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Since 1916, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review has contributed to the legal scholarship of the State of Michigan and the nation.  The UDM Law Review articles have been cited in opinions from the United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous state supreme courts.

This student-led organization publishes four issues a year and hosts an annual symposium in the spring to discuss topics of developing legal significance and scholarly debate. The Law Review also strives to provide opportunities for its members to improve their research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as develop a greater sense of the culture of the legal profession.

News and Events


JULY 2014

Our Law Review would like to congratulate our new Junior Members:

Brant Bowman, Michael Bussert, Elizabeth Butler, Mohamed Chehab, Heather Comolli, Bela Dalal, Steven Eatherly, Eyad Fakhoury, Rayan Fardoun, John Fitzgerald, Jonathan Freshour, Nina Gavrilovic, Ticara Hendley, Jessica Holmes, Jonathan Kirkland, Cori Mccowin, Justin Miller, Andrew Porter, Ashley Poonia, Katherine Ross, Dena Sana, Kevin Sanker, Ben Stoltman, Justin Thomas and Hannah Treppa

We look forward to working with them in the upcoming year. 

FEBRUARY 2014

First of all, our symposium is scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014, and it will take place in the UDM Law atrium, located at 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. This years topic is “Going to Seed:  Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities.” This symposium will bring together both national scholars and local leaders to assess the role urban agriculture plays in the economic recovery of economically distressed cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. This symposium will discuss topics that dig into the ground-level details of current urban farming efforts in major American cities. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available.

In addition, the current UDM Law Review E-board has announced their replacements for next year. The Executive Board of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review for the 2014-2015 academic year is as follows:

Editor in Chief - Mikyia Aaron

Executive Editor of Inside Articles - Dan Burkhart

Executive Editor of Outside Articles - Amanda Gougeon

Managing Editor – John Abbo

Mariah Mumford - Symposium Director
Alana Silver - Online Editor

Title Editors:

Chelsea Smialek

Jennifer Maxwell

Casey Swanson


Kelly Carranza

Javier Macias

Colleen Fries

Samantha Boyd

Dan Lowe

The current Executive Board is confident this group will be able to uphold the standards of excellence that this Law Review has demonstrated for almost a century, and it would like to wish the best of luck to the new Executive Board for the 2014-2015 academic year.

JANUARY 2014

UDM Law Review is very pleased to announce the publishing of Volume 90-3. This volume features three fascinating articles by former and current students. The first article is titled “Guilty Plea Colloquies in Michigan after Padilla,” and the author is our former Law Review Editor and Chief, Alison L. Carruthers. The second article is titled “Are We Removing Citizens? The Contentious Legal Issue Surrounding the Interpretation of the Former Derivative Citizenship Statute and Why Lawful Permanent Resident Status Is Not Required,” and the author is a recent alumni of UDM Law, Christopher Dutot. The third article is titled “De Novo: A Proposed Compromise to Closing the Naturalization Review Loophole,” and the author is a current UDM Law Student, Daniel Makled. This volume is available for order on the website, and it can be accessed at the UDM Law Library. Stay tuned for information regarding this year’s UDM Law Review Symposium!