Wayne State University

Faculty, staff accomplishments

December 18, 2014

Stephen Calkins was the speaker at the inaugural American Bar Association Antitrust Section Global Seminar, a networking event held in Brussels, Belgium. His talk was "A Review of Both Sides of the Pond."

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

Nicholas 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 15, 2014

Julia Qin presented "State Ownership and Market Benchmarks: WTO Subsidy Jurisprudence and Its Implications for Developmental Policy Space" to the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado.

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.

November 4, 2014

Charles Brower presented "Arbitrations Involving States" at the Atlanta International Arbitration Society's third annual conference.

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 24, 2014

Brad Roth presented "The Neglected Virtues of Bright Lines: International Law in the 2014 Ukraine Crises" during International Law Weekend at the annual meeting of  the International Law Association, American Branch.  

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

Nicholas 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 22, 2014

Susan Cancelosi co-authored an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of M&G Polymers USA, LLC et al. v. Hobert Freel Tackett, et al. Read the complete news release

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

Nicholas 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

Nicholas 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.

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