Dual JD student Christopher Macaulay competed in the 2015 Niagara International Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., as a member of the University of Windsor team. The team placed first overall in the competition, Christopher won Fourth Best Advocate, and the team won awards for Best Team Applicant Argument Runner-Up and Best Team Applicant Memorial (tied for first place). The problem dealt with immigration, human rights, and Great Lakes environmental law issues.
Professor J. Richard Broughton will present at a symposium hosted by the Journal of Public Law and Policy at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, MN, on March 27 entitled, “The Death Penalty Debate in America: Effectiveness, Fairness, Constitutionality, and Other Considerations.” This symposium will gather scholars, policy makers, activists, and community members to discuss capital punishment in America both at the state and federal level. Professor Broughton will discuss various constitutional and policy arguments in favor of capital punishment.
UDM Law will freeze tuition for all current and incoming students for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. "At UDM Law, we are committed to the success of each student," said UDM School of Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker. "Our hope is that freezing tuition at current levels will relieve some of the financial burden on our students."
Eyad Fakhoury, a third-year law student and President of the Student Bar Association, commented on the School's announcement: "A tuition freeze is a step in the right direction and is very important to UDM Law students because it alleviates one of our many concerns and stresses of law school. It is essential for our students to plan ahead with budgets, and this tuition freeze makes our legal education more affordable and predictable. This freeze shows UDM Law's focus on the lowest cost, highest value education."
On February 9, Professor J. Richard Broughton commented in Law360, a national legal news service, on Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore's decision to order local probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to stay the unions.
Ala. Chief Justice Risking Seat With Same-Sex Marriage Stand, Feb. 9, 2015, Law360
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.
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 and 25, 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)
Meet the Women Suing a Michigan Police Department and Standing Up Against Islamophobia, Jan. 25, 2015, Mic Network (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)