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Lunch with a Lawyer

The Lunch with a Lawyer program was developed by the Alumni Relations Office in conjunction with the Career Services Office to host attorneys, judges, and business leaders (many of whom are Detroit Mercy Law alumni) who come to Detroit Mercy Law to visit with students over lunch or late afternoon hors d'oeuvres. The number of students at each event is limited in order to give all students who participate an opportunity for truly meaningful interaction and conversation with our guests.

Some of our previous Lunch with a Lawyer guests include:


    Storm T. Kirschenbaum 03

    October 13, 2011


    In July 2007, sports attorney Storm Kirschenbaum formed Metis Sports Management, LLC, a full service sports management company.  MSM specializes in baseball and football representation, with a major focus on marketing professional athletes.

    Prior to MSM, Mr. Kirschenbaum served three years as Vice President of Integrity Sports Player Representation, Inc., where he oversaw the baseball, football, and marketing divisions.  He has represented over 140 professional athletes. 

    Storm Kirschenbaum is a Certified Contract advisor both in the NFL and CFL.  He is also a MLBPA Certified Player Agent.  Mr. Kirschenbaum was a successful baseball player having set or broken eight Michigan high school baseball records with Birmingham Groves.  He was named to the USA Today All-American Team, All-State, and prestigious Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association “Dream Team” along with Drew Henson (Detroit Lions) and Ryan Anderson (Milwaukee Brewers).  He was also selected Athlete of the Year by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation and Player of the Year by the Royal Oak Tribune.

    After an exceptional high school career, Mr. Kirschenbaum received a scholarship from number one ranked University of Florida, where he joined teammates David Eckstein (San Diego Padres), Brad Wilkerson (Boston Red Sox), Mark Ellis (Oakland Athletics), and Josh Fogg (Colorado Rockies).  He played his last two seasons at Long Island University – C.W. Post (Division I), where he was awarded the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Merit Medal (given to one athlete in the conference for the highest academic average and athletic achievement).

    Mr. Kirschenbaum graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Long Island University.  He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he served three terms as President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. He serves on the Board of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation Hall of Fame and Athlete of the Year Selection Committees and the Hank Greenberg Golf and Tennis Invitational.  He is the co-founder of the Michigan Boxing Hall of Fame and sits on the board of the Inner City Exposure Foundation.  Mr. Kirschenbaum is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Forum and a member of the Michigan State Bar.  He is a contributing editor for The Sports Network, North America’s foremost international real-time sports wire service website.  His column is entitled “The Agent Chronicles.”  Highly regarded publication DBusiness voted Mr. Kirschenbaum a “Top 30 in their Thirties Business Owners” for 2011.


    Daniel P. Dalton 90

    Daniel P. Dalton is a founding member of Dalton & Tomich, PLC.  He represents religious entities, businesses, and individuals in land use disputes throughout the United States.  He has successfully obtained the use of land, money damages, or both in every case he has litigated under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause.  Mr. Dalton received his bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley of the Michigan Supreme Court.  He has been named one of the top 25 lawyers in the State of Michigan in 2010, a “Super Lawyer” as corporate counsel and in land use and zoning continuously since 2008, and a top lawyer in dBusiness Magazine.  He currently serves on several boards and committees, including the ABA State and Local Government Law Section, Land Use Committee, Leadership Detroit Board of Trustees, and the MORE program.  He is a life member of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Planning Association and the Michigan Planning Society.

    Richard T. Krisciunas 75

    Professor Richard Krisciunas learned the value of externships after completing a summer externship with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office.  After handling 15 trials as a law student, he decided to make prosecution a career.  After graduating in 1975, Prof. Krisciunas was a trial lawyer in the Prosecutor’s Repeat Offenders Bureau (PROB) and handled several high visibility trials involving serial rapists, robbers, and murderers, and he was subsequently assigned to Squad 7, the Detroit Police Department’s felony murder section.  In 1982, he became a supervisor in the Trial Division and was responsible for overseeing more than 4,000 felony prosecutions a year and assisted in training new trial attorneys.  Later, he served as the Chief of the Trial Division under Prosecutor Mike Duggan.

    Prof. Krisciunas has taught Trial Practice as an adjunct professor since 1982.  He has been a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and a board member and lecturer for the Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program.  He joined UDM Law full-time as Director of Externships in 2004 and teaches the classroom component of the Criminal Trial Clinic.  He continues to take court-appointed cases, practices criminal law, and enjoys having his students shadow him on visits to court.


    Randall L. Rutkofske

    November 15, 2011

    Randall Rutkofske is the General Counsel of Detroit Edison and the Associate General Counsel of DTE Energy Company (NYSE:  DTE), a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.  DTE’s largest operating subsidiaries are Detroit Edison and MichCon, which together provide electric and gas services to more than three million residential, business, and industrial customers. 

    Mr. Rutkofske earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.   

    Mr. Rutkofske has been in DTE’s General Counsel Organization (GCO) for over 20 years, providing and coordinating a broad range of legal support for DTE’s Energy Related Businesses.  He also leads the enterprise-wide Continuous Improvement, General Liability, Employment, Labor, Legal Investigations, and Administration groups.  He has significant experience in legal technology applications, e-discovery, continuous improvement, recruiting and staffing, and financial reporting.   Mr. Rutkofske has been involved in establishing a wide range of creative fee arrangements with law firms and has experimented with various law firm compensation and service delivery models across different practice areas aimed at aligning internal and external incentives.  He has also led initiatives at DTE which involved developing real time business intelligence capabilities through establishing metrics, data capture, reporting, and analysis. 

    Mr. Rutkofske spent nearly 10 years providing human resources, labor relations, and financial/business support in various utility leadership roles prior to joining the General Counsel’s Organization.  He has been extensively involved in collective bargaining, employment investigations, compliance, and litigation, also.


    Scott G. Weinberg 88

    January 24, 2012

    Scott G. Weinberg is the managing partner of Weinberg Law, a criminal defense firm based in Franklin, MI. Mr. Weinberg manages a network of a dozen attorneys in defending clients on a variety of criminal offenses. Before moving to private practice in 1997, he was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.

    Mr. Weinberg is an expert guest commentator on Court TV, TruTv, and CBS Radio for noted cases including People v. Jack Kevorkian, the Jenny Jones murder case, People v. Donald Debolt (covered nationally by Court TV), and People v. Watts. He is a regular guest on major Detroit stations including WXYT, WWJ, and WJR, and he hosts his own legal talk show, Weinberg on the Law, on CBS Radio and

    A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit School of Law, Mr. Weinberg is a member of the Michigan and Illinois State Bar Associations.


    Lisa A. Thelirian 04

    JANUARY 30, 2012

    Lisa A. Tehlirian is an attorney at Ellis Porter, PLC with more than seven years of experience in immigration law. After completing law school, Ms. Tehlirian was accepted into the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program, where she worked as the Judicial Law Clerk/Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. In this capacity, she researched novel immigration issues and drafted legal memoranda and judicial opinions for the immigration judges. Prior to joining Ellis Porter, she worked as an immigration attorney at Kennedy Riordan & Associates, a former metropolitan Detroit immigration law firm, where she had a lead role in managing the firm’s individual and family immigration services group. Ms. Tehlirian specializes in individual and family based immigration law, inadmissibility and removability issues, naturalization, citizenship, and employment based immigration law.

    Ms. Tehlirian received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.

    Ms. Tehlirian received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.

All lunches are held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge.

Detroit Mercy Law students who wish to make a reservation should contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at (313) 596-0202

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