UDM Law alumni from classes as far back as 1949 through 2014 returned to campus on November 15 for the annual Reunion. They were accompanied by many current students who wanted to join the party. The atrium was transformed into "Club D" Lounge aglow with specialty lights and unique features, and the menu featured many of Detroit's favorite foods and beverages.
Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) of the Michigan Supreme Court was recognized as the 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award Honoree. Dean Phyllis L. Crocker presented him with an exclusive UDM Law hockey team jersey and other School of Law gear to commemorate the night.
View the Reunion Photo Gallery
In the December issue of the American Bar Association Law Student Division's Student Lawyer magazine, UDM Law Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach Markeisha Miner provides advice to law students who are beginning their job search and are interested in a certain practice area but do not know how to go about finding prospective employers in their preferred locations.
Her article, "Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research," gives valuable information on how to gather facts; invest time wisely by conducting informational interviews of attorneys in that practice area and attending bar association functions; be informed through traditional and social media; and how to meet employers in your chosen field by working through your personal network.
Read ABA Student Lawyer Article, Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research
Another article of interest:
Getting to Know You – How Law Firms Handle the On-Campus Interview, Oct. 27, 2014, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (quoting Assistant Dean Markeisha Miner)
President Obama recently announced sweeping changes to the immigration system in the U.S. affecting millions of immigrants and their families. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a national leader in the area of Immigration Law and is stepping up to help immigrants who may qualify for relief.
UDM Law offers free immigration consultations at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, located at 2826 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48216 on Thursdays from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. UDM Law also offers regular consultations at various sites in Oakland County through a grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation.
Experts: Parts of Obama immigration plan good for business; may fall short for tech workers, Nov. 23, 2014, Crain's Detroit Business (quoting Professor David Koelsch and Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)
Obama’s immigration reform will benefit U.S. corporations and economy, Nov. 21, 2014, Oakland Press (written by Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)
The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved a project sponsored by UDM's Immigration Law Clinic to provide rights presentations and relief screenings to Central American women and their minor children who entered the U.S. during the recent "surge" in such persons fleeing their home countries. UDM's partners in the project are the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), and the American Bar Association (ABA). UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project.
In addition to helping women and children navigate the complexities of the Immigration Court process, the project will help participants in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program and UDM's clinic students hone their interviewing and advising skills. Specifically, they will advise, counsel, refer, and, in certain cases, represent women and their children. UDM will also conduct a series of regular trainings for AILA members regarding forms of relief, best practices for representation, and issues unique to women and children respondents.
The School of Law congratulates the Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams' briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.
The National Veteran's Law Moot Court team of Jennifer Richards and Christopher Ferlito, coached by Professor Peggy Costello, won the award for Best Respondent Brief at the competition in Washington, D.C. They competed against twenty teams.
Samantha Boyd and Alexander Brown, coached by alumnus Sean Cowley '09, participated in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. The team argued very well in Columbus and achieved a top 10 brief score.
The team of Emily Banks, Eva Janta, and Julia Abd-Elseed also competed in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, receiving one of the highest brief scores in the tournament. Coached by alumni Javon Hindo '13 and Alanna P. O'Rourke '10, they advanced to the quarterfinals. The team was defeated by a margin of merely 1.5 points and narrowly missed the semifinal round.
Professor Larry Dubin commented in the Detroit News recently that the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the DeBoer case, upholding MIchigan's gay marriage ban in a 2 -1 split decision by the panel, is an attractive case for the U.S. Supreme Court to review on appeal. "It is the only circuit that held that voters in a state can deny the right to marriage to same-sex couples. There also is a good record that was made at trial before Judge Friedman," Dubin said. "It seems logical that the Court will take this case now that there is a division among the federal circuit courts."
Michigan couple take gay marriage plea to high court, Nov. 17, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)