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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2015 SYMPOSIUM 

The 2015 Symposium titled, “The Public Trust Doctrine: An Ancient Tool for Protecting the Great Lakes from New Hazards,” will be held on Friday, Ocober 16, 2015, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit, from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm. 

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Participants:

Catherine Iorns Magallanes
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

Melissa Scanlan
Associate Professor
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT

James Huffman
Dean Emeritus
Lewis and Clark Law School
Portland, OR

Alexis Andiman
Graduate Fellow Attorney
The Conservation Law Center
Bloomington, Indiana

Noah Hall
Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI

Nicholas Schroeck
Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Law
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI



2014 SYMPOSIUM 

The 2014 Symposium titled, “Going to Seed:  Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities,” will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit, from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm. 

 

Please click here to register for the 2014 Symposium.

Please click here to view the 2014 Symposium Agenda.

Please click here to view the 2014 Symposium Flyer.

 

Participants:

Jaime Bouvier
Senior Instructor in Law & Co-Director of the Academic and Writing Support Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Cleveland, OH

Daniel Carmody
President of Eastern Market Corporation
Detroit, MI

Becky L. Jacobs
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee College of Law
Knoxville, TN

Dara Marcus
Graduate Student in Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Jessica Owley
Associate Professor
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Buffalo, NY

Daniel Pitera
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director of Detroit Collaborative Design Center
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI

Rebecca Purdom
Assistant Dean of Environment Programs, Director of Distance Learning, and Associate Professor of Law
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT

Anastasia Telesetsky
Associate Professor
University of Idaho College of Law
Moscow, ID

Peter T. Wendel
Professor
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Becky Lundberg Witt
Staff Attorney
Community Law Center, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Julia Belian - moderator
Associate Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

Bret Boyce - moderator
Associate Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

Jacqueline P. Hand - moderator
Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

 

 

 2013 SYMPOSIUM

The 2013 Symposium titled, “Global Michigan:  Immigration and Economic Growth,” was held on March 8, 2013, at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Please click here for a copy of the 2013 Symposium program containing information on our distinguished speakers, panelists, and moderators.


2012 Symposium

Please click here for a copy of the 2012 Symposium program containing more information on our distinguished moderators and panelists.

The 2012 Symposium titled, “The Future of Intellectual Property,” was held on March 9, 2012 at the Detroit Athletic Club, and consisted of four panels covering the topics of: The Future of Patent Law, The Future of Trademark Law, The Future of Copyright, and The Future of International Intellectual Property Law.

    

A special thank you to our distinguished panelists, which included:

The Future of Patent Law:

  • Judge Avern Cohn - United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Dr. Saby Ghoshray Ph. D., President - Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director - World Compliance Co.
  • Denise Glassmeyer, Shareholder - Young Basile Hanlon & MacFarlane P.C.

The Future of Trademark Law:

  • Tim Gorbatoff, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel - General Motors
  • Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.,  McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law -Tulane University Law School

The Future of Copyright Law:

  • Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Manging Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center - George Washington University Law School
  • Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law - University of Michigan Law School
  • Marybeth Peters, Former United States Register of Copyrights

The Future of International Intellectual Property Law:

  • Myra J. Tawfik, Professor of Law -University of Windsor School of Law (Windsor Law)
  • Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law -Director, Intellectual Property Law Center - Drake University Law School
  • Michele J. Woods, Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs - United States Copyright Office

The moderators for the 2012 Symposium:

  • Michael P. Brennan, Principal - Harness Dickey
  • Charlie Rutherford - Law Offices of Charles R. Rutherford; Retired Shareholder - Dykema Gossett, PLLC
  • Howard B. Abrams, Professor of Law - University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Please click here for a copy of the 2012 Symposium program containing more information on our distinguished moderators and panelists.

 

2011 Symposium

Our 2011 Symposium on the topic of "Celebrating an Anniversary: A Twenty-Year Review of Justice Clarence Thomas' Jurisprudence and Contributions as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court" was held on March 11, 2011. We were honored to have this discussion moderated by Justice Brian Zahra of the Michigan Supreme Court and Judge Christopher Murray of the Michigan Court of Appeals, along with the outstanding contributions from our panelists.

 

Our distinguished panel of speakers

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(left to right) Ralph Rossum of Claremont McKenna College, Christopher Smith of Michigan State University, Lee Strang of The University of Toledo, Ilya Somin of George Mason University, UDM School of Law Dean Lloyd Semple, keynote lunch speaker John Eastman who is Justice Thomas' former clerk and the former dean and current Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University School of Law, Scott Gerber of Ohio Northern University, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law graduate Shaun Springer, Jonathan Entin of Case Western Reserve University, J. Richard Broughton of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Richard Albert of Boston College.

 

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>>


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.

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)