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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Time and Talent Award

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Michael G. Costello began is legal career in 1985 when he joined Plunkett Cooney as an associate.  He was elected shareholder in 1990 and specialized in insurance coverage litigation, insurance regulatory matters, errors and omissions claims and employment litigation. He joined Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc. in 1993 as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He later became Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Meadowbrook in 1996. At Meadowbrook, he is responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs of the Company.  In addition to his legal responsibilities, he oversees the management of the Company’s Claims Division, as well as, Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Audit Departments.

Mr. Costello graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1978.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1982.  He graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1985 and has been a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan for 27 years. 

Mr. Costello is a Director of the Insurance Institute of Michigan (IIM) where he also serves on the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors.  IIM promotes the Michigan Insurance industry and assists policyholders with insurance related issues.  He also serves as President and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation.  The Foundation was established to promote the in-house practice of law by providing academic scholarships at 4 Michigan law schools for those students who have excelled in business, corporate and transactional classes.  He is a current member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.  He is a former Director of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and a Past-President and former Director of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumni Association, as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel of Michigan. 

Mike and his wife, Linda, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and have three children, Ryan, Michael and Kathryn.  

About Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc.

Meadowbrook Insurance Group is a publically traded and Michigan domiciled insurance holding company whose insurance company subsidiaries are focused on underwriting program and specialty niche commercial insurance.  The Company also operates retail/wholesale insurance agencies and provides risk management and third-party administration claim services throughout the United States.  In 2011, Meadowbrook Insurance Group underwrote $904.0 million of gross written premium, produced $837.0 million of revenue and reported net operating income of $43.6 million.  The Company had consolidated shareholder’s equity of $576.0 million and total assets of $2.5 billion as of June 30, 2012.  The Company has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIG) since 1995.  All of the Company’s insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-“  (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. 

Time and Talent Award Criteria

The Time and Talent Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Law Alumni Association in 2002 to honor alumni who have given their time and talent through their distinguished leadership and dedicated service to the School of Law and its Alumni Association.  Each recipient has a record of longstanding service (six years or more) on the Alumni Board or has served the School of Law for many years in other capacities.

Time and Talent Award Recipients:

  • Jane Sullivan Colombo (’79) – 2010
  • Michael G. Costello (’85) – 2012
  • Michael L. Donahue (’65) – 2004
  • John W. Fitzer (’50) – 2002
  • Patricia Rossi Galvin (’70) – 2005
  • Gregory J. Gamalski (’83) – 2006
  • Hon. Barbara K. Hackett (’50) – 2002
  • Patrick E. Hackett (’50) – 2002
  • Patrick J. Keating (’53) – 2002
  • Stephen M. Kelley (’81) – 2007
  • Richard L. Lehman (’60) – 2004
  • John B. Lizza (’53) – 2003
  • Robert H. Martin (’66) – 2002
  • Neil A. McQuarrie (’72) – 2005
  • Robert P. Milia (’69) – 2006
  • Michael V. Morgan (’72) – 2008-2009
  • Hon. Roland L. Olzark (’54) – 2003
  • Hon. Maureen Pulte Reilly (’58) – 2004
  • Mary Catherine Rentz (’81) – 2007
  • Hon. James P. Sheehy (’69) – 2005
  • Gerald C. Simon (’52) – 2003
  • Dean P. Valente (’84) – 2011 

EVENTS


Patent Drafting Competition Reception - Atrium

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Detroit Mercy Law is hosting its Second Annual Patent Drafting Competition, beginning with a reception on Friday, February 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the atrium. Competitors from 12 law schools across the U.S. and Canada will join leaders of intellectual property law, including representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and attorneys, alumni, faculty, and administrators, to kick-off the competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 11, at the USPTO satellite office in Detroit, a few minutes from the Detroit Mercy Law campus. For additional information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.


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 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.

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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. For more information click HERE.


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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NEWS

  • 2L Dual Student, Maha Mansour, Featured in Legal News

    Mansour MahaCurrent 2L student of the American and Canadian Dual JD Program, Maha Mansour, was featured in the Legal News.

    “It’s extremely challenging which always keeps me motivated to work twice as hard, and gives me an immense feeling of accomplishment,” Mansour said. 

     Read the full article here.

  • Legal News Features 2L Nate Mark

    Mark NathanielLegal News wrote a feature article on 2L student Nate Mark who recently had an article he wrote published in the State Bar's Real Property E-Newsletter. 

    His article, "Builder & Developer Beware: Narrow MCPA License Exemption, & Conditional Right to Amend Declaration", ran in the June 2016 edition.

    Read the full Legal News feature here

  • Professor Aoun Writes Article for The Globe and Mail

    Professor Wissam Aoun, Assistant Professor and Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, recently wrote an article for The Globe and Mail regarding Canada's regulation of the patent-agent profession. 

    Read the full article here.

  • An Open Letter to the Electors

    An open letter to the electors, written by Detroit Mercy Law Professor, Khaled Beydoun, appeared in a variety of newspapers across the country last week. 

    Read the letter here. 

  • Legal News Interview With Alum Paul C. Young

    Legal News recently interviewed Paul C. Youngs ('98). A practicing defense attorney since '98, Youngs has tried many cases and attended the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College five different years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

    Read teh full interview here

  • Legal News Features 3L Kristina Tiessen

    Tiessen Kristina Resized

    Detroit Legal news published a feature article on 3L Kristina Tiessen.

    After her 1L year, Tiessen took advantage of her study abroad opportunities and studied International Law in The Hague and Nuremberg, Germany.

    She also interned at Michigan Attorney General's Office in the Civil Rights and Liberties Division and at the United Nations in New York. 

    "The people I met inspired me to become a lawyer dedicated to social justice and change, and inspired me to become a better person."