Spartan Lawyer Winter 2019

Fall Semester Report

Golf Outing

The Alumni Association hosted their 22nd annual Golf Outing on August 16 at Forest Akers West. Dozens of alumni and guests came together to reconnect, relax, meet current students – and, of course, to win. The day’s victors were Bryan Melvin, Eric Gold, Caleb Shureb, and John Frasco.

We extend a special thanks to the Alumni Association, as well as all of this year’s sponsors. The outing raised $20,325 for student scholarships, bar exam meals, student org sponsorships, and nationwide alumni meetups.

Homecoming Tailgate

On September 28, the MSU Law Advancement Team hosted the 2019 Homecoming Tailgate for the MSU Law community on the steps of the Law College. Around 200 current and future Spartan lawyers came together in the DCL Plaza: they swapped stories over burgers and MSU Law-themed cookies and prepped their foam gavels for the big game. The home team defeated the Indiana Hoosiers on the football field.

Grand Rapids Reception

On October 30, Mario A. Cascante, ’10, and Emily M. Stachowicz, ’10, hosted fellow West Michigan Law College alumni at their popular Grand Rapids eatery. Over 30 Spartan lawyers gathered at Luna to enjoy networking, artisanal tacos, and creative cocktails.

A Conversation with Geoffrey N. Fieger

I was never thinking about the money, I was only thinking about one thing: having fun. If what you’re doing for a living seems like work, it’s a terrible way to be.

Distinguished alumnus Geoffrey N. Fieger, ’79, spoke with students in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute on October 1. Mr. Fieger shared his insights on his illustrious career and reminisced about his time at Detroit College of Law (and his brief foray into the music industry). He also discussed the imperiled state of trial by jury in the US, the impact of technology on empathy, and the challenges of balancing a demanding career with family life.

Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present

On September 20-21, hundreds of attendees commemorated the bicentennial of the Treaty of Saginaw (1819), in which the Anishinaabeg ceded the land where Michigan State University stands. The Edweying Naabing Symposium and Native Family Day highlighted the complex history and ongoing presence of Native people in the Great Lakes region. Thirty-seven speakers, musicians, and ceremony leaders recognized Native communities and advocated for tribal sovereignty during the two-day program.

The event was co-hosted by the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at MSU Law, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program, and MSU’s Native American Institute, and received financial support from the Native American Heritage Fund.