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

In Practice

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.

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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.

Exterior architectural view of the Reading Room. Exterior architectural view of the Reading Room.

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At the Cutting Edge of International Law: Four Michigan Law Faculty Discuss Their Latest Work

The University’s founding statute in 1837 required the law department to hire a faculty member devoted to international law. Ever since, Michigan Law has been uniquely committed to the study of law beyond US borders. 

Kate Powers Kate Powers

Class Note

Kate Powers, ’20: Holding War Criminals to Account

Kate Powers, ’20, serves as the executive director of Global Accountability Network (GAN), an organization that works to bring justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. 

Students visited Sylvester Manor, a plantation built by slaves whose history precedes the American Revolution. Students visited Sylvester Manor, a plantation built by slaves whose history precedes the American Revolution.

Features

Slavery’s Legacy in Architecture and Law

Slavery and the Built Environment, a Problem Solving Initiative class taught by Luis C.deBaca, ’93, examined the historical narrative of monuments in the US, including those with racist legacies. Students in the fall 2022 semester examined the history of Sylvester Manor to better understand how land use and regulation of supply chains have been shaped by slavery and its legacies. 

Azadeh Shahshahani Azadeh Shahshahani

Class Note Fall 2020

Azadeh Shahshahani: Protecting Immigrant Rights Across the U.S. South

Azadeh Shahshahani, ’04, a prolific writer and speaker on the subject of immigrant rights, was first drawn to Project South because of the organization’s work to combat Islamophobia.

George Barchini George Barchini

Class Note Spring/Summer 2018

George Barchini, ’15: Striking a Balance with Big Law and Public Interest

Near the end of a long week in Laredo, Texas, George Barchini pulled an all-nighter—but not for the reasons typical of young associates at Big Law firms. Instead, he was trying to stop the deportation of a Central American woman.

Rep. John E. Porter in an official looking hall way Rep. John E. Porter in an official looking hall way

In Memoriam

Rep. John E. Porter, ’61

Rep. John E. Porter, ’61, a Republican who served for more than two decades in the US House of Representatives as the representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district, died on June 3, 2022. He was 87. 

Craig Kramer Craig Kramer

In Practice

Craig Kramer, ’87: Mental Health Ambassador

“My overarching goal is to help transform mental health care worldwide. It’s broken everywhere, and it is a global problem,” says Craig Kramer, ’87, Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) first mental health ambassador. But raising awareness about and erasing the stigma of mental illness were not part of his plan as a Michigan Law graduate—nor was it where he started.

Image of a bag on a table with books and papers overflowing out of the bag Image of a bag on a table with books and papers overflowing out of the bag

Cover Story

Immigration Law: Protecting Process and Changing Lives

Immigration news is everywhere. It’s a complicated issue. While the pages of this magazine could be filled with stories about the immigration work being done by Michigan Law graduates, we’ve chosen to highlight the efforts of a few individuals closer to home who are working to protect process.