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Wayne Law News

Wayne Law is first in the state selected by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a participating clinic

Thomas Jefferson said, “Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.” The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided that Detroit is where some of those new inventions should be examined, and that Wayne Law students will play an integral role in the effort.

Wayne Law eliminates application fee for 2012-13 applicants, welcomes 1Ls

DETROIT – With students hailing from Albion College to Yeshiva University (and 44 other undergraduate schools), Wayne State University Law School’s 1L class is settling in.

First students win scholarship that honors former Wayne Law dean

Michele Miller, Wayne Law’s beloved dean of students who died Aug. 27, 2011, would no doubt be pleased with the first recipients of a scholarship created in her honor by The 313 Project.

Wayne Law professor leads state group creating guidelines for public health emergencies

In venues from medical labs to the Supreme Court, Americans deal increasingly with bioethical issues, as science brings developments in life and death cases. Wayne Law Associate Professor Lance Gable leads a multi-disciplinary state ethics committee, that is creating guidelines for healthcare and public health systems in Michigan in the case of a public health emergency in which resources — such as vaccines, medicines, ventilators, even hospital beds — become scarce.

Wayne Law celebrates faculty, alumni, receiving State Bar of Michigan awards

Several Wayne State University professors and alumni were honored as part of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Annual Meeting Sept. 19 in Grand Rapids. Distinguished Professor Robert Sedler received the John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award.

Law Professor Peter Henning receives Fulbright Award

Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter Henning has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the University of Zagreb in Croatia during the 2012-13 academic year.

Upcoming Events

EEOC commissioner to speak on lessons from disability and LGBT rights

All alumni invited to Reunion 2012

National Labor Relations Board chairman to speak during Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium

Law Review Symposium to explore solutions for the American city

Alumna to speak about her successful Supreme Court argument

Public Justice Executive Director Arthur Bryant to discuss public interest law Oct. 16

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Alumni Accomplishments

Amanda Mercer, '93, was the captain of a six-woman team that smashed a world record for a relay swim across the English Channel and back in July. Their effort was a fundraiser for ALS research on behalf of a friend. Mercer also is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She focuses her private law practice in Ann Arbor on mediation and contract law.

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Student Accomplishments

Wayne Law student attorneys working at the Detroit Free Legal Aid Clinic were thrilled recently to cut the ribbon and officially move into their brand new digs — right next to the organization’s former office on Woodward Avenue. Last winter, the clinic, which operates in conjunction with Lakeshore Legal Aid and with the Elder Law and Advocacy Center, was in trouble. The roof of FLAC’s former home office was caving in. The students came up with a possible solution for a new and better office to help them serve FLAC’s low-income clients, and the clinic’s Executive Board — all students —presented their “case” to Law School Dean Robert Ackerman. He was impressed with their initiative, and that they hadn’t asked the university, which helps sponsor the clinic, to solve the problem for them. Ackerman helped the students put their plan into action. And now the student attorneys with FLAC have moved into their new space, which is bigger than their original office space and in a location familiar to their clients. Wherever they work, the students with FLAC share a passion for advocacy and service, and enthusiasm for the clinic’s work, whether they’re doing it as interns for credit, work-study students for a stipend or as volunteers. “

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