Charles Brower has joined Miller Canfield as Of Counsel to the International Dispute Resolution Section. He will continue full-time as a professor of law at Wayne State University, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Contracts, and the Law of Armed Conflict. Brower is an elected member of the American Law Institute, vice chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and winner of the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for 2012. Brower has served as advocate for the government of the Republic of Costa Rica in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, and a member of the American Arbitration Association's observer delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II.
Susan Butterwick is the director of a new project in Washtenaw County -- a Peacekeeping Court modeled on Native American tribal court traditions. The grant-funded court project is the first in Michigan sanctioned by the state. Peacemaking courts seek solutions that will repair the harm done from conflict in relationships, repair those relationships, and restore individuals involved to their communities or families. Types of cases suitable for the court might involve juvenile delinquency, domestic conflicts, eldercare issues or business disputes. The project is funded through a Michigan Supreme Court grant from the state's Court Performance Innovation Fund.
Paul Dubinsky presented a well-attended lecture on "The Impact of Terrorism on the U.S. Legal System" at Shandong University in Jinan, China. His presentation was part of a 10-day trip to China to promote Wayne Law's new master's degree in U.S. law to several universities there.
Jocelyn Benson was honored as December "ally spouse" by the Military Partners and Families Coalition. Benson co-founded Military Spouses of Michigan and currently serves as the organization's president. MPFC ally spouses are individuals who have shown exceptional leadership in working toward advancing equality for all military families. MPFC 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.
Peter Hammer was part of a panel discussion on Income Inequality: Bridging the Gap during the 2013 Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference held Oct. 18-19 in Lansing. The discussion was moderated by Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press. Other panelists were Dr. Charles Ballard, professor of economics at Michigan State University, and Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michgian League for Public Policy.
Robert Sedler was part of a panel presentation at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Wolverine Bar Association in Detroit. The panel considered Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a Michigan case before the U.S. Supreme Court in its new term. Sedler discussed the constitutional issues involved in the case and the possible dispositions by the Supreme Court. Other panelists included Hon. Helene White, who provided an introductory overview of the case and the Sixth Circuit's ruling; Wayne Law Dean of Admissions Ericka Jackson, who addressed the impact on minority enrollment at Michigan universities; and 2009 Wayne Law alumna Joyce Shon, an associate attorney at the United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund.
Robert Sedler spoke on "The Constitution and Government Surveillance" at a meeting of the Birmingham Central Kiwanis Club.
Nick Schroeck has been elected by his peers to a seat on the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section Council. He's the only public-interest attorney and academic on the council. In addition to his new three-year post on the governing council, he serves as co-chair of the section's Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee.