Daily Briefs . . .

2015 incoming class reflects MSU Law’s national reach

The incoming 2015 JD students reflect MSU Law’s reputation as a nationally ranked law school on the cutting edge of legal education.

On the first day of Immersion Week, 285 students from 35 states and five countries have accepted offers to join the 2015 entering class. In addition to the 45 percent of students who are Michigan residents, the top represented states are Illinois, Texas, California, Florida, and Wisconsin. About 10 percent come from countries outside the United States, including 18 students from Ottawa, Canada, where MSU has a joint JD program with the University of Ottawa.

“At a time when the national pool of law school applicants is at a 30-year low, MSU Law continues attract a cross section of students with diverse personal and professional backgrounds,” MSU Law Dean Joan W. Howarth said. “They recognize MSU Law provides an outstanding legal education to prepare them to practice law for their first job and well into their careers as jurists."

For the first time in the law school’s history, women outnumber men in the incoming class. About 22 percent of the incoming students identify as being a member of a minority group. The students represent 149 undergraduate colleges and universities and 58 majors.


CAP?seminar on negotiating plea agreements Aug. 28

The 2015 CAP Seminars are scheduled to begin on August 28. The seminars will be held in the auditorium located on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC), with a start time of 1:30 p.m. Please note, out of courtesy to our speakers and attendees, late registrations will not be permitted beyond 1:45 p.m. Attorneys arriving after 1:45 p.m. will not receive credit for the session.
Panelists at “Negotiating Plea Agreements in the Era of Advisory Sentence Guidelines” will be Anne M. Yantus, State Appellate Defenders Office; Thomas W. Cranmer, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC; Wyatt G. Harris, Attorney at Law; Margaret S. Raben, Gurewitz & Raben PLC ; Barry Goldman, Barry Goldman Arbitration & Mediation; and Delphia J. Burton, Delphia J. Burton and Associates, PC.


Retired bankruptcy judge to reflect on  30-year career Sept. 16

The Federal Court Historical Society for the Eastern District of Michigan will host a luncheon and discussion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes (ret.) on his 30-year remembrances as a judicial officer including career-capping experiences with the historic City of Detroit bankruptcy. The lunch will take place Wednesday, September 16, at noon at the Doubletree-Fort Shelby Hotel, 525 W. Lafayette Blvd. in Detroit. Cost is $35 for Court Historical Society members and $43 for non-members. Valet parking is available for $8 or use self-park at surface lots on Lafayette. Register online at www.fbamich.org or contact Brian Figot at 248-598-5950 or Beth Lankard at lankard@millercanfield.com.