FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2011
CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
MSU Law Professor Kuykendall Honored by State of Georgia
East Lansing, MI — The Georgia House of Representatives has honored Michigan State University College of Law Professor Mae Kuykendall for her contributions to the legal profession and academia.
Georgia House Resolution 888, adopted in April 2011, commends Professor Kuykendall for her “sacrifice, foresight, accomplishment, and contributions on behalf of education and for the positive influence she has had upon the lives and futures of countless young people.” Sponsored by Georgia State Representative Karla Drenner, the resolution recognizes Kuykendall’s “extraordinary accomplishments,” including her commitment to higher education and to her students, her expertise in a wide range of legal fields, and her scholarly publications and other writings.
“I am grateful to receive an acknowledgment of my work over the years,” said Professor Kuykendall. “I have witnessed changes that broaden everyone’s ability to participate in our common life. I hope that I have contributed to some of the change and that I also have helped encourage students to gain confidence and imagination so that they can do the same.”
Professor Kuykendall, who joined MSU College of Law in 1993, teaches a wide range of courses, including Constitutional Law II, Corporate Law & Policy, Law and Gender, Mergers and Acquisitions, and seminars on various Constitutional Law topics. She also directs the Legal E-Marriage Project at MSU College of Law, which was created with MSU Law Professor Adam Candeub. The project is a clearinghouse for legislative proposals to institute “e-marriage,” a concept aimed at reforming marriage licensing in the United States to meet the needs of modern couples.
Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate comprise the two chambers of the state’s General Assembly, one of the country’s largest state legislatures. Although resolutions have no force of law, they are considered expressions of a legislative body’s intent.
Professor Kuykendall has a scholarly interest in the relationship between legal definitions of marriage and the evolving common usage of the word. She also writes in the area of corporate law and has co-chaired MSU Law’s concentration in the area. She helped revise the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and has been the reporter of the Michigan Business Corporation Act. She has planned Michigan State Law Review symposia, including “Business Law and Narrative” in September 2009, and “Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage” in November 2010. She has published extensively in law reviews and leading blogs.
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