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.
Professor Larry Dubin recently commented in the media on two high profile cases. First, he was interviewed by NBC News and by WDET host Stephen Henderson (Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor) on an Oakland County case, where the judge held three children in contempt and ordered them to a juvenile detention facility for refusing to have lunch with their estranged father.
On July 27, he discussed the plaintiffs' request for $2 million in attorney fees from the State of Michigan in the DeBoer case, in which they successfully challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.
Alumna Sydney Booth Rushing of Rushing Law received the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers' Pro Bono Award on July 16. Ms. Rushing is an outstanding young lawyer and participant in the UDM Law Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program.
UDM Law's new Immigration Clinic Director, Professor Alex Vernon, was invited back to one of his old haunts to assist in a one-day immigration clinic in Labelle, Florida organized by the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union, an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Tammy Kudialis ('02) has published an article entitled, "A Proposed Model for Creating a Law School Based Solo or Small Firm Incubator Program," in 83 UMKC Law Review 823 (Summer 2015). Ms. Kudialis is Director of the UDM Law Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program and Clinical Program Administrator.
UDM Law announces a $100,000 endowed scholarship funded by Howard James Ford in memory of his late wife, Judith V. Ford, a 1990 alumna of the School. The first Judith V. (Judy) Ford Endowed Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded this fall to a second-year law student. Mr. Ford established the scholarship to provide financial support to students who, like his wife Judy, are seeking a law degree to pursue a second career path in life and demonstrate a strong commitment by excelling academically their first year of school.