayne Law graduate.
Peter Hammer was part of a panel discussion on Income Inequality: Bridging the Gap during the 2013 Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference held Oct. 18-19 in Lansing. The discussion was moderated by Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press. Other panelists were Dr. Charles Ballard, professor of economics at Michigan State University, and Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michgian League for Public Policy.
Robert Sedler was part of a panel presentation at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Wolverine Bar Association in Detroit. The panel considered Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a Michigan case before the U.S. Supreme Court in its new term. Sedler discussed the constitutional issues involved in the case and the possible dispositions by the Supreme Court. Other panelists included Hon. Helene White, who provided an introductory overview of the case and the Sixth Circuit's ruling; Wayne Law Dean of Admissions Ericka Jackson, who addressed the impact on minority enrollment at Michigan universities; and 2009 Wayne Law alumna Joyce Shon, an associate attorney at the United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund.
Robert Sedler spoke on "The Constitution and Government Surveillance" at a meeting of the Birmingham Central Kiwanis Club.
Nick Schroeck has been elected by his peers to a seat on the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section Council. He's the only public-interest attorney and academic on the council. In addition to his new three-year post on the governing council, he serves as co-chair of the section's Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee.
Noah Hall is the co-author, with Professor Jamie Linton of Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, of a chapter titled "The Great Lakes: A Model of Transboundary Cooperation" in a new book, Water Without Borders? Canada, the United States and Shared Waters, published by the University of Toronto Press. Visit Hall's blog to learn more about the book.
Christopher Lund presented "Rethinking the 'Religious Questions' Doctrine" at the Symposium on Religious Institutions at DePaul University School of Law in Chicago.
Paul Dubinsky spoke at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis on Sept. 20 on the subject of regional and international human rights courts and whether the technocratic nature of much of their current work dilutes their influence in terms of moral force. And on Sept. 21, Dubinsky served as moderator and commentator during a two-day conference, "Justice Beyond the State," held at the University of Windsor Law School, Ontario, Canada. The conference explored developments in private international law and theories of legal pluralism as applied to transnational regulatory problems.
Nick Schroeck was part of a presentation on a Union of Concerned Scientists webinar to members of its Science Network. The sessions are part of a series to provide training opportunities to strengthen members' communication and advocacy skills. Schroeck's session was "Communicating Science Amid Confusion and Uncertainty: How to Deal with Tough Questions."
Christopher Lund presented "Creationism, Evolution and Intelligent Design" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., and also participated in a discussion group on "Affirmative Action After Fisher v. University of Texas" at the meeting.
Stephen Calkins presented "The Antitrust Conversation (continued)," at the 18th annual European University Institute EU Competition Law and Policy Workshop: Effective and Legitimate Enforcement of Competition Law in Fiesole, Italy.
Christopher Lund presented "The New Free Exercise Clause" at the annual Law-and-Religion Roundtable at Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, Calif.
Lance Gable has an article, "Global Health Rights: Employing Human Rights to Develop and Implement the Framework Convention on Global Health," recently published in Vol. 15(1) of Health and Human Rights 17-31 (2013). Co-author is Benjamin Mason Meier.
Brad Roth led discussions and gave presentations at three different events last month in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. He presented "Parsing 'Mutual Non-Recognition and Mutual Non-Denial': An International Law Perspective on Taipei's Current Framework for Cross-Strait Relations" at the 2013 International Law Association-American Society of International Asia-Pacific Reserach Forum; led a discussion on Taiwan's status in international law at a Taiwan Thinktank forum; and also gave a talk on his critcally acclaimed book, "Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement: Premises of a Pluralist International Legal Order" (Oxford University Press, 2011), at National Taiwan University, with Professor Timothy Webster from Case Western Reserve University School of Law as a discussant.
Nick Schroeck and Stephanie Karisny (Wayne Law, 2012) wrote an article, "Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Management in the Great Lakes," published recently in the Case Western Reserve Law Review.
Kirsten Carlson is attending the Connect Fulbright Canada Colloquium at the University of California Berkeley on "Issues in Canadian Studies: Views from America" May 8 and 9, and the Early Career Workshop at the Law and Society annual meeting in Boston May 28-June 1.
Nick Schroeck was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Four Township Water Resources Council'a annual meeting on April 29. The council is dedicated to protecting water quality in Barry and Prairieville townships in Barry County and Richland and Ross townships in Kalamazoo County. Schroeck spoke on federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including environmental and health risks and protection, as well as issues involving oil and gas leases and contracts.
Christopher Lund was one of three guest panelists during a discussion titled "Public Prayer: Insiders, Outsiders, Pledges and Invocations," on April 15 in South Carolina. The panel discussion was part of the fifth annual Law & Society Symposium sponsored by the Charlestown Law Review of the Charlestown School of Law and the Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership of Furman University, S.C. Keynote speaker was retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Brandon Hofmeister will be the commencement speaker at Frankenmuth High School, his alma mater, on May 31. When he was 18, he gave the valedictorian address at the school.
Brandon Hofmeister is moderating a panel, "The Contribution of Technology to Sustainable Energy," on April 11 at the 2013 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Conference, titled "Laying the Foundation for a Sustainable Energy Future: Legal and Policy Challenges," being held at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. The conference is the first in an anticipated series exploring the evolution of U.S. energy networks between now and 2030. Hofmeister's panel addresses "technology's disruptive character, the risks and costs of innovation, and potential rewards."
Stephen Calkins presented "An American in Dublin," a luncheon address at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Eric Zacks recently presented his paper, "Shame, Regret, and Contract Design," at the eighth annual International Conference on Contracts, which was held at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. The paper will be published in the Marquette Law Review later this year.
Jocelyn Benson was named as recipient of the NAACP's Great Expectations Award for 2013.
Lance Gable was a co-author and signatory of a recent amicus brief filed in the case New York Statewide Coalition v. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene supporting the authority of the New York City health department to limit cup sizes for sugar-sweetened beverages and to act incrementally to protect the public's health. The case is currently on appeal from a state court judge's ruling that the ban on large cup sizes exceeded the power of the health department and was arbitrary and capricious. And on March 22, he spoke about legal and ethical issues related to presumed authorization of organ donation on a panel at the Transplantation Disparities: Controversies and Emerging Prospects, Fourth Annual Kountz/Callender/Drew Transplant Symposium, in Detroit. This symposium is sponsored by Gift of Life and the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program.
Eric Williams was a panel member at the March 29 symposium, "Incubators: Function and Future," at Ohio State University's Moritz School of Law sponsored by Law Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. On March 27, he delivered a presentation, "Legal Issues for Startups," at D:Hive in Detroit.
Steven Winter is the author of a chapter, "Frame Semantics and the 'Internal Point of View,'" in a just released book, Law and Language: Current Legal Issues Volume 15, which offers a broad overview of the interaction between law and language and the way they infuence each other. It's the latest volume in the established Current Legal Issues series, which brings together scholars from around the world to explore the interactions between legal thought and other disciplines. Topics include libel, linguistic meaning and truth in language and law, semantics, the power of naming and the role of language in constructing commercial contracts. The book was published in February 2013.
Thomas Helmholdt has been invited to speak April 2 about Wayne Law's Patent Procurement Law Clinic for the Macomb-OU INCubator, a partnership alliance of the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb County and Oakland University to assist new and growing companies. Helmholdt teaches the Wayne Law clinic.
Noah Hall was the opening speaker at Chicago-based DePaul Law Review's 23rd annual symposium on the topic of the Great Lakes, specifically addressing the legal issues and policy concerns relating to freshwater resources.
Nick Schroeck kicked off the opening panel on emerging challenges facing Great Lakes governance at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law's sixth annual Spring Environmental Symposium on the topic of Great Lakes Natural Resource Governance held March 1. (Here's a link to a podcast of the symposium, including Schroeck's panel.) Later this month, Schroeck will bring a Great Lakes perspective to the American Bar Association's 42nd Annual Spring Conference hosted by the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He'll be discussing stormwater management. The conference is March 21-23 in Salt Lake City.
Robert Sedler met at the Law School on Feb. 11 with a delegation of human rights activists from the Ukraine visiting the United States under the State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. The topic of their visit is "The U.S. Experience in Supporting Freedom of Assembly." The session was an interactive one with translators. Sedler discussed freedom of assembly and association under the First Amendment and included in the discussion the comparable provisions of the Ukraine Constitution. This was the latest presentation the professor did for the State Department International Leadership Program. Since 2006, he has hosted at the Law School delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Spain, French-speaking African countries, the Kyrgyz Republic, and a combined delegation from various European countries.
Eric Zacks traveled to Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 31 to present a draft of his current paper, "Contract Design: Shame, Regret, and Conformity."
Nick Schroeck will speak at 6 p.m. March 14 at the Great Lakes Regional Training Center at Washtenaw Community College about Great Lakes water rights and conservation and the controversial practice of "fracking" to extract oil and gas from wells. The event will be free and open to the public. Schroeck is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and the event is one in a series sponsored by the WCC Faculty Sustainability Literacy Task Force about environmental issues.
Jocelyn Benson was a speaker Jan. 20 during an inaguration brunch hosted by Emily's List in Washington, D. C. Benson, who is interim dean of the Law School and was a candidate for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010, was joined by other speakers at the event including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Benson founded and is president of Military Spouses of Michigan. The group, by invitation, walked in the inaguration parade on Jan. 21.