12th annual voice for Justice Auction
The 12th annual Voice for Justice Auction will be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Stroh River Place Atrium.
This year's auction will include more than 200 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets, and events hosted by the faculty.
Advance tickets are $75 per person ($30 for UDM Law students) purchased online until noon on Friday, April 10 ($100 at the door).
If you would like to be an event sponsor, please download the sponsorship form. Sponsor ads are due by March 20 to guarantee placement in the auction program.
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professionals. The Public Interest Fellowship Program expands our long-standing tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to succeed while making a difference in the community.
Public Interest Law Fellowships
Students who receive Fellowships spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns for non-profit organizations that serve or advocate for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized or under-represented of society. Since 2003, the Voice for Justice Fellowship Program has funded more than 100 law students to serve locally and throughout the world at organizations such as:
- Salvation Army
- American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
- Innocence Project of Florida
- Cook County Public Defender's Office
- Michigan Department of Civil Rights
- Association of Defence Counsel - International Criminal Tribunal, The Hague
- Freedom House
- Association Jeunes pour Jeunes Social Center, Khemisset, Morocco
- Chaldean Federation of America
- Multicultural Council of Windsor
- Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
- African Women's Lawyers' Association, Accra, Ghana
- State Appellate Defenders Office
- Archdiocese of Detroit
- United Community Housing Coalition
VOICES OF PAST FELLOWS
The Voice for Justice Fellowship was the pinnacle of my law school experience. But for the fellowship, hard work, and dedication, I would not be where I am today. My fellowship was with Legal Aid and Defender Association. While at Legal Aid, I was able to gain invaluable experience in civil practice areas such as consumer defense, landlord tenant, and foreclosure defense. The Voice for Justice Fellowship also reinforced my passion, desire, and ability to practice in consumer defense law. It also helped lead to employment. I would recommend that every law student interested in public service apply for the Voice for Justice Fellowship.
Matt Nicols, Esq.
As a fellow, I volunteered at the Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic and the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy (DCFA). Both experiences were invaluable to me. I was given the opportunity to work with low-income families on issues ranging from divorce and custody, to criminal and landlord-tenant. Specifically, at the DCFA I assisted in upholding their mission of keeping children out of foster care. The Voice for Justice fellowship provided me the means with which I was able to volunteer at these great places, and for that I am thankful.
Zachary J. Bialick J.D., B.S
As a Voice for Justice Fellow, I interned at the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO). I worked on three great projects. In light of the United States Supreme Court Opinion in Miller v. Alabama, which made mandatory life for juveniles unconstitutional, I was assigned to work on a special project in which I assisted in the preparation of mitigation reports for re-sentencing hearings for people who were sentenced life in prison as juveniles. I also assisted with preparation of a brief submitted to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Petitioner in Burt v. Titlow. Even further, I assisted in trial preparation for a case that ultimately exonerated two brothers that were wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 25 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections because of a eyewitness misidentification. My summer at SADO was a humbling experience that enabled me to grow as a person and a legal professional. It helped me to realize how much attorneys can really make a difference in people's lives, which is what I am most passionate about. The experience reassured me that I chose the right profession.
Robbie Gaines Jr.