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Event Wrap-up

Former Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools Michael A. Olivas and Dean of the UC-Davis Law School Kevin R. Johnson are a few of the exciting speakers Wayne Law has recently welcomed to campus. Click the below link for more information on these and other recent Wayne Law events.

A special message from Dean Robert M. Ackerman

These are challenging times for the legal profession. As practicing lawyers adjust to changes in the economy, those of us in legal academia must be no less responsive to the evolving marketplace. As I watch the Red Wings on television, I cannot help but recall Wayne Gretzky’s admonition not to skate to where the puck is, but to where the puck is going to be. At Wayne Law, we have no crystal ball to tell us where the puck is going to be.

2010 Treasure of Detroit to be held March 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

This year's honorees include former Wayne Law Professor Lawrence Mann, '80, former Wayne Law Dean and Professor Joan Mahoney, '75, and Dean Robb, '49, a longtime activist and civil rights attorney. Alumni Reunion Reception and Silent Auction kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Awards program and dancing following dinner.

Wayne Law student Nadia Igram places first in State Bar of Michigan Competition

Wayne Law congratulates first-year student Nadia Igram on her recent first-place finish at the State Bar of Michigan Law Student Section 1L Oral Advocacy Competition. Igram achieved the highest cumulative score over four rounds of competition, placing above 59 competitors from other area law schools.

Wayne Law Announces New Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic

Wayne Law announced the addition of a new law clinic aimed at providing students with practical experience and serving the greater community. The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, led by Assistant Professor (Clinical) Rachel Settlage, was offered this semester.

Wayne Law student research group receives award for work on Michigan Green Enterprise Zone Initiative

Four Wayne Law students received the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Institute’s Distinguished Young Leaders Award for their work in helping to design a Green Enterprise Zone for the Detroit region. Students Kevin Kelly, Erika Monfette, Samantha Orvis and Julianna Rivera were presented with the award at the ESD Affiliate Council Gold Awards Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich.

LAA hosts Happy Hour at Mr. B.'s on Jan. 28

Graduates from nearly every decade and from various geographic locations exchanged stories, expertise and business cards at a recent Law Alumni Association Happy Hour event in Royal Oak. Future events will be located in Macomb County, downtown Detroit, north and western Oakland County, and Wayne County. Click the below for more information on the LAA.

Wayne Law students launch 313 Project to aid public service, revitalization, charity efforts in Detroit and surrounding communities

After growing tired of negative press and negative attitudes directed at the city, a number of Wayne Law student leaders have come together to create the 313 Project.

Wayne Law's home page ranked 3rd of 195 law schools nationwide in new report

A new report by Roger Skalbeck, associate law librarian at Georgetown University Law Center, lists Wayne Law's home page as 3rd in the nation. The report analyzed 14 elements for evaluation. Please click the below button to read the full report.

Wayne Law Alumnus Utilizes Knowledge Gained from Legal Education, Professional Work Experience in New Post as Mayor of Traverse City

Chris Bzdok, a 1996 Wayne Law graduate, understands how to collaborate with government officials to implement change. As a successful environmental attorney and resident of Traverse City, Mich., he’s been doing so for more than a decade. Now in his new role as Traverse City mayor, he hopes to use the knowledge gained from his legal education, professional work experience and his role as a community member to improve the way business is done in the City.

Wayne Law Alumna Navigates Winding Road, Finds Rewarding Career in Immigration Law

To say that Patricia Ice took the long way to arrive at her career as an immigration attorney is a bit of an understatement. But certainly all her varied academic and professional experiences were pointing her toward a career helping people from other cultures. She has worked across the country and around the world from Las Vegas to northern Michigan and from Africa to the Caribbean.

Yolanda P. Jones Appointed Law Library Assistant Director

Following a nationwide search, Yolanda P. Jones (pictured) has been selected as the assistant director of the Wayne State University Library System’s Arthur Neef Law Library.

Wayne Law welcomes new Director of Employer Development

The Wayne Law Career Services Office is pleased to welcome Kathy Fox as the new Director of Employer Development. In this capacity, Fox will work to develop and execute a plan to create new employment opportunities for Wayne Law students and alumni.

Wayne Law student making a name in labor law, Detroit-area communities

Dan Ringo is a shining example of the quality of law students enrolled at Wayne Law . A United States Air Force veteran and a Detroit Public Schools graduate, Ringo has already made a name for himself in the labor law and Detroit-area communities.

Wayne Law student groups raise more than $1,400 to support Haiti relief efforts

Seventeen Wayne Law student groups recently joined forces in an event to raise funds for Haiti relief efforts. The coalition raised more than $1,400 through a bake sale held in the Law School Classroom Building.

Winter 2010 Career Services Office Events

The Wayne Law Career Services Office is here to support you on your professional journey. Click the below to learn more about upcoming events, information and services available to you.

Refer and Win Program

We have high expectations here at Wayne Law and are proud to welcome each entering class. This year, in an effort to continue our tradition of accepting the highest quality of applicants possible, we are introducing a new incentive for our alumni to refer potential applicants.

Upcoming Events

Clinic, Internship and Fellowship Fair, March 3

Guantanamo: Learning from the Past to Confront the Future, March 9

Public Lecture - E. Ethelbert Miller, March 25

Journal of Law in Society Symposium: Rebuilding the Post-Industrial City, March 26

2010 Treasure of Detroit Gala, March 27

The Prospects for a New International Agreement on Climate Change, April 8

Black Classicists, Black Lawyers and Some Detroit Connections, April 13

International Climate Law and Policy Symposium, April 14

Law School Commencement, May 17

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Alumni Accomplishments

Phillip Toutant, '09, has been named as an associate attorney at McKeen & Associates, PC. Toutant focuses his practice on plaintiff litigation in the areas of medical malpractice and birth trauma.

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Student Accomplishments

Wayne State University Law School congratulates 18 students recently elected to the 2010-2011 Wayne Law Review Editorial Board. Twenty-one of the Review’s 30 second-year assistant editors applied for 18 editorial board positions. Students elected to the 2010-2011 Editorial Board include: Editor-in-Chief Louis Meizlish; Executive Articles Editor Elizabeth M. Kruman; Executive Note & Comment Editor Alexandra I. Papasifakis; Managing Editor Robert L. Avers; Production Editor Mary J. Weindorf; Survey Editor Melina Lito; Senior Note & Comment Editors Michael R. Kon, Andrew Mast, Erica A. Moise, Erika A. Monfette and Richard A. Treusch; and Senior Articles Editors Drew A. Carnwath, Roquia K. Draper, Jason A. Kanter, Richard L. Merpi II, Robert Z. Rogosich, Jacob A. Stamell and Zachary R. Tucker.

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Faculty Accomplishments

Professor of Law Michael McIntyre was named senior advisor to the Tax Justice Network. The TJN, headquartered in the UK, is a leading advocate of international tax reform, with an emphasis on tax policies benefitting the developing countries. It has been especially active on curtailing international tax evasion through an effective exchange of information and has promoted, with the UN and elsewhere, the model information exchange agreement prepared by Professor McIntyre.

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Professors in the News

Associate Professor of Law Linda Beale was highlighted in a Detroit Legal News article titled "Wayne State Professor both a 'Bear' and a blogger."

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