Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

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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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University of Detroit Mercy Law Review

A Historical Perspective

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review has enjoyed a rich, vibrant history over nearly the past century. Established merely four years after the inception of the University of Detroit’s Law Department, the Law Review’s initial focus was to provide helpful information to legal practitioners throughout Michigan. This objective has been both refined and broadened over the past century, but the underlying essence—to help practitioners solve contemporary legal problems in the community—remains unchanged. Today, the Law Review is committed to exposing important issues in Michigan as well as in the United States, and is devoted to finding practical solutions to these problems.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (at the time known as University of Detroit Law Department) was established in 1912, and in 1916 the Monthly Law Review was instituted.[i] The early issues of the Monthly Law Review featured written reports of Michigan Circuit Court opinions.[ii] These reports were known as the Michigan Circuit Court Reports.  At that time, Michigan Reports was virtually the only source of Michigan law that was widely available to the legal community. Consequently, the Monthly Law Review provided an essential service to practicing attorneys in Michigan.[iii] Over the next few years, the Monthly Law Review was modified slightly and publications were released on a bi-monthly basis. As a result, the journal was conveniently renamed the Bi-monthly Law Review.[iv]

In 1931, the organization once again changed its name to the University of Detroit Law Journal.[v] However, in 1933, the Law Journal was forced to suspend its publication due to the financial havoc created by the Great Depression.[vi] It was not until six years later, in 1939, that it resumed publication.[vii] The Law Journal built a strong reputation over the next eight years, and in 1947, the United States Supreme Court asked to be placed on the list of regular subscribers and requested copies of all back issues of the Law Journal.[viii] This subscription secured the Law Journal’s status as a leading legal periodical in the United States and added to its ever-growing list of subscribers—which at that time included virtually all leading law schools, the Michigan Supreme Court, a plethora of federal courts, and even some foreign law schools.[ix]

The Law Journal once again gained notoriety in 1966 when it was renamed the Journal of Urban Law.[x] This change was prompted by a general feeling among legal educators that contemporary law programs did not adequately prepare students for the increased role that the law played in contemporary society.[xi] In response, the University implemented a series of changes designed to help prepare students for their professional careers by rendering vital services to the urban community. These changes included an alteration in the curriculum to focus on urban law, the establishment of an urban law clinic to enable students to gain legal experience in assisting the poor in the community, and as previously mentioned, the renaming of the University’s Law Review to the Journal of Urban Law.[xii] The Journal of Urban Law was to be devoted to “exploring the myriad problems that cities must contend with today and in the future.”[xiii] The editor’s aim was to “investigate, expose, propose, and thereby improve” the conditions of urban cities across the country.[xiv] This novel concept for a law journal attracted a great deal of attention, both intra-state and nationally, and numerous prominent politicians wrote letters supporting this concept:
 

I am pleased to be informed of your efforts to form the Journal of Urban Law. A publication such as this will serve a most important purpose in dealing with the complexities of modern urban life.

The University of Detroit School of Law is to be commended for seeking to develop a format for discussion of these legal issues. I wish you well with this project.

Robert F. Kennedy,

United States Senate [xv]

 

My congratulations on this very ambitious and needed venture.

The burgeoning growth of urban problems has brought increasing demands upon this area of the legal profession. I’m certain the Journal of Urban Law will contribute greatly upon the more orderly attack upon the vital urban issues that confront us all.

 George Romney

Governor, Michigan [xvi]

 

I am pleased at the prospect of a law journal devoted entirely to the problems of the city. There is no such publication today. It is rare to find articles relating to the legal aspects of the problems of metropolitan areas. A journal concerned with this subject will a pressing need.

I congratulate you and your associates on your initiative. I am sure the Journal of Urban Law will be a respected and widely read publication

Gerald R. Ford

Congressman, Michigan [xvii]

 

The Law Journal was renamed in 1985 to University of Detroit Law Review, and finally again in 1991 to the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review when the University of Detroit merged with the Mercy College of Detroit. Nonetheless, the members remain committed to addressing the pressing issues that the City of Detroit is faced with, and proposing practical solutions to these issues. Through its publications, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review strives to meaningfully contribute to the revitalization of the City of Detroit and advance legal discourse throughout the country.  The Law Review therefore presents its subscribers with a wide array of topics reaching beyond the traditional field of law into matters of great importance for the community as a whole.
 


[i] Law Review of the Law Department of the University of Detroit, Why Every Lawyer Should Receive the Monthly Law Review, 1 U. Det. Monthly L. Rev. viii (1916).

[ii] Id.

[iii] See Why Every Lawyer Should Receive the Monthly Law Review, supra note 1, at viii (Circuit Court opinions, though invaluable to attorneys in 1916, were practically unavailable. “These [Circuit Court] opinions are not preserved, often are lost, and are inaccessible except through the Monthly Law Review.”).

[iv] Herman J. Muller, The University of Detroit 1877–1977: A Centennial History 141 (1977).

[v] Id.

[vi] Id. at 266.

[vii] Id.

[viii] Id.

[ix] Id.

[x] Id. at 305.

[xi] Id.

[xii] Id.

[xiii] L.B.P. Editor, Introduction, 44 J. Urb. L. 1 (1966–67).

[xiv] Muller, supra note 4, at 305.

[xv] L.B.P. Editor, supra note 13, at 5.

[xvi] Id. at 6.

[xvii] Id. at 5.

EVENTS


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  


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 title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

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.

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Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

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

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


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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A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

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NEWS

  • Detroit Mercy Law 3L's Adam Fucile and Joseph Tung Won The Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition

    The Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition was held on Friday, February 24 at Northwestern University School of Law, and the Detroit Mercy Law team of 3L's Adam Fucile and Joseph Tung, was the overall winner, earning the opportunity to compete in the National LawMeet in New York on March 31!

     

    The LawMeet Competition is the premier competition for law students interested in developing and honing skills necessary for representing a client in a real-life business transaction.

     

    The competing teams - 84 this year, from across the country - are assigned to represent one of the parties to a pending transaction, and during the two months leading up to the regional competition they get to do many of the things transactional lawyers do in practice - interview a client, structure a transaction, conduct due diligence, draft one of more of the transactional documents, and markup a draft of a document prepared by a team representing the other party.

     

    These activities culminate in the regional competition where each team negotiates with two teams representing the other party to resolve differences between their draft documents in order to complete the transaction.

  • Professor Wissam Aoun Named to IAM Top 300 World Leading IP Strategists

    Wissam AounCongratulations to Professor Wissam Aoun on being named to the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) top 300 world leading IP strategists. 


    Professor Aoun is the first clinician to ever be included on the list.

  • Article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic in The Varsity News

    The Varsity News wrote a great article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic. 

    "Due to President Trump’s executive order, many citizens have recently started paying attention to matters of immigration. But law students and professors at Detroit Mercy have been heavily involved in this area long before it became a lead story.

    The clinic handles cases involving asylums, family sponsorship, Violence Against Women Act petitions and other issues."


    Read the full article here

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here