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Wayne law to host discussion on NAFTA negotiations Jan. 29

International trade law experts will gather at Wayne Law Monday, Jan. 29 to discuss the Trump administration’s wide-ranging proposals to revise NAFTA, many of which have been rejected by Canada and Mexico.

The event, “The Future of NAFTA: Renegotiation, Termination or more of the same?” is free and open to the public. It will be from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Parking will be available for $7.75 (credit or debit card only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school. Lunch will be provided.

The Trump administration has made renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement one of its foreign policy priorities, with the next round of discussions taking place Jan. 23-28. This panel will discuss the proposals, their likelihood of success and what might happen if the United States withdraws from NAFTA.


• Professor Charles Brower, Wayne State University Law School

• Professor Emerita Maureen Irish, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

• Bruce Thelen, member, Dickinson Wright 

For more information, contact Gregory Fox, director of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, gfox@wayne.edu.


Brooks Kushman attorney co-founder of diversity organization

Brooks Kushman Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer Sangeeta Shah is one of four founding organizers of the newly formed Chicago Regional Chapter of Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs), a non-profit organization that is focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy. The purpose of the Chicago chapter is to expand ChIPs influence and ability to positively impact communities in the Midwest. The organization believes that diversity of thought, participation and engagement are pivotal to innovation and success. Founded in 2005, ChIPs decision to expand in to Chicago will help the organization  grow their member base and influence within the legal community.

Shah serves as the firm’s chief diversity officer and co-chair of Post-Grant Proceedings. With more than 20 years of experience, Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios.

As chief diversity officer, Shah is instrumental in building the firm’s organizational pipeline dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and STEM.  

Shah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Economics from Kalamazoo College, and a law degree from Wayne State University.


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