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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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


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)