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A portrait of Faizah Malik, ’11. A portrait of Faizah Malik, ’11.

In Practice Summer 2024

Faizah Malik, ’11: Fight for Housing Justice

 Faizah Malik, ’11, managing attorney of housing justice at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, is working to address the housing and homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.

Professor Bridgette Carr teaching students in a classroom. Professor Bridgette Carr teaching students in a classroom.

@UMICHLAW Summer 2024

Human Trafficking Clinic Finds Multidisciplinary Solutions

The Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic had been representing victims of labor and sex trafficking for more than a decade when its director, Bridgette Carr, ’02, began to envision a broader mandate for the clinic—one that would help combat trafficking before people become clients.

A portrait of Eli Savit (left) and J.J. Prescott (right). A portrait of Eli Savit (left) and J.J. Prescott (right).

Features Summer 2024

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit, ’10, and Professor J.J. Prescott Team Up on Transparency Project to Study Racial Disparities in Legal System

Even before he was elected Washtenaw County prosecutor in 2020, Eli Savit vowed to examine racial disparities in the county’s legal system. Led by Savit and Professor J.J. Prescott, the Prosecutor Transparency Project has released its analysis—and it hopes to serve as a model for similar efforts elsewhere.

Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated. Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated.

Features Spring/Summer 2023

Jeff Titus Celebrates Life (on the) Outside

Titus, a Michigan Innocence Clinic client, was exonerated and released from prison in February. He was convicted in 2002 of killing two deer hunters in a state game area in the southeast corner of Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Harold Kennedy III, ’77 Harold Kennedy III, ’77

Class Note Fall 2016

Harold Kennedy III, ’77: A Groundbreaking Legal Career

From record-breaking verdicts to the Supreme Court to the Civil Rights Act, the career of Harold Kennedy III, ’77, has been transformational for North Carolina and the United States. 

Kerene Moore, ’05 Kerene Moore, ’05

Class Note Spring 2017

Kerene Moore, ’05: Opening the Courthouse Doors to Everyone

When the marriage equality movement started gaining momentum, Kerene Moore, ’05, saw an opportunity to help the LGBT community understand its rights, and to access them. It’s why she helped to create the LGBT Rights Project at the Jim Toy Community Center in Washtenaw County.

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In Memoriam Winter 2022

Professor Yale Kamisar

Yale Kamisar, a towering, beloved figure in the Law Quad and a nationally renowned scholar of constitutional law, died on January 30, 2022, in Ann Arbor. He was 92.

Paul Dimond, ’69 Paul Dimond, ’69

Impact Fall 2022

Alumnus Establishes New Prize to Bolster Scholarship at the Law School

Interpreting the Constitution and applying it to contemporary legal issues has been at the heart of all that Paul Dimond, ’69, has done in his career as a civil rights litigator, scholar, and private practitioner. 

Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13 Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13

In Practice Fall 2022

Litigating Death Row: A Long Road of Loss

For 16 years, Jodi Lopez, ’03, fought to save Matthew Reeves’s life—and twice his life was spared. But the hard-fought victories that Lopez, Ben Friedman, ’13, and others won on Reeves’s behalf were reversed by the US Supreme Court. For Lopez and Friedman, the case raises salient due process questions that warrant examination of and discussion about the American justice system.

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.