Book Discussion: Arc of Justice

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Date: August 24, 2020
Time: 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Other

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Attendance is required for all incoming 1L students. If you cannot attend this session, an alternate session is scheduled on Thursday, August 27, at noon. Students are required to attend only one of the two sessions offered.

Please RSVP before Sunday, August 23, at 7 p.m.

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

As part of orientation, this collective book club that teaches civil rights, trial tactics and the history of Detroit, all at the same time. The book is Kevin Boyle’s “Arc of Justice:  A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (2004).” 

This discussion group will facilitate student conversation about the book’s major themes: 

  • What factors contributed to the Great Migration?
  • What is the role of race in shaping law and housing policy in Detroit?
  • What impact does it have for individual access to opportunity?
  • How did Clarence Darrow deal with issues of race as a lawyer in addressing the jury, witnesses and prosecution?
  • What lessons can you learn that are relevant today?

Wayne Law sits in the middle of an amazing city with a tremendous history.  The “Arc of Justice” is an invitation to start learning that history, on your path to becoming the lawyers who will help shape its future. The book reads like an engaging novel. You will have fun. You will also enjoy entering school with a shared experience with your fellow students and a common foundation to discuss issues of life and law. Keep an eye on your weekly emails for more information.


Dean Short




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