Nationally recognized litigator joins faculty

ANN ARBOR, MI--Michigan Law's newest Professor from Practice, Len Niehoff, brings to the classroom more than 26 years of experience as a nationally known trial and appellate litigator at Butzel Long.

Niehoff--whose scholarly interests range across civil procedure, legal ethics, higher education law, media law, and Supreme Court history--first joined the Michigan Law faculty as an adjunct eight years ago. The author or co-author of more than 100 publications covering the rights of publishers and reporters, attorney-client privilege, professional responsibility, trial strategy, and more, Niehoff will take up his full-time duties as the winter term begins.

"This appointment reflects Len's status as an accomplished practitioner with a longstanding commitment to scholarly endeavor," Law School Dean Evan Caminker said. "In a rapidly evolving legal environment it's more important than ever for us to provide our students with a robust and incisive analytical approach to law and a practitioner's solid understanding of the realities of the courtroom. Len is a perfect choice to deliver both."

Niehoff, who earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees at the University of Michigan and also studied philosophy and theology at the graduate level, has taught evidence, legal ethics, and media law at Michigan. He'll add civil procedure this winter. While at Butzel Long he chaired, at various times, Butzel Long's appellate, media, and higher education practice groups. Clients included The Detroit News, CBS, Scripps-Howard, and CBS' "60 Minutes" investigatory news program. Niehoff also represented several universities, including Yale and the University of Michigan, and served on the team that defended Michigan's use of affirmative action in its admissions policies. Free speech cases and work with the ACLU, the Anti*Defamation League, and the NAACP helped round out Niehoff's portfolio with pro bono work, which he intends to continue.

"It's a privilege to become a full*time faculty member at Michigan," Niehoff said. "The legal profession and legal education are facing important challenges, and the Law School is showing great leadership in responding to those challenges. I'm very excited to be part of it all."

Published: Thu, Oct 28, 2010

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