Good Law | Bad Law #101 - Detroit’s Amazing Rebirth from Bankruptcy w/ Judge Gerald Rosen

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by former Chief Judge, Gerald Rosen, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, to discuss the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy as well as the city’s miraculous recovery.


In today’s episode, Aaron and Judge Rosen talk about Detroit filing for bankruptcy in 2013, the reasons that led to such extreme measures, and the broader context for how Detroit’s story can be viewed. And what a fantastic and powerful story it is. Judge Rosen, a Detroit native, shares his personal experiences as lead mediator throughout the process and details how a group of devoted citizens tried, and did, save their city from disaster. From doodles to haircuts to famous art museums, the story of Detroit’s return to glory is one full of drama, teamwork, and dedication. Aaron and Judge Rosen analyze the bankruptcy from many different angles, reliving Detroit’s history in the process. This is an episode filled with passion, story, and much, much more.


Growing up in the Detroit area, Judge Rosen has lived in Detroit for much of his life. After getting his law degree and practicing law briefly in D.C., Judge Rosen returned to his hometown, practicing law for eleven years at a large Detroit law firm. In 1990, Judge Rosen was nominated to the federal court by President George H. W. Bush. After 27 years on the bench, Judge Rosen is now retired and works with JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world.


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Judge Gerald Rosen