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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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


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>>


October 1, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm

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


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.


November 14, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

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


January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm

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

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)