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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.

Portrait of Rosemary S. Pooler, ’65 Portrait of Rosemary S. Pooler, ’65

In Memoriam

The Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler, ’65

Rosemary S. Pooler, a senior judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, died at her home in Syracuse, New York, on August 10, 2023. She was 85. 

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

Features

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

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.

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. 

Matt Raymer, ’08 Matt Raymer, ’08

Class Note Spring 2017

Matt Raymer, ’08: Strengthening the GOP, One State Race at a Time

Matt Raymer, ’08, has a Jim Harbaugh bobblehead in his office. Prominent election lawyer and fellow Wolverine Charlie Spies, AB ’95, sent it to Raymer with a note encouraging him to attack the 2016 election with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind—a nod to Harbaugh’s mantra.

Khalilah Spencer, ’01, speaks with reporters. Khalilah Spencer, ’01, speaks with reporters.

Class Note

Khalilah Spencer, ’01: Fighting for Voting Rights

As president of Promote the Vote 2022, Khalilah Spencer, ’01, is leading the campaign for an amendment to Michigan’s state constitution that would expand voting rights. 

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In Memoriam

The Hon. Avern Cohn, ’49

The Hon. Avern Cohn, ’49, who served for 40 years on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, died on February 4, 2022. He was 97.

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In Memoriam

Dean Terrance Sandalow

Terrance “Terry” Sandalow, who served as dean of Michigan Law from 1978 to 1987 and was a member of the faculty for 34 years, died at his Washington, D.C., home on January 29, 2022. He was 87.

Paul Dimond, ’69 Paul Dimond, ’69

Impact

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.