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DETROIT (Nov. 22) — Experts from business, government and academia will meet at Wayne Law to examine the debate surrounding the proposal to build a second bridge from Detroit to Canada.  Bridging the Issue: A Panel Discussion on the New International Trade Crossing will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

The event is presented by the International Trade Committee of the State Bar of Michigan’s (SBM) International Law Section, in conjunction with Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies.

“The new bridge proposal is one of the most important international questions facing the Michigan business and legal communities,” said Professor Gregory H. Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies at Wayne Law. “We are thrilled to host this debate as part of our continuing program of public discussions on critical issues of international law.”

Featured speakers include: Professor Robert Sedler, Wayne Law; Sam Danou, president, World Trade Center Detroit/Windsor Association; Brad Williams, vice president of government relations, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce; State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit); Scott Hagerstrom, director, Americans for Prosperity–Michigan; and Dan Stamper, president, Detroit International Bridge Company. The moderator is John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press.

“The event will provide both US and Canadian trade organizations, government officials, members of the legal and business communities, and concerned citizens with an opportunity to discuss this topic in a neutral forum,” said Aaron Ogletree, chair of the SBM’s Committee on International Trade. “We have organized a diverse group of panelists that will provide knowledge and clarity regarding the opposing perspectives surrounding the proposed New International Trade Crossing."

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the event. Please RSVP to Sonia A. Salah at  

Parking is available for $5 in Structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School and a campus map, visit

For more information about the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit or contact Fox

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