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Justice Roberts denies plea to force Senate action on Garland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer’s bid to get the Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

Roberts on Monday did not comment in rejecting an emergency appeal by lawyer Steven Michel of New Mexico. Michel argued that Senate Republicans’ obstruction of President Barack Obama's nomination of Garland violates Michel’s rights as a voter under the provision of the Constitution that provides for popular election of senators.

Lower courts had previously dismissed Michel’s case. He filed his suit in the summer, well before the election of Donald Trump seemingly doomed Garland's nomination.


ABA releases complete revision of ‘Model  Business Corporation Act,’ first in 32 years

The American Bar Association Business Law Section Corporate Laws Committee has published the “Model Business Corporation Act (2016 Revision),” the first complete revision since 1984. The Model Act is a free-standing business corporation statute that can be enacted in its entirety by a state legislature. It is the basis for the business corporation statute in 32 states and the District of Columbia, and is the source for many provisions in the general corporation statutes of other states.

Since 2010, the Corporate Laws Committee has undertaken a thorough review and revision of the Model Act and its Official Comment. This effort has resulted in the adoption and publication of the Model Business Corporation Act (2016 Revision). The 2016 Revision is based on the 1984 version and incorporates the amendments to the Model Act published in supplements regularly thereafter, with changes to both the act and its Official Comment. Also included are notes on adoption and revised transitional provisions that are intended to facilitate legislative consideration in adopting the new version of the Model Act.


International IP Law Clinic Launch Jan. 11

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and University of Windsor Faculty of Law will launch their joint International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, the first-of-its-kind clinical program in North America, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 12-2 p.m. in the atrium of Detroit Mercy Law, 651 East Jefferson Ave. Leaders of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will join IP attorneys from both countries, faculty, students, alumni, government, media and the entrepreneurship community to discuss collaborations between the schools and the countries’ IP offices. The clinic will provide students with applied knowledge of intellectual property law in both Canada and the U.S., and will allow students to distinguish themselves in a competitive job market. Lunch is included.

Register at http://lawschool.udmercy.edu. For additional information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at  (313) 596-0202 or at hickeydp@udmercy.edu.