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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


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.

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    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.

    Part of being a lawyer is not taking on the easy or popular cases. Students in UDM's Immigration Law Clinic learn this lesson early on: our Jesuit and Mercy values teach us to care for people in need and to focus our energy and expertise on doing what we can to make sure that these children are able to present their claims as well as possible. We may not win all of the cases and some of our clients may face returning to a very dangerous future in their countries but that does not mean we do not give it our all, no matter the odds or whether what we are doing is popular.

    We don't do it for the money (there is none) and we don't do it for the fame (ditto). We do it because it's the right thing to do, because we can help ensure that the process these children face is fair, and because our students learn valuable legal skills and life lessons along the way.

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    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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