Wayne State University
Jocelyn Benson
Jocelyn Benson
Director, Levin Center at Wayne Law
Room 3372
(313) 577-2731

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School
M.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., Wellesley College

Biography

Jocelyn Benson, who served as dean of Wayne Law from 2012 to 2016, is director of the Levin Center at Wayne Law.

In September 2016, Benson was named CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, a venture led by professional sports organizations and networks, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA and ESPN, to improve race relations in America. She also serves as a special advisor on philanthropic investments to RISE founder Stephen M. Ross.

She stepped down as Wayne Law dean to join RISE but continues her affiliation with Wayne Law as director of the Levin Center. Under her leadership, the Law School founded the center in 2015 in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's distinguished career in public service.

A member of the law faculty since 2005, Benson served as dean from December 2012 to September 2016, appointed first as interim dean and later to a full term as dean. At the time of her appointment as dean, at age 36, she became the youngest woman ever to lead an accredited U.S. law school.

In October 2015, Benson was inducted into the 32nd class of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She is one of the youngest women inductees in the history of the hall of fame, second only to Serena Williams, a 2012 inductee.

In April 2016, Benson earned national headlines as one of only a handful of women in history to complete the Boston Marathon in her eighth month of pregnancy.

Crain's Detroit Business named her one of Michigan's 100 most influential women in 2016.

Prior to serving as dean, Benson was an associate professor of law and associate director of the Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. In that capacity she created the Michigan Allies Project, an effort designed to track hate incidents throughout Michigan and provide legal support for victims.

She has taught courses including Legislative Oversight, Race and the Law, and Sports and Inequality.

Her areas of expertise include civil rights law, education law and election law. She has been widely quoted on those subjects in local, regional, national and international media and has written numerous book chapters and law review articles. In 2010, her book, State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, was published. It is the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws. That same year, she was the Democratic candidate for Michigan's secretary of state.

Benson is founder and executive director of the nonpartisan Michigan Center for Election Law, which hosts projects that support transparency and integrity in elections. In 2011, the center hosted Michigan's first "Citizens' Redistricting Competition," providing an opportunity for Michigan residents to access software and draw their own redistricting maps for the state. Also in 2011, she was selected to serve with retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the board of iCivics, a national nonprofit organization that O'Connor created to improve civics education throughout the country.

A former member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Election Law, Benson has developed and supervised three statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan. In 2007, she successfully blocked the unlawful closure of a secretary of state branch office in Buena Vista Township. During the 2008 election, she led an effort to block the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voters' eligibility on Election Day.

Benson serves on the Southern Poverty Law Center Board of Directors and is founder and president of Military Spouses of Michigan.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Benson clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She also worked as a legal assistant to Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio and investigated hate groups and hate crimes for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College, she earned a master of philosophy degree as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
 

Courses Taught

Legislative Oversight
Race and the Law
Sports and Inequality

Books

State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process
State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process (Ashgate) 2010

Nearly a decade after the 2000 presidential elections invited a firestorm of questions about the sanctity of our democratic process, there continues to be a heightened interest in the role of state-wide elections officials, typically the state's Secretary of State. This book looks into their pivotal role in the promotion of a healthy democracy.

Much past interest has resulted in overly critical coverage of election errors, ignoring the tireless efforts that ensure the American citizens benefit from a democratic, inclusive and accountable election process. Through a series of case studies, anecdotes, and interviews with current and recent secretaries, State Secretaries of State author Jocelyn Benson readdresses this balance by providing the first in-depth study of the Secretary's role in registering voters, enforcing voting laws and regulations, overseeing elections, and certifying results. As such, it represents a much-needed contribution to the study of U.S. elections, both in practice and in law.

Click here for more information.

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

The Election Assistance Commission: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (work in progress)

How Serpentine Districts Became Law: Michigan Redistricting in 2011, Wayne Journal Law In Society (2011)

A Shared Existence: The Current Compatibility of the Equal Protection Clause and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 88 Nebraska Law Journal 124 (2009)

Voter Fraud or Voter Defrauded? Highlighting Courts: Inconsistent Approach to Election Fraud, 44 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 One Person, One Vote: Protecting the Franchise Through the Effective Administration of Election; Procedures 40 The Urban Lawyer 305 (2008) (lead article)

One Person, One Vote: Protecting the Franchise Through the Effective Administration of Election Procedures, 40 The Urban Lawyer 305 (2008) (invited submission)

Towards Full Participation: Solutions for Improvements to the Federal Language Assistance Laws, Advance, The Official Law Journal of the American Constitution Society (May 2008)

Democracy and the Secretary: The Crucial Role of State Election Administrators in Promoting Accuracy and Access to Democracy, Saint Louis University Public Law Review (2008) (invited submission)

 Election Fraud and the Initiative Process: A Study of the 2006 Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, 34 Fordham Urban Law Journal 887(2007) (invited submission).

 Su Voto Es Su Voz! Incorporating Limited English Proficient Voters into American Democracy, 48 Boston College Law Review (2007)

 Preparing for 2007: Legal and Legislative Issues Surrounding the Reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 67 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 125 (2005).

 Note: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Making Georgia v. Ashcroft the Mobile v. Bolden of 2007, 39 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 485 (2004)

 Book Chapters

 Expanding the Language Protections of the Voting Rights Act to Additional Communities in James Tucker, "The Battle Over Bilingual Ballots," Ashgate Publications (2009).

Section 203: Language Minority Assistance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act Amendments of 2006 in "America Votes!" American Bar Association (2008)

Developing Uniform Standards for Partisan Involvement in Election Administration in "America Votes!" Ben Griffith, Ed. (2008)

 Representative Equality: Constituencies & Districting International Election Principles, "The Rule Of Law In Democratic Elections," American Bar Association, Jack Young, Ed. (2008)

Voting Rights in "Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution," (David Schultz, ed.)NY: Facts on File, Inc, 2008

 Language Protections for All? Extending and Expanding the Language Protections of the Voting Rights Act in "Democracy, Participation and Power: Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Voting Rightrs Act," Berkeley Public Policy Press (2006).

Accomplishments

June 2, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was selected by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the Most Influential Women in Michigan for 2016. Read more here.


February 5, 2016
Jocelyn Benson participated in a Super Bowl town hall discussion, "Beyond the Game, Tackling Race," which was broadcast on Sirius XM Business Radio powered by The Wharton School, channel 111. This town hall was sponsored by the Ross Initiative for Sports and Equality, created by Stephen Ross, '65, developer, philanthropist and owner of the Miami Dolphins. The broadcast also featured current and former NFL players Harry Carson, Rashad Jennings, Willie Lanier, Justin Tuck and Doug Williams.


January 18, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was the keynote speaker at an event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event, "MLK: The Fight Against Hate Crimes," took place in East Lansing.


November 5, 2015
Jocelyn Benson spoke at the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Women's Empowerment Symposium. Her talk was titled, "Backwards and in High Heels: Challenges Facing Female Executives Today."

 


September 17, 2015
Jocelyn Benson moderated a Constitution Day debate at Macomb Community College about the meaning and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The event was sponsored by the Macomb County Bar Association.


August 5, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was named as a 2015 inductee into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, making her one of the youngest people to receive the honor. She is being recognized for her leadership as Wayne Law's 11th dean, for co-founding Military Spouses of Michigan and for her service as a board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center. 


March 25, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was part of a "TED" talk held during the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation's Reception for Education and Community Leadership held in Southfield. TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.


March 11, 2015
Jocelyn Benson will serve as one of six democracy experts to judge academic papers from around the country in a writing competition aimed at ending gerrymandering as part of the Common Cause Democracy Prize contest sponsored by Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to open and transparent government. Common Cause launched the inaugural Common Cause Democracy Prize last year to find the best "gerrymander standard," a new definition for partisan gerrymandering that can be used to challenge the most unfair congressional and state legislative districts in the United States.


February 17, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is one of 13 election law professors who signed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a case and overturn a state supreme court ruling in Dickson v. Rucho. The professors argue that the lower court's decision misapplies U.S. Supreme Court precedent on redistricting in order to uphold North Carolina's redistricting, and that not overturning the ruling will undermine the Voting Rights Act. 


November 9, 2014
Jocelyn Benson gave a presentation at the annual Veterans Day and Remembrance Service of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.


October 17, 2014
Jocelyn Benson spoke on the state of Michigan's campaign finance law in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutheon v. Federal Election Commission. Her talk was at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, where she was a guest of the Michigan Election Law Project.


October 3, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program.


June 11, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was honored with the Frederick Douglass Equality Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force Inc. The award honors leadership and significant contributions to promote justice and equality. The task force, established in 1985, sponsors the annual MLK Peace Walk Celebration in Southfield each year, offers scholarships and promotes the importance of celebrating diversity.


June 6, 2014
Jocelyn Benson spoke at the Grand Rapids Bar Association's Law Day Celebration on April 30, 2014, about "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."


February 21, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist during a community forum, "50 Years of Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come?" hosted by the Oakland County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of Black History Month. The event was held at the Southfield Pavilion and was held to highlight the need for members of the African-American community to stay engaged in voting and political activities, to discuss voter disenfranchisement and to promote early and equitable voter regisration.


December 2, 2013
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."

 


April 8, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was named as recipient of the NAACP's Great Expectations Award for 2013.


January 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was a speaker Jan. 20 during an inaguration brunch hosted by Emily's List in Washington, D. C. Benson, who is interim dean of the Law School and was a candidate for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010, was joined by other speakers at the event including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Benson founded and is president of Military Spouses of Michigan. The group, by invitation, walked in the inaguration parade on Jan. 21.


March 6, 2012
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist at Congressman John Conyers' Democratic Judiciary forum concerning the legal implications of the Emergency Manager Law, held on Feb. 21 at Soul Harvest Ministries in Highland Park, Mich.


April 25, 2011
Jocelyn Benson is the creator and director of the Michigan Citizens' Redistricting Competition. The competition will provide any Michigan citizen with the tools to produce potential district maps for Michigan's 14 Congressional Seats, or Michigan's state senate or legislative seats. The maps will be then scored based upon objective criteria, such as how well they keep county and city residents in one district or how close each district comes to having the same number of people.


March 17, 2011
Jocelyn Benson will address "Redistricting in Michigan: Who Should Draw the Lines?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

In The News

September 12, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was cited in dbusiness for its report, "Stephen Ross, Dan Gilbert donate $10 million to WSU Law School."

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September 12, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Gilbert, Ross each donate $5 million to Wayne State Law."

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September 12, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in Crain's Detroit Business for its report, "Gilbert, Ross donate $5 million each to Wayne State law school."

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September 12, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Gilbert, Ross to donate $5M each to Wayne Law."

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September 12, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was cited in an Associated Press report, "Gilbert, Ross each donate $5 million to Wayne State Law." It ran in a variety of media outlets including the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle and The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina) and on WDIV-TV, WXYZ-TV, WMYD-TV and WWJ-AM.

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September 8, 2016
Jocelyn Benson spoke with Stephen Henderson on WDET's Detroit Today about her decision to leave Wayne Law and head up a race initiative.

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September 8, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in a report at Law.com titled, "Law dean takes job with race-equality sports institute."

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September 8, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in several media outlets including the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business and WDIV-Detroit about her decision to step down as dean of Wayne Law.

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August 25, 2016
Jocelyn Benson wrote a column for Politico, "When poll-watching crosses the line."

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August 16, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Mich.'s straight-ticket fight echoes national debate."

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June 2, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in Crain's Detroit Business as one of its 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan for 2016.

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April 21, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured on WXYZ Detroit, 7 ABC for its report, "Wayne State Law School dean runs Boston Marathon 8 months pregnant."

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April 20, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in the Detroit Legal News report, "Wayne Law dean completes Boston Marathon while 8 months pregnant."

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April 20, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was a guest on Michigan's Big Show starring Michael Patrick Shiels. She talked about her accomplishment completing the Boston Marathon at 8 months pregnant.

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April 19, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was featured in the Detroit News report, "WSU's Benson runs Boston Marathon 8 months pregnant."

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April 19, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was mentioned on Local 4 News Today's morning program for her accomplishment completing the Boston Marathon eight months pregnant.

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April 19, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was mentioned on WWJ-AM Detroit radio for her accomplishment finishing the Boston Marathon while eight months pregnant.

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March 13, 2016
Jocelyn Benson was mentioned in Crain's Detroit Business report, "Lansing exhibit features notable Michigan women."

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February 21, 2016
Jocelyn Benson talked about nominating a new Supreme Court justice with WWJ reporter Charlie Langton during a segment of "The Langton Briefs."

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February 19, 2016
Jocelyn Benson wrote an op-ed column titled "Scalia vacancy chance to actually govern," which appeared in The Detroit News.

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February 18, 2016
Jocelyn Benson participated in a panel discussion on the Fox 2 News program, "Let it Rip." The topics were Trump vs. the Pope and replacing Justice Antonin Scalia.

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January 16, 2016
Jocelyn Benson is cited in The Macomb Daily News for its report, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held at Dakota."

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December 14, 2015
Jocelyn Benson wrote a guest opinion column titled, "New bills boost legislators' attack on democracy," for the Detroit Free Press. 

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December 2, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is quoted in the Grand Rapids Business Journal for its report, "Law school partners with university." 

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November 21, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is quoted in The Economist for its report, "Expect more democratic states to adopt a system that favors Democrats."

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November 1, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is mentioned in a Midland Daily News report listing the speakers at this year's YWCA Women's Empowerment Symposium. 

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October 16, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is quoted in The Detroit Free Press report, "U-M mega donor to tackle racism, bullying in sports."

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October 8, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by The Legal News in its report, "Oakland University and Wayne Law partner to offer accelerated program." 

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October 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in The Detroit Free Press report, "Wayne State, OU to offer shorter path to law degree."

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October 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed by WWJ AM on the Wayne Law, Oakland University partnership to offer students the option to earn both a bachelor's degree and law degree in six years.

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October 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by The Detroit News in its report, "Oakland U., WSU partner to fast-track law degrees."

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October 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in the Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch report, "Wayne State, Oakland U Deal Cuts Time to Get Law Degree." 

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October 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in the Oakland Press News report, "Oakland, Wayne State universities partner for accelerated law degree." 

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September 17, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Macomb Daily report, "Constitution, Supreme Court decisions subject of Macomb College talk."

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August 26, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Macomb Daily story, "MCC, Macomb County Bar Association host debate on U.S. Constitution."

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August 9, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was cited in a Detroit Free Press editorial, "Want to change Michigan politics? Here's how."

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August 5, 2015
Jocelyn Benson is named as one of 10 2015 inductees in the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in a Detroit News article, "Rep. Miller to enter Mich. Women's Hall of Fame."

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July 29, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a WXYZ-TV report, "Push to have nonpartisan committees draw district lines in Michigan."

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July 8, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on WKAR for a report on gerrymandering in Michigan.

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July 7, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed by WXYZ TV for a report, "Supreme Court decision could help fix Congress, reform gerrymandering."

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July 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was called upon by Michigan Radio commentator Jack Lessenberry to lead a state movement against gerrymandering.

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July 3, 2015
Jocelyn Benson wrote an editorial, "Voters can rule redistricting - let's do it," published in the Detroit Free Press.

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July 1, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a WDET report, "Could Voters End Gerrymandering in Michigan?"

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June 18, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Detroit Free Press report "Metro Detroiters debate women on $10 currency."

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May 28, 2015
Jocelyn Benson talked about the new Levin Center and other updates about Wayne Law on Michigan's Big Show.

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April 27, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in The South End article "Wayne Law, former U.S. Sen. Levin gear up to launch new Levin Center."

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April 11, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Detroit Free Press story "Wayne State hails civil rights icon Viola Liuzzo as hero."

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March 30, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Fox 2 Detroit report "Compensation commission to decide on city raises."

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March 19, 2015
Jocelyn Benson and Carl Levin were interviewed for WDET report "Former Senator Carl Levin Returns To Detroit And Wayne State."

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March 10, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Detroit Free Press article "Wayne State snags Levin, creates center in his name."

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March 10, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Detroit News article "Wayne State creates law center named for Carl Levin."

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March 6, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in South End report "Wayne Law hosts panel on law school admissions."

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February 7, 2015
Jocelyn Benson was quoted by CBS Detroit in "Wayne Law Hosts Regional Trial Competition."

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December 7, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in LawDragon article: "Law schools scrutinize bar exam after record drop in scores."

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November 17, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in Detroit News story "Critics blast Michigan electoral reform plan."

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November 17, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in MLive report "Critics knock GOP plan to 'rig' presidential election by dividing Michigan electoral college votes."

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November 11, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in the Macomb Daily, the Oakland Press and the Morning Sun (21st Century Media) in "Program that gives veterans free legal support to be expanded."

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November 10, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed by WDIV for a report on Wayne Law's new program to offer free legal service to veterans in Michigan.

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November 10, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in The South End's report: "Wayne Law makes tuition more affordable for 2015."

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October 30, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a news report by WEMU 89.1 titled "Voters Face Difficult Task Of Electing Judges Next Week."

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October 22, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in The National Law Journal in an article titled "Wayne Law Freezing Tuition, Boosting Scholarships."

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October 21, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "WSU law school to freeze tuition, offer scholarships."

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October 5, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a "Let It Rip" segment on Fox 2 Detroit about the state's emergency management law.

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September 17, 2014
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion piece, "Do corporations have Constitutional rights?" printed in the Detroit News.

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August 20, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Claudia House Morcom, legal pioneer and champion for human rights, dies at 82."

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July 24, 2014
Jocelyn Benson is one of the women profiled in a Michigan Radio opinion piece titled "These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan."

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July 18, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Conyers reflects on legacy at Keith Collection ceremony."

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July 8, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Legal News article titled "WSU receives $1.3M grant for new intiative."

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July 8, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a dbusiness magazine article titled "WSU to Launch Initiative Addressing Structural Racism in Detroit."

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July 1, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a talk show segment on WDET radio titled "SCOTUS Update: A Union Loss & A Hobby Lobby Win."

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June 23, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on WDET radio for a report titled "WSU Law Dean Wants Active Lawyers."

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June 19, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Bridge magazine article titled "Political reformers, with hardly a friend across the aisle, press on in Michigan."

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June 19, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist on Fox 2 Detroit TV's show, "Let it Rip." The topic the panel discussed was privacy issues surrounding the "Stingray" mobile tracking device used by law enforcement.

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June 6, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was the subject of a Legal News article titled "Jocelyn Benson shares insights into the election process, our democracy."

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June 2, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Downtown Birmingham Bloomfield article titled "Campaign funding."

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May 20, 2014
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion piece published in the Detroit Free Press titled "We should be protecting voice of the voters, not silencing it."

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April 27, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business article titled "Law schools target diversity in varied ways."

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April 23, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit News column by Laura Berman titled "Affirmative action ruling jeopardizes Michigan's progress against inequality."

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April 9, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on "The Craig Fahle Show" for a news segment titled "The Challenges of Creating a Truly Representative Democracy."

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April 4, 2014
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion piece, "Supreme Court ruling deals a devastating blow to democracy," published in the Detroit Free Press.

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March 28, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Legal News article titled "Wayne Law professors hail judge's ruling in same-sex marriage case."

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March 17, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on the WestSouthwest radio program on WMUK radio (Western Michigan University) for a report titled "How Could Michigan Elections be Improved?"

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March 12, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Legal News report titled "Wayne Law jumps 18 spots in U.S. News and World Report rankings."

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March 12, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a  CNN interactive print and video report about suicide rates among family members of military veterans titled "The Uncounted."

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March 11, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business report titled "Wayne State law school makes surge in national rankings."

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March 6, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted and featured in an Observer & Eccentric report titled "Panelists: Civil rights in decline." 

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January 22, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Yahoo News article from the Christian Science Monitor titled "Are American elections broken? White House panel proposes fixes."

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January 8, 2014
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a WDET-Radio report titled "Voting: A Fundamental Right -- Right? Formal Hearing Scheduled for Thursday."

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January 6, 2014
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion piece titled "Special interests gain influence." The article was published in the Detroit News.

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November 15, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Time U.S. article titled "Legal Experts Weigh Self Defense and Race in Michigan Shooting."

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October 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson wrote a column with former Congressman Joe Schwarz that was published in Bridge Magazine and in the Detroit Free Press. The column is titled "We must change redistricting rules to end political dysfunction."

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October 3, 2013
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion column titled "Time to modernize voter registration" that was published in the Detroit News.

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October 3, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed by WDET's Quinn Klinefelter for a report titled "Registration Deadline Looms For Michigan Voters."

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September 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson wrote a column titled "It's time for more transparency in election ads" that was published in the Detroit Free Press.

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September 17, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a CBS Detroit report titled "Techonomy Says Tech Startups Mean Better Future For Detroit."

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September 8, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a business column titled "Detroit and host of rivals aim to be top picks for start-ups" in the Detroit Free Press.

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September 7, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Krystal Crittendon aids others in bankruptcy challenge."

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September 3, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed for a news report titled "Voters react to mayoral primary disputes" on WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

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August 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist on the Fox 2 Detroit TV show, "Let It Rip." The topic was Detroit primary election issues.

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August 21, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on WDET radio and quoted by Yahoo News in reports on the Detroit mayoral primary election and issues surrounding it.

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August 20, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit mayor count in chaos as Wayne County refuses to certify primary results,"

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August 19, 2013
Jocelyn Benson will be featured this week on "Practical Law" on Bloomfield Cablevision (Channel 15 in Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township). She will be discussing legal education and the future of law with host and attorney Henry Gornbein. The show will air at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.


August 19, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an MSNBC report titled "The last front in the battle to prevent Detroit’s bankruptcy."

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August 2, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Fox 2 Detroit news report titled "Lawsuit filed over Detroit election inspectors."

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July 28, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist on the MSNBC TV show "Up with Steve Kornacki" in a segment titled "Detroit and the Story of the Working Class."

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July 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an MSNBC article titled "What's next for Detroit?"

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June 28, 2013
Jocelyn Benson wrote a column titled "Supreme Court strikes blow to democracy" that was published in the Detroit News.

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June 26, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in articles in the Macomb Daily and Oakland Press titled "Miller backs court ruling on voting rights."

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June 26, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Gay couple challenging Michigan ban find hope in today's Supreme Court ruling."

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June 24, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an article in Crain's Detroit Business titled "Supreme Court's punt may put the college admissions ball in Michigan territory," and also was interviewed about the issue on WDET-FM radio.

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June 19, 2013
Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion column titled "Supreme Court ruling a victory for Americans and the right to vote," which was published in the Detroit Free Press.

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June 17, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was interviewed in an NPR report titled "Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voting Law."

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June 12, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was the feature of an article in the Legal News titled "Benson visits China to promote new LL.M. program at Wayne Law."

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June 5, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Michigan Chronicle article titled "Wayne State University Law School honored for diversity outreach."

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May 28, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "3 Livonia council candidates drop out."

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May 21, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Competitor charges Duggan violated residency rule in run for Detroit mayor."

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May 15, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a story on WJBK Fox 2 Detroit titled "Questions over some of state Rep. Brian Banks' actions."

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May 10, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was noted as a featured speaker in an article about the upcoming event published in the Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania) titled "Italian-American group to honor DiNardo."

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April 28, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was a recipient of the 2013 Great Expectations Award presented during the Detroit NAACP's 58th annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner held at Cobo Center. Prior to the event, Benson was an in-studio guest on WDIV talking about the honor, which also was reported by WWJ-AM radio and by the Detroit Free Press with the headline "NAACP Freedom Fund dinner attracts thousands."

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April 25, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was noted as an award recipient in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Pelosi to speak Sunday at NAACP dinner."

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March 29, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Michigan Lawyers Weekly blog item ttled "Wayne State Law dean looking for teammates in Tough Mudder obstacle course."

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March 19, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quotd in a Bloomberg Business Week article titled "California Nonpartisan Districting Ousts Life Incumbents."

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March 18, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Bloomberg News article titled "Republicans foil what most U.S. wants with gerrymandering."

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March 11, 2013
Jocelyn Benson joined Channel 7 co-anchor Carolyn Clifford during the Channel 7 nightly newscast talking about the Kwame Kilpatrick trial and his conviction of corruption charges.

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February 27, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a CBS Detroit TV report titled "Snyder names Macomb County judge to Supreme Court."

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February 3, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business story titled "Law students looking to biz as alternative in tight market."

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