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Wayne Law to Welcome Marc R. Poirier for Lecture on “The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy,” Oct. 21

October 14, 2008

DETROIT (Oct. 13, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to present a lecture by Seton Hall Law School Professor Marc R. Poirier from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The lecture, titled “The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy,” is sponsored by the Wayne Law Programs and Awards Committee.

“We are honored to welcome Professor Poirier to Wayne Law,” said Steven L. Winter, Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law. “This lecture presents a remarkable opportunity for Wayne Law students, faculty, alumni and friends to hear from one of the legal community’s finest scholars.”

Professor Poirier earned a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. In private practice as a partner with Spiegel & McDiarmid in Washington, D.C., he served as President of the Committee on Hydroelectric Regulation of the Federal Energy Bar Association. Professor Poirier joined the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1991, and has published extensively in the areas of environmental law, environmental justice, property law and theory, coastal land use, gender discrimination, and law and sexual orientation.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be available starting at noon. Parking is available in Structure #1 across from the Law School on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For more information on this event, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933 or

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