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Beydoun earns Detroit Mercy Law’s Barnes Faculty Scholar Award

Professor Khaled Beydoun is the recipient of the 2017 James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award, named in honor of alumnus James T. Barnes, Sr. of the class of 1940, recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service.

Beydoun is a prolific scholar who works tirelessly to make his scholarship accessible to those adversely impacted by our country’s policies towards immigrant and Muslim communities. He has gained an international audience through frequent media commentary and his social media feeds.

Beydoun teaches U.S. Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, and Torts at Detroit Mercy Law. He previously served on the UCLA School of Law faculty, and currently serves as affiliated faculty with the UC-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Prof. Beydoun has extensive experience as an attorney, working within the realm of civil rights, criminal defense, and international law practice.

This academic year Beydoun had three articles published: Reverse Passing, UCLA Law; Between Islamophobia, Indigence, and Erasure Poor and Muslim in “War on Terror” America, California Law Review; and Islamophobia: Toward A Legal Definition and Framework, Columbia Law Review Online, and two additional articles have been accepted for publication by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Beydoun had 27 speaking engagements this year, from law school presentations at Harvard Law (twice), Duke Law, Iowa Law, USC Law, and Berkeley Law to community talks in Toronto, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area, and Detroit. Of his teaching, one of his students who nominated him for the award wrote that Prof. Beydoun “engages us in stimulating and thought-provoking conversations that allow us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the material.”

A native of Detroit, Beydoun earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law. He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.


Senate OKs tax break for certain retired police, firefighters

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Certain employees retired from government work would get a tax break under legislation approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate.

The bill passed Wednesday and sent to the House would aid public retirees born after 1945 who receive retirement or pension benefits from an agency that wasn’t covered by Social Security. Republican Sen. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth says his measure would benefit more than 900 retired police and firefighters, mostly from Detroit or the state police.

The bill would retroactively increase an income tax deduction by between $20,000 and $25,000 for those retired as of 2013. Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislators previously made more retirement income taxable instead of exempt.