Faculty, staff accomplishments

  • Elise Bean

    was a guest on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC discussing “How Congress (Should) Investigate.”

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  • Elise Bean

    was a guest on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC discussing “How Congress (Should) Investigate.”

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson’s

    paper “Lobbying as a Strategy for Tribal Resilience” was accepted for publication in the Brigham Young University Law Review.

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  • Carl Levin

    wrote an op-ed with Richard Lugar for Roll Call, “Democrats Can’t Check the White House. Neither Can Republicans.”

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  • Jocelyn Benson

    was elected secretary of state of Michigan in the 2018 Midterm Election.

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  • Robert A. Sedler

    was a speaker at the State Bar of Michigan’s Legal Milestone #41 dedication, entitled “First to Abolish the Death Penalty” on Nov. 6. He discussed the significance of the death penalty ban being in Michigan’s constitution.

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  • David Berry

    was honored with the 2018 State Bar of Michigan IP Section Excellence in Intellectual Property Award. Read more here.

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  • Blanche Cook

    delivered a lecture titled, “Citizenship Transmission Laws and Property Right in Rape,” on Oct. 25 at Berkeley Law as part of the Henderson Center’s Scholar-in-Residence program.

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  • Robert A. Sedler

    was a panelist at a WSU Presidential Sesquicentennial Symposium titled, “The Free Speech Century: One Hundred Years of the First Amendment,” on Oct. 25

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was a panelist at the Antitrust Judicial Law & Economics Institute for Judges at Berkeley Law on Oct. 24. He discussed legal and economic issues in recent cases on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; and cutting edge antitrust issues related to technology platforms, “big data” and multi-sided markets.

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  • Lance Gable

    wrote, “Finding the Threads of Human Rights in the Global Health Tapestry: A Review of ‘Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World,’” for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Read the article.

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  • Robert A. Sedler

    participated as a judge in the Soar Mock Trial on the Second Amendment at Adat Shalom Synagogue on Oct. 19.

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    spoke at a memorial session in honor of Judge Diana E. Murphy of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 18.

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  • Rachel Settlage

    was featured in a Wayne State University newsroom story, “Wayne Law professor making a stage name for herself.”

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the National Association of Attorneys General Antitrust Litigation Training Seminar on October 18 in Denver. His discussion topic was “The Antitrust Year in Review.”

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  • Blanche Cook’s

    article, “Johnny Appleseed: Citizenship Transmission Laws and A White Heteropatriarchal Property Right In Philandering, Sexual Exploitation, And Rape (The ‘WHP’)” was accepted for publication in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.

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  • Rebecca Robichaud

    co-led with Rachel Settlage a session at the 2018 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference on Oct. 6. The session was called, “Clinic and Externship Collaboration: Infrastructure for a Successful Experiential Education Program.”

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  • Rachel Settlage

    co-led with Rebecca Robichaud a session at the 2018 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference on Oct. 6. The session was called, “Clinic and Externship Collaboration: Infrastructure for a Successful Experiential Education Program.”

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  • Peter J. Hammer

    was named the Law School’s inaugural A. Alfred Taubman Endowed Chair. The $1.5 million endowed chair is part of a $3 million gift from the late A. Alfred Taubman in 2006 that led to the construction of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights building at Wayne Law. Read more here

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    was a speaker at “Building a High Wage America: Lessons from the Heartland” in Washington, D.C. on September 12. The conference was hosted by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and the Economic Policy Institute.

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  • Lance Gable

    has been named an inaugural Levin Center Research Scholar. The research award will be presented on an annual basis to a member of the Wayne Law faculty in an effort to support scholarship central to the mission of the Levin Center at Wayne Law. Read more

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    has been named an inaugural Levin Center Research Scholar. The research award will be presented on an annual basis to a member of the Wayne Law faculty in an effort to support scholarship central to the mission of the Levin Center at Wayne Law. Read more

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was appointed by the Northville City Council to serve as an alternate member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, to fill a vacancy, with a term that expires July 1, 2021. He previously served on the Board of Zoning Appeals as an alternate member from 1987 to 1995.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    published “Reflections on Matsushita and ‘Equilibrating Tendencies’: Lessons for Competition Authorities” for the Antitrust Law Journal. Read the full article

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    attended the 78th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association in Sydney, Australia as vice president of the U.S. branch of the ILA. At the conference, he chaired the panel on “Cities at the Frontiers of International Law and Governance.”

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  • Kathryn Polgar

    presented a poster at the American Association of Law Libraries’ Annual Meeting and Conference with Jan Bissett in Baltimore. The presentation was on “Designing a Display for an Anniversary Event – Arthur Neef Law Library: Research, Scholarship and Community.”

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  • Jan Bissett

    wrote “Research Mash-Up: Disparate Approaches” with Margi Heinen for the Michigan Bar Journal. Read the full article.

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  • Jan Bissett

    presented a poster at the American Association of Law Libraries’ Annual Meeting and Conference with Kathryn Polgar in Baltimore. The presentation was on “Designing a Display for an Anniversary Event – Arthur Neef Law Library: Research, Scholarship and Community.”

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  • Vincent Wellman

    presented his Wayne Law Review article “Michigan’s Reception of the Common Law: A Study in Legal Development” at the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual meeting on April 19.

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  • Paul Dubinsky

    has been appointed as scholar in residence in Wayne State's Humanities Center for the 2018-19 school year.

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  • John Rothchild

    wrote “Against Notice and Choice:  The Manifest Failure of the Proceduralist Paradigm to Protect Privacy Online (or Anywhere Else)” for the Cleveland State Law Review. Read the full article.

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  • Brad Roth

    co-wrote “The Dual Lives of “The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance” with Greg Fox for the American Journal of International Law. The article was part of a symposium in AJIL Unbound marking the 25th anniversary of Thomas Franck’s landmark article “The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance.” In this article Roth and Fox analyze the strengths and shortcomings of an article that started an important scholarly movement and address one of the central criticisms of Franck's piece. Read the full article.

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  • Elise Bean

    wrote “Financial Exposure: Carl Levin’s Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse.” In the book, Bean offers an exclusive profile of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, known worldwide for his hard-hitting, in-depth investigations. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Learn more here.

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  • Brad Roth

    wrote “Unpacking the Relationship Between Sovereignty, Democracy, and Human Rights” for Human Rights Review. Read the full article.

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  • Lance Gable

    presented at the Health Law Professors Conference on the topic "Hindsight and Public Health Accountability" on June 9 at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland.

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  • Greg Fox

    co-wrote “The Dual Lives of “The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance” with Brad Broth for the American Journal of International Law. The article was part of a symposium in AJIL Unbound marking the 25th anniversary of Thomas Franck's landmark article "The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance." In this article Fox and Roth analyze the strengths and shortcomings of an article that started an important scholarly movement and address one of the central criticisms of Franck's piece. Read the full article.

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  • Greg Fox

    co-wrote “The Dual Lives of “The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance” with Brad Broth for the American Journal of International Law. The article was part of a symposium in AJIL Unbound marking the 25th anniversary of Thomas Franck’s landmark article “The Emerging Right to Democratic Governance.” In this article Fox and Roth analyze the strengths and shortcomings of an article that started an important scholarly movement and address one of the central criticisms of Franck’s piece. Read the full article.

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  • Anthony Dillof

    wrote “Possession, Child Pornography and Proportionality: Criminal Liability for Aggregate Harm Offenses” for the Florida State University Law Review. The article explores federal penalties for possessing child pornography. Read the full article.

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  • Justin Long

    was one of two featured faculty at the Pound Institute for Civil Justice's 2018 Judicial Forum, “State Constitutional Structure Affects Access to Civil Justice.” He spoke to 150 state appellate judges about the ways state constitutional power arrangements affect injured parties' access to a remedy in court.

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  • Robert Ackerman

    wrote “Communitarianism and the Roberts Court” for the Florida State University Law Review. The article looks at a number of Roberts Court decisions from a communitarian perspective. Read the full article.

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  • Greg Fox

    wrote “Must the Trump Administration Report any Agreements Reached at Helsinki to Congress?” for Opinio Juris. The blog post discusses possible agreements reached between President Trump and Putin at the Helsinki summit and the potential obligation on President Trump's part to transmit those agreements to Congress.

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  • Eric Zacks

    co-wrote “No Brakes: Loan Acceleration and Diminishing Foreclosure Defenses” with Dustin A. Zacks for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. The article examines the evolving treatment of statute of limitation and res judicata defenses after a loan has been accelerated following a borrower default and the implication for future lending and collection practices. Read the article here.  

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute 19th Annual Conference on July 21 in Washington D.C. He discussed antitrust and the Supreme Court.

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  • Jonathan Weinberg

    was named Wayne State University Law School's inaugural associate dean for research and faculty development. Read the full announcement here. 

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  • Virginia Thomas

    wrote “At Your Service! Assistance Animals and the Law in Michigan,” for the Michigan Bar Journal. Read the full article here.

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  • Julia Qin

    presented at the 2nd Dundee Energy Forum, The Evolving Global Energy and Resources Landscape: Law, Policy and Economics, on June 26. It was held at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.

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  • Katherine E. White

    is a recipient of a ATHENA International Leadership Award presented by ATHENA International. White received this honor in recognition of her “fine work inspiring, encouraging, educating and developing tomorrow's leaders, particularly emerging women leaders.”

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  • Blanche Bong Cook

    has been named a scholar in residence at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. During her stay in mid-October, Cook will deliver a series of lectures that address the ways in which the law creates vulnerability for the purpose of both labor and sexual exploitation.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute’s 19th Annual Conference “Antitrust at a Crossroads: Plotting the Policy Course for the Next Decade.” Calkins discussed antitrust and the Supreme Court.

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  • Eric Zacks

    presented his latest article "Fee-Shifting Provisions in Foreclosure" June 7 at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Law and Society in Toronto.

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    has been invited to participate in the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School on June 13-14, 2018. Carlson will present her paper, “Lobbying Against the Odds,” which is forthcoming in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Read more here

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  • Rob MacGregor

    was featured in a Wayne State University story, “Annual Baroudeur, training rides bring together Warrior community.” Read the story.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was featured in a Wayne State University story, “Annual Baroudeur, training rides bring together Warrior community.” Read the story.

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  • Anne Choike

    was a presenter at the annual Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing – in the US and Beyond, a conference organized by the Impact Investing Legal Working Group and Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at New York University School of Law. She was a co-presenter for the panel “Reimagining Legal Education: From Mapping to Action.”

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  • David C. Berry

    co-authored “Fixing Patent Eligibility by Limiting Scope to Disclosed Embodiments” with with Benjamin C. Stasa for Patently-O. Read the article here.

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  • Brad Roth

    was a panelist at “Two Peoples, One Future: Realizing Self-Determination in Israel/Palestine,” held at Birmingham Temple in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Watch it here.

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  • Brad Roth

    was an organizer and instructor at “Divided Societies" at Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He taught short courses on self-determination, secession and international law, and sponsored an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program for students to receive grants to travel abroad.

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  • Sabrina Balgamwalla

    co-lead a breakout session with Rachel Settlage about “Teaching During Divisive Times” at the Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop 2018 at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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  • Rachel Settlage

    co-lead a breakout session with Sabrina Balgamwalla about “Teaching During Divisive Times” at the Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop 2018 at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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  • Rachel Settlage

    presented at the 41st Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Chicago. She discussed “With a Little Help from My Friends: Managing Stress in a Hostile Political Environment with Assistance from Non-Lawyers.”

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  • Katherine White

    has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as a member of the Plant Variety Protection Board. She will serve a two-year term. The Plant Variety Protection Act secures intellectual property rights for developers of new varieties of plants. Read more here.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the University of Houston Law Center’s conference, Teaching Consumer Law: Where Have We Been—Where Are We Going? The conference was on May 18 in Santa Fe. He discussed “Teaching Consumer Law in a New Environment.”

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  • 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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  • Jan Bissett

    gave a presentation on "Research Tips & Tricks" with Sylvia Arakelian to members of  the Oakland County Bar Association Paralegal Section. They discussed  research strategies, sources, tips and tricks when researching cell phones, property records, expert witnesses and jury verdicts. The meeting took place at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss in Southfield on May 8.

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  • Brad Roth

    was a speaker at Lauterpacht Centre for International Law’s Conference on International Law and Peace Settlements held at the University of Cambridge. He discussed "Advancing Peaceful Settlement and Democratization: The Doubtful Usefulness of International Electoral Norms."

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  • Anne Choike

    presented a poster at the 2018 Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education with Susan Brooks of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Their presentation was on “Transactional vs. Litigation-Oriented Clinics: Different Cloth or Common Threads?”

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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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  • Julia Qin

    presented at the 2018 George Washington International Law Review Symposium, A Legal Revolution: Evolving Jurisprudence in Present Day China, on April 13.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was a moderator at the ABA Antitrust Section Annual Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. on April 11.

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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

    presented as part of the antitrust experts' panel at the UVA Law & Business Symposium: "Regulating the Sharing Economy."

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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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  • Brad Roth

    was a featured speaker at the University of Michigan’s Kappa Alpha Pi, professional pre-law fraternity, discussing careers in international law and legal academia.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anne Choike

    presented at Stanford Law School’s Legal Design Lab. She discussed “Community-Led System Design in Corporate Law: Three Short Stories from Detroit.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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