Celebrating 100 years!
Our 99th year as a law school was almost a perfect 100. In September 2011, we celebrated the Red Mass for the first time at night. This was followed by a great cocktail reception back in the new and improved atrium, thanks to the 2011 focus on renovations to Dowling Hall. In October 2011, we partied like it was 99 years during our Alumni Weekend at the Westin Book Cadillac. In March, we watched the Red Wings and Blackhawks play a great game for our annual Law School Hockey Outing. The event was sold out. In April, I had the opportunity to judge the Second Round of the First Year Moot Court Competition. What a great experience. We should all be very proud of our first year law students, who participate in this competition year after year. On May 11, 2012, we celebrated graduation.
Our 100th year! We celebrated in style throughout the year with our Centennial events. We hosted an incredible Kick-off Party in August, complete with a food truck rally and live Motown music outside on the blacktop of the student parking lot. Our annual Red Mass was held in September, and in October we buried a time capsule to commemorate 100 years of history. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Talbot (’71) was our 2012 Alumnus of the Year, and Michael G. Costello (’85), Vice President and General Counsel of Meadowbrook Insurance Group, was our 2012 Time and Talent Award winner. Both alumni were recognized during the Centennial Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The next morning we celebrated a Centennial Mass at the Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. Before the year ended, we saw the completion of the new home for our Clinics, the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center. Appropriate to our 100-year history, and the near-50-year history of the Clinics, their new home is in a renovated firehouse that has been a feature in this neighborhood since 1918.
In 2013, we gathered in March for the annual Red Wings Outing, as our team took on the Blackhawks yet again. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was the keynote speaker at this year’s sold-out Law Review Symposium, which focused on immigration and its impact on economic growth. Another successful Voice for Justice Auction took place in April, and in May we witnessed the graduation of our Centennial class.
As we head into our 101st year of educating future attorneys, I am proud to be a part of this School’s history and excited to see what a new year will bring. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the School of Law, and help make the next 100 years even better!
Mark A. Wisniewski (’90)
President, UDM Law Alumni Association