The City of Detroit may be a symbol of failure, but a random tour by a reporter for the Toronto Star uncovers abundant hope, from entrepreneurship to culture. UDM Law student Keyuna Evans and her sister, Kenisha, share their journey back to Detroit as part of the young, educated, entrepreneurial and socially committed.
Detroit fights its way back from the brink, Dec. 12, 2014, Toronto Star
It has been 17 years since Eminem hired UDM Law alumnus Paul Rosenberg ('96) to be his manager after they met on the west side of Detroit, and a mere two years later they co-founded Shady Records, which celebrated its anniversary with the release of Shady XV on November 24, debuting at #3 on the Billboard chart. He is president of Goliath Artist Management, president of Shady Records, and is a partner in the Shady Ltd. clothing line.
Nothing Shady about Eminem label’s XV years, Dec. 7, 2014, Oakland Press
Paul Rosenberg and Eminem celebrate 15 years together, Dec. 8, 2014, Jewish Business News
Q&A: Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg shares Shady XV insight, plans for label after release, Nov. 20, 2014, MLive.com
UDM Law students Charity Dean and Justin Strayhorn and alumnus Macie Tuiasosopo ('13) are featured in a Detroit Free Press online video and article, "Protests over NYPD choke-hold death spread to Detroit," for their participation in a December 4 peaceful protest in Detroit following the grand jury's decision not to indict the New York City police officer for the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, an African American.
Student Robbie Gaines was also featured in a television interview on WDIV – Detroit Local 4 News, an NBC affiliate, on December 6 in which he praised the diversity of the crowd of more than 100 people who came together to peacefully protest in downtown Detroit during the Noel night festivities, and he pledged to spend his career fighting for civil rights.
Protests over NYPD choke-hold death spread to Detroit, Dec. 4, 2014, Detroit Free Press
More than 100 people protest in downtown Detroit, Dec. 6, 2014, WDIV - Detroit
UDM Law Student Christopher Ferlito was honored at the Italian American Bar Association's 83rd Annual Winter Gala at the Detroit Athletic Club on December 5 as its 2015 scholarship recipient. Chris earned the scholarship based on his many accomplishments, including his work in UDM's Veteran's Appellate Clinic and on the National Veteran's Law Moot Court team that won the award for Best Respondent Brief at a competition in Washington, D.C. in November.
On Friday, December 5, UDM Law hosted a Legal Writing Institute Workshop with the topic, "Reaching, Teaching, and Employing Today's Evolving Law Student." The event was co-hosted by University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Law students are changing. Most are from the "Millennial" and "Next Gen" generations, which approach the world, the use of technology, and the idea of collaboration and social interaction differently than previous generations. Students also are coming from increasingly diverse backgrounds, including those for whom English is not a first language and foreign-trained lawyers who are seeking advanced degrees from U.S. and Canadian law schools.
This conference provided a forum for educators and practitioners to better understand today's evolving law students and to discuss how teachers, employers, and students might change in order to keep pace with this evolution but also stay true to legitimate legal discourse and community expectations.
During the workshop, UDM Law Professor Pamela V. Lysaght ('90) received an award presented by UDM Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker for her many years of dedicated service to the legal writing community. Linda L. Berger, President of the Legal Writing Institute, made special remarks recognizing Professor Lysaght, also.
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Alison F. Duffy ('08) of Michigan Auto Law, Christopher J. Harrington ('06) of Law Office of James J, Harrington III, PLC, and Frank D. Paolini ('12) of Plunkett Cooney, PC, have been selected for the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2014 "Up & Coming Lawyers" awards program, which recognizes attorneys who have spent less than a decade in practice, but display the ambition, drive, determination, and accomplishments to set them apart among their peers. These alumni were nominated by their peers and will be honored at a special luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.