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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Time and Talent Award

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Michael G. Costello began is legal career in 1985 when he joined Plunkett Cooney as an associate.  He was elected shareholder in 1990 and specialized in insurance coverage litigation, insurance regulatory matters, errors and omissions claims and employment litigation. He joined Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc. in 1993 as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He later became Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Meadowbrook in 1996. At Meadowbrook, he is responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs of the Company.  In addition to his legal responsibilities, he oversees the management of the Company’s Claims Division, as well as, Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Audit Departments.

Mr. Costello graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1978.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1982.  He graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1985 and has been a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan for 27 years. 

Mr. Costello is a Director of the Insurance Institute of Michigan (IIM) where he also serves on the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors.  IIM promotes the Michigan Insurance industry and assists policyholders with insurance related issues.  He also serves as President and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation.  The Foundation was established to promote the in-house practice of law by providing academic scholarships at 4 Michigan law schools for those students who have excelled in business, corporate and transactional classes.  He is a current member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.  He is a former Director of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and a Past-President and former Director of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumni Association, as well as the Association of Corporate Counsel of Michigan. 

Mike and his wife, Linda, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and have three children, Ryan, Michael and Kathryn.  

About Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc.

Meadowbrook Insurance Group is a publically traded and Michigan domiciled insurance holding company whose insurance company subsidiaries are focused on underwriting program and specialty niche commercial insurance.  The Company also operates retail/wholesale insurance agencies and provides risk management and third-party administration claim services throughout the United States.  In 2011, Meadowbrook Insurance Group underwrote $904.0 million of gross written premium, produced $837.0 million of revenue and reported net operating income of $43.6 million.  The Company had consolidated shareholder’s equity of $576.0 million and total assets of $2.5 billion as of June 30, 2012.  The Company has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIG) since 1995.  All of the Company’s insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-“  (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. 

Time and Talent Award Criteria

The Time and Talent Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Law Alumni Association in 2002 to honor alumni who have given their time and talent through their distinguished leadership and dedicated service to the School of Law and its Alumni Association.  Each recipient has a record of longstanding service (six years or more) on the Alumni Board or has served the School of Law for many years in other capacities.

Time and Talent Award Recipients:

  • Jane Sullivan Colombo (’79) – 2010
  • Michael G. Costello (’85) – 2012
  • Michael L. Donahue (’65) – 2004
  • John W. Fitzer (’50) – 2002
  • Patricia Rossi Galvin (’70) – 2005
  • Gregory J. Gamalski (’83) – 2006
  • Hon. Barbara K. Hackett (’50) – 2002
  • Patrick E. Hackett (’50) – 2002
  • Patrick J. Keating (’53) – 2002
  • Stephen M. Kelley (’81) – 2007
  • Richard L. Lehman (’60) – 2004
  • John B. Lizza (’53) – 2003
  • Robert H. Martin (’66) – 2002
  • Neil A. McQuarrie (’72) – 2005
  • Robert P. Milia (’69) – 2006
  • Michael V. Morgan (’72) – 2008-2009
  • Hon. Roland L. Olzark (’54) – 2003
  • Hon. Maureen Pulte Reilly (’58) – 2004
  • Mary Catherine Rentz (’81) – 2007
  • Hon. James P. Sheehy (’69) – 2005
  • Gerald C. Simon (’52) – 2003
  • Dean P. Valente (’84) – 2011 

EVENTS


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for all alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact
Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    DETROIT, Mich. – July 12, 2016 – Professor Karen McDonald Henning is the recipient of the 2016 James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award, named in honor of alumnus James T. Barnes, Sr. of the class of 1940, recognizes a faculty member's outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service.

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