HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

  • * A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • * A clinical program that entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • * Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • * Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • * Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

  • * Dual degree program with the University of Windsor
  • * Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • * Established relationship with Universite d"Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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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


10.22.14 - Hands-on Learning Webinar - Online Webinar

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Join Professors Karen Henning, David Koelsch, and Thomas Saybolt, on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. to learn about UDM Law’s model for legal education: hands-on learning from day one, dedication to social justice, commitment to developing a global perspective, and expanding your career opportunities. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


11.08.14 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students.  


Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights - Atrium

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law in partnership with the National Association of Women Judges, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region present Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights. Meet judges and lawyers, and possibly gain a mentor in a fun, "speed-networking" format.  A reception will follow the program.  Advance registration on Career Connect is required as space is limited.


11.13.14 - How to Write a Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in your personal statement. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email


Reunion Gala for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion Gala will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) as UDM's 2014 Alumni Award recipient.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni, with special recognition given this year to the classes of 1964, 1989, and 2004.


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary reception.

 

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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