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A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03. A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03.

In Practice

Kristin Johnson ’03: Protecting Consumers by Policing Crypto Markets

As one of five members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a sister agency to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kristin Johnson and her colleagues are charged with regulating US derivatives markets. As such, they oversee the creation and enforcement of rules to prevent fraud and manipulation in the markets they supervise—including crypto.

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Class Note Fall 2020

Zack James, ’17: Rethinking the Farm with Autonomous Tractors

Zack James, ’17, can recall the exact moment when building tractors started to pay off. It was August 2019, and James was sitting in his truck, watching an autonomous tractor move up and down a field, planting seeds. “It was the first time I was being paid to do farming services.”

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Class Note Spring/Summer 2018

Benedicte Bayi-Mathijsen, ’85: Drawn to the World

“I discovered a completely different world at Michigan, and it just took me in a whole new direction,” Bayi-Mathijsen says. She found its “international dimension” to her liking and joined the International Law Society and the Michigan Journal of International Law

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Cover Story Fall 2022

The Evolution of the General Counsel

Traditionally, general counsels were relegated to a niche role that addressed the specific legal needs of an organization—such as overseeing litigation, executing contracts, or advising on legal risk. But the role has transformed during the past few decades, and has evolved from a narrow legal resource to the center of an organization’s creative problem solving.

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Cover Story Winter 2022

On the Move: Mobility at Michigan Law

In June 2018, a boxy vehicle rolled onto the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex. Although it could have been mistaken for a run-of-the-mill shuttle running a mundane route around the complex, one detail set it apart from the average bus: the lack of a driver. 

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In Practice Spring 2021

Dan Bergeson, ’82: Adapting to a New Normal in California Courts

Going to trial in the era of COVID-19 has introduced a new twist into once-familiar proceedings, especially for the complex business litigation that is typical of Bergson’s practice. “You don’t have those face-to-face moments where you have that feeling of connectivity from seeing the judge or juror’s reaction.” 

James Blakemore, ’13 (left), and Josh Garcia, ’13 (right), with their business partner, Zachary Fallon. James Blakemore, ’13 (left), and Josh Garcia, ’13 (right), with their business partner, Zachary Fallon.

In Practice Winter 2020

James Blakemore, ’13, and Josh Garcia, ’13: Blockchain Made Them a Team

Blockchain has come into focus in the last several years. James Blakemore, ’13, and Josh Garcia, ’13, have expertise in the technology, which, as Blakemore explains, “allows people to verify transactions and come to consensus regarding the current distribution of an asset, like bitcoin, without relying on third parties like banks.”

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In Practice Fall 2020

Carla Newell, ’85: Riding a Tech Boom in Silicon Valley—Again

As public interest in consumer genomics has exploded in recent years, Carla Newell, ’85, found herself at the center of the industry’s boom as the chief legal officer and chief risk officer at Ancestry, a leading family history and consumer genomics company.

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In Practice Spring/Summer 2018

Bringing Cybercrimes to Justice and the Law up to Speed

“This is an area where the law hasn’t caught up to people’s conduct, and where victims have limited access to legal counsel,” says Van Engelen. “It takes real people on the ground, working every day as a team, to bring a cybercriminal to justice.”

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Impact Spring/Summer 2018

Jan Kang, ’87: An Alumna’s Simple Thank You

“I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but I think about it a lot now,” says Jan Kang, ’87. “I could not have taken a second, extremely demanding job in my 40s, and the fact that he was willing to do that to pay for my tuition is amazing. I was very lucky that my parents supported me, so I’m doing my part now by helping those students who need similar support.”