Spring 2021

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Barbara Garavaglia Barbara Garavaglia

Class Note

Barbara Garavaglia, ’80: Turning the Page

The career path for Barbara Garavaglia, ’80, shifted while sitting for the bar exam, when she struck up a conversation with the person seated across from her, a librarian at a law firm. In 1988, Garavaglia returned to Michigan Law as a reference librarian and was shortly promoted to the head of the reference department, a position she held until she assumed the role of assistant director in 2007. From 2011 until her retirement in 2020, she served as director of the Law Library.

Laurence Kahn, ’77, Providing Alternative Crisis Resolution Laurence Kahn, ’77, Providing Alternative Crisis Resolution

Class Note

Laurence Kahn, ’77: Providing Alternative Crisis Resolution

Laurence Kahn, ’77, has spent his life as an advocate in every sense of the word. Following his earlier experience in government and private practice, Kahn formed a volunteer team to launch Help Now! Advocacy, an all-volunteer nonprofit that specializes in crisis resolution by providing advice and negotiation on matters that fall outside the scope of attorneys or social workers. 

George Jenkins hugging friend George Jenkins hugging friend

Impact

Alumnus Commits to Appalachian Roots with New Scholarship Fund

Drawing on a growing concern for the region where he grew up and the country at large, George Jenkins, ’66, along with his wife, Gina, decided to launch the Gina and George Jenkins Aspirational Scholarship Fund, with the goal of benefiting students from central Appalachia.

James J. White James J. White

Impact

Legendary Professor Inspires Scholarship in His Honor

For almost five decades, Professor James J. White, ’62, has been one of Michigan Law’s most revered professors, challenging and inspiring thousands of students in and out of the classroom. Today, he remains a beloved figure in the Quad, and the Professor James J. White Scholarship Fund has been established in his honor by several dedicated alumni. 

Ford Wheatley Ford Wheatley

Impact

For Denver-based Donor, Upholding Democratic Institutions Starts at Law School

Throughout his career in law and local government, Ford Wheatley, ’79, has firmly believed in the strength of American institutions and the nation’s democratic legacy. With a desire to ensure that this legacy endures for future generations, Wheatley established an endowed fund at the Law School to support research, teaching, and activities that reinforce the pillars of democracy.

Pixelated and digitized image of Lady Justice holding the scales. This is the cover image for the story "Can COVID-19 Help Expand Access to Justice?" Pixelated and digitized image of Lady Justice holding the scales. This is the cover image for the story "Can COVID-19 Help Expand Access to Justice?"

Cover Story

Can COVID-19 Help Expand Access to Justice?

When you arrived for a hearing at Michigan’s 36th district court before 2020, the most important question you might face was: where do you put your phone?

Trisha Rich Trisha Rich

Impact

For One Alumna, It’s All About Her Peers in Life, Work, and Giving Back

Trisha Rich has remained involved with Michigan Law as a dedicated volunteer since she graduated in 2005, even serving as co-chair of her alumni reunion committee for her five-, 10-, and 15-year milestones. “I love the education I received and the doors that Michigan Law has opened for me,” says Rich. “But the most important things I take from Ann Arbor are the dozens of important, tangible, real relationships with people I very much care about.” 

Beauty Detail of the Law School Reading Room Beauty Detail of the Law School Reading Room

Impact

Recent Gifts: Spring 2021

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.

@UMICHLAW Spring 2021

@UMICHLAW: Spring 2021

Tamar Alexanian, ’21, named 2021 Skadden Fellow  |  Daniel Fryer, ’18, joins Michigan Law faculty  |  Professor Samuel Bagenstos becomes OMB GC  |  and more...

Beauty image of the Underground Law Library Beauty image of the Underground Law Library

Briefs

News in Brief: Spring 2021

Professor Barbara McQuade, ’91, launches podcast  |  Brian Chang, ’12, scores “Jeopardy!” winning streak  |  Eli Savit, ’10, sworn in as Washtenaw County Prosecutor  |  and more...

Jerika Richardson Jerika Richardson

In Practice

Jerika Richardson, ’07: At the Nexus of Law, Media, and Advocacy

Last September, Jerika Richardson, ’07, joined the National Urban League as senior vice president of equitable justice and strategic initiatives, a newly created role within one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country. Richardson will work in close partnership with the League’s leadership and its network of 90 local affiliates to establish lasting equity and justice through policy advocacy, civic engagement, and legislative reform.

Jonathan Brater Jonathan Brater

In Practice

Jonathan Brater, ’11: Directing an Historic Election

When Jonathan Brater, ’11, was appointed Michigan’s director of elections in January 2020, the upcoming election cycle was already set to be groundbreaking. And then, on the night of the presidential primary in March, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Dan Bergeson Dan Bergeson

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.” 

Breach Family Breach Family

Features

David Breach, ’94: From Bottled Juice to High Finance

“As a young kid, I’d always said I wanted to be a lawyer because I thought, ‘Lawyers are people who talk a lot, and they make a lot of money.’ I had learned how to be good at talking, but I wasn’t making a lot of money.”