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Law School Professor Elected President of the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars

August 27, 2007

Robert A. SedlerDETROIT (August 27, 2007) – Robert A. Sedler, Distinguished Professor of Law at Wayne State University, has been elected as President of the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars for the 2007-2008 school year.

The Academy of Scholars was established in 1979 for the purpose of creating a community of scholars from among the university’s most celebrated researchers. Election to the Academy is the highest recognition that may be bestowed upon faculty members by their colleagues.

“I would like to congratulate Professor Robert Sedler on being elected as President of the Academy of Scholars,” said Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Professor Sedler has been a respected leader among faculty, staff and students at the Law School for quite some time. Beyond the Law School, he is a well-known expert in his field and continuously contributes to the legal community through his extensive and impressive research.”

Sedler has been at Wayne State University Law School since 1979 where he specializes in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. He has published extensively in both of his fields and has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere, mostly as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In 1988, he received the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne State for 1985-87. From 2000-2005, he held the Gibbs Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He has also received awards from the NAACP Kentucky Conference in 1975, the ACLU of Kentucky in 1976, the NAACP Metropolitan Detroit Branch in 1986, the Southwestern Michigan ACLU in 1988, the Metropolitan Detroit ACLU in 1994, and the Oakland County ACLU in 2002. He was the Chairperson of the Michigan State Bar Constitutional Law Committee from 1981 to 1987, and of the Legal Education Committee from 1988 to 1994.

Sedler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the same university in 1959.

Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of over 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, and offices for student groups. The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries.

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