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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Urban Farming Symposium

DETROIT, Mich. – The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is co-sponsoring with the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan the Second Annual Urban Farming Symposium on Friday, May 18, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the School’s Riverfront Campus located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit.  Professor Jacqueline Hand, a tenured professor at the School teaching Property Law and Environmental Law, is co-chairing the event with Gregory J. Gamalski (UDM Law, 1983), a partner in the Business Practice Group of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, PC, in Troy, Michigan, and Paul Thursam, an associate at GMH.  

The Symposium is a discussion and examination of key urban issues, which must include urban agriculture and the re-purposing of Detroit.  Detroit is a laboratory where urban farming is fermenting, evolving, and growing.  The event is open to the public but will be directed toward the legal community and planning organizations.  The Symposium is intended to establish a reasoned framework for discussions about the legal and policy issues that should be considered by local units of government and citizens grappling with this dynamic concept.

Symposium speakers include Neil Hamilton of Drake University; Brad Deacon of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development; Kathryn Colasanti of the Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU; and Melanie Duda, an expert in urban agriculture.

 

Neil Hamilton is a Professor of Law and Director of The Agricultural Law Center at Drake University.  As one of the nation’s leading authorities on the role of law in shaping agriculture and the food system, Prof. Hamilton has lectured throughout the United States and in 20 other countries.  He has taught agricultural law for 30 years and has written more than four dozen law review articles and several books on food and agricultural law issues.  Each year he is a visiting professor in the agricultural law graduate program at the University of Arkansas.

Brad Deacon is the Emergency Management and Administrative Law Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.  Mr. Deacon has an undergraduate and a law degree from Michigan State University and studied business and economics at the University of the Saarland in Germany on a Fulbright grant.  He is the co-chair of the Michigan Food & Agriculture Protection and Defense Working Group, and he represents the Department on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Homeland Security Preparedness Committee, the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council, and the State Animal Response Team Board.

Kathryn Colasanti is a visiting specialist with the Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University.  She has a master’s degree in community food and agriculture from MSU.  Before joining the Mott Group in 2007, she worked on an urban farm and with a community garden non-profit in Denver.  Ms. Colasanti is interested in local food systems, particularly in the urban context; food security and access; local food system planning; and urban agriculture.  She coordinates the Michigan Good Food Charter Development project and conducts research and outreach related to urban agriculture and local food systems with the group.

Melanie Duda is a third-year student at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and is graduating in May 2012.  She is a member of the Law Review and serves as a Symposium Editor.  Ms. Duda’s article, “Growing in the D:  Revising Current Laws to Promote a Model of Sustainable City Agriculture,” will be published in Volume 89 of the Law Review, forthcoming later in 2012.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from Wayne State University, where much of the research she did as a graduate student fostered her interest in urban agriculture.

 

For additional information or to register for the May 18th Urban Farming Symposium, please see the link on the home page of the UDM Law web site at www.law.udmercy.edu.  Space is limited and reservations are required ($40 general admission and $10 additional fee for a guided walking tour of Detroit’s famed Eastern Market).

Contact:  Denise P. Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations
Phone:  (313) 596-0202
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EVENTS


10.22.14 - Hands-on Learning Webinar - Online Webinar

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Join Professors Karen Henning, David Koelsch, and Thomas Saybolt, on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. to learn about UDM Law’s model for legal education: hands-on learning from day one, dedication to social justice, commitment to developing a global perspective, and expanding your career opportunities. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


11.08.14 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 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.  


Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights - Atrium

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law in partnership with the National Association of Women Judges, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region present Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights. Meet judges and lawyers, and possibly gain a mentor in a fun, "speed-networking" format.  A reception will follow the program.  Advance registration on Career Connect is required as space is limited.


11.13.14 - How to Write a Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in your personal statement. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email


Reunion Gala for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion Gala will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) as UDM's 2014 Alumni Award recipient.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni, with special recognition given this year to the classes of 1964, 1989, and 2004.


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary reception.

 

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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