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Wayne Law's passage rate for first-timers  reaches 89 percent

Wayne State University Law School’s state bar exam passage rate continues to climb, with 89 percent of first-time test-takers who took the exam in February passing.

The rate is before appeals, so it could be higher once decisions on appeals are made. The 89 percent rate is 2 points higher than Wayne Law’s February 2014 rate of 87 percent (after appeals) and higher than any other law school in Michigan except for the University of Michigan (100 percent for first-time test-takers). The statewide average for first-time test-takers was 69 percent.

Wayne Law’s overall February passage rate was 69 percent, surpassing the state average of 56 percent, and higher than any other law school in Michigan except for the University of Michigan (95 percent).

Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson said she continues to be encouraged by the steady climb in Wayne Law’s results.

“A big congratulations for these strong passage rates go to our students and to Sarah Garrison, our director of academic success and bar preparation,” Benson said. “Since she was hired in 2013, our bar passage rates have consistently increased.”


NALS of Michigan to hold legal conference June 13 in Lansing

NALS of Michigan, the association for all members of the legal services profession, will hold a conference Saturday, June 13, at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, 313 South Washington Square in Lansing.

Topics include “Police and Community Relations,” “Marketing the Association,” “Membership Benefits” and “Officer Tips.”

The $20 price includes coffee and muffins in the morning and lunch. There is no cost for attending the board of directors meeting; however, lunch is not provided.

To register, visit www.nalsofmichigan.org. The registration deadline is June 5. Contact Tami Carl at carlt@millerjohnson.com for more information.



Federal investigators say cancer doctor’s  victims top 550

DETROIT (AP) — The government says 553 patients were put through unnecessary treatments by a Detroit-area cancer doctor who pleaded guilty to fraud.

It’s the first time that prosecutors have put a number on Dr. Farid Fata’s victims. In a court filing, prosecutors describe him as an “egregious fraudster,” and they’re asking for a sentence of life in prison.

Fata will return to Detroit federal court on July 6. The hearing is expected to last more than a week.

He pleaded guilty to fraud last September, admitting that many patients didn’t need chemotherapy. Fata agrees that the government can prove that he was paid at least $17 million by two insurers.

But prosecutors say that amount doesn’t capture the total financial value of his fraudulent claims.