Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

Friday, May 13. For more information please read the FAQ.

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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Summer Reading Recommendations

julia belianJulia Belian
Associate Professor of Law 

Your Brain and Law School by Marybeth Herald. 

There are many books (some of them good) regarding various skills necessary to success in law school and beyond – books that teach things like how to brief a case, or how to create a course outline.  This book supplements those kinds of books.  In the first part, it lays out what the latest research in neurology teaches us about how our brains learn any new skill set.  The second part details how our brains solve problems, with particular emphasis on the kinds of errors humans are prone to make in their reasoning about legal issues.  Together, these parts help students understand the process of 1L education, understand why it feels (and is) so different from other kinds of education, and how to spot (and correct) the kinds of errors that they, and all of us, are most likely to make as we navigate this learning process.  In short, it will help 1Ls understand what “normal” feels like when you are a 1L and also helps them know when their reasoning process might need correcting.  It’s the only book I know of that addresses these topics.

Reading Like a Lawyer:  Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like and Expert by Ruth Ann McKinney.

Students who excel in law school have one thing in common:  They are highly skilled readers.  This is a well-known fact, but few books are available to help students learn how to become highly skilled readers.  This book (despite its subtitle) is not about speed-reading; rather, it is about effective reading, reading that wastes no time on peripheral matters but understands how to cut through to the heart of legal materials, and thereby to gain mastery of those materials in the shortest amount of time possible (which is, admittedly, never really a “short amount of time” even in the best of situations).  All 1Ls experience a feeling of being overwhelmed by a complex text, and few law school classes devote much time to teaching the strategies for coping with that.  This book explains the critical skills that experienced, expert legal readers use to manage that complexity.


Broughton, J. Richard J. Richard Broughton
Associate Professor of Law

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner. 

Because it’s a major part of what we do.  Whether you agree or disagree with the analyses and methodologies that Scalia and Garner employ, their insights will prove invaluable in learning how to grapple with the language of the law.


Karen HenHenning, Karen McDonaldning
Assistant Professor of Law

The Nine by Toobin -- a fascinating glimpse of 10 years at the Supreme Court when the Justices remained the same. The book gives the "inside scoop" on many of the major constitutional cases from 1995 until 2005 and is a page turner.

Arc of Justice by Boyle -- a gripping story set in Detroit in the 1920s involving an African-American family who bought a house and subjected to mob violence. The book provides an insiders' look at the Detroit social, political and legal scheme.

An Innocent Man by Grisham -- a true story about the conviction of an innocent
man in Oklahoma. Even though you know that the individual is innocent, Grisham
keeps you glued to the book.

The New Yorker and Atlantic magazines. Both cover many current legal issues.


maveal
Professor of Law
 
Karl Llewellyn's The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study, the classic introduction to your life in law.   
 
The Bramble Bush is a sublime primer on the study of law and the vital role of lawyers in our courts and society.  I recommend this book for its insights on the lawyer's craft and how the rigor of law school empowers a person to be the change they want to see in the world.  While much has changed in law schools since this book was first published in 1930, its lessons are still true today.

paruchDeborah Paruch
Associate Professor of Law

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Supplementary Reading Materials:

Questions to Consider

Opinion in the Federal District Habeas Corpus Case William v. Reynolds

Opinion in the libel action filed by the prosecutor in the case against Grisham and Dennis Fritz (the other man accused of the murder)


nancy

Nancy M. Omichinski
Director of Academic Support

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System by Jay M. Feinman.

This book provides a nice overview of many of the basic subjects studied in law school. It is written for non-lawyers and is very easy to read and comprehend. Law school applicants should find this book interesting and helpful, because it will give them a start in thinking about the subjects in which they will immerse themselves beginning in the first semester. Law school applicants also might recommend this book to their non- lawyer family members and friends who wish to learn something about the subjects that law students typically study.

EVENTS


Jesuit Day of Service - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Jesuit Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 30, at Detroit Mercy Law. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends are invited to participate in service projects supporting the Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church and Pope Francis Center for the homeless.

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Murphy Honor Society Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The annual Murphy Honor Society dinner, honoring the top ten percent of the graduating class, will be held on Saturday, April 30. This is an opportunity for the students and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and administration of Detroit Mercy Law. For additional details, please contact Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


American Inns of Court Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

The annual year-end celebration of the Detroit Mercy Law American Inns of Court chapter will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Detroit Mercy Law has the only Michigan charter membership in the American Inns of Court Foundation, which has the goal of instilling excellence in advocacy and professionalism. For additional details, please contact Professor Gary Maveal.


Baccalaureate Mass - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law.  This Mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students' educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as they begin their legal career.  Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., will preside.

Graduates, faculty, and administrators should wear their academic regalia and gather by 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor hallway opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

Baccalaureate Details>>


Commencement - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Commencement proceedings for the School of Law's Class of 2016 will occur on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher ('65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

Commencement Details>>


Canadian and American Dual JD Program Reception in Toronto - Omni King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Alumni, current students, and fall 2016 admitted students are invited to attend events co-hosted by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The afternoon begins at 4:00 p.m. with a Continuing Legal Education presentation by Professors Jeffrey Berryman and Troy Harris, "All the Goods about Good Faith Contracting," followed by a cocktail reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For further details, visit www.dualjd.com

Register Today>>


Alumni Reception in Chicago - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni in the Chicago area on Tuesday, June 7. Details will follow soon.


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.

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