In the midst of all these events, we launched the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). This exciting new curriculum taps into the University’s unparalleled breadth of excellence, and tasks students with finding interdisciplinary solutions to complex global problems.
As one professor put it, the instructors do not sit back hiding the answers because they don’t have the answers. The professors are hands-on facilitators, conveners, and project leaders, but students ultimately are the ones gaining experience as problem solvers. Student response has been very positive, and our expanded offerings for fall filled quickly. Read more about PSI here.
In January, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Susanne Baer, LLM ’93, of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany visited Ann Arbor to headline the first President’s Bicentennial Colloquium. During their visit, both justices talked about the dynamics within their respective courts. They stressed that even justices with polarized beliefs and a lot on the line can maintain personal friendships because they are bound together by a common love of country, and their discourse is grounded in respect. Justice Baer garnered a huge round of applause when she said, “Be forceful in your argument, but respect the other as a legitimate voice—even when it seems that voice comes from another planet.”
That ideal is essential to being a good citizen and a good lawyer. At Michigan Law, I am proud that we are training both.
Mark D. West
Nippon Life Professor of Law