Faculty, staff accomplishments

  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    was a speaker at the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium at the University of New Mexico. She discussed “Opposition as Influence: American Indian Advocacy Against Federal Legislation.”

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  • Christopher C. Lund

    was a panelist at the Stetson Law Review Symposium in Gulfport, Florida. Lund discussed “What role can the concept of animus play in Establishment and Free Exercise Clause doctrine? Does the religion context change the nature of the animus inquiry?” 

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was a moderator for the 66th Annual American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. This conference is the largest of its kind in the world.

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    was a panelist at the "Regulating the Sharing Economy" symposium held by the Virginia Law & Business Review at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  • Blanche Cook

    was a speaker at the “Perspectives on the #MeToo Movement” panel hosted by Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit. The event focused on the #MeToo movement from three different areas: activism, media and law.

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  • Elise Bean

    was recognized as a leader on tax justice and was one of five women celebrated by Global Witness for standing up for transparency and accountability in their fields. Read the article.

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  • Noah Hall

    co-authored with Robert Adler and Robin Kundis Craig the second edition of “Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protections.” The book was published by Foundation Press. Learn more here.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    was a panelist at the “Data Explosion: Societal Benefits and Risks” symposium hosted by Wayne State University. This event was one of a six-part symposia series in honor of WSU’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. He discussed privacy and legality in the digital age.

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  • Lance Gable

    was a panelist at the “Data Explosion: Societal Benefits and Risks” symposium hosted by Wayne State University. This event was one of a six-part symposia series in honor of WSU’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. He discussed privacy and legality in the digital age.

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  • William Ortman

    co-authored with Daniel Epps an article titled, “The Lottery Docket,” which was published in the Michigan Law Review. Read the article here.

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  • Carl Levin

    spoke at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 Detroit Policy Conference, which focused on creating a culture of civility in Detroit. Watch Levin’s discussion here.

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  • Jan Bissett

    co-authored with Margi Heinen an article titled, “Research Mash-up: Disparate Approaches” in the March 2018 edition for the Michigan Bar Journal. Read the article here.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    has been named a member of Law360’s 2018 Competition Editorial Advisory Board. “The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360’s coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.”

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  • Eric Zacks

    presented his latest article "Fee-Shifting Provisions in Foreclosure," Feb. 23 at the 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts at Barry University School of Law.

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  • Richard A. Bierschbach

    co-authored with Stephanos Bibas an article titled, “Rationing Criminal Justice,” which was published in the Michigan Law Review. The article examines American criminal justice through a public- and regulatory-law lens.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    moderated a panel discussion on “Surveillance at the Border” at A More Human Dwelling Place: Reimagining the Racialized Architecture of America conference at the University of Michigan.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    gave a presentation on “Immigration Law: Where it Came From, Where it’s Going” at the Rochester Hills Public Library.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    gave a guest lecture at UCD Sutherland School of Law in Dublin on “Introduction to EU Competition Law.” The primary focus of the “Economic Law of the EU” course is to explore key European Union economic/legal policies intended to secure the creation of the internal market.

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  • Lance Gable

    participated in a webinar on "Executive Decision Making and Liability for Public Health Officials," co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Partnership for Public Health Law.

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  • Carl Levin

    was appointed as a facilitator for a class-action lawsuit stemming from the Flint water crisis by U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Judith Levy. Read more here.

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  • Blanche Cook

    co-led a plenary session titled “Liberal Arts Education as a Foundation for Pursuits of Justice” at The Oberlin College Design Your Purpose project. She discussed strategies and challenges of engaging the legal system for social change and justice through an introduction to critical race legal theory, exploration of selected case studies, and discussion of current events.

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  • Kirsten Carlson’s

    latest research “Making Strategic Choices: How and Why Indian Groups Advocated for Federal Recognition from 1977 to 2012” reveals that a dynamic interplay of goals, motivations, and constraints influence groups to different strategies over time. Read more

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  • Robert Sedler's

    article on the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, which was originally published in The Conversation, was mentioned in the SCOTUS Blog Round-up.

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    wrote Amicus Brief in Seattle Case: Antitrust and Worker Cooperation, for OnLabor, a blog devoted to workers, unions and their politics.

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  • Rob MacGregor

    was the subject of a Wayne State University feature story, "Getting to Know: Breaking away with Rob MacGregor." Read the story

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of law and business professors in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, supporting a Seattle ordinance that authorizes collective bargaining rights for Uber and other ride-share drivers in a federal antitrust preemption challenge. Read the brief here

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  • William Ortman's

    forthcoming paper for the Michigan Law Review, co-authored with Professor Daniel Epps, won an honorable mention award at the 2018 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition. The paper is titled "The Lottery Docket." Read the announcement

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  • Noah D. Hall

    wrote Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press) with Robert Adler and Robin Craig, both of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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  • Eric Zacks

    presented a draft of his article, "Fee-Shifting Provisions in Foreclosure," at the 2017 Midwestern Law & Economic Annual Meeting and Conference at Marquette University Law School. 

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  • Christopher Lund

    was awarded the Excellence in Scholarship award by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Religion.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    led a tour of Southwest Detroit and Dearborn for the Health and Environmental Funders Network. 

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  • John Rothchild

    was the luncheon speaker at a meeting of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association on Oct. 25.  The title of his talk was “Artificial Intelligences as Consumers and Creators of Intellectual Property.”

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  • Peter Hammer

    spoke at Marygrove College as part of a panel discussion on “When Does Free Speech Become Hate Speech?” The event was sponsored by the Michigan Coalition of Human Rights.

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  • Blanche Cook

    was on a panel discussing gendered violence at the University of Toledo's Law Review Symposium. 

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    addressed the International Affairs Council of the New York City Bar Association. The title of his talk was, "Supreme Law of the Land? Debating the Contemporary Effects of Treaties within the United States Legal System." 

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  • Stephen Calkins

    presented Competition Law Enforcement: Convergence and Divergence at UCD Dublin Sutherland School of Law. 

     

     

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  • Jocelyn Benson

    was named one of Crain's Detroit Business' 40 Under 40. 

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  • Bernadette Atuahene

    has been named the Damon J. Keith distinguished visiting professor at Wayne State University Law School for the 2017-18 academic year.

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  • Laura Bartell

    was appointed associate reporter of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States. She was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was featured in an interview with Great Lakes Now. In it he discusses Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline. Watch the video here

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  • Duc Abrahamson

    was a panelist during Celebrate Diversity! month at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented, "Implicit Bias and the Professional Responsibility of the Bench," at the National Bar Association annual convention in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented, "An Algorithm for Capturing White Heteropatriarchy," at the National Black Prosecutors’ Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Peter Hammer

    was a panelist for Michigan Radio's "Issues and Ale" to discuss the 1967 Detroit riots.

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  • Blanche Cook

    moderated a discussion, "Navigating Workplace Conflicts and Inequities," at the University of Michigan's Lutie Lytle Writing Workshop in Ann Arbor.

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented, "Sex Trafficking Expert Testimony: Gender Salience, Consciousness, And Relevance In Removing The Taint Of Gender Inequality From The Vulnerable Body Of Proof," at the University of Michigan's Lutie Lytle Writing Workshop in Ann Arbor.

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  • Blanche Cook

    served as a commenter on a research paper, "The Symbolic Assailant Revisted," by Jennine Bell at the Lutie Lytle Writing Workshop at the University of Michigan School of Law in Ann Arbor.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute's annual conference in Washington, D.C. His topic was "Greatest Hits in Antitrust - Mergers, Monopoly and More."

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    received the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Award (category prize) for the best antitrust scholarship of 2016, from the American Antitrust Institute (Washington, D.C.).

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  • William Ortman

    had his latest essay, "The Yates Memo Versus Administrative Law," published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Read the full essay here.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    presented, "The Spirit of Detroit-Ensuring that Voices are Heard" at the Quality of Life 2017 Leadership Academy presented by the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development. 

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented, "Complicit Bias: Sex Offender Registration as a Penalty for Obstructing Sex Trafficking Prosecutions," at the Global Studies Conference at National University of Singapore.

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  • Lance Gable

    presented "Overarching Themes in Public Health Law" at the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.

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  • Noah Hall

    contributed to the book, Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship (University of Calgary Press, November 2016).

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  • Jocelyn Benson

    was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights Michigan Advisory Committee.

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  • Kingsley Browne

    was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights Michigan Advisory Committee.

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  • Alan Schenk

    will receive the John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award from the State Bar of Michigan. This award is presented periodically to an educator from a Michigan law school whose influence on lawyers has elevated the quality of legal practice in Michigan.

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  • Noah Hall

    was part of a panel discussion about water rights at the Association for Law, Property & Society's Eighth Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor.

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  • Peter Hammer

    spoke at an event to celebrate the launch of a book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies at the Detroit Historical Museum.

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  • Blanche Cook

    attended the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School's Law & Economics Center's Thirty-Third Economics Institute for Law Professors.

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  • Beth Applebaum

    and Jan Bissett had a poster session description published in the spring 2017 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing. The poster is titled, "Scholarly, Meet Practice: Developing Sustainable Legal Research Skills," and is available here.

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  • Jan Bissett

    and Beth Appelbaum had a poster session description published in the spring 2017 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing. The poster is titled, "Scholarly, Meet Practice: Developing Sustainable Legal Research Skills," and is available here.

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  • Jan Bissett

    co-authored an article, "Beyond Court Decisions-Dockets, Documents and Analytics," for The Colorado Lawyer's May 2017 edition.

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  • Jan Bissett

    wrote a chapter for the recently published book State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies (Frank G. Houdek and Adeen Postar, eds. Hein, 2017)The chapter is called Michigan Practice Materials: A Selective Annotated Bibliography

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented at the University of Richmond School of Law's Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum. Her topic involved sex trafficking experts in federal cases.

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    attended the executive board meeting of the International Law Association in his capacity as vice president and representative of the U.S. branch of the organization.

     

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    presented a work-in-progress titled, "The Elusive Hague Conference Judgements Convention," at the Dublin International Law Seminar Series in Ireland.

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  • Megan Canty

    presented at the Legal Writing Institute's Biennial Moot Court Conference at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the 17th annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium in Chicago.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    provided expert consumer advice about credit cards for WalletHub.com. Read his advice here.

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  • Peter Hammer

    delivered the keynote address at an event titled, "Changing Together in an Era of Change." It was sponsored by Metro Solutions.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

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  • Peter Hammer

    was invited to join the Detroit Urban Research Center's Community-Academic Research Network, which works to reduce health disparities and improve the health and wellness of residents in Detroit.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was part of a panel discussing, "Health Equity at Industrial Scale: the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act under the Trump Administration." The event was held at the University of Michigan.

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  • Lance Gable

    was the keynote speaker at a conference titled, "The Autonomous Patient: Entrepreneurs Driving Health Care" in Detroit.

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  • Robert Sedler

    was a panelist at The University of Toledo College of Law for a discussion titled, "Alternative Facts, Fake News and the Role of the Media."

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  • Jocelyn Benson

    will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Matrix Awards presented by the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications to honor outstanding achievements.

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  • Elise Bean

    spoke to 50 federal agency personnel about the Congressional oversight process as part of a 2-day Congressional Operations Seminar, run by the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University.

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  • Kaylee Place

    was featured in The Mining Journal, Marquette, Michigan's local newspaper, for its report, "Can-do motto serves Marquette native well." Read the full article here.

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  • Rebecca Robichaud

    wrote, "Traversing the Immigration Court in Light of the New Executive Order," for the Michigan Bar Journal. Read the full article here.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    was a panelist for a program at the University of Windsor called "Trump: Control or Chaos?"

     

     

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  • Eric Zacks

    presented "The Statute of Limitations, Res Judicata, and Acceleration Clauses in Mortgage Foreclosures" at the 12th Annual International Conference on Contracts, which was held at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    was a panelist at a town hall discussion about the rights of immigrants in the United States and the Metro Detroit region. The town hall was hosted by Representative Brenda Lawrence.

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  • Peter Hammer

    was part of a panel discussing, "The Thirteenth Amendment - A Historical Perspective- Justice, Freedom and the Spaces In Between" for an event at the Detroit Public Library.

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  • Peter Hammer

    was the keynote speaker for Fordham University School of Law's Environmental Law Review Symposium in New York City. He spoke on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute's International Antitrust Roundtable in Washington, D.C. His presentation was titled, "Observations on the Year in International Antitrust."

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    participated in an Interfaith Roundtable organized by Representative Brenda Lawrence to discuss President Trump's executive order imposing refugee and travel bans.

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  • Noah Hall

    was part of a small group of law professors who filed an amicus brief in State of Washington v. Trump, the immigration executive order case. Through the brief, the professors seek to inform the court about the issue of state standing. 

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  • Blanche Cook

    gave a TEDxWayneStateU talk titled, "CAUGHT: Calculating the Moves of Power in Our Midst." Watch her full talk here.

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  • Noah Hall

    was a co-presenter of "Interstate Groundwater Disputes and the U.S. Supreme Court," a webinar sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

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  • Elise Bean

    was included in the Global Tax 50, a list compiled by International Tax Review of the year's top 50 individuals and organizations influencing tax policy and practice.

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  • Jocelyn Benson

    director of the Levin Center at Wayne Law and CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, will serve as the 2017 Joyce Ivy Foundation Leader of the Year. Benson was chosen for the honor because she exemplifies the values of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic advancement of talented female high school students from the Midwest. Benson will be honored at the 12th Annual Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Gala Dinner in May.

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  • Peter Hammer

    coauthored an article, "Framing Sustainable Health Locally through a Global Lens: The Role of the UN SDGs in Addressing Racial Equity and Public Health in the City of Detroit," published in The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice.

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  • Peter Henning

    led a panel discussion on Professional Responsibility Challenges Facing Lawyers Today at the State Bar of Michigan Insurance & Indemnity Law Section Annual Holiday Reception & Educational Program.

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  • Robert Sedler

    presented "Our 18th Century Constitution, Congress, the President, and Our Two Party Political System" to Wayne State University's Society of Active Retirees (SOAR).

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  • Blanche Cook

    presented a day-long implicit bias workshop for student athletes in the Pac-12 collegiate athletic conference. The conference was part of a partnership between the Pac-12 and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, founded by Stephen Ross, '65.

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  • Eliza Perez-Ollin

    was a panelist at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Her panel was "Achieving 100% Access to Justice Ethically: Professional Responsibility in New Service Delivery Models."

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  • Noah Hall

    moderated a panel discussion about the Flint water crisis for the 16th annual Great Lakes Water Conference at the University of Toledo College of Law.

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    co-taught a class on international dispute resolution at Windsor University Law School in Ontario.

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  • Julia Qin

    lectured on "Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in the Realm of WTO Subsidy Law," at Columbia University Law School's Trade Law Seminar.

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