Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

Friday, May 13. 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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University of Detroit Mercy Law Review

A Historical Perspective

            The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review has enjoyed a rich, vibrant history over nearly the past century. Established merely four years after the inception of the University of Detroit’s Law Department, the Law Review’s initial focus was to provide helpful information to legal practitioners throughout Michigan. This objective has been both refined and broadened over the past century, but the underlying essence—to help practitioners solve contemporary legal problems in the community—remains unchanged. Today, the Law Review is committed to exposing important issues in Michigan as well as in the United States, and is devoted to finding practical solutions to these problems.

            The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (at the time known as University of Detroit Law Department) was established in 1912, and in 1916 the Monthly Law Review was instituted.[i] The early issues of the Monthly Law Review featured written reports of Michigan Circuit Court opinions.[ii] These reports were known as the Michigan Circuit Court Reports.  At that time, Michigan Reports was virtually the only source of Michigan law that was widely available to the legal community. Consequently, the Monthly Law Review provided an essential service to practicing attorneys in Michigan.[iii] Over the next few years, the Monthly Law Review was modified slightly and publications were released on a bi-monthly basis. As a result, the journal was conveniently renamed the Bi-monthly Law Review.[iv]

            In 1931, the organization once again changed its name to the University of Detroit Law Journal.[v] However, in 1933, the Law Journal was forced to suspend its publication due to the financial havoc created by the Great Depression.[vi] It was not until six years later, in 1939, that it resumed publication.[vii] The Law Journal built a strong reputation over the next eight years, and in 1947, the United States Supreme Court asked to be placed on the list of regular subscribers and requested copies of all back issues of the Law Journal.[viii] This subscription secured the Law Journal’s status as a leading legal periodical in the United States and added to its ever-growing list of subscribers—which at that time included virtually all leading law schools, the Michigan Supreme Court, a plethora of federal courts, and even some foreign law schools.[ix]

            The Law Journal once again gained notoriety in 1966 when it was renamed the Journal of Urban Law.[x] This change was prompted by a general feeling among legal educators that contemporary law programs did not adequately prepare students for the increased role that the law played in contemporary society.[xi] In response, the University implemented a series of changes designed to help prepare students for their professional careers by rendering vital services to the urban community. These changes included an alteration in the curriculum to focus on urban law, the establishment of an urban law clinic to enable students to gain legal experience in assisting the poor in the community, and as previously mentioned, the renaming of the University’s Law Review to the Journal of Urban Law.[xii] The Journal of Urban Law was to be devoted to “exploring the myriad problems that cities must contend with today and in the future.”[xiii] The editor’s aim was to “investigate, expose, propose, and thereby improve” the conditions of urban cities across the country.[xiv] This novel concept for a law journal attracted a great deal of attention, both intra-state and nationally, and numerous prominent politicians wrote letters supporting this concept:

                        I am pleased to be informed of your efforts to form the Journal of Urban Law. A publication such as this will serve a most important purpose in dealing with the complexities of modern urban life.
                                The University of Detroit School of Law is to be commended for seeking to develop a format for discussion of these legal issues. I wish you well with this project.

Robert F. Kennedy,

United States Senate [xv]

 

                                My congratulations on this very ambitious and needed venture.
                                The burgeoning growth of urban problems has brought increasing demands upon this area of the legal profession. I’m certain the Journal of Urban Law will contribute greatly upon the more orderly attack upon the vital urban issues that confront us all.

 George Romney

Governor, Michigan [xvi]

 

                            I am pleased at the prospect of a law journal devoted entirely to the problems of the city. There is no such publication today. It is rare to find articles relating to the legal aspects of the problems of metropolitan areas. A journal concerned with this subject will a pressing need.
                                I congratulate you and your associates on your initiative. I am sure the Journal of Urban Law will be a respected and widely read publication

Gerald R. Ford

Congressman, Michigan [xvii]

 

            The Law Journal was renamed in 1985 to University of Detroit Law Review, and finally again in 1991 to the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review when the University of Detroit merged with the Mercy College of Detroit. Nonetheless, the members remain committed to addressing the pressing issues that the City of Detroit is faced with, and proposing practical solutions to these issues. Through its publications, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review strives to meaningfully contribute to the revitalization of the City of Detroit and advance legal discourse throughout the country.  The Law Review therefore presents its subscribers with a wide array of topics reaching beyond the traditional field of law into matters of great importance for the community as a whole.



[i] Law Review of the Law Department of the University of Detroit, Why Every Lawyer Should Receive the Monthly Law Review, 1 U. Det. Monthly L. Rev. viii (1916).

[ii] Id.

[iii] See Why Every Lawyer Should Receive the Monthly Law Review, supra note 1, at viii (Circuit Court opinions, though invaluable to attorneys in 1916, were practically unavailable. “These [Circuit Court] opinions are not preserved, often are lost, and are inaccessible except through the Monthly Law Review.”).

[iv] Herman J. Muller, The University of Detroit 1877–1977: A Centennial History 141 (1977).

[v] Id.

[vi] Id. at 266.

[vii] Id.

[viii] Id.

[ix] Id.

[x] Id. at 305.

[xi] Id.

[xii] Id.

[xiii] L.B.P. Editor, Introduction, 44 J. Urb. L. 1 (1966–67).

[xiv] Muller, supra note 4, at 305.

[xv] L.B.P. Editor, supra note 13, at 5.

[xvi] Id. at 6.

[xvii] Id. at 5.

EVENTS


Jesuit Day of Service - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Jesuit Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 30, at Detroit Mercy Law. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends are invited to participate in service projects supporting the Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church and Pope Francis Center for the homeless.

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Murphy Honor Society Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The annual Murphy Honor Society dinner, honoring the top ten percent of the graduating class, will be held on Saturday, April 30. This is an opportunity for the students and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and administration of Detroit Mercy Law. For additional details, please contact Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


American Inns of Court Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

The annual year-end celebration of the Detroit Mercy Law American Inns of Court chapter will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Detroit Mercy Law has the only Michigan charter membership in the American Inns of Court Foundation, which has the goal of instilling excellence in advocacy and professionalism. For additional details, please contact Professor Gary Maveal.


Baccalaureate Mass - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law.  This Mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students' educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as they begin their legal career.  Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., will preside.

Graduates, faculty, and administrators should wear their academic regalia and gather by 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor hallway opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

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Commencement - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Commencement proceedings for the School of Law's Class of 2016 will occur on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher ('65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

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Canadian and American Dual JD Program Reception in Toronto - Omni King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Alumni, current students, and fall 2016 admitted students are invited to attend events co-hosted by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The afternoon begins at 4:00 p.m. with a Continuing Legal Education presentation by Professors Jeffrey Berryman and Troy Harris, "All the Goods about Good Faith Contracting," followed by a cocktail reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For further details, visit www.dualjd.com

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Alumni Reception in Chicago - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni in the Chicago area on Tuesday, June 7. Details will follow soon.


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

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