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Joan Larsen Joan Larsen

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Prof. Joan Larsen Appointed to Michigan Supreme Court

Joan Larsen, special counsel to the dean and adjunct professor at the Law School, has been appointed a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder for a term ending January 1, 2017. 

Three people are talking sitting on sofas at the refugee conference Three people are talking sitting on sofas at the refugee conference

@UMICHLAW Fall 2015

Scholars and Judges Convene to Develop Refugee Law Guidelines

The 1951 Refugee Convention defines a refugee as someone who has a well-founded fear of being persecuted based on one of five factors, including his or her political opinion. But what constitutes a political opinion? A group of judges and academics gathered at Michigan Law to develop guidelines for this unsettled area.

2015 Fiske Fellows 2015 Fiske Fellows

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2015 Fiske Fellows Selected

The 2015 class of Fiske Fellows was selected in the spring and had the opportunity to meet Robert Fiske, ’55, during an April event at the Law School. 

Students being lectured to and learning in the classroom at Law School Students being lectured to and learning in the classroom at Law School

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Curriculum Changes Better Serve Student Needs

The Michigan Law faculty has adopted a set of changes to the Law School’s curriculum that will address new American Bar Association regulations and increase flexibility for students in a way that will better prepare them for an ever-evolving legal industry.

Bob Woodruff, ’87 Bob Woodruff, ’87

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New Veterans Legal Clinic Will Serve Those Who Serve Us

They’ve risked their lives, incurred long separations from loved ones, and suffered injuries to serve their country. When they return home, military veterans often face legal barriers to basic needs. A new clinic at Michigan Law is committed to reversing that troubling pattern. 

Mini-Seminar Brings Marijuana Law into the Classroom Mini-Seminar Brings Marijuana Law into the Classroom

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Reefer Madness: Mini-Seminar Brings Marijuana Law into the Classroom

When a mini-seminar on marijuana law is offered at the Law School, you can bet that a showing of the campy cautionary tale Reefer Madness will be used as a learning tool. What you might not expect is a syllabus that includes both marijuana court cases and a ranking of the top 25 pot songs of all time.

Margo Schlanger Margo Schlanger

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Prof. Margo Schlanger Launches Civil Rights Education Initiative for High Schoolers

A new project called the Civil Rights Litigation Schoolhouse is helping high school students understand civil rights and the litigation process, and their importance in a democratic society. The Schoolhouse is an extension of the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, an online repository of court documents and information related to more than 7,000 civil rights cases dating back to the 1960s.

David Guenther David Guenther

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David Guenther, ’99, Named Director of International Transactions Clinic

One of the things that David Guenther, ’99, enjoys about teaching in the International Transactions Clinic is helping clients that are charting new territory. “The clinic is doing fascinating work in places all over the world that very few lawyers have done before,” says Guenther, who was named director in May. 

Beauty image of azaleas in the courtyard Beauty image of azaleas in the courtyard

@UMICHLAW Fall 2015

Kauper, Yamakawa Honored as Distinguished Alumni

The Law School honored two outstanding alumni with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented at a September 25 ceremony. This year’s recipients are Professor Emeritus Thomas E. Kauper, ’60, and Yoichiro Yamakawa, MCL ’69.

Professor Gil Seinfeld Professor Gil Seinfeld

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Seinfeld Searches Younger Doctrine for Answers in Google Inc. v. Hood

An authority on federal courts and jurisdiction, Professor Gil Seinfeld acknowledges that it is a rare occasion when the public’s attention is captured by a case that aligns with his scholarly interests. Google Inc. v. Hood was just such an exception.