Faculty, staff accomplishments

  • Robert A. Sedler

    participated in the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History Initiates Vietnam War Era project titled, “University of Kentucky History: The Turbulent Years, 1965–1975.” During that time period, Sedler was a professor at the university and worked as a volunteer lawyer for the ACLU of Kentucky.

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  • Susan Cancelosi

    was a panelist at the 2019 ABA Associate Deans Conference on June 28 in Chicago discussing “The Academic Workplace: A Roadmap for Associate Deans.”  She also was on the conference organizing committee. 

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  • Christopher Lund’s

    article “The Congressional Chaplaincies” was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its case American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Assn. et al.

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  • Lance Gable

    was a panelist at the 2019 Health Law Professors Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He discussed public health preparedness and structuring legal preparedness to avoid leadership failures.

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  • Anne Choike

    was a panelist at the Kauffman Foundation’s annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship on May 21 in Kansas City. She was part of a panel discussing opportunity zones.

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  • Richard Rattner

    was honored as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 “Leaders in the Law.”

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  • John Rothchild

    co-edited the book “Cloud 3.0: Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements” with Lisa R. Lifshitz.

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    wrote “Judge Murphy’s Indian Law Legacy” for the Minnesota Law Review.

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  • Kirsten Matoy Carlson

    was a recipient of a 2019-20 Career Development Chair Award from Wayne State University. The university’s award program supports outstanding tenured faculty members in the early stages of their careers.

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  • Elise Bean

    was quoted in a report for the Washington Examiner, “Post-Mueller report, Democrats to dig deeper into Trump finances with three investigations.”

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  • Robert A. Sedler

    was appointed special assistant attorney general by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. In his new role, Sedler, a nationally renowned expert on constitutional law and civil rights law, will advise the attorney general on related matters. Read more.

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  • Eric Zacks

    was featured on the Wolters Kluwer Author Spotlight regarding his new casebook, “Contracts in Context: From Transaction to Litigation.”

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  • Carl Levin

    was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson for its segment, “Two Generations of Levins Talk State of American Politics on Detroit Today.”

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  • Gregory Fox

    was a speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C. on March 29. He discussed "Legal Techniques for Resolving Armed Conflicts with Non-State Actors."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the annual Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C on March 27. He discussed the fundamentals of Sherman Act Section 1.

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  • Gregory Fox

    gave a guest lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science on March 14. He discussed “The Contributions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: New Evidence of Customary International Law.”

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  • Gregory Fox

    gave a guest lecture at the University of Glasgow on March 12. He discussed “The Contributions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: New Evidence of Customary International Law.”

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  • Gregory Fox

    gave a guest lecture at The University of Manchester School of Law on March 11. He discussed “The Contributions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: New Evidence of Customary International Law.”

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  • Eric Zacks

    co-wrote the casebook “Contracts in Context: From Transaction to Litigation” with Nadelle Grossman of Marquette University Law School, which was recently published by Aspen. In addition to describing the law of contracts and how the law is applied in litigation, the new casebook explores why parties enter into contracts, how written contracts are customarily structured, and why and how parties use contract design and terms to achieve their goals.

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  • Carl Levin

    was quoted in a report for Bloomberg, “Wall Street Nemesis Joins House Panel's Deutsche Bank Probe.”

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  • Blanche Bong Cook

    spoke at Yale Law School on Feb. 7. She discussed her forthcoming article in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, “Johnny and the WHP.”

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  • Anne Choike

    presented at the American Institute for Architects Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program, hosted by the Detroit Center for Design + Technology.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management’s conference on “Navigating the Uncertain Climate of Vertical Merger Enforcement” on Jan. 25.

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  • Kathryn Smolinski

    contributed a chapter to “Palliative Care: A Guide for Health Social Workers.” Her chapter is on “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care.”

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  • Kathryn Smolinski

    was named a 2019 Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Fellow. The purpose of AOSW Fellowship is to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology.

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  • Kingsley Browne

    wrote “The Quixotic Quest for ‘Gender Equality’” for the University of Toledo Law Review. The article expresses doubt that victory in the war for gender equality will ever be declared, both because the sexes are unlikely ever to sort themselves out in the same way and because an entrenched narrative of female victimhood requires continued perceptions of inequality.

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  • Linda Beale

    was a panelist for the "all new two-minute drills” presentation at Standards of Tax Practice committee, ABA Tax Section 2019 Midyear Meeting on Jan. 18 in New Orleans. 

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  • Linda Beale

    was a panelist for “Power & Privilege: The Social and Cultural Implications Arising From Our Federal Tax System” at the ABA Tax Section 2019 Midyear  Meeting on Jan. 18 in New Orleans.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    wrote “Reflections on Matsushita and 'Equilibrating Tendencies': Lessons for Competition Authorities,” for the Antitrust Law Journal.

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  • Stephen Calkins

    contributed a chapter to Vinod Dhall’s book “Competition Law Today” published by Oxford University Press. Calkins chapter is on “Competition Law in the United States.”

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  • Elise Bean

    was a speaker at the Women in Housing and Finance’s brown bag lunch on fact-based, bipartisan investigations by congress on Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C.

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  • Virginia Thomas

    wrote “For Your Entertainment: Researching Animal Cruelty Under the Big Top,” for the Michigan Bar Journal. Read the full article here.

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  • Christopher C. Lund

    joined the Detroit office of law firm Dalton and Tomich PLC.

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  • Julia Qin

    was a speaker at the Global Conference on “Challenges, Issues and Responses in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, sponsored by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Republic of Korea. The conference was held in Seoul on Dec. 12, 2018, and was attended by approximately 300 diplomats and members of the public.

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  • Sanjukta Paul

    was a panelist at the Economic Policy Institute and the Open Markets Institute’s conference, “Monopoly, Monopsony, and the Labor Market,” on Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C. She discussed policy responses to market concentration. Watch the recording of the event.

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  • Anne Choike

    presented at the International Legal Ethics Conference VIII: Legal Ethics in the Asian Century in Melbourne, Australia on Dec. 6. Choike’s panel was on “Business Transactions and Ethical Conflict at the Edge of the Glass Cliff: The Implications upon Client Counseling of Disparity in Attorney Discipline.”

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  • Richard A. Bierschbach

    joined 67 other judges, lawyers and law professors from around the United States and the world in being elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He was the only newly-elected member from Michigan.

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  • Anne Choike

    was nominated for the Wayne State University Spirit of Community Award.

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  • Anne Choike

    participated in Stanford Law School’s Legal Design Lab summit “Prototyping For Policy” in November. The summit focused on how prototyping design methods — drawn from human-centered design, systems thinking, agile policy-making, and beyond — can be used to make better policy that better serves people.

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  • Brad Roth

    organized and moderated a session of the WSU Humanities Center’s Brown Bag Series on “Lessons from the Break-Up of Yugoslavia,” on Nov. 28.

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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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  • Elise Bean

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

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was a panelist at the 12th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference in Washington D.C. on Nov. 14. He discussed private antitrust enforcement and the new Supreme Court.

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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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  • Brad Roth

    was a speaker at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s workshop “Recognition in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” on Nov. 5. He discussed non-recognition of the fruits of peremptory norm violations.

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  • Richard A. Bierschbach

    presented “The Administrative Law of the Eighth Amendment” at the Ninth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.

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  • Brad Roth

    gave a lecture on “International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” to the Society of Active Retirees as part of the organization's Fall 2018 Class Series, in Farmington Hills.

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  • Brad Roth

    gave a joint lecture with WSU Near East Studies faculty member Saeed Khan, to the undergraduate Model United Nations group on “The Future of Foreign Policy in the Trump Era.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rachel Settlage

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

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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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  • Julia Qin

    delivered a public lecture at Wayne State University Law School on Oct. 3, 2018, entitled “U.S. Trade Wars: The End of an Era for International Trade War?” It was part of the public lecture series of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies.

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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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  • Brad Roth

    presented his scholarly work on “Secessions, Coups, and the International Rule of Law” to a September 2018 meeting of the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars, into which he was recently inducted. 

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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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  • Brad Roth

    attended the International Law Association Biennial Meeting in Sydney, Australia on behalf of the ILA's Committee on the Recognition and Non-Recognition of States and Governments. He summarized and defended the committee's draft final report and finalized the resolution reflecting the report's conclusions. Also at that meeting, Roth was a panelist on the operation of the concept of “general principles of law” in the context of international criminal justice. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • Jan Bissett

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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