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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.

A portrait of John Bulgozdy, ’84. A portrait of John Bulgozdy, ’84.

Impact

John Bulgozdy, ’84: From Poetry Class to the Courtroom

On the surface, litigation and poetry don’t have much in common. But John Bulgozdy says that the analytical skills he used throughout his legal career can be traced to an undergraduate poetry class at the University of Michigan.

A map with pins marking different locations and a flag with the block M. A map with pins marking different locations and a flag with the block M.

Cover Story Fall 2023

Michigan Law in Service around the World

The University of Michigan Law School is an international institution in every sense of the word. Students come from around the globe to study in the Law Quad, and they go on to represent the Law School all over the world through opportunities as students and throughout their careers. The fall 2023 issue of Law Quadrangle shares some of their stories.

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.

A portrait of Rossa Fanning, LLM ’00. A portrait of Rossa Fanning, LLM ’00.

Features Fall 2023

Rossa Fanning, LLM ’00: “I Am the Government's Lawyer”

When Rossa Fanning became attorney general of Ireland in late 2022, he didn’t need to endure the confirmation process of his counterpart in the United States. Instead, in two head-spinning days, he transitioned from his successful legal practice to a seat in the cabinet of Ireland’s prime minister.

A portrait of Raphael Lotilla, LLM ’87. A portrait of Raphael Lotilla, LLM ’87.

Features Fall 2023

Raphael Lotilla, LLM ’87: “For the Benefit of My Country”

Raphael Lotilla was appointed secretary of energy in the Philippines in July 2022—for the second time—and he reassumed the role during a period of significant challenges: righting the privatization of the energy sector, confronting climate change, and addressing poverty.

A portrait of Kenneth Salazar with the president of the United States. A portrait of Kenneth Salazar with the president of the United States.

Features Fall 2023

The President’s Ambassadors Abroad

Hundreds of Michigan Law alumni represent the interests of the United States and its citizens in
various levels of the government around the world. A handful, however, have risen to the highest level by being appointed as ambassadors, including Donald Blome, ’90; W. Robert Kohorst, ’78; and Kenneth Salazar, ’83.
 

A portrait of Emily Boening, ’12. A portrait of Emily Boening, ’12.

Features Fall 2023

Emily Boening, ’12: Voice from the Civil Service

“I have worked on some extremely challenging issues—Afghanistan, Syria, terrorism, Russia…. It probably won’t be me who solves the world’s problems, but whoever succeeds will be someone unafraid to fail.” 

A portrait of Seth Oppenheim, ’04. A portrait of Seth Oppenheim, ’04.

Features Fall 2023

Seth Oppenheim, ’04: Voice from the Foreign Service

“It’s been a fascinating time to be posted to Brussels. Commercial and trade issues intersect so many of the topics important to the relationship between the United States and the European Union: climate change, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China, and artificial intelligence—to name a few.” 

A portrait of Priyadarshi “Pri” Sen, ’93. A portrait of Priyadarshi “Pri” Sen, ’93.

Features Fall 2023

Priyadarshi “Pri” Sen, ’93: Voice from the Foreign Service

“Those of us who serve overseas in the United States Foreign Service represent our country 24/7. In a small place like Suriname, everyone knows who we are. What we say and how we behave outside of work—and even what we buy at the local grocery store—is seen as representative of the United States.”