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Daniel Matzkin, ’09, Photo: J. Albert Diaz, Daily Business Review Daniel Matzkin, ’09, Photo: J. Albert Diaz, Daily Business Review

Class Note Fall 2015

Daniel Matzkin, ’09: A New Perspective on Hearing Cases

According to Daniel Matzkin, ’09, his typical day as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida is just like everyone else’s in that same position. And if you ask whether law school was particularly challenging for him, he’ll tell you that it is equally challenging for nearly everyone.

Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work/Family Balance Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work/Family Balance

Class Note Fall 2015

Dina Leshetz Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work-Family Balance

When the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was reintroduced with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate in June, it was a personal victory for Dina Leshetz Bakst, ’97. Bakst helped to draft the legislation, which provides stronger legal protections for pregnant women in the workplace.

Russell Smith Russell Smith

Class Note Fall 2015

Russell Smith, ’86: Ensuring There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea

Russell Smith’s clients are slimy. Really. They number in the billions, don’t communicate, and move constantly. He willingly allows many to get the death penalty. Smith, ’86, is deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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). 

Larry Elder Larry Elder

Class Note Fall 2015

Larry Elder, ’77: Filling the Conservative Airwaves

Larry Elder, ’77, has offered his wisdom on his talk radio show, now on the air for some 20 years. It would be difficult to find another U-M alum who can mix it up like Elder can. He represents a small category: black conservatives. Suffice it to say that the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have not been on Elder’s show.

Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85 Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85

Class Note Fall 2015

Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85: Facilitating Business Deals with Cultural Insights

Just as he has represented U.S. and European companies with investments and cross-border transactions in Asian countries throughout the past two decades, Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85, is now assisting companies from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that seek to conduct business in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.

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Broadway in China, and China on Broadway

Fifteen years ago, Robert Nederlander Jr., ’89, began exploring opportunities to take Broadway shows to China—something that had never been done at that time. Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, of which he is president and CEO, would go on to fulfill that promise by becoming the first foreign entity allowed to form a joint venture and operate in the Chinese performing arts industry.

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Cover Story

Michael Kump, ’81, and Marty Katz, ’83: Hollywood Law

Some of the biggest names in the Hollywood legal universe attended Michigan Law. Two of the most well-known and well-connected are Michael Kump, ’81, who represents major stars, and Marty Katz, ’83, who represents top studios, producers, and other content providers.

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Impact Fall 2015

Southeast Michigan Scholarship Dinner Highlights Student-Alumni Connection

The best indication of the impact of one’s gifts is to meet those who directly benefit. At the Southeast Michigan Scholarship Dinner on April 21, 2015, beneficiaries and benefactors had the chance to get to know each other, share stories about their Michigan Law experiences, and talk about why they give and what those gifts mean.