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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UDM LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MARK WISNIEWSKI HONORED BY DE LA SALLE

De La Salle Collegiate High School honors UDM Law Alumni Association President Mark Wisniewski ('90) at its annual Christian Brothers' Dinner on May 1.

 

UDM Law alumnus and Alumni Association President Mark A. Wisniewski ('90) has been selected by De La Salle Collegiate High School to be the honoree at the school's 33rd Annual Christian Brothers' Dinner on May 1, 2014. Wisniewski, a 1983 graduate of De La Salle, is the head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department of his law firm, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, and is Firm Manager Elect.

Nearly 1,000 men, including alumni and supporters of the Christian Brothers and the Lasallian mission, will attend the dinner and awards ceremony at Penna's in Sterling Heights. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for De La Salle, an all-boys' Catholic high school located in Warren, MI.

In announcing Wisniewski's selection, Brother Thomas Lackey, FSC, President of De La Salle, said, "When I think about what Mark has done for De La Salle and the Brothers, I am in awe. He is not only an ambassador for the school to his classmates, but also to the larger community."

Honoree Wisniewski said, "We know there are fathers and mothers out there today who want the best educational opportunity for their sons. They just want to give their sons a fighting chance in this ever-changing world. They know that education is the greatest gift they can give their sons. We support the dinner to make sure that Catholic education, and more importantly Lasallian education, is affordable to those who want to attend."

Wisniewski is the youngest of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Betty Lou) Wisniewski. The four Wisniewski brothers all attended St. Raymond Grade School in Detroit, and all are graduates of De La Salle Collegiate High School. Wisniewski went on to attend the University of Michigan before earning his J.D. at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

He joined the Detroit office of the 100-member law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook in 1990, and in 2012 he was selected as Firm Manager Elect. As head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department, he has served as first chair in several multi-million dollar property damage lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on cases involving asbestos. Wisniewski is also experienced in medical malpractice, products liability, and premises liability defense. He has been elected as a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2008. In addition to being the President of the Alumni Association at UDM School of Law, he is also an adjunct professor of trial practice at the School.

EVENTS


January 17, 2015 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

Time of event to be determined. 

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.  


January 21, 2015 - Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


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

  • PRO BONO PROJECT AT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION COURT– UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved a project sponsored by UDM's Immigration Law Clinic to provide rights presentations and relief screenings to Central American women and their minor children who entered the U.S. during the recent "surge" in such persons fleeing their home countries. UDM's partners in the project are the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), and the American Bar Association (ABA). UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project.

    In addition to helping women and children navigate the complexities of the Immigration Court process, the project will help participants in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program and UDM's clinic students hone their interviewing and advising skills. Specifically, they will advise, counsel, refer, and, in certain cases, represent women and their children. UDM will also conduct a series of regular trainings for AILA members regarding forms of relief, best practices for representation, and issues unique to women and children respondents.

     

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  • UDM LAW SHINES AT NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITIONS

    The School of Law congratulates the Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams' briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

    The National Veteran's Law Moot Court team of Jennifer Richards and Christopher Ferlito, coached by Professor Peggy Costello, won the award for Best Respondent Brief at the competition in Washington, D.C. They competed against twenty teams.

    Samantha Boyd and Alexander Brown, coached by alumnus Sean Cowley '09, participated in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. The team argued very well in Columbus and achieved a top 10 brief score.

    The team of Emily Banks, Eva Janta, and Julia Abd-Elseed also competed in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, receiving one of the highest brief scores in the tournament. Coached by alumni Javon Hindo '13 and Alanna P. O'Rourke '10, they advanced to the quarterfinals. The team was defeated by a margin of merely 1.5 points and narrowly missed the semifinal round.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSOR LARRY DUBIN PROVIDES EXPERT COMMENTARY ON MICHIGAN'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN

    Professor Larry Dubin commented in the Detroit News recently that the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the DeBoer case, upholding MIchigan's gay marriage ban in a 2 -1 split decision by the panel, is an attractive case for the U.S. Supreme Court to review on appeal.  "It is the only circuit that held that voters in a state can deny the right to marriage to same-sex couples.  There also is a good record that was made at trial before Judge Friedman," Dubin said.  "It seems logical that the Court will take this case now that there is a division among the federal circuit courts."

    Michigan couple take gay marriage plea to high court, Nov. 17, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • ASST. DEAN MARKEISHA MINER PROVIDES ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW ADVICE IN MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY

    In a recent edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly, UDM Law Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach Markeisha Miner provided advice to students on how to have a successful on-campus interview.  Some of her key points were to dress professionally, keep your cellphone powered off and stored away, and take advantage of the School of Law's Mentor Jet practice interview session.

    Read Michigan Lawyers Weekly Article "Getting to Know You - How Law Firms Handle the On-Campus Interview"

     

  • 3L VANESSA GUERRA WINS MICHIGAN’S 95TH DISTRICT HOUSE RACE

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    3L Vanessa Guerra, D-Bridgeport Township, became Representative Guerra on November 4 after winning the race for Michigan's House of Representatives to represent her home region of the 95th District. The 25-year-old law student and Bridgeport Township trustee was still canvassing the District on election day and commented, "You can never take anything for granted." Her hard work certainly paid off: she won 76 percent of the vote.

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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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