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A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03. A portrait of Kristin Johnson ’03.

In Practice Fall 2023

Kristin Johnson ’03: Protecting Consumers by Policing Crypto Markets

As one of five members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a sister agency to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kristin Johnson and her colleagues are charged with regulating US derivatives markets. As such, they oversee the creation and enforcement of rules to prevent fraud and manipulation in the markets they supervise—including crypto.

Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house

In Practice Spring/Summer 2023

Nadia Shihata, ’03: The Women Who Finally Stopped R. Kelly

Nadia Shihata, ’03, had taken down drug dealers, an Albanian crime boss, and other nefarious characters. This time, she and a team of prosecutors were leveling charges against Robert “R.” Kelly, an R&B superstar.

Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library

In Practice Spring/Summer 2023

Christopher Perras, ’11: Hate on Trial

Christopher Perras, ’11, specializes in prosecuting hate crimes as a special litigation counsel in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

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.

An iPhone shows the Disney Plus app in front of the Marvel logo. An iPhone shows the Disney Plus app in front of the Marvel logo.

In Practice Fall 2022

A Red-Letter Day for Black Widow

When Disney released the much-anticipated film Black Widow in July 2021, people didn’t need to head to their local theater to see Scarlett Johansson star as the Avengers heroine. They just needed to find their remotes.

Linda Coberly posing in front of a busy downtown street Linda Coberly posing in front of a busy downtown street

In Practice Winter 2022

Scoring a Win for Student-Athletes

It was something of a full-circle moment for Linda Coberly, ’95, when she set out to coordinate amici filings in the landmark NCAA v. Alston case, in which student-athletes successfully sued the NCAA by arguing that the organization’s compensation practices violated antitrust laws. 

Ted Kill photo Ted Kill photo

In Practice Winter 2022

Law at the Bottom of the Earth

Ted Kill, ’07, covered a lot of ground between Michigan Law and his arrival in Antarctica, when he travelled to the continent as part of an interagency federal government inspection team. His journey to the bottom of the earth started with a clerkship at the International Court of Justice that he secured through Michigan Law, which served as a bridge to joining the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. 

Demian Ahn, ’03 Demian Ahn, ’03

In Practice Fall 2022

From Pizzagate to Private Practice: Navigating Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity

Demian Ahn, ’03, worked at the intersection of radicalized online spaces and violent behavior during his time as an assistant US attorney. 

Jonathan Brater Jonathan Brater

In Practice Spring 2021

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.”