Wayne Lawyer Summer 2023, Volume 38, No. 1

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Summer 2023, Volume 38, No. 1

Summit of success

As alumni ascend to the highest peaks of the business world, Wayne Law is cementing its status as a powerhouse well beyond Michigan.
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Wayne Law Jessup International Law Moot Court program celebrates success.
As alumni ascend to the highest peaks of the business world, Wayne Law is cementing its status as a powerhouse well beyond Michigan.
Shae Mace has found her calling at Wayne Law.
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Wayne Law Board of Visitors

Candyce Ewing Abbatt ’83
C. David Bargamian ’90
Maurice S. Binkow
Richard Burstein ’69
Albert Dib ’80
Krishna S. Dighe ’87
Hon. Edward Ewell Jr. ’85
Tyrone C. Fahner ’68
Erin C. Gianopoulos ’21
Hon. Elizabeth Gleicher ’79
David M. Hayes ’67
David M. Hempstead ’75
Paul W. Hines ’73
John A. Hubbard ’86
Kathryn J. Humphrey ’80
Shirley A. Kaigler, LL.M. ’93
Hon. Marilyn Kelly ’71
Thomas G. Kienbaum ’68
E. Powell Miller ’86
Kenneth F. Neuman ’86
Michael L. Pitt ’74
Steven G. Stancroff ’90
Adam B. Strauss ’98
Peter Sugar ’70
I.W. Winsten ’79
Nathaniel R. Wolf ’97

Wayne State University

M. Roy Wilson, president

Board of Governors

Mark Gaffney, chair
Shirley Stancato, vice chair
Danielle Atkinson
Bryan C. Barnhill II
Michael Busuito
Marilyn Kelly
Anil Kumar
Terri Lynn Land
M. Roy Wilson, ex officio

About this publication

This magazine is a publication of Wayne Law’s Marketing and Communications office.
Editors: Jennifer Kennedy, Meg Mathis
Contributors: Biba Adams, Gregory Fox, Charles Kadado, Sheila Pursglove, Jessica Taylor, Nikki Taylor-Vargo
Page designer: Matthew Balcer
Photography: Bureau Detroit, Paul Hitzelberger, Jessica Taylor
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© 2023 Wayne State University Law School

Dean Richard A. Bierschbach

Dear friends,

It has been a busy year with many developments and successes that set Wayne Law apart. Having experienced quick growth of the undergraduate minor in law, we have added an undergraduate bachelor of arts in law to the curriculum — an innovative collaboration with academic units across campus, offered through and in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program, slated to begin in fall 2023, aims at students who have a curiosity about law, politics or criminal justice, and it will pave the way to law-adjacent careers in a number of areas. See Page 16 for more. We are also especially excited that, last fall, I appointed the Law School’s inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity and belonging, Associate Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo. Dean Cantalupo is a nationally recognized scholar and an expert on Title IX and gender-based violence; read more about her on Page 32.

For the sixth consecutive year, Wayne Law has maintained its high standing in U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings. This year, we moved up two more spots, bringing us to No. 56 in the country, our highest rank and a total jump of 44 spots over the last six years — making history for the Law School and raising the bar for excellence in legal education. And for the ninth consecutive year, Wayne Law has been recognized as a Best Value Law School by The National Jurist and preLaw magazine.

We are especially proud that we continue to rank very high nationally in the value we provide to our students. Wayne Law is the No. 7 public law school in the country, and No. 14 among all law schools, by ratio of its graduates’ debt to starting salary, an important measure of the affordability and worth of an excellent legal education.

Our faculty, students and alumni continue to inspire us. A great example is our Jessup International Moot Court Team, which marked a decade of dominance in international competition this year. Read the feature story beginning on Page 8. And we all know that with a Wayne Law degree comes a set of skills that can transcend industries and expectations, across the nation and around the globe. Check out our cover story on select alumni, beginning on Page 18, to see how transformative a Wayne Law education can be.

I am grateful to every member of the Wayne Law community for making the Law School the distinctive and special place that it is. As we look toward the next academic year and beyond, I look forward to working with all of you to make the Law School — and this community — ever stronger.

Richard A. Bierschbach
Dean and John W. Reed Professor of Law

Learn about Wayne Law news. Connect with alumni and friends.

U.S. News & World Report rankings 2023-24

Wayne State University Law School has jumped 44 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law School rankings over the last six years to No. 56 in the country — a historic best this year, and again the second-highest ranked law school in Michigan. Wayne Law also ranked No. 16 in part-time law programs — the best in the state and No. 3 in the Midwest.

U.S. News & World Report derived each school’s overall rank by scoring it on 10 distinct factors, including placement success and first-time bar passage, employment outcomes 10 months after graduation, two-year bar passage rates, selectivity, faculty resources, and more. These scores were standardized so they were compared with the means and standard deviations among all other ranked schools.

Wayne Law is Detroit’s only public law school and consistently has the lowest tuition in Michigan. The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked Wayne Law a Best Value Law School for nine consecutive years.

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Graduation Celebrations

2020 and 2021 graduation celebrations
at the Detroit Yacht Club

Since the pandemic kept them from having a formal commencement ceremony, the Classes of 2020 and 2021 were promised respective celebrations to commemorate their achievements. In August 2022, Wayne Law recognized these graduates at the Detroit Yacht Club with a program, dinner, refreshments and the opportunity to catch up in person.
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Wayne Law’s Class of 2020.
Wayne Law's Class of 2021
Wayne Law’s Class of 2021.
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A decade of dominance

Wayne Law Jessup International Law Moot Court program celebrates success
Wayne Law Jessup International Law Moot Court program celebrates success

hen Professor Gregory H. Fox arrived at the Law School in 2002, he began recruiting students for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The oldest of its kind, the competition began in 1960 and simulates a case before the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. The International Court of Justice is the supreme judicial organ of the United Nations system and can hear cases between countries concerning any issue of international law. Recent issues debated in the Jessup include self-defense against terrorist groups, diplomatic immunity, environmental degradation, cyberattacks and foreign election subversion.

The Jessup is also the world’s largest moot court competition, hosting roughly 3,000 law students from 700 law schools in over 100 countries. Each country holds a national tournament to determine which schools will advance to the international rounds held in Washington, D.C. In the United States, nearly 100 law schools participate each year. Of these, 12 can qualify for the international rounds, with two from each of six geographic regions. Wayne Law is in the Midwest region.


Wayne State Board of Governors approves B.A. in law for undergraduate students
Boasting one of the nation’s top law schools, Wayne State University recently announced the addition of a bachelor’s in law for undergraduate students interested in the teachings from the field.

The Wayne State Board of Governors approved the recommendation made by the Academic Affairs Committee to establish a bachelor of arts in law program. Beginning in fall 2023, the B.A will be offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program will be partnered with academic units from across the Midtown campus.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Kornbluh told the committee that the B.A. in law is designed to be an intradisciplinary program that will provide students with a broad-based liberal arts degree.

“We started a minor in law three or four years ago and it’s grown to be one of the largest minors on the main campus,” Kornbluh said. “We see the student interest in this area, so I’m very excited that we’re proposing this.”


Wayne Law explores transgender health equity and the law during fall symposium

Pictured from left to right are on-campus presenters and moderators of the symposium: J. Lloyd Allen, Jamison Green, M. Killian Kinney, Ted Hutchinson, Richard A. Bierschbach, Alexander Chen, Heather Walter-McCabe, Kellan Baker, Luisa Kcomt and Ames Simmons.

Wayne Law explores transgender health equity and the law during fall symposium

Wayne State University Law School hosted the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics Transgender Health Equity and the Law symposium on campus and in a virtual format in fall 2022. The daylong discussion attracted speakers and attendees from 17 states and three countries.

The symposium unveiled a special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics devoted to transgender health equity and the law, with panels from authors and local researchers on a broad array of topics, including policy as a driver of health equity, access to appropriate health care, reproductive health and international human rights.

Admiral Rachel L. Levine, U.S. assistant secretary for health, provided opening remarks at the symposium.

According to Associate Professor of Law and Social Work Heather Walter-McCabe, 2022 saw the highest number of bills introduced aimed at LGBTQ+ populations in recent history, with many of them targeting transgender populations. October 2022 saw the introduction of House Bill 6454, which, if passed, would make seeking gender-affirming care for youth child abuse potentially punishable by up to life in prison.

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Summit of success

As alumni ascend to the highest peaks of the business world, Wayne Law is cementing its status as a powerhouse well beyond Michigan.
By Meg Mathis
Whether it’s a J.D. or LL.M., one thing is certain: With a law degree comes a set of skills that transcends industries, setting its holder up for success no matter what they decide to do. Many Wayne State University Law School graduates have used the tools they gained here to carve paths outside of traditional lawyering that are uniquely theirs — and remarkably successful — across the country and the world. We marvel at those mavericks who have used their legal training and entrepreneurial spirit to chase bold visions far from the law school classrooms where they got their start. Here, we feature four alumni who share how their transformative Wayne Law education has continued to pay dividends as it has helped propel them to new heights in business and beyond.

Student Spotlight

Overcoming adversity

Shea Mace has found her calling at Wayne Law

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

In her late teens, Shea Mace became addicted to drugs and alcohol to cope with childhood traumas. By 22, she was homeless, hopeless and in serious legal trouble due to her substance abuse.

Fortunately, she was thrown a lifeline with the opportunity to be enrolled in the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court in lieu of serving prison time.

“I truly believe had I not been given this opportunity, I wouldn’t be alive today,” she said. “The Adult Treatment Court treated me like a human being instead of a criminal and connected me with services that gave me the tools I needed to rebuild my life.”

Mace’s personal mental health struggles, as well as those of friends and family, led her to search for answers within the field of psychology, and she earned her undergraduate degree in the subject from Wayne State University.

Donor Showcase

George J. Haddad, his wife Evelyn and their two daughters, Carol and Mary, and son, George, stand together for a photo

George J. Haddad ’71 with his family at the ceremony where he was awarded his juris doctorate.

A family’s drive

Haddad siblings honor parents by supporting nontraditional law students

George J. Haddad ’71 with his family at the ceremony where he was awarded his juris doctorate.

In June 1971, a green 1968 Chevy Impala decorated with yellow flowers arranged in the shape of the letters “WSU” left St. Clair Shores for Detroit’s Rackham Memorial Building, where George J. Haddad was being awarded his juris doctor from Wayne Law at the age of 48.

Studying at Wayne State University in the early ’70s was a family affair for the Haddads, as daughter Carol ’72 and son George ’74 pursued their bachelor’s while their father was in law school. The three commuted to Detroit together while mom Evelyn and youngest daughter Mary held down the fort at home, eager to hear tales about the workday.

As the Impala brought the family to the Law School Senior Convocation, its occupants beamed with pride. George had earned his J.D. while working as a full-time appellate officer for the IRS, completing a goal begun in the 1950s when he had enrolled in and then dropped out of law school to help Evelyn care for their growing family.

George’s daughter Carol noted that his accomplishment might not have been possible without financial support.


A legacy celebrated

Alumnus’ gift pays tribute to Professor Edward Littlejohn
When Fred Harring ’97 entered his summer Torts class at Wayne State University Law School in 1994, he had no idea what to expect. Professor Edward Littlejohn entered with a thick casebook crammed with legalese, and his powerful voice filled the lecture hall.

“It was like hieroglyphics,” Harring said. “Reading timeworn cases on assumpsit and trespass … was like trying to decipher a foreign language.”

But like many first-year law students, Harring had to do — as the notorious torts standard goes — what a reasonable person would under the circumstances: He took things day by day. And Littlejohn expertly guided Harring’s class through those daunting first days.

“Teaching well is hard, but teaching first-year law students is even harder and more important,” Harring said. “Professor Littlejohn managed, in his own way, to encourage students that things will be OK — this is going to be difficult.”

Faculty spotlight

Nancy Chi Cantalupo named associate dean of diversity, equity and belonging

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In 2020, Wayne State joined institutions around the world in responding to the clarion call for real change to combat systemic racism. Consistent with Wayne State’s history of meaningful engagement with society and its mission of “positively impacting local and global communities,” university leadership took action to reduce and eliminate implicit and explicit biases and improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the university through the establishment of a Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC). The Law School is following suit, and in fall 2022, Wayne Law named Nancy Chi Cantalupo its first associate dean of diversity, equity and belonging to lead and ensure the achievement of an inclusive and equitable law school community.

“Dean Cantalupo’s experience, talent and commitment in this role will amplify and elevate the work of every member of Wayne Law as we strive to make our school, our community and our profession diverse and equitable spaces in which everyone truly belongs,” said Richard A. Bierschbach, dean of the Law School.

Cantalupo has more than a decade of experience writing about and teaching civil rights and Title IX, and preventing discriminatory violence such as sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Her scholarship in these areas aims to give schools and those seeking to enforce civil rights protections concrete strategies to reach such goals, and several specific proposals she has made have influenced federal law in a pro-civil rights direction.

Faculty Spotlight

Kirsten Matoy Carlson named ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholar for 2023-24 cohort

Wayne Law Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson has been selected to join the 2023-24 cohort of faculty scholars in the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program.

The Access to Justice Scholars Program promotes the next generation of scholars and supports the infrastructure of the burgeoning field of access to justice. It brings together scholars from across the country from many disciplines — including law, political science, public health and sociology — to foster discoveries and build theoretical and empirical understanding of what is happening with access to civil justice.

Carlson is one of six faculty scholars elected by an advisory committee from a highly qualified pool of applicants with diverse academic backgrounds and project proposals. The faculty scholars will bring their unique expertise to further the program’s core mission: generating impactful research on access to civil justice and translating this research into practice. The scholars’ projects will produce both discoveries to inform social scientific understandings of access to civil justice, and knowledge to inform real-world policy and reduce poverty and inequality in the United States and beyond. Carlson’s work will investigate the gaps in existing measures of outcomes and impacts for legal services delivery in Native communities in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

“No Equal Justice”

A new book from Wayne Law professors explores the life and legacy of George W. Crockett Jr.
By Biba Adams
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In a triumphant legacy of attorney, civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman George W. Crockett Jr., Professor Peter J. Hammer and Professor Emeritus Edward Littlejohn explore Detroit’s outsized role in the history of civil rights in the United States. “No Equal Justice”: The Legacy of Civil Rights Icon George W. Crockett Jr. details Crockett’s career fighting racism and defending the constitutional rights of the oppressed, breaking the silence of stories of Black lawyers and judges that are rarely told.

The book — which has already garnered a number of awards — begins by tracing the Crockett family history from slavery to Crockett’s admission into the University of Michigan Law School. He became one of the most senior Black lawyers in President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal administration and later played a central role fighting discrimination in the United Auto Workers union. In 1948, in a team of five attorneys, he was the only Black lawyer defending the constitutional rights of the leaders of the U.S. Communist Party in Dennis v. United States, the longest and most dramatic political trial in American history. At the close of the case, Crockett and his defense colleagues were summarily sentenced to prison for zealously representing their clients. He headed the National Lawyers Guild office in Jackson, Mississippi, during 1964’s Freedom Summer.

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"4 Questions with Professor Peter J. Hammer"
Wayne Lawyer sat down with Hammer to learn how “No Equal Justice” is introducing Crockett to a new generation of readers, historians and social justice activists.
The book highlights Crockett’s legacy as an inspiration to freedom fighters. Can you speak to that?
One thing we consciously did is use long quotes from Crockett so the reader could get a sense of his voice and his personality — and I think the reader gets that. Crockett had an ability to speak across time, so while he’s speaking often to issues in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, it feels like he’s speaking to our time. I think it’s important that folks today have a chance to get to know and learn from Crockett because there’s been a narrowing of views in the general community and in the Black community in the last four decades where you don’t have a broad range of opinions. Now, we have such a shallow sense of what our economic and political options are. Crockett is from a very different tradition at a different time, so he’s speaking in a voice that we don’t hear elsewhere today. I think that’s an important voice to get out and let people learn from.

The latest news from Wayne Law

Wayne State University Law School faculty members are influential scholars in areas ranging from Islamophobia and labor organizing to Title IX and the legal substructure of health disparities. Their recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review and Washington University Law Review. Here, we share a selection of that work.
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Khaled A. Beydoun
Associate Professor of Law

  • The New Crusades: Islamophobia and the Global War on Muslims, University of California Press (2023)
  • Unveiling, 111 Calif. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023) (with Nura Sediqe)
  • The New State of Surveillance: Societies of Subjugation, 79 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 769 (2022)
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Nancy Chi Cantalupo
Associate Professor of Law

  • Civil Rights Approaches to Address Gender-Based Violence as Gender Inequality, Gender-Based Crime: Learning Through Experts and Cases (Kathleen A. Bogle ed., forthcoming 2023)
Student Engagement

Moot Court team qualifies for national final rounds of ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition

A Wayne State University Law School Moot Court team of third-year students qualified for the national final rounds of the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition held in Washington, D.C. The team — which was composed of Amanda Navarre, Calder Burgam and Brian Sarnacki, the primary brief writer — represented one of four schools declared winners of the Brooklyn regional held Feb. 16-18.

The team also took home the second-place brief award, Navarre earned the second-place oralist award, and Burgam received the fourth-place oralist award. The team was undefeated in the regional, beating teams from Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, University of Colorado Law School and Seton Hall Law School. The Brooklyn regional saw competition from 32 teams.

This year, a total of 173 teams from 100 ABA-approved law schools across the country will compete in six regionals, with the four winners of each regional advancing to the final rounds in Washington, D.C.

Student Engagement
Numerous students and judges at the Wayne State Jaffe/Taft Transactional Law Invitational smile and pose for a picture as many stand and others are seated at a large conference table in their business attire.
Students and judges at the Wayne State Jaffe/Taft Transactional Law Invitational.

2023 Wayne Law Jaffe/Taft Transactional Law Invitational hosts 19 schools, names winners

Nineteen law schools from across the country competed in the March 2023 Wayne State Jaffe/Taft Transactional Law Invitational hosted at the Southfield offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, which is now part of Taft, a national firm with offices across the country.

The invitational is part of a skilled learning experience created and supervised by Associate Professor Eric A. Zacks and Taft attorney and Wayne Law alumnus Justin Hanna. Third-year students Muhannad Al-Ujayli, Muhammad Siwani, Trevor Lloyd and Andrew Vailliencourt served as chairpersons of this year’s competition. The program is supported by the Jaffe Transactional Law Competition Fund, established in 2018 by Jaffe/Taft.

The competition helps students develop drafting, negotiating and counseling skills, with two-member teams representing a buyer and seller involved in a complex acquisition. After a semester of drafting and revising, the negotiations brought the teams together for two rounds of competition. The panel of judges — composed of 20 attorneys — offered feedback following the completion of each round.

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Ronald B. Rader ’66 was honored by the Florida Bar as a member with a 50-year cumulative legal practice with the Florida Bar and one or more United States jurisdictions.


Hon. Terrill J. LaRue ’72 was honored by the Florida Bar as a member with a 50-year cumulative legal practice with the Florida Bar and one or more United States jurisdictions. LaRue served as a circuit judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Volusia County.

Richard G. Himelrick ’74 retired from Tiffany & Bosco in Phoenix. Before retiring, he authored six editions of Arizona Securities Fraud Law: Civil Liability, Defenses and Remedies.


Pamela Enslen ’81 was appointed executive director of California Community Colleges Foundation’s California LAW Pathways. Previously, she was a senior partner at Warner, Norcross + Judd. Enslen has also been elected to serve her second three-year term on the board of governors of the American Bar Association.

in memoriam

Wayne Law remembers the following members of our community and mourns their passing.


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Marcia Cooke ’77
John R. Coon ’80
Eugene Driker ’61
Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn ’85
Professor Edward Littlejohn ’65
Dennis Levasseur ’85
Guy Silvasi ’12
Hon. Jamie Wittenberg ’02
Featured Events

The Lighter Side of Wayne Law

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Pet therapy day

The Law School welcomed a few furry friends to help students relax and de-stress.
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Two students petting two different black poodle therapy dogs with instructor in red shirt holding leash


The Law School hosted its first Halloween bash co-sponsored with the Student Board of Governors.
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Professor Eric A. Zacks (far right) prepares for the Wayne State Jaffe/Taft Transactional Law Invitational with, from left to right, Trevor Lloyd, Andrew Vailliencourt and Muhammad Siwani.
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