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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Since 1916, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review has contributed to the legal scholarship of the State of Michigan and the nation. The UDM Law Review articles have been cited in opinions from the United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous state supreme courts.

This student-led organization publishes four issues a year and hosts an annual symposium in the spring to discuss topics of developing legal significance and scholarly debate. The Law Review also strives to provide opportunities for its members to improve their research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as develop a greater sense of the culture of the legal profession.

NEWS AND EVENTS


APRIL 2015

The 2015/2016 Executive Board is happy to announce the Editorial Board for next year:

Great Lakes Symposium Director & Editor: Justin Miller
Centennial Symposium Director & Editor: Katherine Ross
Online Editor: Benjamin Stoltman

Title Editors:

Brant Bowman
Rayan Fardoun
Ticara Hendley
Heather Kempton
Cori McCowin
Ashley Poonia
Dena Sana
Justin Thomas

The current and incoming Executive Boards are confident this group will be able to uphold the standards of excellence that this Law Review has demonstrated for almost a century.

MARCH 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2015/2016 Executive Board: 

Editor-in-Chief: Nina Gavrilovic
Editor of Inside Articles: Steven Eatherly
Editor of Outside Articles: Hannah Treppa
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Butler


JULY 2014

Our Law Review would like to congratulate our new Junior Members:

Brant Bowman, Michael Bussert, Elizabeth Butler, Mohamed Chehab, Heather Comolli, Bela Dalal, Steven Eatherly, Eyad Fakhoury, Rayan Fardoun, John Fitzgerald, Jonathan Freshour, Nina Gavrilovic, Ticara Hendley, Jessica Holmes, Jonathan Kirkland, Cori Mccowin, Justin Miller, Andrew Porter, Ashley Poonia, Katherine Ross, Dena Sana, Kevin Sanker, Ben Stoltman, Justin Thomas and Hannah Treppa

We look forward to working with them in the upcoming year.

FEBRUARY 2014

First of all, our symposium is scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014, and it will take place in the UDM Law atrium, located at 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. This years topic is "Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities." This symposium will bring together both national scholars and local leaders to assess the role urban agriculture plays in the economic recovery of economically distressed cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. This symposium will discuss topics that dig into the ground-level details of current urban farming efforts in major American cities. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available.

In addition, the current UDM Law Review E-board has announced their replacements for next year. The Executive Board of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review for the 2014-2015 academic year is as follows:

Editor in Chief - Mikyia Aaron

Executive Editor of Inside Articles - Dan Burkhart

Executive Editor of Outside Articles - Amanda Gougeon

Managing Editor – John Abbo

Mariah Mumford - Symposium Director

Alana Silver - Online Editor

Title Editors:

Chelsea Smialek

Jennifer Richards

Casey Swanson

Kelly Carranza

Javier Macias

Colleen Fries

Samantha Boyd

Dan Lowe

The current Executive Board is confident this group will be able to uphold the standards of excellence that this Law Review has demonstrated for almost a century, and it would like to wish the best of luck to the new Executive Board for the 2014-2015 academic year.

JANUARY 2014

UDM Law Review is very pleased to announce the publishing of Volume 90-3. This volume features three fascinating articles by former and current students. The first article is titled "Guilty Plea Colloquies in Michigan after Padilla," and the author is our former Law Review Editor and Chief, Alison L. Carruthers. The second article is titled "Are We Removing Citizens? The Contentious Legal Issue Surrounding the Interpretation of the Former Derivative Citizenship Statute and Why Lawful Permanent Resident Status Is Not Required," and the author is a recent alumni of UDM Law, Christopher Dutot. The third article is titled "De Novo: A Proposed Compromise to Closing the Naturalization Review Loophole," and the author is a current UDM Law Student, Daniel Makled. This volume is available for order on the website, and it can be accessed at the UDM Law Library. Stay tuned for information regarding this year's UDM Law Review Symposium!

EVENTS


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd 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, staff, 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.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. 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 at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.

NEWS

  • ALUMNUS ALLEN ELZERMAN '03 PERSONIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)

  • UDM LAW'S FIRST MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP GIFT HONORS UDM ALUMNUS HON. LAWRENCE P. ZATKOFF

    UDM Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge.  This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received.  The scholarship provides support for a student to extern or intern with a federal court or state supreme court judge.

    Press Release>>

  • NEW CENTER FOR SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE WILL PROVIDE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS TO LEGAL ENTREPRENEURS

    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices.  The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Press Release>>

  • FORMER CONGRESSMAN BRINGS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTISE TO UDM LAW

    Former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, who served on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, will teach National Security Law this term.  The course will address cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy, export controls and economic sanctions, and other contemporary security issues.  National security law has been one of the fastest growing fields of law since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a strong demand for lawyers trained in this area.

  • PROFESSORS BELIAN AND HAND SPEAK OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER

    Professors Julia Belian and Jacqueline Hand are presenting at international conferences this summer. Professor Belian will speak at the Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights & Law August 10 - 12 at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her presentation is titled, "Fundamental Rights or Activist Judges?  A Rhetorical Comparison of Obergefell v. Hodges with Brown v. Board of Education."

    Professor Hand spoke at conferences in Poland and Finland in June.  She participated in a workshop June 15 - 19 on "Phoenix Cities: Urban Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of Conflict, Crisis and Disaster," at the Georgia State Law School Study Space in Warsaw, Poland.  She also presented on "The U.S. Government-to-Government Relation with Indian Tribes and the Possible Insights it Provides for Relations with the Sami People," at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • PROFESSOR KRISCIUNAS DISCUSSES PROSECUTORS' INVESTIGATION OF POLICE SHOOTING

    Professor Richard Krisciunas discussed the ongoing independent investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office of the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by a federal agent in Detroit.

    Family of Kellom Awaits Probe of Fatal Police Shooting, Detroit Free Press, July 29, 2015 (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)