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Russell Smith Russell Smith

Class Note Fall 2015

Russell Smith, ’86: Ensuring There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea

Russell Smith’s clients are slimy. Really. They number in the billions, don’t communicate, and move constantly. He willingly allows many to get the death penalty. Smith, ’86, is deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13 Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13

Class Note Fall 2015

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13: Assisting with Australian Inquest into 2014 Lindt Café Siege

Long before American television viewers awoke to reports of a suspected terrorist attack in Australia, Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13, was watching the chaotic scene unfold live outside her Sydney office. “I was told that an armed robbery was taking place next door at the Lindt Café,” recalls Faramarzi, a solicitor at the Office of the State Coroner of New South Wales (NSW). 

Larry Elder Larry Elder

Class Note

Larry Elder, ’77: Filling the Conservative Airwaves

Larry Elder, ’77, has offered his wisdom on his talk radio show, now on the air for some 20 years. It would be difficult to find another U-M alum who can mix it up like Elder can. He represents a small category: black conservatives. Suffice it to say that the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have not been on Elder’s show.

Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85 Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85

Class Note

Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85: Facilitating Business Deals with Cultural Insights

Just as he has represented U.S. and European companies with investments and cross-border transactions in Asian countries throughout the past two decades, Samuel Zhang, LLM ’85, is now assisting companies from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan that seek to conduct business in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world.

Daniel Matzkin, ’09, Photo: J. Albert Diaz, Daily Business Review Daniel Matzkin, ’09, Photo: J. Albert Diaz, Daily Business Review

Class Note Fall 2015

Daniel Matzkin, ’09: A New Perspective on Hearing Cases

According to Daniel Matzkin, ’09, his typical day as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida is just like everyone else’s in that same position. And if you ask whether law school was particularly challenging for him, he’ll tell you that it is equally challenging for nearly everyone.

Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work/Family Balance Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work/Family Balance

Class Note Fall 2015

Dina Leshetz Bakst, ’97: Advocating for Work-Family Balance

When the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was reintroduced with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate in June, it was a personal victory for Dina Leshetz Bakst, ’97. Bakst helped to draft the legislation, which provides stronger legal protections for pregnant women in the workplace.

Tom Washing, ’66 Tom Washing, ’66


Tom Washing, ’66: Support for the Veterans Legal Clinic

As a venture capitalist, Tom Washing, ’66, is a savvy investor. And when he learned details of the Law School’s new Veterans Legal Clinic, Washing saw a winner.

Bob Woodruff, ’87 Bob Woodruff, ’87

@UMICHLAW Fall 2015

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. 

A woman with a Michigan hat and a turtleneck stands arm-in-arm with a man in a blazer. A woman with a Michigan hat and a turtleneck stands arm-in-arm with a man in a blazer.


John Nickoll, ’60: Darrow Scholarship Endowment

John Nickoll, ’60, and his wife, Patty, of Los Angeles, have made a $1 million gift to the Law School to endow a Darrow Scholarship—which is given to a very select group of Michigan Law’s most accomplished admitted students and can cover as much as full tuition plus a stipend.