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Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic PREVENTS VICTIMS OF LAND CONTRACT SCAM FROM FORECLOSURE

UDM LAW CLINIC SUCCESSFULLY SETS ASIDE ORDER TO TERMINATE LAND CONTRACT INTERESTS FOR EXCLUSIVE POSSESSION AND TO QUIET TITLE

DETROIT, Mich. – December 17, 2012 – University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic successfully argued a motion today in Wayne County Circuit Court to prevent 70 Wayne County individuals and their families from foreclosure and wrongful eviction.

 Paramount Land Holdings, locally funded by the Detroit Police and Fire Pension Fund, purchased foreclosed properties for as little as $10. Through land contracts, it sold them for inflated prices to buyers who were assured that Paramount had paid all back taxes. Homeowners learned otherwise when Wayne County began foreclosure proceedings for back taxes. As a result, many homeowners stopped making their monthly payments to Paramount.

A receiver, appointed by the Wayne County Circuit Court to maintain Paramount properties, obtained a Court Order to Terminate Land Contract Interests and to Gain Exclusive Possession. Essentially, the Order sought to strip the homeowners from their property and evict them from their homes.

The UDM Law Clinic successfully argued that the Order was improper because the homeowners were victims of a land contract scam who did not have an opportunity to contest the receiver's assertions. The homeowners could not dispute the claims because no complaint was filed and no summons was obtained or served. As a result of the Clinic's intervention, the Order was set aside and the homeowners were able to remain in their homes. Professor Joon Sung, Director of the Clinic, commented on the significance of this victory for the homeowners, stating, "We ensured that victims of Paramount's land contract scam, which was funded by Detroit Police and Fire Pension Funds, would not be harmed again.

About UDM Law's Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic

UDM Law students, working under the supervision of licensed attorneys/faculty members, represent victims of predatory lending practices in federal and state courts to stop homeowners from losing their homes due to foreclosure. Clinic students handle cases involving mortgage fraud, foreclosure rescue scams, and loan servicing errors. They have the opportunity to interview clients, argue motions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials. In addition, students engage in community outreach through presentations and development of written materials to educate homeowners on foreclosure remedy options and rescue scams.

EVENTS


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dean Phyllis 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 in the Ruby Room of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 18, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UDM's 102nd 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, 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.

NEWS

  • Professor David Koelsch leads a panel discussion on the issue of Central American children

    WDET, Detroit MI. Listen to Professor David Koelsch, Director Immigration Law Clinic, as he leads a panel discussion on the issue of Central American children and President Obama's forthcoming administrative actions to address the immigration matters Congress is unable to address. Joining Professor Koelsch is Raquel Garcia Anderson from Global Detroit and Susan Reed from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.

    Listen to the Podcast

  • Border refugees flock to Southwest Detroit

    Professor David Koelsch, Director Immigration Law Clinic, comments on "Border Refugees Flock to Southwest Detroit"

    Public opinion is currently divided over what the U.S. government should do with tens of thousands of young Central Americans who have come to the U.S. within the past year. The Immigration Law Clinic is stepping up to represent some of the children who faced tough circumstances in their home countries, went through difficult journeys to come to the U.S., and are adjusting to life in a new country.

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  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Grants Certification to UDM’s Intellectual Property Clinic

    DETROIT, Mich. – July 31, 2014 – On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted certification to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Intellectual Property Clinic. UDM joins 46 other law schools to receive USPTO certification.

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  • Top Intern: Manpreet Gill ’15 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Immigration Court Position

    Manpreet ("Moni") Gill '15 recently secured a position as a legal intern at the U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. The position is a year-long commitment and the selection process is extremely competitive. As a legal intern, Ms. Gill will assist the Immigration Court with research and writing of opinions. It is a highly-prized placement, because it allows students to gain excellent writing skills and also to see the inner workings of a very busy court.

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