No Better Place to Learn Law and Make Connections

No Better Place to Learn Law and Make Connections

Students find a welcoming, supportive and diverse campus to learn, grow and connect with their fellow students, mentors and other legal professionals.

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

Writing is integral to the UDM Law curriculum beginning with the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis class in the first year.

No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

The Law Firm Program bridges the gap between legal theory and legal practice. Students learn how a law firm works and gain valuable experience.

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National Moot Court Competition

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On November 10-11, 2012, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law had the privilege of hosting a regional round for the 63rd annual New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition.   The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest appellate law moot court tournament in the country, and the regional rounds showcase the oral and written appellate advocacy skills of law students from across the Midwest region.  There were a total of sixteen teams competing this year from the University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, Thomas M. Cooley, Capital University, Cleveland Marshall, University of Toledo, and the University of Detroit Mercy.  UDM Law was honored to have been chosen to host the tournament this year and enjoyed a successful competition.

We are proud to announce that our team of Laura Gibson, Christopher Kwiecien, and Dan Bonucci advanced to the Semi-Final Rounds but were narrowly defeated by Ohio State.  The Champion of the entire Regional Round was Ohio State University and the Runner-Up was Case Western.

Most importantly, both of our UDM teams performed very well in brief writing, with the Gibson/Kwiecien/Bonucci team receiving a Runner-Up Best Brief award (only one point below the Best Brief), and the other UDM team of Erin Stafford, Javon Hindo, and Brian Smith finishing 6th out of 16 teams.  Also, Chris Kwiecien received a Top Ten Oralist award for his performance in the Preliminary Rounds.  Congratulations to both teams and to Professors Richard Broughton, Julia Belian, and Karen Henning for coaching these students to their successful finishes. 

Professor Michelle Streicher as tournament director for UDM Law did a spectacular job with the Moot Court Board of Advocates Competition Committee of Joshua Latzman, Sara Lowry, Deanna Kossaras, Anna Valk, and Ellisse Rutkofske Thompson. And many thanks to Dean Lloyd Semple and Assistant Deans Denise Hickey and Amy Smith for their support along with the housekeeping, building, IT, and catering crews.  This was certainly a team effort, and that showed in the wonderful outcome.

Please take a moment to check out the Photo Gallery of the weekend.

EVENTS


Successful Job Search Strategies: Alumni Perspectives - Room 235

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Recent graduates Michael Glynne '12 of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and Matthew Nicols '12 of the Legal Aid and Defender Association will share tips on how to stay focused throughout the law school experience on the ultimate goal: finding a job.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 235 and lunch will be served.  Your advance registration on Career Connect will help us to order adequate refreshments.


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

  • DETROIT’S REDEVELOPMENT CREATES JOBS FOR LAW STUDENTS AND ATTORNEYS

    Markeisha Miner, Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach, discussed in The National Law Journal how Detroit's reorganization and redevelopment have generated exciting work for law students and attorneys in the city. Dean Miner commented that the positive employment outcomes include an expansion of summer-associate programs for students and a demand for recent UDM Law graduates with computer, mechanical, and electrical engineering backgrounds due to the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit.

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  • Professor David Koelsch leads a panel discussion on the issue of Central American children

    WDET, Detroit MI. Listen to Professor David Koelsch, Director Immigration Law Clinic, as he leads a panel discussion on the issue of Central American children and President Obama's forthcoming administrative actions to address the immigration matters Congress is unable to address. Joining Professor Koelsch is Raquel Garcia Anderson from Global Detroit and Susan Reed from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.

    Listen to the Podcast

  • 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.

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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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