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 entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

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

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

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

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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Helping Hand: Company launches pro bono program at kickoff luncheon

David Sherbin, senior vice president and general counsel for Delphi Automotive, was fresh from passing the bar exam in 1987 when he got his first taste of pro bono work.

It was an experience that still resonates with him today, some 25 years after he began his legal career with one of Chicago’s principal transactional law firms.

“I probably handled between 25 and 30 divorce cases as a pro bono lawyer, which was quite an education for a corporate securities attorney,” Sherbin said of his volunteer legal efforts over a five-year period with the firm formerly known as Katten Muchin & Zavis in the Windy City. “As I look back, it was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my legal career.”

Sherbin, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and his juris doctorate from Cornell University Law School, made his comments during an April 19 luncheon program at Delphi’s headquarters in Troy. The program served as the kickoff for the company’s pro bono initiative, and included presentations from representatives of the Family Law Assistance Project in Oakland County, the Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Mobile Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The three groups figure to benefit greatly from Delphi’s generosity, which is expected to involve upward of 15 attorneys on the corporate legal staff. The new Delphi was formed in 2009 when it purchased assets and liabilities through bankruptcy of the former Delphi, now know as DPH Holdings Corp.

“This pro bono work is something that I’ve wanted us to become involved with since I joined Delphi more than six years ago, but the timing just wasn’t right,” Sherbin said, noting that he came on board with the former company in the fall of 2005, days before it filed for bankruptcy protection. “We are now a new company and I feel we are in a position to give back, and to make a difference for the less fortunate in the community.”

The company’s commitment to the pro bono cause is “music to the ears” of Joe Papelian, a past president and current board member of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting legal aid work in the greater Detroit area.

Papelian, who has served as deputy general counsel of litigation for Delphi over the past 14 years, told those attending the April 19 luncheon that “you’re not a complete lawyer until you give back” to the community, a message he has taken to heart throughout his legal career. A former assistant prosecutor with Oakland County and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Papelian has worked tirelessly on behalf of various legal aid groups and said that he has been impressed with the caliber of the organizations represented at the luncheon.

“As part of my involvement with the Oakland County Bar Foundation, I have had the opportunity to see the work of these groups firsthand and I have been unbelievably impressed by the level of service they have extended to those in need,” Papelian said.

Michael Byrnes, director of Clinical Programs at the UDM School of Law, said the Mobile Law Office has enabled the school to take its “legal show on the road” each week, not only across Metro Detroit and Michigan, but also to more than 20 other states. The Mobile Law Office, which has grown from one to three retrofitted RVs that the school utilizes, makes a stop every other week at the Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library. There, law students, UDM faculty members, and volunteer attorneys meet with clients in need of assistance with a “specific focus on elder law and veterans issues,” according to Professor Brynes, who earned his law degree from UDM in 1977 and formerly worked with the New York Attorney General’s Office before moving into academia.

While many of the cases involve veteran and elder law issues, the UDM program also handles immigration, urban, juvenile, and mortgage foreclosure matters, according to Tammy Kudialis, director of Project SALUTE. The acronym, in this instance, stands for “Students and Lawyers Assisting U.S. Troops Everywhere,” and it has become a watchword for UDM’s efforts to provide free legal assistance to veterans.

“We have trained over 1,200 attorneys to assist us with the veterans clinic and the response we have received from veterans everywhere we have gone has been amazing,” Kudialis said. “They are incredibly grateful for the help we have offered, for assisting them in obtaining benefits that they have earned in service to their country.”

Cooley Law School Professor Ashley Lowe, director of the Family Law Assistance Project in Oakland County, also spoke at the Delphi luncheon, encouraging members of the company’s legal staff to volunteer at twice monthly intake clinics and in helping low-income clients with divorce, custody, and personal protection order (PPO) matters.

“Most of the clients we serve are survivors of domestic violence,” Lowe said. “Providing PPOs for them is a way that we can make an immediate impact in their lives, offering them safety and some peace of mind.’

Lowe said that many of the cases are handled by Cooley law students working under the supervision of FLAP attorneys and pro bono lawyers.

“It has proven to be a great way for our students to gain practical legal experience while also instilling in them the importance of pro bono work as they embark on their careers,” she said, noting that Cooley also offers volunteer opportunities in a host of other areas, including bankruptcy, immigration, real estate, and tax assistance.

Lynda Krupp, managing attorney of the Civil Law Group for the Legal Aid and Defender Association, said that the Detroit-based organization is the “largest provider of free legal services” to the indigent in Michigan even though it has absorbed a “40 percent staff cut” because of federal budget reductions over the past few years.

“We seek pro bono attorneys who would be willing to assist with outreach intake at locations in Ferndale and Southfield,” Krupp said in a handout to those attending the luncheon. “Initially the pro bono attorney would work with an LAD attorney in interviewing and providing legal advice to prospective clients.”

The LAD also offers monthly pro se divorce clinics in Macomb County, at which “pro bono attorneys help the clients prepare the pro se pleadings and explain the divorce process,” according to Krupp.

Following the presentations, Delphi General Counsel Sherbin encouraged members of the company’s legal staff to immediately become involved in the pro bono opportunities, stating that “it is incumbent upon us to give back” and “to make a difference in the communities where we live, especially when the needs are so great.”

http://www.legalnews.com/detroit/1297284/

EVENTS


Annual Public Interest Career Fair - Atrium

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm

The Career Services Office in partnership with the Externship Program and SBA Public Interest Committee are pleased to present the Annual Public Interest Fair.  Meet representatives of local, state, national, and international government, public service, and non-profit organizations in a table talk format.  Bring copies of your resume (that comply with the samples in the Career Planning Manual).  No advance student registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

Employer Online Registration is now available.


Lunch and Learn: Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews - Room 235

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students and those who cannot attend this session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews: Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  This session is for upperclass evening students for whom summer 2016 will be their last summer in law school, and those who cannot attend the afternoon session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search-Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms. This duplicate session is designed for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


March 4, 2015 - McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  His topic is "Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom."  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium. Complimentary parking will be available in the Blue Cross lot nearby. Addditional details will be posted here shortly.

 

NEWS

  • UDM Law Warming Center Clinic on Tenant Rights

    Thirteen UDM first-year law students assisted attorneys from Legal Aid and Defender Association, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Detroit Center for Family Advocacy at a Clinic UDM Law hosted at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Warming Center on January 15.  The students and attorneys provided information and individual consultations to 35 guests on housing related matters.  Additionally, Sydney Booth ('14), a participant in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program, introduced her newly formed law firm, Rushing Law, and conducted a short presentation on Criminal Expungement.  

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  • PROFESSOR DUBIN COMMENTS ON HIGH PROFILE CASES IN THE NEWS

    Professor Larry Dubin recently commented in The Detroit News on two high profile federal cases.  First, he discussed the DeBoer case, which challenges Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 16 that it would accept the case.  Professor Dubin stated in part, "Public opinion has shifted greatly, making this an issue that needs to be resolved due to the conflicting federal law that now exists."

    On January 23 and 25, Professor Dubin discussed the Kazan case, in which a Muslim woman filed suit against the City of Dearborn Heights and its police department, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated when she was forced to remove her hijab when she was booked by a male officer for a traffic violation.  Professor Dubin noted that the case involves conflicting rights:  "Ms. Kazan is entitled under the First Amendment protection of her religious beliefs including the wearing of a hijab, which may cover part of her face.  However, the police have the right to process a person who is being arrested."

    Justices to rule on same-sex marriage, Jan. 16, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Woman sues Dearborn Heights for forced hijab removal, Jan. 23, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Meet the Women Suing a Michigan Police Department and Standing Up Against Islamophobia, Jan. 25, 2015, Mic Network (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

  • NEW SOLO AND SMALL FIRM INCUBATOR PROGRAM EARNS PRAISE BY STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

    UDM Law's New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program is featured on the State Bar of Michigan's Stories of Service website. The Program is praised as an innovative model for teaching recent graduates how to grow and sustain a solo practice while also meeting the legal needs of low-income clients through pro bono service.

    UDM Law’s New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program Aims to Grow Better Lawyers, Jan. 21, 2015, State Bar of Michigan Website – Stories of Service

  • MANY DISTINGUISHED UDM LAW ALUMNI ARE SWORN IN TO OFFICE

    Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

    Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

    Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

    Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.

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  • PROFESSOR BROUGHTON COMMENTS IN LAW360 ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    On January 7, Professor J. Richard Broughton commented in Law360, a national legal news service, on President Barack Obama's renewed nominations of 17 judicial candidates for the federal bench and the likely response of the new Republican-controlled Senate.

    Obama Judicial Noms Face Uphill Battle in Republican Senate, Jan. 7, 2015, Law360

  • CRIMINAL TRIAL CLINIC HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR

    Students in UDM's Criminal Trial Clinic represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in district courts. The Clinic is led by Adjunct Professor Michael Morgan and Professor Richard Krisciunas. The following students won cases on the merits while acting as defense counsel in the Clinic in 2014:

    Nargiz Nesimova gained an acquittal at trial for a client charged with Obstructing a Police Officer.

    Robert Warchuk won a motion to dismiss for a client charged with Operating with a Suspended Driver's License, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, and violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney to dismiss the case against her client charged with violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney that the police had arrested the wrong man for Operating with a Suspended Driver's License.

    Jared Henry convinced the city attorney that police had arrested the wrong man for Obstructing a Police Officer.

    The Criminal Trial Clinic arranges for UDM law students to act as public defenders in district courts in Eastpointe, Hamtramck, Plymouth, and Troy.

    To learn more about the Criminal Trial Clinic, visit the Clinics' website.