Roeper Alum Michelle Adams '81 Joins Michigan Law Faculty

Carolyn Borman
Michelle Adams, renowed expert on race discrimination and school desegregation, has recently joined the faculty of law as the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law at The University of Michigan according to an article on the University of Michigan Law Detroit online newsletter. In the article, she noted that she did not personally experience race discrimination growing up:

“I had a very different upbringing than lots and lots of Black folks did,” she said.

She described the racially mixed Palmer Woods neighborhood where she grew up; the support and education she received at The Roeper School, an independent school in the suburbs; and the many mentors in her life, from teachers to her parents’ friends, who were doctors, lawyers, and educators.

“I experienced very little direct racism,” said Adams. “The white people in my school life were very good to me. But when I got to college, I learned most of my Black friends had experienced a very different childhood.”

Ms Adams is currently finishing writing a book, The Containment: Detroit, The Supreme Court, and the Battle for Racial Justice in the North. She was previously a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she earned Best Professor of the Year honors from the Class of 2022 at Cardozo. She also appeared as an expert commentator in the Netflix series Amend: The Fight For America among many other accomplishments.

Read more about her in the article here.
More about Ms Adams' work and accomplishments on the U. of M. Law website here.
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