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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WRW
 

Don't Let This Race By!

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

Assumption Park (see map), Windsor River Walk, Windsor Ontario.

5k Run or Walk

Race Details

The 5k course will begin at Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor Riverwalk.  Both runners and walkers are welcome.  The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a post-race celebration at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.  The race is open to the law school community and the public.

Registration

Registration will be $30 in advance , and $40 on race day.  Register at www.active.com.  On race day, participants are asked to check in at the registation table.

About the race for justice

The Race is organized by the School's Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association.  Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program which provides stipends to UDM Law students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service.

Fellowship program

UDM Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professions.  The fellowships funded the the Public Interest Fellowship Program expand the School's longstanding tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to learn while making a difference. Fellowships allow students to work in the public interest sector, enabling them to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good.  Students selected to receive the fellowships spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns at nonprofit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, or underrepresented of society.

Since 2003, the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program has funded approximately 100 students to service primarily in Detroit but also in locations throughout the United States and across the globe. Recipients have done interships with various nonprofit entities including:

  • Salvation Army
  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
  • Innocence Project of Florida
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Association of Defence Counsel - International Criminal Tribunal, The Hague
  • Freedom House
  • Association Jeunes pour Jeunes Social Center, Khemisset, Morocco
  • Chaldean Federation of America
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor
  • Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
  • African Women's Lawyers' Association, Accra, Ghana
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
  • United Community Housing Coalition
     

Sponsorship

If you are interested in being one of the 2015 Race for Justice sponsors, please contact Denise Hickey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-596-0202.  Details may be found on the Race for Justice Sponsorship Form.

In-Kind Sponsorship

In order to provide a great experience for our participants, we welcome in-kind donations.  Sponsoring the race provides many benefits, including:

  • The chance to market your organization to attorneys, judges, firms, law students and those in the legal community.
     
  • The chance to make a meaningful contribution to support our Fellowship Program which gives students the opportunity to serve and advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and underrepresented of society.

Hear from Past Fellows

I carried out my fellowship in the legal office at Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the U.S. My experience was invaluable. Not only was I able to develop and hone my legal abilities but I learned how to interact with clients in a professional yet compassionate manner, a skill that will certainly benefit me throughout my career. Aside from the personal gains from my fellowship, I knew that every day I was making a difference in people's lives and giving them hope for the future. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you are able to give someone back their dignity and give them hope for a life without fear.

Sara Lowry
 

As a Voice for Justice Fellow I had a rather unusual work experience. I spent my summer working for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers (LOW), a registered charity based out of Toronto, Ontario. My work involved researching various issues affecting the great lakes water system and the regulatory environment. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work on a number of projects for LOW. I learned much about the issues affecting charities and helped LOW pursue it's mandate of preserving and protecting a drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water system. Part of my work involved independent investigation of areas with polluted water and the creation of reports for LOW. This was work that a small charity like LOW would otherwise have difficulty funding. I am incredibly thankful that the Voice for Justice Fellowship gave me an opportunity to work in a atypical legal environment dedicated to working for the public good.

Scott Seabrooke
 

Thanks to the Voice for Justice fellowship, during the summer of 2013 I interned at the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. The experience I gained at a not-for profit law office with a long history of social justice work was invaluable to my development as a law student and future lawyer. I was able to enhance my legal research and writing skills by working on cases and projects critical to Detroit's progress at the time, such as the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law. I gained insight into the history of labor law and the National Lawyers' Guild, conducted outreach with public interest organizations, and had my first exposure to client intake. I attended the Detroit City Council hearings concerning the pet-coke piles on the Detroit riverfront, and I witnessed Sugar Law's successful oral argument on behalf of unionized workers in Adrian, MI. The attorneys, staff and other interns at Sugar Law were inspiring in their dedication to the betterment of Detroit and access to justice, and I gained a strong connection to the city's legal community. I am grateful to the Voice for Justice fellowship for being instrumental in my realization of the capacity for change that my fellow law students and I are capable of.

Sabrina Rewald

 runner 

Thank you for your support!

EVENTS


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>


October 1, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM 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.  


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.


November 14, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM 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.  


January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM 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.  

NEWS

  • ALUMNUS ALLEN ELZERMAN '03 PERSONIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)

  • UDM LAW'S FIRST MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP GIFT HONORS UDM ALUMNUS HON. LAWRENCE P. ZATKOFF

    UDM Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge.  This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received.  The scholarship provides support for a student to extern or intern with a federal court or state supreme court judge.

    Press Release>>

  • NEW CENTER FOR SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE WILL PROVIDE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS TO LEGAL ENTREPRENEURS

    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices.  The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Press Release>>

  • FORMER CONGRESSMAN BRINGS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTISE TO UDM LAW

    Former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, who served on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, will teach National Security Law this term.  The course will address cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy, export controls and economic sanctions, and other contemporary security issues.  National security law has been one of the fastest growing fields of law since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a strong demand for lawyers trained in this area.

  • PROFESSORS BELIAN AND HAND SPEAK OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER

    Professors Julia Belian and Jacqueline Hand are presenting at international conferences this summer. Professor Belian will speak at the Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights & Law August 10 - 12 at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her presentation is titled, "Fundamental Rights or Activist Judges?  A Rhetorical Comparison of Obergefell v. Hodges with Brown v. Board of Education."

    Professor Hand spoke at conferences in Poland and Finland in June.  She participated in a workshop June 15 - 19 on "Phoenix Cities: Urban Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of Conflict, Crisis and Disaster," at the Georgia State Law School Study Space in Warsaw, Poland.  She also presented on "The U.S. Government-to-Government Relation with Indian Tribes and the Possible Insights it Provides for Relations with the Sami People," at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • PROFESSOR KRISCIUNAS DISCUSSES PROSECUTORS' INVESTIGATION OF POLICE SHOOTING

    Professor Richard Krisciunas discussed the ongoing independent investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office of the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by a federal agent in Detroit.

    Family of Kellom Awaits Probe of Fatal Police Shooting, Detroit Free Press, July 29, 2015 (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)