Daily Briefs

 Wayne Law professor, alumni lead sessions for People’s Law School

The People’s Law School, a seven-week program to help the community learn about the legal system, is getting support from Wayne State University Law School, including a professor and three alumni.

Distinguished Professor of Law Robert Sedler, one of the world's foremost authorities on constitutional law, led a Sept. 17 session on “Hot Issues in Constitutional Law,” for the venture, which is sponsored by the Michigan Association for Justice, Wayne Law and the law firm of Sinas Dramis. Issues tackled by Sedler included gay rights and the national Voting Rights Act.
The two-hour sessions are at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. They began Sept. 10 and continue through Oct. 22.

Wayne Law alumnus Stephen Sinas (class of 2007) led a Sept. 10 session on the Affordable Care Act, and alumnus George Sinas (class of 1975) will take on Michigan's auto no-fault laws Sept. 24. Alumnus Bryan Waldman (class of 1992) will speak about bicycle and pedestrian law Oct. 1. All three attorneys are with Sinas Dramis.

Other sessions in the series will include estate planning Oct. 8, criminal law Oct. 15 and civil disobedience Oct. 22. 

Visit www.peopleslawschool.org to learn more.

Documentary on the life of former running back Billy Taylor to air 

The documentary film “PERSEVERANCE: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor” will air Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time on the Big Ten Network. It describes the ups and downs of the three-time University of Michigan All-American whose football career coincided with the arrival at Michigan of head coach Bo Schembechler. The legendary coach and Taylor were both from Barberton, Ohio. 
The film opens with the question: “What makes a hero?” That question leads into newsreel footage and archival photos that highlight Taylor's spectacular college football career, one in which he broke Tom Harmon’s record for team rushing, and where, under Schembechler from 1969-71, he helped reestablish Michigan as a football powerhouse.

After a series of personal losses Taylor descended into a world of depression and addiction to alcohol and drugs. In 1975 he was convicted and imprisoned for attempted robbery. Taylor’s eventual comeback and dedication of his life to helping others with similar problems forms the heart of the story.

Characters in the film include coaches like Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Jerry Hanlon, and Gary Moeller and fellow teammates Don Moorhead, Thom Darden, Henry Hill, and David Brandon, who is now Michigan's director of athletics. Tom Ufer (son of legendary Michigan radio announcer Bob Ufer) also appears, as does sports commentator John U. Bacon.