STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

  • Dual JD program with the University of Windsor
  • Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • Established relationship with Universite d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France

HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

  • A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • A clinical program that ensures every student the opportunity to represent a client.
  • A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Downtown Detroit location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting Detroit Mercy Law graduates
  • Ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law or Family Law

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

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UDM LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MARK WISNIEWSKI HONORED BY DE LA SALLE

De La Salle Collegiate High School honors UDM Law Alumni Association President Mark Wisniewski ('90) at its annual Christian Brothers' Dinner on May 1.

 

UDM Law alumnus and Alumni Association President Mark A. Wisniewski ('90) has been selected by De La Salle Collegiate High School to be the honoree at the school's 33rd Annual Christian Brothers' Dinner on May 1, 2014. Wisniewski, a 1983 graduate of De La Salle, is the head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department of his law firm, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, and is Firm Manager Elect.

Nearly 1,000 men, including alumni and supporters of the Christian Brothers and the Lasallian mission, will attend the dinner and awards ceremony at Penna's in Sterling Heights. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for De La Salle, an all-boys' Catholic high school located in Warren, MI.

In announcing Wisniewski's selection, Brother Thomas Lackey, FSC, President of De La Salle, said, "When I think about what Mark has done for De La Salle and the Brothers, I am in awe. He is not only an ambassador for the school to his classmates, but also to the larger community."

Honoree Wisniewski said, "We know there are fathers and mothers out there today who want the best educational opportunity for their sons. They just want to give their sons a fighting chance in this ever-changing world. They know that education is the greatest gift they can give their sons. We support the dinner to make sure that Catholic education, and more importantly Lasallian education, is affordable to those who want to attend."

Wisniewski is the youngest of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Betty Lou) Wisniewski. The four Wisniewski brothers all attended St. Raymond Grade School in Detroit, and all are graduates of De La Salle Collegiate High School. Wisniewski went on to attend the University of Michigan before earning his J.D. at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

He joined the Detroit office of the 100-member law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook in 1990, and in 2012 he was selected as Firm Manager Elect. As head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department, he has served as first chair in several multi-million dollar property damage lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on cases involving asbestos. Wisniewski is also experienced in medical malpractice, products liability, and premises liability defense. He has been elected as a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2008. In addition to being the President of the Alumni Association at UDM School of Law, he is also an adjunct professor of trial practice at the School.

EVENTS


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law