I have been invited by Professor Stuart Rossman of the University of Michigan Law School to present to his Consumer Class Actions class this coming December. The topic is “The Future of Class Actions.”
I’m looking forward to spending a few hours interacting with law students who share an interest in my passion–class actions–at my alma mater. Also, in early November, I will be judging the Campbell Moot Court Competition at the law school, an activity (appellate advocacy) that I am also passionate about. My team placed second in the 1987-88 Campbell Moot Court Competition, at which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was the distinguished panel member. Justice Brennan was friends with “my” judge–Hon. Frank Coffin, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals–for whom I clerked after law school. (Current Justice Stephen Breyer sat on the First Circuit that year).
The law school is a vibrant part of the Ann Arbor legal community, and is part of what makes practicing law here so great. In addition to ready access to a world class law library, the school provides a wealth of opportunities to interact with dynamic leaders in the law. At my law school reunion last weekend, for example, I participated in a question/answer session with Prof. Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a legal commentator and frequent guest on MSNBC. And it was fun catching up with my classmates and professors (including Prof. Emeritus J. J. White) as well. How time flies!