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Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin clerked for the Hon. Michael H. Dolinger, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York. A native of Baltimore and a third-generation woman lawyer, Robin graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2014, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, with a certificate in public interest law. During law school, she received a scholarship from the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago to intern at Lambda Legal after her 1L year. She also received a scholarship from the Public Interest Law Association of Chicago to intern at the ACLU of Illinois after her second year of law school. Robin was a staff member of the DePaul Law Review and authored, "Are Gay Rights Clearly Established? The Problem with the Qualified Immunity Doctrine," 63 DEPAUL L. REV. 869 (2014). Before finally accepting the fact that she needed to follow in her mother and her grandmother's footsteps, Robin's career path was in academia. For many years, she worked in higher education administration as an associate dean, dean, and vice president at various institutions. She has been responsible for new curriculum development at both non-profit and for-profit colleges, directed study abroad programs in Asia, and conducted strategic planning at the University of Chicago. She also developed educational programs at the Field Museum in Chicago and is a self-professed dinosaur geek. (Her favorite is Archaeopteryx) Robin's undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and she earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Robin is fluent in Mandarin. Robin and her wife Sharon live in Ann Arbor, where Sharon works as Professor and Chair of Architecture Programs at the University of Michigan. They enjoy playing golf together and traveling. Their recent adventures include Berlin and Prague, southwest China, and Greece.

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often...

WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

A three-judge panel in the Michigan Appeals Court dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Michigan workers falsely accused of civil fraud in the notorious Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) “robo-fraud” scandal. In the July...

Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...

Fox 17 Features Lord in UIA Update Story

MICHIGAN -- A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome,...

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...