Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 12. 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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Alumnus of the Year

Hon. Michael J. Talbot, Michigan Court of Appeals

talbotHon. Michael J. Talbot (J.D. ’71), judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, is the 2012 recipient of the University of Detroit Mercy’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  Judge Talbot is recognized for his long and impressive record on the bench, combined with tireless service to the community, the Church, and the legal profession.

Born in Wayne County, Judge Talbot grew up in Livonia and is an alumnus of Divine Child.  A graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration, Judge Talbot worked for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Detroit and for Leaseway Transportation while attending the University of Detroit Law School at night.  He also served in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975, having graduated from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia as a second lieutenant.

From 1972 to 1978, Judge Talbot was a partner in the law firm of Talbot, Grant & McQuarrie.  In April 1978, he was appointed by Governor William Milliken to the Common Pleas Court for the city of Detroit; in 1980, Gov. Milliken appointed Judge Talbot to Detroit Recorder’s Court. Governor John Engler appointed Judge Talbot to the Wayne Circuit Court in 1991 and to the Court of Appeals in 1998. 

Judge Talbot’s special concern for crime victims and criminal jurisprudence is reflected in his professional activities.  He helped draft Michigan’s groundbreaking Crime Victim’s Rights Act and served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Special Committee on Victims of Crimes.  A past chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section, he has also served on the State Bar’s Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and Committee of Court Administration.  He has twice received the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan Service Award, in addition to the State Bar of Michigan Service Award and the Michigan Corrections Association Judicial Servant Award.

Judge Talbot’s community activities include serving as chair of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Board of Education; he is the current chair of the Archdiocese’s Review Board and a trustee of the Archdiocese’s Endowment Fund.  He is also a trustee of Madonna University and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and serves on the board of Angela Hospice Home Care, Inc.

Judge Talbot was a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission from 2004 to 2010; he currently chairs the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review for the Michigan Supreme Court.  His term expires January 1, 2015. 

 

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumnus of the Year Award

The Law Alumnus/Alumna of the Year is selected by the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors in January of each year.  The award was established by the Board in 1985 to honor alumni who have in many ways distinguished themselves in their chosen field or endeavor, and who through their careers have brought recognition and honor to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Prior Honorees:

  • Hon. James H. Brickley (1985)
  • Nathan B. Goodnow (1985)
  • Frank J. Kelley (1985)
  • Donald H. Mitzel (1986)
  • Hon. James L. Ryan (1986)
  • Hon. Thomas G. Kavanagh (1987)
  • Hon. George R. Deneweth (1988)
  • John A. Kruse (1989)
  • William L. Cahalan (1990)
  • William D. Gilbride, Sr. (1991)
  • James A. Courter (1992)
  • Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh (1993)
  • Hon. Joseph A. Sullivan (1994)
  • Hon. Alice R. Resnick (1995)
  • Hon. Louis F. Simmons, Jr. (1996)
  • William D. Booth (1997)
  • Thomas C. Mayer (1998)
  • Charles R. Rutherford (1999)
  • Hon. Roman S. Gribbs (2000)
  • Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. (2001)
  • Hon. Peter E. Deegan (2002)
  • Edmund M. Brady, Jr. (2003)
  • Hon. Maura D. Corrigan (2004)
  • L. Brooks Patterson (2005)
  • Frederick W. Lauck (2006)
  • Denise D. Ilitch (2007)
  • Hon. Patrick J. Duggan (2008)
  • Lawrence G. Campbell (2009)
  • Joseph V. Walker (2010)
  • Robert A. Ficano (2011)
  • Hon. Michael J. Talbot (2012)

EVENTS


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

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Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.

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Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

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A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

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NEWS

  • Article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic in The Varsity News

    The Varsity News wrote a great article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic. 

    "Due to President Trump’s executive order, many citizens have recently started paying attention to matters of immigration. But law students and professors at Detroit Mercy have been heavily involved in this area long before it became a lead story.

    The clinic handles cases involving asylums, family sponsorship, Violence Against Women Act petitions and other issues."


    Read the full article here

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here

  • Dual JD 2L Featured in the Legal News

    Dual JD Program 2L Nashara Peart was featured in the Legal News. “Given the recent change in American government and the extensive media coverage on the results of the change in power, I find it exciting to be studying law at this moment in history”.  Read the full feature here

  • Professor Beydoun and Alum Abed Ayoub were Panelists for a "Teach-In"

    Professor Khaled Beydoun and alumnus Abed Ayoub ('05) of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were panelists for a "teach-in" hosted by the Harvard Arab Students Association Wednesday. They shared legal advice with Harvard's international students potentially impacted by President Trump's recent travel ban. 

    Read the article here