Volume 45, No. 1 – Summer 2022

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Dean's View

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    Dean’s View – Summer 2022

    Dear Friends, By the time you read this, I’ll have been dean of this great Law School for just over two years. Although we’ve faced more than our share of challenges, the past year was an absolute joy, because we were able to return to in-person teaching and learning.


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    Outstanding Scholars

    New faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to UW Law School: Emily Cauble and Nyamagaga “Gaga” Gondwe as Tax Law professors, Bernadette Atuahene as the inaugural James E. Jones Chair, Rachel Burg as a clinical assistant professor and director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, and Emily Buchholz as director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

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    Democracy in Crisis

    UW Law scholars seek to understand understand—and resist—authoritarianism.

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    Protecting Culinary Heritage from Climate Change

    When Steph Tai was a baby, their first spoken word was the Chinese word for “new.” Tai craved new tastes to the point where their parents had to get creative with food presentation to appease their toddler’s novelty-loving palate. It was the beginning of Tai’s lifelong passion for food.

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    All Ways Forward Campaign a Huge Success

    University of Wisconsin Law School has completed the largest capital campaign in its history. UW–Madison launched its All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign in October 2015. As a part of this effort, the Law School set the goal of raising $35 million. UW ended its campus-wide campaign in December of 2021 with the Law School exceeding its goal with $49.8 million raised.

News & Notes

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    In Brief – Summer 2022

    Bonnie Shucha recognized for excellence in writing; Seifter, Wiercioch, and Schnur named UW Law School Teachers of the Year; Sumudu Atapattu honored for climate change research; Arlen Christenson ’60 inducted into WI Conservation Hall of Fame; and Yaron Nili’s scholarship among Best Corporate Law Articles of 2021.

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    UW Law Students Learn from Human Rights Expert and Grenadian Diplomat Dessima Williams

    Last spring, University of Wisconsin Law School students had the opportunity to learn from Grenadian Diplomat Dessima Williams, a climate change and human rights expert, who served as the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Human Rights.

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    Asifa Quraishi-Landes Receives Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

    Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes was the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize some of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s finest educators.

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    A Tribute to the Time

    Book explores UW Law’s Law-in-Action roots. When Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus William H. Clune first started gathering research for a 2019 University of Wisconsin Law School event honoring Professor Emeritus Herman Goldstein, he had no idea that he’d stumbled on his next book project.

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    Marin Smith 2L Receives Stearns-Shaw Scholarship

    Marin Smith is the latest University of Wisconsin Law School student to be named a Stearns-Shaw Scholar. The scholarship was endowed by 1992 UW Law graduate Denis Stearns and his husband, Thomas Shaw, to encourage champions of the LGBTQ+ community to choose UW as the best place to study law and make a difference.

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    Lessons in Life and Law

    Inspired by her UW Law experience, Laureen Seeger ’86 gives back—and calls on others to join her.

Student Spotlight

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    Jacob Gardner 2L Publishes Debut Novel

    For lifelong Wisconsinite and second-year law student Jacob Gardner, formative childhood experiences in Northern Wisconsin as a self-described “poor rural kid” served as inspiration for his debut novel, North of Highway 8.

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    Studying Professional Ethics at Auschwitz

    How can the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi-occupied Europe inform professional ethics today? Ben Levey, a rising second-year law student at University of Wisconsin Law School, spent his summer reflecting on that and much more.

Alumni News

  • Toward a More Perfect Union

    Ashley Morse ’06 is the first woman of color on the Rock County Circuit Court Bench. In April 2022, Governor Tony Evers appointed Ashley Morse ’06 to Rock County Circuit Court–Branch 4, making her the first woman of color to serve on the bench in Rock County.

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    UW Law Grad Named Executive Director of Wisconsin Public Media

    Heather L. Reese ’02 was named executive director of Wisconsin Public Media (WPM), the division at the University of Wisconsin–Madison that oversees Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin.

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    Alumni News: Engagements and Activities

    News about Native Nations Flag Ceremony, the All-Class and 50-Year Reunions, Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, Dean's Summit, and Kastenmeier Lecture.

Class Notes

In Memoriam

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    Jinjin Li ’98’s Path to a Legal Career in the U.S.

    News of immigration attorney Jinjin “Jim” Li ’98’s murder on March 14, 2022, at his office in New York City was shocking not only to Chinese legal circles, but also to those who knew him from his years as a graduate student at University of Wisconsin Law School.

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    In Memoriam – Volume 45.1

    We remember and honor UW Law School alumni who are no longer with us.

Last Word

In Focus

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  • In Focus: UW Law Celebrates Spring 2022 Graduates

    University of Wisconsin Law School honored the spring 2022 graduates during an in-person Hooding Ceremony on May 13, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Exhibition Hall in Madison.