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No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

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Summer Reading Recommendations

RBroughton, J. Richardichard Broughton
Assistant Professor of Law

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner. 

Because it’s a major part of what we do.  Whether you agree or disagree with the analyses and methodologies that Scalia and Garner employ, their insights will prove invaluable in learning how to grapple with the language of the law.


Karen HenHenning, Karen McDonaldning
Assistant Professor of Law

The Nine by Toobin -- a fascinating glimpse of 10 years at the Supreme Court when the Justices remained the same. The book gives the "inside scoop" on many of the major constitutional cases from 1995 until 2005 and is a page turner.

Arc of Justice by Boyle -- a gripping story set in Detroit in the 1920s involving an african-american family who bought a house and subjected to mob violence. The book provides an insiders' look at the Detroit social, political and legal scheme.

An Innocent Man by Grisham -- a true story about the conviction of an innocent
man in Oklahoma. Even though you know that the individual is innocent, Grisham
keeps you glued to the book.

The New Yorker and Atlantic magazines. Both cover many current legal issues.


maveal
Professor of Law
 
Karl Llewellyn's The Bramble Bush: On our Law and its Study, the classic introduction to your lilfe in law.   
 
The Bramble Bush is a sublime primer on the study of law and the vital role of lawyers in our courts and society.  I recommend this book for its insights on the lawyer's craft and how the rigor of law school empowers a person to be the change they want to see in the world.  While much has changed in law schools since this book was first published in 1930, its lessons are still true today.

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Markeisha Miner
Assistant Dean
Career Services and Outreach

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.  

Boyle provides a fascinating account of a murder trial involving some of the most famous names in Detroit’s and the legal profession’s history: Judge Frank Murphy, former University of Detroit law professor who went on to become a United States Supreme Court Justice; renowned defense attorney Clarence Darrow; and Ossian Sweet, a doctor whose family fought to live in the neighborhood of their choice.  Lawyers and non-lawyers alike will have a hard time putting this book down.


bryceC. Michael Bryce
Associate Professor

Whether you are taking classes or working this summer, a good chance exists for you to build upon your "context" of knowledge for becoming a good lawyer.  You can do so through reading certain books and actually playing certain games. 
 
Many students believe that learning to be a lawyer is only done through reading numerous law books, law review articles, legal outlines and treatises in law school; but that is hardly the gamut that fully develops your judgment to be an effective attorney! 
 
The following list is offered as one view of what is essential reading for developing to be a lawyer, outside of law books and the classroom.  I recognize that many of you may have read a number of these books, but I still offer them as important in developing to be a Renaissance person! 

My reading list would include:

  1. "Rumpole of the Bailey" by John Mortimer.
  2. "Babette's Feast" by Isak Dinesen.
  3. "1984" by George Orwell.
  4. "How Life Imitates Chess" by Gary Kasparov
  5. "The Prince" by Machiavelli.

paruchDeborah Paruch
Associate Professor of Law

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Supplementary Reading Materials:

Questions to Consider

Opinion in the Federal District Habeas Corpus Case William v. Reynolds

Opinion in the libel action filed by the prosecutor in the case against Grisham and Dennis Fritz (the other man accused of the murder)


nancyNancy M. Omichinski
Director of Academic Support

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System by Jay M. Feinman.

This book provides a nice overview of many of the basic subjects studied in law school. It is written for non-lawyers and is very easy to read and comprehend. Law school applicants should find this book interesting and helpful, because it will give them a start in thinking about the subjects in which they will immerse themselves beginning in the first semester. Law school applicants also might recommend this book to their non- lawyer family members and friends who wish to learn something about the subjects that law students typically study.

EVENTS


2014 Fall On-Campus Interviews: Early Interview Session - Room 121

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UDM Law welcomes participating employers to our 2014 Fall On-Campus Interview Program.


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

  • 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.

    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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  • 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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  • UDM Law School Receives $15,000 Project Grant

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is one of seven law establishments around the country to receive a $15,000 project grant from The American Bar Association. Grants are given through the Legal Access Job Corps initiative established by ABA President James R. Silkenat and are available to bar associations, courts, law schools or other groups that propose to employ new lawyers in innovative ways to address the legal needs of poor or moderate-income individuals.

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