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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.

Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library

In Practice Spring/Summer 2023

Christopher Perras, ’11: Hate on Trial

Christopher Perras, ’11, specializes in prosecuting hate crimes as a special litigation counsel in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

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.

Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house

In Practice Spring/Summer 2023

Nadia Shihata, ’03: The Women Who Finally Stopped R. Kelly

Nadia Shihata, ’03, had taken down drug dealers, an Albanian crime boss, and other nefarious characters. This time, she and a team of prosecutors were leveling charges against Robert “R.” Kelly, an R&B superstar.

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13 Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13

Class Note Fall 2015

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13: Assisting with Australian Inquest into 2014 Lindt Café Siege

Long before American television viewers awoke to reports of a suspected terrorist attack in Australia, Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13, was watching the chaotic scene unfold live outside her Sydney office. “I was told that an armed robbery was taking place next door at the Lindt Café,” recalls Faramarzi, a solicitor at the Office of the State Coroner of New South Wales (NSW). 

Stunning image of the iconic Law School arches leading the way into the prestigious Law Quad, a breathtaking beauty that captures the essence of legal scholarship and tradition. Stunning image of the iconic Law School arches leading the way into the prestigious Law Quad, a breathtaking beauty that captures the essence of legal scholarship and tradition.

Briefs Winter 2022

News in Brief: Winter 2022

In-person classes and activities resume  |  Professor Richard Primus testifies on DC statehood  |  "Hell raising before finals”  |  and more...

Demian Ahn, ’03 Demian Ahn, ’03

In Practice Fall 2022

From Pizzagate to Private Practice: Navigating Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity

Demian Ahn, ’03, worked at the intersection of radicalized online spaces and violent behavior during his time as an assistant US attorney. 

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.

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@UMICHLAW Winter 2020

Law School Welcomes New Faculty

Six faculty members with expertise ranging from corporate law and criminal justice to constitutional law and civil liberties have joined Michigan Law. Five fellows have also joined the Law School

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@UMICHLAW Winter 2020

@UMICHLAW: Winter 2020

Chinese scholars visit Michigan Law  |  Michigan Law hosts Transnational Conference  |  Clinical Professor of Law Paul Reingold retires  |  and more...