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Law School Professor Nina
Mendelson has come a long way
since she dreamed as a teenager of
becoming the first female Supreme
After receiving her law degree
from Yale University and spending
a decade practicing law in both the
public and private sectors, Mendel-
son landed a teaching position at
the University eleven years ago -
an opportunity she said has provid-
ed her "unparalleled opportunities
to keep learning and developing."
"My experience here has been
consistently positive," she said.
"This is clearly the best job I've
Mendelson said she was origi-
nally attracted tothe University for
its quality of research and in her
current position she splits her time
between researching the scope of
presidential control and teaching
classes on administrative law.
In addition to her work at the
University, Mendelson also par-
ticipates in the public discourse.
She recently developed a proposal
urging federal agencies to publicly
disclose the content of the orders
they receive from White House
"It's controversial because even
though presidential administra-
tions claim they want to operate in
a transparent manner ... they really
resist disclosure of this type of
information," she explained.
Mendelson also consults for the
newly reinstated Administrative
Conference of the United States,
an independent federal agency that
acts as a watchdog for hundreds of
She's joined by a group of 40
attorneys, government officials
and professors from across the
"All of us have a deep interest
in how bureaucracies function,"
she said. "I think this is such an
interesting area (of government)
... I don't think people learn about
it in most high school civics-type
Mendelson explained that agen-
cies such as the Food and Drug
Administration and the Federal
have a "tremendous amount of
power that is difficult to oversee."
"People sometimes call bureau-
cracies the headless fourth branch
of government," she said.
While continuing to serve for
the Conference, Mendelson said
she hopes to devote time to provid-
ing pro bono, or free, law service to
Outside of the courtroom, she
also participates in a very different
type of volunteer work - helping
out at her two children's schools.
- CLAIRE GOSCICKI
COURTESY OF NINA MENDELSON
Law School Prof. Nina Mendelson recently developed a pro-
posal to encourage federal agencies to make public all orders
they are given f rom the White House.
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Fifth Quarter served with lawsuit after
complaints of staff assaulting patrons
From Page 1A
serious injury, and incidents of
over-serving alcohol," the com-
In June of this year Ann Arbor
Police Chief Barnett Jones and
Deputy Police Chief John Seto met
with defendants Jeffrey Starman
and Andrus McDonald, the opera-
tors of the bar and building, about
a letter the city sent to the bar
informing them they were in dan-
ger of becoming a public nuisance,
according to the complaint.
However, the complaint states
that problems at Fifth Quar-
ter worsened over the summer
including many incidents that
were so serious they required
officers from all parts of the city
to leave their beats and attend to
calls at the bar.
The complaint states that police
were forced to close the bar on
multiple occasions due to fights
and large crowds, which in many
cases spilled on to sidewalks sur-
rounding the bar. The complaint
describes one incident in particu-
lar, where officers were hindered
from assisting a woman, who had
allegedly been assaulted, due to
large crowds and fights in and
around the bar. The complaint also
discusses incidents of bar staff and
bouncers assaulting and injuring
patrons. One incident, in which a
patron was knocked unconscious
by a bouncer, resulted in a civil
"After the civil lawsuit was
served on the Fifth Quarter in
early February of this year, the
City has received approximately
nine more complaints of bounc-
ers or other employees assaulting
and/or injuring patrons," the com-
The complaint states that,
according to city ordinance, being
declared a public nuisance is a
The officer addressing the case
and the defendants could not be
reached for comment.
According to Larcom no other
information about the case other
than the complaint has yet to be
"I can't really discuss the case,
that's just the basis of the lawsuit,"
Multiple calls to the Fifth Quar-
ter in the past three days seeking
comment haven't been returned.
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handlers coming to Ann Arbor,"
Another factor that brings peo-
ple to the city is the sense of secu-
rity that Ann Arbor offers.
Brian Nord, a founding mem-
ber of the tent city for homeless
individuals known as Camp Take
Notice, said that some people feel
more comfortable in Ann Arbor in
comparison to other cities.
"It may be a little safer here
than it is in Detroit, for example,"
Nord said. "Some people at camp
have said that they're happy to be
here because they don't have to
worry about someone stealing a
few dollars from them."
Nord is the president of the
non-profit organization MIS-
SION that helped establish Camp
Take Notice in 2009. The camp,
which is located in the woods at
the intersection of I-94 and Ann
Arbor-Saline Road, is a self-gov-
erning community of people who,
for various reasons, are without
But as the number of people
without traditional housing
increases, shelters are becoming
overcrowded, Nord said.
To people like Nord, it seems
unwise for those who seek shel-
ter to leave their family and their
community in order to come to
Ann Arbor in this climate.
"It's a long trek just to get here,
and I think people know that ser-
vice centers are over capacity,"
The Delonis Center, which
is the primary shelter center in
downtown Ann Arbor, offers 75
beds as part of their permanent
residential program. The program
is designed to help people obtain
income and find housing within
the local community.
According to Schulmeister, the
program is capable of serving 400
people a year in its permanent
residential 'program. However,
through other shelter services,
the Delonis Center serves 1,200 to
1,500 people a year.
But for Schulmeister, that's not
enough to accommodate all of
those in need.
"We just plain don't have
enough resources," Schulmeister
explained. "We can't move people
through shelter fast enough in
order to have empty beds."
And for the past several years,
the Delonis Center has had to
accommodate more people than
ever. The reasons for the increase,
however, haven't been officially
"We can substantiate the fact
that there have been more people
becoming homeless since the eco-
nomic downturn," Schulmeister
said. "But the idea that there's a
huge influx of people coming here
who aren't from our community
hasn't been proven."
But whether or not Ann Arbor's
homeless population can be
attributed to an influx of non-
county residents, many students
say they've noticed an increase
of panhandlers in their neighbor-
Engineering senior Justin Kahl
said he encountered a panhandler
one night at his fraternity house.
The man approached the house
asking for money and cans, Kahl
explained. And though he turned
the man away, Kahl said the
man returned another night and
entered the house.
"He climbed in through a win-
dow in the front room, and started
collecting cans from the tables,"
Kahl said. "It was pretty unrea-
Kahl said he asked him to leave
and the man did not return.
LSA sophomore Kelly Muir said
she has encountered panhandlers
near her house on West Jefferson
Muir said she's seen people
rummaging through the dump-
ster behind her house. And while
she said she's had conversations
with the peoplebefore, she's never
been bothered or hassled by them.
"I always find them to be polite
and friendly," Muir said. "They've
never inconvenienced me in any
Muir also said the people she'd
seen on her street never came up
to her house - she only interacted
with them in passing.
Unlike Muir, LSA sophomore
Quintin Meek said he had a pan-
handler climb the steps to his
porch on North Division Street
and ask for money and cans.
"He was friendly, but it was
just odd," Meek said. "Usually you
just walk by them. You don't have
them coming up onto your porch."
Meek said that the man wasn't
forceful, and he didn't overstay
"We didn't have any money to
give at the time, but we were more
than happy to give him some com-
pany," Meek said. "We were wel-
coming to him, and he knew when
it was time to move on."
The city has recently been
working to solve the panhandling
problem, creating a panhandling
task force last September. The
organization's goal is to iden-
tify more cost-effective ways to
enforce city ordinances against
But according to Nord, there's
still more to be done to address
the issues surrounding panhan-
Nord said he believes educating
the public about panhandling and
helping students understand the
problem when they arrive on cam-
pus are two of the most important
elements for any program trying
to resolve panhandling issues.
Nord added that he encourages
people to lend more than their
money to addressing the issue.
"Instead of giving someone
fifty cents a day," he says. "Lend a
few hours of your time. Then you
can really see who the people are
who are in need."
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