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A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03. A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03.

In Practice Fall 2023

Kristin Johnson ’03: Protecting Consumers by Policing Crypto Markets

As one of five members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a sister agency to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kristin Johnson and her colleagues are charged with regulating US derivatives markets. As such, they oversee the creation and enforcement of rules to prevent fraud and manipulation in the markets they supervise—including crypto.

Exterior architectural view of the Reading Room. Exterior architectural view of the Reading Room.

@UMICHLAW Fall 2023

At the Cutting Edge of International Law: Four Michigan Law Faculty Discuss Their Latest Work

The University’s founding statute in 1837 required the law department to hire a faculty member devoted to international law. Ever since, Michigan Law has been uniquely committed to the study of law beyond US borders. 

Conference participants sitting around a large table. Conference participants sitting around a large table.

@UMICHLAW Fall 2023

Conference Launches New Program on Law and the Global Economy

Michigan Law inaugurated the Program on Law and the Global Economy this fall by hosting an international conference on investment arbitration. 

View of an empty classroom. View of an empty classroom.

@UMICHLAW Fall 2023

Affirmative Action: The Cliff Where Diversity in Higher Education Now Teeters

Senior Assistant Dean Sarah Zearfoss, ’92, has led the Law School’s admissions and financial aid offices since 2001. In this essay, which originally appeared on bet.com, she weighs in on two recent Supreme Court cases, Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admission v. University of North Carolina.

A portrait of Susanne Baer, LLM ’93. A portrait of Susanne Baer, LLM ’93.

Features Fall 2023

Susanne Baer, LLM ’93: “It's the Highest Honor to Serve”

With her election as a justice on Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court in 2011, Susanne Baer made history. She became only the second nominee of the country’s Green Party and the first out and elected lesbian and radical feminist to serve as one of the court’s 16 justices.

University of Michigan Gymnast performing a routine University of Michigan Gymnast performing a routine

Cover Story Spring/Summer 2023

Athletes as Entrepreneurs

With recent changes to NCAA rules, student-athletes now have the opportunity to earn income from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) through third-party deals. At U-M, members of the Zell Entrepreneurship Clinic are at the forefront of NIL work, helping student-athletes understand the laws and start their own businesses. 

Students visited Sylvester Manor, a plantation built by slaves whose history precedes the American Revolution. Students visited Sylvester Manor, a plantation built by slaves whose history precedes the American Revolution.

Features Spring/Summer 2023

Slavery’s Legacy in Architecture and Law

Slavery and the Built Environment, a Problem Solving Initiative class taught by Luis C.deBaca, ’93, examined the historical narrative of monuments in the US, including those with racist legacies. Students in the fall 2022 semester examined the history of Sylvester Manor to better understand how land use and regulation of supply chains have been shaped by slavery and its legacies. 

Sign in front of house that reads "We believe Black Lives Matter. No Human is Illegal. Love is Love. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Science is Real. Water is Life. Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere. Sign in front of house that reads "We believe Black Lives Matter. No Human is Illegal. Love is Love. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Science is Real. Water is Life. Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.

Features Fall 2022

A Legacy of Bigoted Deeds in Ann Arbor

The Hannah neighborhood near downtown Ann Arbor is relatively small, and its lawn signs reflect the progressive politics of residents. But that welcoming impression took a hit when neighbors started to learn last year that the deeds to their homes contain racist covenants once used for decades to exclude non-whites. The common reaction? Shock.

Lecturer addresses class wearing a face maks Lecturer addresses class wearing a face maks

@UMICHLAW Winter 2022

New Design Thinking Class Teaches Students to Advocate for Themselves

Dialogue, debate, and deliberation are words that are synonymous with the law school experience—but what about design? One of Michigan Law’s newest course offerings challenges students to apply design thinking and problem-solving skills to their own lives and careers in the law. 

From left to right: Sophia Hudson, ’06,Joe Morrison, ’13, Alicia Davis, and Michael Vukich, ’09. From left to right: Sophia Hudson, ’06,Joe Morrison, ’13, Alicia Davis, and Michael Vukich, ’09.

Features Fall 2022

Three Former Students Become Their Law Professor’s Lawyers

There is an old adage about doctors being the worst patients. So does that mean law professors are the worst clients? Absolutely not, say three former students of one Michigan Law professor, who now serve as her lawyers in various capacities.