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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Annual Symposium

2016 SYMPOSIUM 

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review celebrated its 100th anniversary with an academic symposium to be held on March 4, 2016 at Detroit Mercy Law in downtown Detroit. The Centennial Symposium showcased the past, present, and future of the City of Detroit, and gathered scholars, policy makers, and community members to discuss the past, present, and future of Detroit.

We recorded the event for those who were unable to attend. You can watch Deputy Mayor McKinnon give his Opening Remarks; the first panel examine Detroit's Past: Race, Riots, and Wars; an inside out view of Bankruptcy and the Grand Bargin, an exciting look at Detroit's Future; and Judge Michael Riordan's Closing Remarks.  

You can watch the video of the symposium the here. 

Any questions regarding the Symposium should be directed to Law Review Centennial Symposium Director Katherine Ross at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the UDM Law Review Website.

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. 

For more information please visit the Law Review's Website.

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, Detroit Mercy 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


Orientation Family Welcome Dinner and Panel - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm
All incoming students (Day and Evening) and their family members (parents, spouses, significant others) are invited to Detroit Mercy Law on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Family Welcome event during Orientation.
 
 Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 5:45pm, followed by a session for family members on “Supporting Your Law Student” from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please note, children are welcome to attend but childcare during the session will not be provided. Incoming students will be participating in a concurrent session on “Building skills for a successful legal career.” Both sessions will end at 7:00pm.
 
Students must RSVP with the number of guests that will be accompanying them by Monday, August 8th

This event is by invitation only. 

Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts 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 is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

Invitation>>

Press Release>>


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Event Details>>


Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

Save the Date Card>>

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