MSU College of Law News

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October 3, 2008

CONTACT: KRISTIN FLORY
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MSU LAW FACULTY PRESENTED AT 13TH WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF FAMILY LAW

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University College of Law professor Melanie Jacobs and Senior Associate Dean Cynthia Lee Starnes attended and lectured at the 13th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law held September 16-20 in Vienna, Austria.

The World Conference aimed to address the theme of family finances along with stimulating discussion on a wide range of issues related to this topic.

Professor Jacobs presented the seminar, "Is Three Better than Two? Allocating Financial Responsibility among Multiple Parents," and Dean Starnes lectured on, "Reconceptualizing income sharing at divorce: Children as unfinished partnership business."

Professor Jacobs joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2002 and teaches Family Law, Decedents’ Estates and Trusts, Property, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law, and Law & Gender. Dean Starnes is co-chair of MSU Law’s Child and Family Advocacy certificate program and co-chair of the Family Law concentration. She teaches Commercial Transactions, Secured Transactions, Contracts, and Family Law.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law College’s Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program falls in the nation’s top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit www.law.msu.edu.

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