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Phyllis L. Crocker Named University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean

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DETROIT, Mich. – February 4, 2014 – The University of Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Phyllis L. Crocker as the Dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2014.

 

Crocker joins UDM from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, where she is a Professor of Law and recently served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. "The University looks forward to welcoming Professor Crocker to the University of Detroit Mercy community and seeing the many contributions she will make in advancing the School of Law," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.

Professor Crocker has written extensively on the constitutional, historical, and cultural underpinnings of capital punishment, and she has served on many advisory committees as a nationally recognized authority on the death penalty. She chaired the American Bar Association Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team that published Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Report (2007). In 2010, she was named to the Steering Committee of the ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project. In 2011, she was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio State Bar Association Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty. She also serves her community as a Commissioner on the Cuyahoga County Public Defender Commission and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

Crocker has been a co-author of the Ohio practice treatise Criminal Law (3rd edition, 2009), including annual supplements, since 2006. She has authored articles and given many presentations throughout her career primarily on the topic of the death penalty. She has received several prestigious awards, most recently the 2010 YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award and the 2009 and 2008 Cleveland State University Administrative Merit Recognition Award. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Crocker received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. After graduating law school, she clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Subsequently, she was an associate for three years in a Chicago law firm specializing in complex federal civil litigation, including civil rights and commercial class actions. From 1989 to 1994, she was a staff attorney at the Texas Resource Center, a federally-funded community defender organization that represented indigents on death row in their post-conviction appeals. While there, she served as co-counsel on Herrera v. Collins, 506 U.S. 390 (1993), challenging the constitutionality of executing one who is innocent.

Crocker joined Cleveland-Marshall in 1994 and has taught Capital Punishment, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I and II, and Externships. She was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2006 to July 2010 and the Interim Dean from March 2010 to June 2011. Under her leadership, the law school expanded the externship program, adopted comprehensive curriculum reform, completed the fundraising for and construction of a technologically state-of-the-art trial courtroom at the law school, and increased fundraising in key strategic categories, while leading the law school through a university-wide budget reduction process.

"It is an honor to join UDM as the next dean of the law school," said Crocker. "I am excited to become part of a law school that has such a strong and longstanding commitment to preparing students to be excellent, ethical attorneys ready to represent their clients and serve their communities. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, graduates and friends of the law school to build on the school's traditions and accomplishments."

About University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Founded in 1912, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a Catholic institution sponsored by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The School is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Jesuit and Mercy values blend together at UDM Law to create an open-minded learning environment that focuses on intellectual rigor and service to others. At UDM Law, the ideals of ethics and professionalism are emphasized, demonstrated, and practiced throughout every aspect of the curriculum, both inside the classroom and in off-campus settings.

UDM Law is a diverse, collegial community where students explore differing thoughts and perspectives in an inclusive setting committed to the principles of equal educational opportunity. As part of this supportive environment, students readily access the help of faculty and staff and enjoy networking with and learning from alumni.

For more information about the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, please visit www.law.udmercy.edu.

Contacts:

Denise P. Hickey, Assistant Dean, School of Law, 313-596-0202, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary D. Lichtman, Director, Media Relations, 313-993-1254, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EVENTS


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 4:30 pm

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.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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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Judicial Clerkship Panel: Alumni Perspectives - Room 235

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Alumni who have secured judicial clerkships will share their experiences about what clerkships are, their value, and how you can obtain one, too.  Lunch will be served.  Please register on Career Connect.


9.30.2014 - Degree and Scholarship Opportunities Webinar - Online Webinar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Join the Admission Office on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm to learn about degree and scholarships opportunities at UDM Law.

Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


10.9.2014 - Application and Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in an application for admission, including the personal statement.

Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email. 

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