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Briefs Fall 2023

Celebrating Milestone Reunions

Hundreds of alumni and their guests returned to Ann Arbor over two weekends this fall to celebrate their Reunion.

A portrait of John Hoyns, ’79. A portrait of John Hoyns, ’79.

Impact Fall 2023

John Hoyns, ’79: Helping Airlines Survive COVID

After decades of serving aviation clients, John Hoyns thought he had seen the worst of the airline industry’s ups and downs. That was until the coronavirus pandemic upended the industry and presented a slew of unexpected challenges.

A portrait of Eric R. Lamison, ’95. A portrait of Eric R. Lamison, ’95.

Impact Fall 2023

Eric R. Lamison, ’95: Alumnus Establishes Fund for Law Quad Preservation

Eric Lamison describes his experience at Michigan Law as nothing short of an awakening. “Being in the Law Quad, the classrooms, Hutchins Hall, the Lawyers Club, the Reading Room, and the library below truly impacted me,” he says. “I always felt grateful to be there.” 

A portrait of Peter H. DeHaas, ’63. A portrait of Peter H. DeHaas, ’63.

Impact Fall 2023

Peter H. DeHaas, ’63: Boosting Financial Independence for Future Generations

Peter DeHaas spent his career working toward financial freedom—an aspirational goal that he was able to achieve with a little help along the way. With gratitude for the financial aid he received as a student, DeHaas recently established a $12 million trust to help the next generation of Michigan Law students achieve their career and financial goals.

Exterior view of the Reading Room Entrance. Exterior view of the Reading Room Entrance.

Impact Fall 2023

Fall 2023 Recent Gifts

Read about philanthropy at Michigan Law. 

Leah Litman won the American Constitution Society’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award, while Christopher Walker won the Federalist Society’s Joseph Story Award. Each award is the respective organization’s highest honor for rising scholars. Leah Litman won the American Constitution Society’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award, while Christopher Walker won the Federalist Society’s Joseph Story Award. Each award is the respective organization’s highest honor for rising scholars.

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Leah Litman, ’10, and Christopher Walker Discuss Their Rising-Scholar Honors and the Collegiality of Michigan Law

Litman and Walker were honored by two organizations at different ends of the policital spectrum, which they say highlights Michigan Law’s collegial atmosphere. In fact, the two have worked together on a number of projects this year, including teaching Federal Courts. 

Ray and Sarah Kepner Ray and Sarah Kepner

Impact Spring/Summer 2023

Like Father, Like Daughter: U-M Family Funds New Scholarship

One of the proudest moments for Ray Kepner, ’77, was watching his daughter Sarah Kepner Hamilton graduate from Michigan Law in 2005. In honor of this family legacy, Kepner and Hamilton have jointly established a new scholarship fund to benefit future generations at the Law School. 

Faculty gathered in March for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christine Whitman’s retirements. They are pictured at the dinner with Dean Mark West (center). Faculty gathered in March for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christine Whitman’s retirements. They are pictured at the dinner with Dean Mark West (center).

@UMICHLAW Spring/Summer 2023

Faculty Celebrate Frier and Whitman

Faculty gathered for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christina Whitman's retirements from the faculty.

Paul and Sylvia Bateman Paul and Sylvia Bateman

Impact Spring/Summer 2023

Fundraising Effort Connects Michigan Law’s Past and Future

For Paul and Sylvia Bateman, Michigan Law’s Black Alumni Reunion is a chance to gather with their classmates and meet other alumni—and an opportunity to support the next generation of Black students in the Quad.

The Black Law Students Association held the annual Butch Carpenter Banquet on March 25, in conjunction with the Black Alumni Reunion. The winner of the Butch Carpenter Memorial Scholarship is Jalen Rose (right), who is pictured with runners-up Kamryn Sannicks and Braxton High. Rose is working with the Federal Public Defender Program in Chicago this summer. The Black Law Students Association held the annual Butch Carpenter Banquet on March 25, in conjunction with the Black Alumni Reunion. The winner of the Butch Carpenter Memorial Scholarship is Jalen Rose (right), who is pictured with runners-up Kamryn Sannicks and Braxton High. Rose is working with the Federal Public Defender Program in Chicago this summer.

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Student Orgs Celebrate Outstanding Students

The Law School’s affinity groups held their annual banquets during the winter semester to celebrate another year and to award scholarships and fellowships to second-year students in the community.