MetLife Sponsored Law Student Reception

This Friday, January 29, 2010, MetLife’s Diversity Committee will sponsor a law student reception.  More information on this reception is available here.

The reception, formerly known as the Career Forum, is open to all law students and will feature a variety of speakers on topics including:

•        MetLife’s commitment to diversity
•        Maximizing an LLM degree
•        How to build on government experience
•        Lobbying opportunities in corporate law
•        Transitioning from a law firm to in-house

Breakfast will be served.

First Assignment Information for Administrative Law (Rakoff/Spring 2010)

The text for the course in Administrative Law is Strauss, Rakoff & Farina:  Gellhorn and Byse’s Administrative Law-Cases and Comments – Revised 10th Ed., 2003 – together with the accompanying 2007 Supplement.

There will also be a set of xeroxed materials and occasional handouts.  For the first class meeting on Wednesday, January 27, please read xeroxed pages 1-17 – available at the Distribution Center (beginning at noon on Monday, Jan. 25) and posted to the course website under Course Documents.

Michigan Journal of Race & Law Symposium, Feb. 5-6

Michigan Journal of Race & Law


“Reinventing the Wheel: Why Broken Cities Stay Broken and New Ways Civil Rights Attorneys Can Fix Them”

Feb. 5-6, 2010

In celebrating our 15th year of publication, MJR&L is looking to return to our roots, while also aiming to be forward thinking at the same time. As the country has evolved, expanded, and advanced, many cities face problems that have yet to be solved, and a charge of our symposium will be to devise new solutions to these problems. Thus, as a journal that has focused heavily on civil rights, this year’s symposium will explore our nation’s past fight for civil rights, analyze why and how attorneys chose to address those problems, and create strategies, with this knowledge, to address the problems that our urban environments face today.

 Symposium graphic courtesy of Image created using Adobe Photoshop by Richard Mullen

As students at the University of Michigan, we are especially aware of such troubles from looking at our neighboring city of Detroit. As our nation struggles with a large-scale economic depression and the problems stemming from it, we endeavor to bring to light the struggles urban communities have continuously faced, and ways in which change may be brought about.

Registration for the symposium is now open. Admission to the symposium is free, but there is a $35 charge to attend the dinner banquet and pre-payment is required for a reservation. Contact Ashley Washington to pre-register at  amwashin at and she will contact you to arrange payment. The deadline date for registering for the banquet is January 26, 2010.

For more information please visit our website.

Detailed information on our speakers can be found here.

*Symposium graphic courtesy of Image created using Adobe Photoshop by Richard Mullen

Course Information: Comparative Constitutional Law (Prof. Michelman/Spring 2010)

Assignments for our first week’s classes are included in the syllabus of readings for the course, including book information (Jackson & Tushnet – Comparative Constitutional Law-Second Edition-2006-Foundation Press – available at Law School Coop), that is posted on the course website (click on “Syllabus”).
Please come to our first week’s classes prepared to discuss what you see as the point or points of learning about comparative constitutional law — for yourself personally, for legal professionals, and for citizens at large.  Then what about for judges engaged in the decision of pending cases?  Look or don’t look?  Cite or don’t cite?  Do your answers reflect any possibly debatable assumptions about why a country (or your country) has its constitutional law, or about the ways in which a country (or your country) uses or relies on its constitutional law, or about the aims and methods of constitutional interpretation?

Course Information: Antitrust, Technology & Innovation Seminar (Malone) First Meeting and Assignment

Class will meet on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Pound 202. Readings for our first class session can be downloaded now from the Syllabus page on the course website…) or picked up in hard copy form at the HLS Copy Center.

If you are on the waitlist and wish to remain there, you must attend the first class session.

Course Information: Cybercrime Seminar (Malone) First Meeting and Assignment

Class will meet on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Lewis 302. Readings for our first class session can be downloaded now from the Syllabus page on the course website…) or picked up in hard copy form at the HLS Copy Center beginning the afternoon of Thursday, January 21.

If you are on the waitlist and wish to remain there, you must attend the first class session.

Job: Manuscript Preparation (International Legal History)

I need an assistant to help me prepare my book manuscript, on international legal history, for publication.  The work mostly involves preparation of footnotes: formatting and text moving, rather than substantive work.  I need someone who is highly proficient in “blue booking” as well as speedy with word-processing (in Word).  Compensation will be $15 an hour.  Please send a brief note and resume to  Nathaniel_Berman at  Thank you!

Jobs: Research Assistant Positions

Lawrence Fox, who will be teaching Professional Responsibility in the Spring semester, is seeking two research assistants to help him with two different projects: a book on ethics for litigators and another on lawyer loyalty to clients.  Interested students should forward resumes to Melinda Eakin,  eakin at, or deliver them to Areeda 334.

Course Information: Experts Class

Folks enrolled or waitlisted in the Experts Class:

By now, you should have received two emails from me, one dealing with the policy regarding the waitlist (you must attend the first two days of class to remain on the waitlist), the second dealing with the first week’s reading.  If you have not received these emails, please contact me (Professor Greiner).

Course Readings Information: John Rawls & Constitutionalism Seminar (Michelman/Spring 2010)

John Rawls, Justice As Fairness: A Restatement (Harvard University Press, 2001) (paper), will be available for purchase at the Harvard Law Coop, and everyone is expected to have a copy.  If you own or can arrange for handy access to copies of A Theory of Justice and of Political Liberalism, that would be great.  Please know, however, that I have arranged for multiple copies of those books, and Rawls’s other, relevant writings, to be on reserve for the seminar at the law school library.  In addition to material from Rawls, I will be assigning or suggesting numerous articles and book chapters by other authors, which will include extensive accounts of Rawls’s ideas, and all of those will be available for download, either from the course website or from online resources reachable through your Harvard library access (“HOLLIS”).

A draft syllabus for the twelve seminar sessions is available at this site (click on “Syllabus”).  It contains the reading assignment for our first session (“1. Overview of Political Liberalism”).  Further, advance preparation notes for each session will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials,” so please look there for advance preparation notes for our first session.  Where assigned materials have been posted to the course website, they also will be found under “Supplemental Course Materials.”  (Please note that journal articles are to be obtained through your Harvard Library access (HOLLIS/e-journals).  Anyone in doubt about how to do this should get in touch with me ( fmichel at

Competition: Seeking Student Submissions for Harvard Law and Policy Review

HLPR is seeking additional student submissions for our Spring issue.  In order to review them with our other submissions, we will need first drafts by Monday, January 25th.

The topic can be anything related to law or policy that would be of interest to the national membership of ACS.

Below are the specs for the submissions. Please contact Jonathan Truppman at  jtruppman at or J.J. Saulino at  jsaulino at if you are interested in submitting an article for consideration.

HLPR Student Articles:

HLPR publishes two to three student essays in each issue. We are seeking outstanding student writing from a diverse array of law schools. The pieces in our student writing section are more policy oriented than traditional legal writing, are less footnote heavy, and tend to be a bit shorter – 4,000 – 6,000 words after our editing process – though we can work with longer at the outset. Our submissions process is ongoing, but we typically select pieces for our Fall issue in early August and select pieces for our Spring issue by early January.

Competition: Reproductive Rights Writing Prize

Sarah Weddington Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Writing Prize.

The theme this year is Reproductive Rights As Human Rights Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Reproductive Rights are looking for fresh student scholarship that focuses on the recognition of reproductive rights as basic human rights that must be promoted and protected. This theme is both timely, in light of the increasing importance of international and comparative legal scholarship, and vital, in light of ongoing obstacles to reproductive justice domestically and around the world. Papers may be domestic or international in scope, and may draw on international, domestic and comparative law. Authors are encouraged to focus on applying a human rights framework to reproductive justice issues. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the emerging focus on the right to survive pregnancy and childbirth as a human right; the denial of reproductive health care services on the basis of conscience; cruel, unusual and degrading treatment (CIDT) in the context of reproductive health care delivery (e.g., denial of abortion services to women in state custody in the US, shackling of women in labor while in custody in the U.S., and the denial of legal abortion services in Peru in K.L. v. Peru); protecting abortion providers as human rights defenders; and ending discrimination in HIV policies in Rwanda and elsewhere.

Suggested resources include:

• LSRJ’s Human Rights Primer available Fall Semester 2009 at
• The Center for Reproductive Rights website including the following publications: Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment; Bringing Rights to Bear: An Analysis of the Work of UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive and Sexual Rights; Maternal Mortality in India: Using International and Constitutional Law to Promote Accountability and Change.

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length, not including footnotes, double-spaced in 12-point font, with footnotes in 10-point font.  Papers must conform to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by law students, or law graduates of 2009, will be  accepted. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be accepted; however, previously published papers cannot be accepted. An outside panel of attorney and professor judges will select the winners.

Send a Word attachment of your submission to  submissions at by March 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM, EST.

Winning authors will receive $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) or $250 (3rd place), have their submission published on the LSRJ and CRR websites, and potentially be invited to present their papers at conferences and symposia.

Course/Book Information: Labor Law (Prof. Sachs) – Spring 2010 – Book and First Assignment Information

The textbook for this course will be Cox, Bok, Gorman and Finkin, Labor Law: Cases and Materials, Fourteenth Edition (Foundation Press).  It is currently available at the Law School Coop.  In addition, a bound set of Supplemental Materials [Supp.] containing the readings also posted to the course website is available for pickup from the Distribution Center.  The Syllabus is also available at the Distribution Center (and posted on the course website).

The assignment for the first day of class is as follows:
-Steven Henry Lopez, Reorganizing the Rust Belt (2004) [Supp. 1-5];
-Vegelahn v. Guntner, 167 Mass. 92 (1896), in Cox, Bok, Gorman and Finkin, Labor Law Cases and Materials, Fourteenth Edition [Textbook 17-22];
-Plant v. Woods, 176 Mass. 492 (1900) [Textbook 23-27];
-Background Material on the National Labor Relations Act (Textbook 72-85];
-J.I. Case Co. v. NLRB, 321 U.S. 332 (1944) [Textbook 376-79].
On the first day of class, I will ask for volunteers to discuss the assigned materials.  After the first day of class, students should be prepared to be called on to discuss the assigned materials, although volunteers and discussion will always be welcome.