Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 12. For more information please read the FAQ.

STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

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

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 ensures every student the opportunity to represent a client.
  • A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Downtown Detroit location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting Detroit Mercy Law graduates
  • Ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law or Family Law

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

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Annual Symposium

2017 SYMPOSIUM 

 The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms. Click Here for more information.

 

2016 SYMPOSIUM 

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review celebrated its 100th anniversary with an academic symposium to be held on March 4, 2016 at Detroit Mercy Law in downtown Detroit. The Centennial Symposium showcased the past, present, and future of the City of Detroit, and gathered scholars, policy makers, and community members to discuss the past, present, and future of Detroit.

We recorded the event for those who were unable to attend. You can watch Deputy Mayor McKinnon give his Opening Remarks; the first panel examine Detroit's Past: Race, Riots, and Wars; an inside out view of Bankruptcy and the Grand Bargin, an exciting look at Detroit's Future; and Judge Michael Riordan's Closing Remarks.  

You can watch the video of the symposium the here. 

Any questions regarding the Symposium should be directed to Law Review Centennial Symposium Director Katherine Ross at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the UDM Law Review Website.

2015 SYMPOSIUM 

The 2015 Symposium titled, “The Public Trust Doctrine: An Ancient Tool for Protecting the Great Lakes from New Hazards,” will be held on Friday, Ocober 16, 2015, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit, from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm. 

For more information please visit the Law Review's Website.

PARTICIPANTS:

Catherine Iorns Magallanes
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

Melissa Scanlan
Associate Professor
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT

James Huffman
Dean Emeritus
Lewis and Clark Law School
Portland, OR

Alexis Andiman
Graduate Fellow Attorney
The Conservation Law Center
Bloomington, Indiana

Noah Hall
Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI

Nicholas Schroeck
Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Law
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI
 

2014 SYMPOSIUM 

The 2014 Symposium titled, “Going to Seed:  Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities,” will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit, from 9:30 am - 2:45 pm. 

Please click here to register for the 2014 Symposium.

Please click here to view the 2014 Symposium Agenda.

Please click here to view the 2014 Symposium Flyer.

PARTICIPANTS:

Jaime Bouvier
Senior Instructor in Law & Co-Director of the Academic and Writing Support Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Cleveland, OH

Daniel Carmody
President of Eastern Market Corporation
Detroit, MI

Becky L. Jacobs
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee College of Law
Knoxville, TN

Dara Marcus
Graduate Student in Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Jessica Owley
Associate Professor
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Buffalo, NY

Daniel Pitera
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director of Detroit Collaborative Design Center
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI

Rebecca Purdom
Assistant Dean of Environment Programs, Director of Distance Learning, and Associate Professor of Law
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT

Anastasia Telesetsky
Associate Professor
University of Idaho College of Law
Moscow, ID

Peter T. Wendel
Professor
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Becky Lundberg Witt
Staff Attorney
Community Law Center, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Julia Belian - moderator
Associate Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

Bret Boyce - moderator
Associate Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

Jacqueline P. Hand - moderator
Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Detroit, MI

2013 SYMPOSIUM

The 2013 Symposium titled, “Global Michigan:  Immigration and Economic Growth,” was held on March 8, 2013, at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Please click here for a copy of the 2013 Symposium program containing information on our distinguished speakers, panelists, and moderators.

2012 Symposium

Please click here for a copy of the 2012 Symposium program containing more information on our distinguished moderators and panelists.

The 2012 Symposium titled, “The Future of Intellectual Property,” was held on March 9, 2012 at the Detroit Athletic Club, and consisted of four panels covering the topics of: The Future of Patent Law, The Future of Trademark Law, The Future of Copyright, and The Future of International Intellectual Property Law.

    

A special thank you to our distinguished panelists, which included:

The Future of Patent Law:

  • Judge Avern Cohn - United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Dr. Saby Ghoshray Ph. D., President - Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director - World Compliance Co.
  • Denise Glassmeyer, Shareholder - Young Basile Hanlon & MacFarlane P.C.

The Future of Trademark Law:

  • Tim Gorbatoff, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel - General Motors
  • Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.,  McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law -Tulane University Law School

The Future of Copyright Law:

  • Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Manging Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center - George Washington University Law School
  • Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law - University of Michigan Law School
  • Marybeth Peters, Former United States Register of Copyrights

The Future of International Intellectual Property Law:

  • Myra J. Tawfik, Professor of Law -University of Windsor School of Law (Windsor Law)
  • Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law -Director, Intellectual Property Law Center - Drake University Law School
  • Michele J. Woods, Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs - United States Copyright Office

The moderators for the 2012 Symposium:

  • Michael P. Brennan, Principal - Harness Dickey
  • Charlie Rutherford - Law Offices of Charles R. Rutherford; Retired Shareholder - Dykema Gossett, PLLC
  • Howard B. Abrams, Professor of Law - University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Please click here for a copy of the 2012 Symposium program containing more information on our distinguished moderators and panelists. 

2011 Symposium

Our 2011 Symposium on the topic of "Celebrating an Anniversary: A Twenty-Year Review of Justice Clarence Thomas' Jurisprudence and Contributions as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court" was held on March 11, 2011. We were honored to have this discussion moderated by Justice Brian Zahra of the Michigan Supreme Court and Judge Christopher Murray of the Michigan Court of Appeals, along with the outstanding contributions from our panelists.

 

Our distinguished panel of speakers

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(left to right) Ralph Rossum of Claremont McKenna College, Christopher Smith of Michigan State University, Lee Strang of The University of Toledo, Ilya Somin of George Mason University, Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean Lloyd Semple, keynote lunch speaker John Eastman who is Justice Thomas' former clerk and the former dean and current Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman University School of Law, Scott Gerber of Ohio Northern University, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law graduate Shaun Springer, Jonathan Entin of Case Western Reserve University, J. Richard Broughton of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Richard Albert of Boston College.

 

EVENTS


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

Event Details>>


Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.

For more information click HERE.


Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy 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.  

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

Register Online>>         More Information>>


A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

Event Brochure>>     Event Invitation>>

Sponsorship Form>>     Purchase Tickets>>

NEWS

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here

  • Dual JD 2L Featured in the Legal News

    Dual JD Program 2L Nashara Peart was featured in the Legal News. “Given the recent change in American government and the extensive media coverage on the results of the change in power, I find it exciting to be studying law at this moment in history”.  Read the full feature here

  • Professor Beydoun and Alum Abed Ayoub were Panelists for a "Teach-In"

    Professor Khaled Beydoun and alumnus Abed Ayoub ('05) of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were panelists for a "teach-in" hosted by the Harvard Arab Students Association Wednesday. They shared legal advice with Harvard's international students potentially impacted by President Trump's recent travel ban. 

    Read the article here

  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program

    Alumnae Florence Schoenherr-Warnez ('57) and Dana M. Warnez ('96) met with law students yesterday as part of our Lunch with a Lawyer Program. The mother/daughter duo had a strong impact on all of us who attended. They practice together at Schoenherr Cahill & Warnez PC in Center Line.

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