Spring/Summer 2018

Megan Brown headshot

2L Megan L. Brown

was named the first African American editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.


Alexis Bailey headshot

Skadden Fellow Named

Alexis Bailey, ’17, has been named a 2018 Skadden Fellow. Bailey, a U.S. Air Force veteran, will join Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service in Lansing, where she will provide direct representation to Michigan veterans with disabilities. The Skadden Fellowships, founded by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, annually fund 28 new graduates in full-time work for legal and other advocacy organizations, and encourage graduates to build public service careers based on helping underserved groups.


Top Gun Lawyers holding trophy

Top Guns

3L Eric Fleddermann and 1L Olivia Dworkin were semi-finalists in the 2018 National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The pair also finished second at Baylor Law School’s invitation-only “Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition.”


Richard Primus

Richard Primus, @Richard_Primus • Feb 1, Just finished judging moot court quarter final @UmichLaw. And man, did I see some good lawyering. — The final round of the 93rd annual Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition was held in March. 3L Johannah Walker won the competition; 3L John He was the runner-up.


Dan Crane
Dan Crane

Daniel A. Crane, @DanielDancrane • Feb 6 — Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars starting in 2024, a decade before NASA. It’s not too early to start thinking about governance rules for the red planet.

“The breadth of our competition was striking.”

1L Lindsay Wardlaw, about the global teams she and her Michigan Law cohorts competed against in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna in March. The prestigious event was founded by Eric Bergsten, ’56, and featured more than 360 teams from 82 countries.


Professor speaking to law class

“Thanks for including me. @UMich and @UMichLaw do MLK Day right. Lots of programs, lots of service, lots of justice fight. No golf.”

Tweet from Yale Law Professor James Forman Jr., who delivered Michigan Law’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture based on his book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. The book was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in April.


“#MeToo Has Done What the Law Could Not”

The headline of a New York Times op-ed about sexual harassment penned by Catharine A. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law.

Higher Power

Some of the notable high-ranking foreign positions held by Michigan Law graduates

  • Asif Amin, LLM ’96, Head of International Law Department, Danish Ministry of Defence
  • Susanne Baer, LLM ’93, Justice, Constitutional Court of Germany
  • Holger Fleischer, LLM ’93, Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg
  • Charles Forrest, ’87, Head of Legal Operations Unit, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome
  • Il-Won Kang, LLM ’93, Justice, Constitutional Court of Korea
  • Christopher Kendall, LLM ’93, SJD ’01, Judge, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • W. Robert Kohorst, ’78, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia
  • Tamas Kovacs, LLM ’96, Deputy Head of Unit, European, Commission-Fraud Prevention, Brussels
  • Zdenek Kühn, LLM ’02, SJD ’06, Judge, Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech RepublicKatarina
  • Mathernova, LLM ’89, Deputy Director General, European Commission’s Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
  • Siniša Rodin, LLM ’92, Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Goran Selanec, LLM ’02, SJD ’12, Justice, Constitutional Court of Croatia
  • Petr Válek, LLM ’05, Director, International Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic