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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Alumnus of the Year

Hon. Michael J. Talbot, Michigan Court of Appeals

talbotHon. Michael J. Talbot (J.D. ’71), judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, is the 2012 recipient of the University of Detroit Mercy’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  Judge Talbot is recognized for his long and impressive record on the bench, combined with tireless service to the community, the Church, and the legal profession.

Born in Wayne County, Judge Talbot grew up in Livonia and is an alumnus of Divine Child.  A graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration, Judge Talbot worked for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Detroit and for Leaseway Transportation while attending the University of Detroit Law School at night.  He also served in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975, having graduated from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia as a second lieutenant.

From 1972 to 1978, Judge Talbot was a partner in the law firm of Talbot, Grant & McQuarrie.  In April 1978, he was appointed by Governor William Milliken to the Common Pleas Court for the city of Detroit; in 1980, Gov. Milliken appointed Judge Talbot to Detroit Recorder’s Court. Governor John Engler appointed Judge Talbot to the Wayne Circuit Court in 1991 and to the Court of Appeals in 1998. 

Judge Talbot’s special concern for crime victims and criminal jurisprudence is reflected in his professional activities.  He helped draft Michigan’s groundbreaking Crime Victim’s Rights Act and served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Special Committee on Victims of Crimes.  A past chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section, he has also served on the State Bar’s Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and Committee of Court Administration.  He has twice received the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan Service Award, in addition to the State Bar of Michigan Service Award and the Michigan Corrections Association Judicial Servant Award.

Judge Talbot’s community activities include serving as chair of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Board of Education; he is the current chair of the Archdiocese’s Review Board and a trustee of the Archdiocese’s Endowment Fund.  He is also a trustee of Madonna University and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and serves on the board of Angela Hospice Home Care, Inc.

Judge Talbot was a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission from 2004 to 2010; he currently chairs the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review for the Michigan Supreme Court.  His term expires January 1, 2015. 

 

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumnus of the Year Award

The Law Alumnus/Alumna of the Year is selected by the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors in January of each year.  The award was established by the Board in 1985 to honor alumni who have in many ways distinguished themselves in their chosen field or endeavor, and who through their careers have brought recognition and honor to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Prior Honorees:

  • Hon. James H. Brickley (1985)
  • Nathan B. Goodnow (1985)
  • Frank J. Kelley (1985)
  • Donald H. Mitzel (1986)
  • Hon. James L. Ryan (1986)
  • Hon. Thomas G. Kavanagh (1987)
  • Hon. George R. Deneweth (1988)
  • John A. Kruse (1989)
  • William L. Cahalan (1990)
  • William D. Gilbride, Sr. (1991)
  • James A. Courter (1992)
  • Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh (1993)
  • Hon. Joseph A. Sullivan (1994)
  • Hon. Alice R. Resnick (1995)
  • Hon. Louis F. Simmons, Jr. (1996)
  • William D. Booth (1997)
  • Thomas C. Mayer (1998)
  • Charles R. Rutherford (1999)
  • Hon. Roman S. Gribbs (2000)
  • Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. (2001)
  • Hon. Peter E. Deegan (2002)
  • Edmund M. Brady, Jr. (2003)
  • Hon. Maura D. Corrigan (2004)
  • L. Brooks Patterson (2005)
  • Frederick W. Lauck (2006)
  • Denise D. Ilitch (2007)
  • Hon. Patrick J. Duggan (2008)
  • Lawrence G. Campbell (2009)
  • Joseph V. Walker (2010)
  • Robert A. Ficano (2011)
  • Hon. Michael J. Talbot (2012)

EVENTS


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.

Baccalaureate Details>>


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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