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Wayne Law Director of Career Services joins Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project Board

December 16, 2010

DETROIT (Dec. 16, 2010) – Wayne State University Law School congratulates Diane H. Fears, director of Career Services, on her appointment to the Board of Directors for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project (MiUI). Fears, who serves as the office’s principal public interest and government adviser as well as the Law School’s Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program coordinator, accepted the invitation to join the board on Dec. 5 and attended her first MiUI meeting Dec. 10.

The MiUI is an initiative of the National Employment Law Project in which law students provide legal services to unemployment insurance claimants. Fears will join clinical law professors, public interest attorneys, labor attorneys and other representatives of organized labor and the nonprofit community on MiUI’s board.

"I'm honored and excited to join an enthusiastic group of law students and legal professionals advocating for jobless workers in Michigan,” Fears said. “The need is great given that Michigan is struggling with the second highest unemployment rate in the nation. I'm gratified that, once again, Wayne Law is reaching out to the community."

According to Krystal Gardner, assistant dean of Career Services, Fears’ board membership will benefit Wayne Law students participating in MiUI and the Wayne Law Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program. In addition, the Career Services Office will enjoy new and enhanced relationships with public interest and public sector employers.

Robert M. Ackerman, dean, Wayne Law, added, “Wayne Law’s increasing national reputation as a leading public interest law school is a result of the many remarkable opportunities available to our students and alumni. Ms. Fears’ involvement on this board further strengthens Law School ties within and outside of our community, providing greater opportunities for our students to gain experience in this important area of law.”

Fears, a lifelong Detroit resident, attended Cass Technical High School and earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Detroit, now known as University of Detroit Mercy. A 1989 Wayne Law graduate, she practiced labor and employment law for 12 years with a major Michigan law firm. Fears is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the ABA, the Wolverine Bar Association, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and Delta Sigma Theta, a national public service sorority.

Visit the Career Services Office at http://law.wayne.edu/career-services/index.php. For more information regarding Wayne Law’s Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program, please call the Career Services Office at (313) 577-8039 or e-mail lawprobono@wayne.edu.

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