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Features Fall 2014

Civil Rights, Women’s Rights

The original Civil Rights Act language did not include orotections based on sex. Martha Griffiths, ’40, had something to say about that.

Timothy Dickinson, ’79 Timothy Dickinson, ’79


Timothy Dickinson, ’79: Funding International Experiences

Timothy Dickinson, ’79, and his wife have pledged $200,000 to endow the Timothy L. Dickinson and Anja Lehmann Global Education Fellowship Fund, which will support recent graduates who seek to build upon their Michigan Law education through the pursuit of educational or professional experiences abroad. 

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Civil Rights Act at 50

This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our states, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country.” So said President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964 when he signed the Act into law. Here, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Act by sharing the stories of alumni who fought for its passage and those who worked to preserve its legacy.

The first Edwards Brothers building was on Main Street. The first Edwards Brothers building was on Main Street.

Features Fall 2014

A Page in Michigan Law History: Printing Course Packs, One Mimeograph at a Time

While the Computer Age has produced countless companies whose origins can be traced to their founders’ dorm rooms, college-age ingenuity didn’t begin with Facebook, Google, or Microsoft. For Ann Arbor-based book printer and manufacturer Edwards Brothers Malloy, it started with the mimeograph.

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U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Ruling for Prof. Pottow in EBIA v. Arkison

In a rare unanimous decision in a contentious jurisdictional area, the U.S. Supreme Court in June affirmed bankruptcy court authority by delivering Professor John Pottow a victory in the case of Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (EBIA v. Arkison).

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Features Fall 2014

Mary Frances Berry, ’70: A Trailblazer in the Fight to End Discrimination

Mary Frances Berry, ’70, served from 1980 until 2004 on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, including as chair. Later, she stood with Nelson Mandela to end apartheid in South Africa and was imprisoned for it. At the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, she looks back on her career, her accomplishments, and the long list of items still outstanding in the fight to end discrimination.

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Recent Gifts: Fall 2014

Giving to Michigan Law is an investment in the future of legal education, and private support ensures that the excellence that has distinguished Michigan-trained lawyers continues for generations to come.

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Features Fall 2014

Startup Central

If you want to be an entrepreneur, understand that you’ll have to be part of a team if you’re going to be successful. This, according to Geoff Entress, ’98, a Seattle-based investor who has backed more than 
125 companies in the past 15 years.

More advice from Entress: Be comfortable with risk. Be visionary. Don’t be a jerk. And go to law school.

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Features Fall 2014

Tales from the Clinic: Putting the Contract Before the Horse

Typically, clients approach the Law School’s General Clinic for assistance—but every so often, a case comes from within, spurred by an issue close to the heart of a student attorney. One crisp January day, Mary Watkins, ’14, went to see a man about a horse.