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Presented annually to one or more deserving alumni, the award is intended to highlight individuals who have made an exceptional impact on their profession, community, and Michigan Law.

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Insights from the Quad

Michigan Law hosted a series of virtual faculty discussions during the 2020–2021 academic year on a wide range of legal topics. Tune in below to catch up on any events you missed. 

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Title card for "Moving Toward Equality"
Moving Toward Equality
The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have illuminated longstanding inequalities in life and in law. Catharine A. MacKinnon discusses her recent legal proposal crafted with Columbia and UCLA law professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw.

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Title Card for "Legal Responses to COVID-19"
Legal Responses to COVID-19
The legal system is deeply involved in the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will discuss how health law influences individual decisions, emergency powers restrict personal and business activities, tort law shapes business decisions, and regulation shapes the race for a cure.

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Title Card for "Voting Rights and American Democracy"
Voting Rights and American Democracy
From its earliest days, our nation has experienced conflict between those who would extend the franchise to previously excluded groups and those who would keep the right to vote a narrow one. This panel discusses that conflict in the run-up to the 2020 election.

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Criminal Justice Reform
The problems in our criminal justice system are longstanding and deep. They are also receiving new attention from actors across the political spectrum. This panel discusses some of the largest challenges to (and most promising proposals for) reform.

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Title card for "The Supreme Court in a Polarized America"
The Supreme Court in a Polarized America
American politics have become extremely polarized. This panel discusses how the Supreme Court has shaped and been shaped by our current political polarization, how it has fared in this environment, and what we should watch for in the coming presidential term.

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Title Card for "Debating the Corporate Purpose"
Debating the Corporate Purpose
Major U.S. business and legal entities have argued against shareholder primacy and in favor of broader visions of corporate purpose. This panel explores the conceptions of corporate purpose now in circulation, along with related developments in capital markets.

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America and the World
The U.S. position in the world is, by all accounts, shifting. This panel considers what this shift portends for the international legal order—and particularly, for its capacity to address the challenges that confront the United States and the rest of the world.

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