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    Supreme Court rejects Trump’s blocking of Jan. 6 docs: 3 key takeaways from ruling
    In a legal blow for Donald Trump, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for presidential records dating from his time in office to be turned over to a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
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    Peter Henning, ex-federal prosecutor and legal scholar, dies at 65: 'He was my hero'
    If Peter Henning could help someone, he did. Henning, a former federal prosecutor and legal scholar who made a name for himself as a white-collar crime expert who locked up criminals, educated and inspired young lawyers, explained complex legal issues for the media and fought for tougher ethics in his beloved profession, has died. He was 65.
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    Peter Henning, longtime lawyer turned scholar who focused on white collar crime, dies at 65
    As a former federal prosecutor and law professor, Peter Henning had expert insight on white-collar crime and an array of legal issues. Whether in the classroom or during interviews with the media, he imparted that knowledge in memorable ways.
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    Peter Henning, ex-federal prosecutor and legal scholar, dies at 65
    In courtrooms, in classrooms and on television, no one knew the law better than Peter Henning. During a career that spanned four decades, he helped put away white collar criminals, pushed for stronger ethics in the legal field and helped train the next generation of lawyers. Henning died Sunday following a battle with dementia. He was 65.
  • Revealed: the Flint water poisoning charges that never came to light
    A team of prosecutors and investigators leading the investigation into the Flint water crisis from 2016 through 2018 were assembling a racketeering case against the architects of a bond deal that residents and experts say sparked the health disaster, sources familiar with the criminal investigation have told the Guardian.
  • Wayne State Professor weighs in on Supreme Court vaccine mandate hearing
    FLINT, Mich - Months of back and forth about federal vaccine mandates will come to a head Friday during a special hearing at the Supreme Court. The justices will hear oral arguments in two cases disputing vaccines mandates: one issued on Nov. 5 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for employers of 100 workers or more that includes a weekly testing option, and another by the Department of Health and Human Services for healthcare staff at facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.
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    Wayne Law names Lund new associate dean for research and faculty development
    Professor Christopher Lund has been named Wayne State University Law School’s new associate dean for research and faculty development.
  • Carl Levin: The Senator Who Mastered Oversight
    If you serve six terms in the U.S. Senate — ranking among the 20 longest-serving members in that body’s history — you tend to get stuff named after you in your home state. For Joe Biden, an Amtrak station in Delaware. For Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye, a highway, a lighthouse and a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration center, among many other things (he got federal funding for all three). For West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, king of congressional pork … well, there’s so much named after him in the Mountain State that “List of places named after Robert Byrd” has its own lengthy Wikipedia page. But how do you memorialize a man like Carl Levin, whose legacy was not in bringing home pork, but in the less-glamorous work of advocating for governmental oversight?
  • Back from the suburbs? Bills’ return to Buffalo would be an unusual reversal
    Dennis Archer was telling the story about how the Detroit Lions returned to the city after nearly four decades in the suburbs. Detroit’s former mayor got to the part where Lions executive William Clay Ford Jr. called to reveal lease negotiations with the Pontiac Silverdome had encountered turbulence. Ford wanted to know if the city would welcome the Lions back.
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    Senate confirms Dawn Ison to be U.S. attorney for Detroit
    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday night confirmed by voice vote attorney Dawn Ison to be the next U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ison is set to become the first Black woman to hold the position, which serves as the top federal law enforcement officer in the Detroit area in a district covering 34 counties and 6.5 million people.
  • Personal injury protection
    Personal injury protection (PIP) is a type of car insurance that covers expenses, like medical bills, legal fees, lost wages, and more, when you are in a car accident, regardless of fault. PIP insurance, also known as “no fault” insurance, is required mostly in states with no-fault insurance laws. Wayne J. Miller, professor at Wayne State University Law School and principle, Miller & Tischler P.C., shares the benefits of having PIP coverage and answers some frequently asked questions about PIP insurance. “PIP must be considered in the context of other medical insurance coverages. There is no reason to get duplicative coverage,” he said. “However, PIP coverages are often broader than conventional medical coverages.”  
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    Faster Horses could be made safer, but those with power to make change are silent on solutions
    Outside experts, observers and attendees have suggested ways to address trouble at the Faster Horses country music festival – a rollicking, raunchy, three-day bash at Michigan International Speedway. But it is not clear anyone with authority is serious about solutions.
  • Oregon state senator wins national award for oversight of foster care
    Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, a Corvallis Democrat who has fought for years to fix Oregon’s troubled foster care system, has won a national award for her legislative oversight. The honor, the Carl Levin Award, is designed to promote bipartisan, fact-based oversight and to recognize legislators who conduct it. The prize is awarded by the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.
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    Washtenaw County judge honored for work with adoption services
    Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court Judge Timothy P. Connors is being awarded the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award for Exemplary Service to Michigan’s Families and Children during the Michigan Supreme Court Adoption Day ceremony.
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    President Biden nominates Ison, Totten for Michigan U.S. attorney jobs
    President Joe Biden has nominated Dawn Ison to be the U.S. attorney in Michigan's Eastern District, which would make her the first Black female picked for the job of chief federal law enforcement officer in Metro Detroit.
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    Families of students with disabilities want stronger COVID policies
    Today on Stateside, we heard about what the first draft maps of new political districts tell us about where Michigan might be headed politically. Also, we’ll talk to a couple parents caring for children with disabilities about balancing education and safety. And, David Moss is an associate professor at Wayne State University where he directs the school’s Disability Law Clinic, joins us to get a glimpse into how disability rights law could shape school's COVID policies moving forward.
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    Which Michigan drivers are eligible for controversial MCCA refund checks?
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to use a $5 billion surplus in its fund to give drivers a refund check, and the association agreed. The refund will come in the form of checks sent to insured drivers, even if they chose not to buy MCCA coverage last year, with the idea being that all Michigan drivers previously contributed to the base amount in the fund. Gov. Whitmer has emphasized that the surplus exists because of overpayments, but director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Anita Fox says it is also in large part due to investment returns and cuts. Attorney Wayne Miller, a professor at Wayne State University Law School, has represented crash victims as they fight for care and says concerns that the refund could put their futures at risk are legitimate. “I think people don’t understand what is at stake. They look at it as, hey, it’s found money” Miller said. “Of course, nothing is free and there are reasons that surplus existed.” 
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    Wayne Law alumna Fadwa Hammoud is making history
    Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud knew as a young girl growing up in Lebanon that she wanted to fight injustice in anyway possible. But when she immigrated to Dearborn at just 11 years old with her parents and brother, she had no idea her drive to fight injustice would lead her to the highest court in the United States. On Oct. 5, Hammoud made history as the first Arab-American Muslim woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Expert Insight: How States Can Lower Uninsured Motorist Rates
    Wayne Miller, adjunct professor at Wayne Law and COO at Miller & Tischler P.C., provided advice to MoneyGeek on how states can lower uninsured motorist rates.
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    Steve Bannon Faces Criminal Charges Over Jan. 6 Panel Snub, Setting Up a Showdown Over Executive Privilege
    The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is tasked with providing as full an account as possible of the attempted insurrection. But there is a problem: Not everyone is cooperating. As of Oct. 14, 2021, Steve Bannon, a one-time aide to former President Donald Trump, has stated that he will not comply with a committee subpoena compelling him to give testimony. Bannon’s lawyers have said their client is not acting out of defiance; rather, he is following the direction of Trump, who, citing executive privilege, has told Bannon not to produce testimony or documents. Either way, Bannon now faces the prospect of criminal contempt charges.
  • Mississippi, Tennessee bring water fight to the Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court is back in session and a dispute over Mississippi groundwater is headlining the first day. With justices hearing arguments in-person for the first time since the pandemic began, they will hear Mississippi v. Tennessee first. The case boils down to a battle over groundwater between the neighboring states. In 2014 Mississippi filed a complaint saying a City of Memphis pumping operation took 252 billion gallons of Mississippi groundwater. The case shot up through the legal system, trickling all the way to the nation’s high court. “Mississippi is complaining that Tennessee’s use of the groundwater is somehow affecting Mississippi and taking something away from Mississippi,” said Noah Hall, a water law expert from Wayne State University who is involved in the case. He says Mississippi believes it is owed hundreds of millions of dollars because of Tennessee’s groundwater use. Hall says this is the first time a dispute like this is coming before the Supreme Court with one state arguing that it owns the groundwater in its boundary, despite the aquifer in question spanning across several states. 
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    What the U.S. Constitution Says and Doesn’t Say About Truth
    Jim Townsend is the director of the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School and a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He says the public can’t solve important problems when it disagrees on certain truths. At the Levin Center, Townsend says he is trying to encourage people “to return to the facts,” and constrain representatives to do that. “They have to feel that pressure,” he says, referring to lawmakers. Townsend says representatives also have to work across political boundaries to do what former Sen. Carl Levin taught, which was to conduct investigations with those with whom they disagree. Many policy issues go unsolved, says Townsend, because legislators are not favoring the better angels of their nature. “We have to own up to the fact that a significant reason why we’re failing to address these situations is that lawmakers don’t hold themselves accountable and they don’t hold the executive branch accountable,” he says. 
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    House committee investigating Capitol insurrection has a lot of power, but it’s unclear it can force Trump to testify
    Associate Professor of Law and Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science, Kirsten Carlson, wrote an article for The Conversation. “In the intensely partisan atmosphere surrounding the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, will the committee be able to get the information it needs? The American people, said Republican House member Liz Cheney, “deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for Jan. 6.” In opening statements link takes to a paywall at the first hearing held on July 27 by the House select committee investigating the attack, Cheney and other committee members said that an accurate record of the events on Jan. 6 - and in the time that led up to it - is essential to understanding the factors contributing to the attack so that future attacks may be prevented. The committee has several tools for shedding light on the events of Jan. 6 and ensuring that the American people learn the truth about what happened. Transparent, research-based, written by experts – and always free.”
  • Passing of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin
    Statement from President M. Roy Wilson The entire Wayne State community is saddened to hear the news of Senator Carl Levin’s passing. He was a tremendous friend of the university, and it’s gratifying to know that his name will live on in perpetuity at the Levin Center.  Senator Levin devoted his life to public service and was a staunch advocate of Michigan families, civil rights, protecting Michigan’s environment, Michigan’s men and women in the military, and many, many other issues rooted in justice and equality.   His was a life well-lived. We have been honored by Senator Levin’s association with Wayne State and are grateful for his deep commitment to Wayne Law and its students and faculty. Statement from Dean Richard A. Bierschbach Senator Carl Levin was the consummate statesman. He lived and breathed Detroit. First as City Council president, then as Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, and after his retirement when he chose Wayne State University Law School - Detroit’s Law School - to be home to the center that would bear his name.  To everyone who knew him, Senator Levin will be remembered as one of the kindest, most humble, genuine and loyal individuals you would ever encounter. When he first came to Wayne Law, I’m told that he was very concerned about the size of his office. He felt it was simply too big and should really have gone to somebody else. That’s the kind of person Senator Levin was. It would be wrong to say that today marks the end of an era. We have lost a giant, yes. But he taught and inspired Wayne Law students to not only do something, but to do the right thing no matter the cost. Because of his lessons, he leaves behind a lasting impact for generations to come. We are all better because of Carl Levin.   For more information, please visit law.wayne.edu/levincenter. # # # Contact (Wilson): Ted Montgomery Phone: 248-880-6838 Email: tedmontgomery@wayne.edu Contact (Bierschbach): Kaylee Place Phone: 906-250-6134 Email: kaylee.place@wayne.edu
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    Levin Center expert takes part in panel on insurance oversight
    State legislators from across the country learned about the importance of insurance oversight from a National Conference of Insurance Legislators panel entitled, “The Delicate Balance of Legislative Oversight.” One panelist was the Levin Center’s Ben Eikey, an expert on state legislative oversight. “Oversight can play a critical role in state legislatures seeking to promote a healthy insurance sector and so that families and businesses can obtain effective insurance at a fair price,” said Eikey. “Legislative oversight can help identify and analyze problems, encourage best practices, and help make sure financial help is there if disaster strikes.” The Levin Center at Wayne Law is named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator who retired in 2015 after 36 years in the Senate conducting fact-based, bipartisan oversight investigations. Levin serves as the chair of the center which is headquartered at Wayne State University Law School. The center’s mission is to promote high quality oversight in Congress and the 50 state legislatures through oversight workshops, research, events, and other activities.