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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.


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. 

Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated. Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated.


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.

Beauty image Michigan's Coastline Beauty image Michigan's Coastline


Forty Years of Protecting the Great Lakes Watershed and Training Environmental Lawyers

Forty years after its introduction, what is now known as the Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic continues to provide invaluable hands-on learning experience for students, using litigation and other means of advocacy to advance environmental priorities in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Azadeh Shahshahani Azadeh Shahshahani

Class Note Fall 2020

Azadeh Shahshahani: Protecting Immigrant Rights Across the U.S. South

Azadeh Shahshahani, ’04, a prolific writer and speaker on the subject of immigrant rights, was first drawn to Project South because of the organization’s work to combat Islamophobia.

Denise Brogan-Kator, ‘06 Denise Brogan-Kator, ‘06

Class Note Fall 2016

Denise Brogan-Kator, ‘06: Fighting in the Trenches for LGBT Equality

Denise Brogan-Kator, ‘06, fought for marriage equality, planning and editing amicus briefs that would help get section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) overturned in 2013, which  later helped influence the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. But she soon realized that those victories unleashed a different set of problems altogether.

Kerene Moore, ’05 Kerene Moore, ’05

Class Note Spring 2017

Kerene Moore, ’05: Opening the Courthouse Doors to Everyone

When the marriage equality movement started gaining momentum, Kerene Moore, ’05, saw an opportunity to help the LGBT community understand its rights, and to access them. It’s why she helped to create the LGBT Rights Project at the Jim Toy Community Center in Washtenaw County.

Chase Cantrell Chase Cantrell

Class Note Spring/Summer 2018

Chase Cantrell, ’08: A Force for Positive Change Close to Home

Chase Cantrell, ’08, could have gone many places with a degree from Michigan Law. Instead, he chose to be a force for positive change in his native Detroit.

George Barchini George Barchini

Class Note Spring/Summer 2018

George Barchini, ’15: Striking a Balance with Big Law and Public Interest

Near the end of a long week in Laredo, Texas, George Barchini pulled an all-nighter—but not for the reasons typical of young associates at Big Law firms. Instead, he was trying to stop the deportation of a Central American woman.

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. 

Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13 Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13

In Practice Fall 2022

Litigating Death Row: A Long Road of Loss

For 16 years, Jodi Lopez, ’03, fought to save Matthew Reeves’s life—and twice his life was spared. But the hard-fought victories that Lopez, Ben Friedman, ’13, and others won on Reeves’s behalf were reversed by the US Supreme Court. For Lopez and Friedman, the case raises salient due process questions that warrant examination of and discussion about the American justice system.