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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Presenters

Renee Nicole Allen

Professor Renee Nicole Allen teaches Introduction to Analytical Skills I and II, a required, first-year course at Florida A & M University ("FAMU") College of Law. Her class focuses on analytical skills including critical reading, legal analysis, and self-assessment. Professor Allen also coaches graduates participating in the Bar Exam Success Training ("B.E.S.T") program. Prior to joining the faculty at FAMU College of Law, Professor Allen taught Academic Legal Skills at Phoenix School of Law. Her primary research interests are in academic success, legal education reform, and metacognition. Prior to teaching, Professor Allen worked as an associate in a metro Atlanta law firm where she practiced family law, personal bankruptcy law and wrote appeals to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Professor Allen received her JD from University of Florida Levin College of Law, her BA from Mercer University and is a member of the Georgia Bar.

John Freeman

John Freeman is a Renaissance scholar with a wide range of research and teaching interests, from Shakespeare and Thomas More to issues involved in digital media studies. He has published articles in such venues as Postmodern Culture, ELH, Studies in the Novel, Moreana, English Literary Renaissance, CTheory, and Modern Language Review. As a teacher, he enjoys engaging students in dialogues about literature, science, and social issues. 

Karen Kienbaum

Karen is the founder and principal in her AV rated Detroit law firm. In 2008 it was designated as one of 'Michigan's Best Businesses' by CORP! MAGAZINE. Karen was honored as one of Michigan's Top 10 Business Women in 2007 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and has been designated as a 'SUPERLAWYER' by her peers since the inception of that honor.

She is a litigator who also serves as an arbitrator and facilitator. She has represented individuals, and private, public, for-profit and non-profit entities. She has fourteen (14) years in-house legal experience, at BCBSM and at Ford. These experiences give her a unique perspective on the health care industry, and business and labor priorities, locally and internationally.

She is a recognized authority in the areas of commercial contracts, labor and employment law and corporate litigation. She has spoken in Europe, Africa and across the United States. Topics include: best business practices, compliance, litigation prevention, discrimination, outsourcing, streamlining HR functions, ethics, sex harassment, workplace violence, employment contracts preventive fraud practices and commercial contracts. Recently she conducted programs for the Michigan Association of CPA's, the Labor and Management Association of Michigan and a Webinar for federal contractors on the necessity of an effective employee Complaint Process.

Ms. Kienbaum is also President of JustUs®, a Michigan corporation that provides innovative risk management for local, multi-state or multi-national companies. JustUs® ensures compliance with laws and regulations, including those of the EEOC and SOX and reduces fraud exposure.

Ms. Kienbaum received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. She has appeared at all levels in the regulatory and court systems, including the state and federal trial and appeals courts and the Michigan Supreme Court and is admitted to the US Supreme Court.

Shelley Kierstead

Professor Kierstead's research interests lie in the areas of family law, access to justice, and dispute resolution. She has also conducted research in the conflict of laws area, completing a Master of Laws degree focusing on this topic at the University of Toronto 1993. Professor Kierstead first taught Legal Research and Writing (LRW) at Osgoode in 1993, and became Director of the LRW program at Osgoode in 2002. In 2005, she completed a doctoral dissertation in the family law area and obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since 1997, Professor Kierstead has also coordinated a parent education program for separating parents entitled the "Parent Information Program." This program is an initiative of Osgoode's Centre for Public Law and Public Policy.

Margaret Liddle

Margaret Liddle is called to the bars of England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Canada. She has taught overseas in the U.K. and Hong Kong. She has been teaching legal research and writing at the University of Windsor for the past five years.

Kathryn Mercer

Kathryn (Katy) Mercer is Professor of Lawyering Skills at Case Western Reserve University School of Law since 1984. She teaches LLEAP One and Two, a new course for first year students that teaches legal research, objective and persuasive writing, contract drafting, interview skills and oral advocacy. She also teaches the new LEAD course on Leadership. Other courses that Professor Mercer teaches are Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation Representation; Child Welfare; and Family Law. She trains child welfare workers for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, teaching courses in Effective Social Worker Testimony, Immigration, and Liability.

Ms. Mercer has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, a J.D., and a Masters in Social Science Administration from CWRU. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University.

Kirk Miller

Kirk Miller is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, FL. He has taught Property, Complex Litigation, Products Liability, Trial Advocacy, Client Representation and Negotiation Practicum and Research, Writing and Advocacy – Pre-trial Litigation. Mr. Miller also serves as Director of Practical Skills working to integrate "lawyering skills" into the law school curriculum. Prior to joining the law school, he was a trial attorney for fifteen (15) years practicing in the areas of: EMS Liability, First and Third Party No-Fault Litigation, Products Liability, ERISA, Real Estate and Governmental Immunity. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Michigan State University College of Law and Wayne State University Law School. He has also served as a defense arbitrator on First and Third Party No-Fault disputes.

Maureen Milliron

Professor Milliron has been the director of the Research, Writing & Advocacy program at Ave Maria School of Law for 5 years and has been with the law school for 10 years. She has been teaching law students for over 16 years. Courses taught are primarily in skill building such as Research, Writing and Advocacy, Legal Drafting, Pretrial litigation, Client Representation and Negotiation. She has also taught Business Organizations. She has spoken at several conferences including the Southeastern legal writing conference where she spoke on integrating skills with doctrinal subjects. Prior to moving into teaching, Professor Milliron spent several years practicing both criminal and civil law. For a good portion of her practice, Professor Milliron defended EMS and First Responder entities and personnel. She also worked with the Michigan Court of Appeals as a research attorney. Professor Milliron was also a legal writing instructor at Wayne State University and the Michigan State University College of Law before joining Ave Maria School of Law.

John Murphy

John F. Murphy teaches LARW at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. He joined the faculty in 2009 after fifteen years in public-service and private law practice.

Honourable Madam Justice Mary Jo Nolan

Mary Jo Nolan was called to the Bar in 1983 and after a period in private practice took up a position in the Ministry of Community and Social Services working on children's Legislation. In 1990, she moved to Courts Administration in the Attorney General's Department. In 1995, Mary Jo was appointed Regional Counsel for the Southwest Region in the office of the Public Guardian and Trustee and, in 1997, she was appointed Case Management Master in Windsor. Mary Jo was appointed as a Justice of the Superior Court for Ontario on the 14th of April 2005.

She also taught at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law as a Sessional Instructor in both Civil Procedure and Civil Trial Advocacy from 1999 until her appointment to the Court in 2005. Mary Jo is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian and American Dual J.D. Program.

Laura Reilly

Laura is in her thirteenth year of teaching in the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research ("LAWR") program at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Prior to joining the LAWR team in Buffalo, Laura litigated employment discrimination cases in Denver, Colorado and clerked for a Denver District Court judge.

Saura Sahu

Saura Sahu focuses his practice on matters involving high stakes and new legal issues. At Miller Canfield, he has investigated and litigated a variety of complex matters including employment and ERISA disputes; False Claims Act, fraud and fiduciary duty cases; and criminal charges. He is especially adept at matters involving constitutional issues and corruption allegations (including RICO), as well as cases where employment issues and business torts overlap. Drawing on experience in trial and appeals, he approaches matters with an eye toward the big picture and the bottom line.

After law school, Saura started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Julian Abele Cook, Jr. (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Mich.) Before joining Miller Canfield, he did a variety of innovative and high-level labor, civil rights and criminal defense work. He has also taught courses in Constitutional Law and the philosophy of law.

Laurie Brit-Smith

Laurie Britt-Smith, who joined UDM (undergraduate) in 2008, is an associate professor of English and Director of the Writing Program. An experienced teacher, Dr. Britt-Smith has worked as a high school teacher, a developmental writing instructor, and as an English instructor in both composition and literature. Additionally, she spent time exploring the world of law and has training and experience as a paralegal.

She is fascinated by the intersections of cultural identity and language. Her research of the moment is focused on social justice rhetoric and its uses in the composition classroom. She received her B.A. in English with an emphasis in secondary education at Michigan State University, her M.A. in Literature at Western Michigan University, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Saint Louis University.

Craig Smith

Craig T. Smith is a Clinical Professor and the Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center at the University of North Carolina School of Law. The Center has nine full-time faculty members and serves all UNC law students in a first-year research and writing program and a school-wide academic-excellence program. Professor Smith has served as a board member and president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), as a member of the editorial boards of the Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, and as a presenter at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers. For the American Bar Association (ABA), he has served on the Curriculum Committee and the Communication Skills Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He also has participated in many ABA accreditation site-evaluation teams and has chaired two such teams.

Honorable Cynthia Diane Stephens

Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2008, Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens served as a general jurisdiction trial judge for 23 years. Judge Stephens was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in 1985 after service as a 36th District Court Judge. She was the Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Mediation Tribunal Chair, and Presiding Civil Division Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court for 8 years. An Emory Law School graduate, Judge Stephens has been admitted to practice in Georgia, Texas, and Michigan. Prior to her election to the bench in 1981, she served as Vice-Chair of the Wayne County Charter Commission, Associate General Counsel to the Michigan Senate, Regional Director for the National Conference of Black Lawyers-Atlanta office, and consultant to the National League of Cities Veterans Discharge Upgrade Project.

She has been active in bar work including 16 years as a Commissioner of the State Bar of Michigan, chairing its Justice Initiatives Committee, Communications Committee and Children's Task Force. Judge Stephens is former chair of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, a former member of the Executive Board of the National Bar Association and its Judicial Council. She has been honored by many civic and religious organizations including the inaugural Woodrow Smith Community Service Award from the Shrines of the Black Madonna, the Golden Heritage Award from Little Rock Baptist Church and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the City of Detroit Human Rights Department. She was awarded the State Bar of Michigan's highest honor, the Roberts P. Hudson Award in 2005.

Judge Stephens has served as adjunct faculty at Wayne State University Law School, the Detroit College of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. She has also served as faculty member for the National Judicial College and the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Emory Law School Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques. She was a contributing author to the Lawyer's Co-Operatives "Michigan Nonstandard Jury Instructions" as well as numerous articles on subjects ranging from jury selection to ethics.

She has served on numerous civic boards and commissions including New Detroit, the Inner City Business Improvement Forum, the Detroit Metropolitan Association Board of Trustees for the United Church of Christ, the Greater Detroit Area Health Care Council and the Girl Scouts. She is a resident of Detroit.

Karen Thornton

Karen DaPonte Thornton is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing at The George Washington University Law School. She has taught first-year Legal Writing and Scholarly Writing, to upper level JD and LLM students, for five years. She also serves as a lead advisor to the GWLaw Inn of Court program, which prepares programming for students about professional development and identity, emotional intelligence, and leadership. Her scholarly interests derive largely from her work with the Inns of Court.

Brenda Tofte

Brenda is a lecturer of law at Qatar University College of Law. Before this, she taught Legal Research and Writing at Hamline University School of Law and Hamline University College of Liberal Arts. Brenda also clerked for two federal judges: Chief Judge Michael J. Davis of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and Chief Magistrate Judge Jonathan Lebedoff of the same court.

EVENTS


Mock Interview Program with the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers - Room 121

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Before you attend the Public Interest Career Fair or participate in Spring OCI, put your interviewing skills to the test with a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  Interviews will take place in 30-minute increments from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Interview times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  


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.


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, 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)

  • 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.