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Issue: Spring/Summer 2023 | Section: Features

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Interior view of the Supreme Court Interior view of the Supreme Court

Features Spring/Summer 2023

Behind the Bench at the Supreme Court

For 20 years, Jeffrey Minear’s dealings at the Supreme Court followed a familiar pattern. As a litigator in the Office of the Solicitor General, he would prepare a brief, present argument, and await the ruling—a process he repeated more than 50 times. That all changed in 2006, when a new mandate became his daily task at the Court: perform such duties as may be assigned by the chief 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.

University of Michigan athletic Students in a classroom University of Michigan athletic Students in a classroom

Features Spring/Summer 2023

The Business of College Sports

Name, image, likeness (NIL)—three words that have created enormous changes for student-athletes and collegiate sports. We spoke with two Michigan Law alumni—one historically in favor and one against compensation for athletes—who have engaged on this topic over the past several years in friendly debate with each other.

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 Spring/Summer 2023

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.