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 Emergency manager: Bankruptcy plan for city still weeks away 

DETROIT (AP) — A plan to take Detroit out of bankruptcy won’t be ready this month, city Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr said Tuesday.

Gov. Rock Snyder met with top lawmakers Tuesday in Lansing on a multi-hundred-million-dollar plan to protect pensioners and the holdings of the Detroit Institute of Arts as Detroit moves through bankruptcy proceedings.
Orr had promised a plan by January, but negotiations between Detroit and creditors have changed the timetable. Orr called the talks “robust” and said he hopes they wrap up by mid-February. Orr spoke Tuesday at an advisory board that is monitoring Detroit’s finances.
 
A federal bankruptcy judge last week rejected a $165 million settlement that would have released Detroit from an unfavorable deal with banks. Judge Steven Rhodes said it was too generous for banks.
Orr said he will decide soon whether to sue the banks as a way to reach a compromise. Orr’s team has suggested that the deal hatched years ago was illegal.
 

Cooley Law expands foreign study program to include Oxford 

 
Thomas M. Cooley Law School recently gained approval by the American Bar Association to expand its foreign study program to include Oxford, England. 
 
The study abroad program in Oxford allows students to earn six credits and begins on June 30, 2014 and ends with the completion of exams on Friday, Aug. 1. In addition to international and comparative law courses, the program features legal events in Oxford and London and social activities.

“Cooley Law School is continuously looking into locations to add to our extensive foreign study program,” said Debra Hirsh, Cooley’s director for International Programs. “We are pleased to be able to now offer students the chance to study at Oxford University, which promises to be an invaluable International Law experience.”

Cooley Law School has offered several foreign study programs since the late 1970s. Today, students can choose from over 20 international study programs, which are all approved by the ABA, including a full semester in Cooley's own Australia and New Zealand program, which has been in place for 16 years. In addition, Cooley has offered an economical six week program hosted by the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada, since 2001.  In 2011, Cooley entered into an exchange program with the University of Münster, which allows students the opportunity to live and learn in Germany.
 
Hirsh notes, “International study options offered at Cooley allow many opportunities for both Cooley and non-Cooley students. It  can expand their world and the law school experience by studying outside the United States. Plus, nearly all of the foreign study courses taken will count toward the 12 credit hours students will need should they concentrate in International Law.”

For more information about Cooley’s International Programs visit cooley.edu/foreignstudy or contact the school’s International Programs office at 517-371-5140 ext. 2044. 

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