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Black Alumni Reunion at University of Michigan law school. Black Alumni Reunion at University of Michigan law school.

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The 2023 Black Alumni Reunion: "Celebrating Our Legacy, Empowering Our Future"

Michigan Law’s Black Alumni Reunion brought together more than 200 alumni and their guests to support, learn from, and celebrate the Law School’s Black community, and to promote the matriculation and success of Black students at Michigan Law. It was the fourth edition of the Black Alumni Reunion and the first to take place in person since 2017.

Students celebrating at Senior Day Students celebrating at Senior Day

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Celebrating Senior Day, 2023

The Class of 2023 and their families and friends convened at Hill Auditorium on May 5 to celebrate Senior Day—a gathering far removed from the start of their 1L year, which began on Zoom at the outset of the pandemic. 

Exterior detail of Reading Room Tower Exterior detail of Reading Room Tower

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News in Brief: Spring/Summer 2023

News and updates from the Law Quad.

Leah Litman won the American Constitution Society’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award, while Christopher Walker won the Federalist Society’s Joseph Story Award. Each award is the respective organization’s highest honor for rising scholars. Leah Litman won the American Constitution Society’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award, while Christopher Walker won the Federalist Society’s Joseph Story Award. Each award is the respective organization’s highest honor for rising scholars.

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Leah Litman, ’10, and Christopher Walker Discuss Their Rising-Scholar Honors and the Collegiality of Michigan Law

Litman and Walker were honored by two organizations at different ends of the policital spectrum, which they say highlights Michigan Law’s collegial atmosphere. In fact, the two have worked together on a number of projects this year, including teaching Federal Courts. 

Faculty gathered in March for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christine Whitman’s retirements. They are pictured at the dinner with Dean Mark West (center). Faculty gathered in March for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christine Whitman’s retirements. They are pictured at the dinner with Dean Mark West (center).

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Faculty Celebrate Frier and Whitman

Faculty gathered for a pandemic-delayed celebration of Bruce Frier and Christina Whitman's retirements from the faculty.

The Black Law Students Association held the annual Butch Carpenter Banquet on March 25, in conjunction with the Black Alumni Reunion. The winner of the Butch Carpenter Memorial Scholarship is Jalen Rose (right), who is pictured with runners-up Kamryn Sannicks and Braxton High. Rose is working with the Federal Public Defender Program in Chicago this summer. The Black Law Students Association held the annual Butch Carpenter Banquet on March 25, in conjunction with the Black Alumni Reunion. The winner of the Butch Carpenter Memorial Scholarship is Jalen Rose (right), who is pictured with runners-up Kamryn Sannicks and Braxton High. Rose is working with the Federal Public Defender Program in Chicago this summer.

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Student Orgs Celebrate Outstanding Students

The Law School’s affinity groups held their annual banquets during the winter semester to celebrate another year and to award scholarships and fellowships to second-year students in the community.

Paul and Sylvia Bateman Paul and Sylvia Bateman

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Fundraising Effort Connects Michigan Law’s Past and Future

For Paul and Sylvia Bateman, Michigan Law’s Black Alumni Reunion is a chance to gather with their classmates and meet other alumni—and an opportunity to support the next generation of Black students in the Quad.

Ray and Sarah Kepner Ray and Sarah Kepner

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Like Father, Like Daughter: U-M Family Funds New Scholarship

One of the proudest moments for Ray Kepner, ’77, was watching his daughter Sarah Kepner Hamilton graduate from Michigan Law in 2005. In honor of this family legacy, Kepner and Hamilton have jointly established a new scholarship fund to benefit future generations at the Law School. 

Charles and Susan McKee Pavlica, ’81 Charles and Susan McKee Pavlica, ’81

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New Scholarship Supports First-Gen Students

Recognizing that first-generation students may face distinct challenges, Susan Pavlica has established the Wilfred and Roberta McKee Fund at Michigan Law. The scholarship is named for her parents, who supported her law school dreams.

Ginny and Peter Gustafson, ’70, began their journey together when they met as dance partners in a U-M Winter Weekend student event at Hill Auditorium. Ginny and Peter Gustafson, ’70, began their journey together when they met as dance partners in a U-M Winter Weekend student event at Hill Auditorium.

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A Match Made at Michigan: Couple Supports Scholarship Funds Across U-M

Ginny and Peter Gustafson, ’70, began their journey together when they met as dance partners in a U-M Winter Weekend student event at Hill Auditorium. Longtime supporters of their alma mater, the Gustafsons’s most recent gift is directed to the elements of U-M where they feel the most connection: scholarship funds at the Law School, Stamps School, and LSA.