We have had an eventful year in 2013-2014. I’m sure you have heard our biggest news for the year: UDM has announced the appointment of our new dean, Phyllis L. Crocker. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2014. Dean Crocker hails 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. We are thrilled to welcome her!
Another piece of news which is making us proud this year is our newest ranking for clinical experiences. UDM Law placed 18th in a ranking conducted by The National Jurist magazine of all law schools in the United States offering clinical opportunities for students, as reported in the magazine's sister publication, preLaw. Our clinic program began in 1965 with the founding of the Urban Law Clinic. We offer anywhere from six to ten clinics at a time, each addressing a distinct area of the law. We pride ourselves on having a program that meets the increasing and evolving needs of the citizens of metropolitan Detroit as well as military veterans across the country.
We celebrated a great slate of events this year, including the November 9 Reunion Gala, which honored our alumni who have become members of the judiciary. February ended with a forum on the move of the Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Michael J. Talbot '71 presented and Interim Dean Troy Harris moderated. Our annual Law Review Symposium, held this year at the School of Law, addressed the topic of "Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities." This was followed up by the McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on March 19, when we were honored by the presence of lecturer Sarah (Sally) Barringer Gordon from the University of Pennsylvania. Her lecture, "An American Heresy: Trusteeism and the Corporate Law of Religion in the Early National United States," addressed the history of American Catholicism and its engagement in corporate law, especially in the early national period.
We look forward to celebrating with the class of 2014 as they move on from their time at UDM Law to establish their careers.
Mark A. Wisniewski (’90)
President, UDM Law Alumni Association