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Wayne Law News

Teens learn how to make a difference during annual Youth Civil Rights Conference

Groups of students from seven metro Detroit high schools gathered Nov. 15 at Wayne Law to talk about race, hoping to bridge their differences, bust stereotypes and build foundations for a better world.

First-year law students raise money for charity with holi-grams, votes in ugly sweater contest

Wayne Law Professor Anthony Dillof rocks a hideous holiday sweater Nov. 21 as law students Alexis Shull, left, and Ameena Sheikh smirk. The sweater was part of a charity fundraiser by the first-year law students and led by Shull and Sheikh. 

DBusiness magazine: Survey answers show that Wayne Law graduates the most top area attorneys

Wayne State University Law School is first in the state when it comes to graduating highly regarded attorneys, according to the November-December 2013 issue of DBusiness magazine.

Wayne Law student turns adversity into enterprise, competes in Accelerate Michigan

Wayne Law student Paul Alonzo Turner III grew from being a child living in a homeless shelter to being executive director of a homeless shelter.

Wayne Law professor expands his human rights work, scholarship with new board appointment

Wayne Law Professor Peter Hammer is taking his human rights work far beyond Detroit with a recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia.

Student awarded by Federal Bar Association

Third-year student Alex Szypa has been awarded the Edward H. Rakow Scholarship Award by the Federal Bar Association. The $1,500 award is given each fall to one student at each of Michigan’s five law schools.

Colleagues mourn death of Professor Emeritus Ralph Slovenko, expert on forensic psychology

A memorial service for Ralph Slovenko, professor emeritus at Wayne Law, was Nov. 7 in Hebrew Memorial Chapel, Oak Park. Slovenko, who retired May 15 after 44 years at Wayne Law, died Nov. 3.

Alumni Accomplishments

Pat M. Donofrio, '70, was appointed to serve on the state's Court of Claims. He was a Macomb County Circuit judge and served as presiding judge of the court's civil/criminal division before his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2002 by Gov. John Engler. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2010.

Julie Isola, '90, was named research director for the Michigan Court of Appeals. She joined the court as a law clerk in 1992. In 1999, she was named district commissioner in the Detroit Office of the Research Division.

David Marvin, '76, was honored with the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award at the Ingham County Bar Association's 119th annual dinner. Marvin has practiced law in the Lansing office of Fraser Trebilcock for more than 37 years. Throughout much of his career, he has devoted time and energy to bar association activities, serving as president of the Ingham County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the association, president of the Pro Bono Lawyers Service, chairman of the State Bar's Administrative Law Section, chairman of the ICBA's Administrative Law Section, delegate to the State Bar's Representative Assembly, chairman of four State Bar committees and chairman of at least 10 ICBA committees. In addition, Marvin has devoted his energy and resources to numerous community service organizations, including terms on the boards of directors of the East Lansing Educational Foundation, Impression Five Science Center, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Audubon Society, Rotary Club of Lansing, Boy Scouts of America, Downtown Coaches Club, Friends of Michigan History and MSU Alumni Association.

Penny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.

William B. Murphy, '70, was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009. Under Murphy's guidance, the Court of Appeals recently was named a leader in automation of court business practices by the National Center for State Courts. Murphy has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and bar-related organizations. He is a former chair of the Judicial Tenure Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal and is a member of the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.

Sara Vander Werff, '91, has been elected city comptroller in Grand Rapids. She is the first woman elected to the post for a four-year term.

More Alumni Accomplishments

Faculty Accomplishments

Jocelyn Benson was honored as December "ally spouse" by the Military Partners and Families Coalition. Benson co-founded Military Spouses of Michigan and serves as the organization's president. Coalition ally spouses are individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in working toward advancing equality for all military families. Coalition President and Co-Founder Ariana Bostian-Kentes said, "The Military Partners and Families Coalition is happy to honor Jocelyn as our featured ally spouse of the month. Allyhood is about taking action; it's also about doing whatever you can to make sure everyone is included. Jocelyn showed leadership in making that a priority when co-founding Military Spouses of Michigan as an organization that is inclusive of all military families. As a lifelong Michigan resident and the partner of a Michigan National Guard soldier myself, it means a lot to have such a vocal ally like Jocelyn to work alongside in my home state."

Gregory Fox and third-year law student Yunjoo Goze have an article, International Human Rights Litigation after Kiobel, published in the November 2013 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. The edition is dedicated to international law.

Robert Sedler gave a presentation on Nov. 20 to the Michigan Court of Appeals about U.S. Supreme Court and Michigan Supreme Court constitutional law decisions for the last two years. He gave the presentation at the court's Detroit office, and it was broadcast to the court's other offices in Troy, Lansing and Grand Rapids. The court education program is coordinated by Judge Henry Saad, a 1974 Wayne Law graduate.

More Faculty Accomplishments

Professors in the News

Laura Bartell was quoted in a Yahoo News report, Detroit's Bankruptcy Bid Could Still Fall Apart.

Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Time U.S. article, Legal Experts Weigh Self Defense and Race in Michigan Shooting.

Peter Henning was interviewed for a report on the Swiss Public Radio program Rendez-vous Today titled 13-Milliarden-Busse für die US-Bank JP Morgan Chase about the JP Morgan settlement.

John Mogk was quoted in a Bloomberg News report, Detroit Recovery Begins Where Philadelphia and Leipzig Converge.

Michael Steinberg was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, Federal Judge OKs Settlement over Halal Meals in Michigan Prisons. Steinberg litigated the lawsuit as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

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