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.