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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Alumni Spotlight

Matthew-Vicari

Name: Matthew Vicari

Employer: Miller Johnson

City / State / Province: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Graduation Year: 1990

What is your current position and what do you do? 

I am a member in our firm’s litigation section where I served as chair of the section and currently I chair our firm's criminal law and fraud and embezzlement recovery practice groups.  I am a trial lawyer who handles a wide array of matters, including fraud and embezzlement recovery, commercial disputes involving false claims, trade secret/confidentiality and unfair competition claims, as well as regulatory, antitrust, grand jury and other state and federal investigations.  I also conduct internal investigations for corporations, municipalities, educational institutions, and other organizations, and handle wrongful death and personal injury matters.  

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being able to partner with a variety of our firm's clients which include individuals and organizations, to work with them to successfully resolve sometimes very difficult, stressful and complex cases and matters.

What impact did the dual degree program have on you personally and professionally?

From watching "A Man for All Seasons" as a brand new first year to reading the St. Thomas More prayer as a third year at the baccalaureate mass, UDM has helped instill in me a strong sense of my catholic faith and the values of ethics, civility, responsibility, and integrity. My in class and externship experiences were invaluable and had a significant impact on me both personally and professionally.  Whether it was clerking for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan under the supervision of then AUSA and former Chief Justice Maura Corrigan; learning evidence and trial techniques through moot court and American Inn of Court with Professor Maveal; representing indigent clients on misdemeanor criminal matters in the Harper Woods District Court; or standing up in Fr. Joseph Daoust's property class to recite the facts and holding in Pierson v Post; all of these experiences had a profound impact on my growth not only as a law student, but as a person and lawyer. 

How have relationships you formed in law school furthered your professional career?

Relationships are very important so I have tried to keep in touch with law school classmates in Western Michigan as well as across the state and country through lunches, phone calls or sending a note when they have professional accomplishments.  I regularly see some of my classmates as they are good friends and we have given/received referrals from each other.  I have also had the pleasure of appearing in court before them.  

What advice do you have for prospective dual JD students today?

Set goals for yourself, work hard to achieve them, and be open to both traditional and non-traditional career possibilities for your legal education.  

Why would you recommend UDM Law to a prospective student?

UDM provides a first class legal education grounded in the Jesuit tradition emphasizing the values of ethics, integrity, responsibility, and community service.  The UDM education may be used for a traditional career in the practice of law or as the foundation for wherever your dreams take you.  




EVENTS


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.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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NEWS

  • Ryan VanOver ’17 Addresses Drone Surveillance in the Detroit News

    The Detroit News recently published an op-ed piece by Ryan VanOver '17, on the issue of unlawful drone surveillance. VanOver recommends that the Michigan Legislature amend the statute to regulate recreational drone users.

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  • Vanessa Guerra ’17, Balances Law Studies with State Legislative Duties

    Legal News profiled Vanessa Guerra '17, who is currently serving her first term as State Representative in Michigan's 95th District. She is the youngest member of the House and serves as a trustee for Bridgeport Township, treasurer of Michigan Legislature's Progressive Women's Caucus and on the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

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  • Detroit Mercy Law Community Mourns Those Killed in Orlando

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Reception in the Windy City

    Chicago Law Alumni Reception 6-7-16

    We hit the road recently to visit our graduates in the Windy City. Alumni Association Board member Greg Thiess ('79) hosted a reception for Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and 20 Detroit Mercy Law alumni at 312 Chicago in the Loop.

  • 2016 Detroit Mercy Law Commencement

    The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 13.

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  • COMMENCEMENT PHOTO GALLERY

    Detroit Mercy Law held its 103rd Commencement on May 13th for 143 graduates of the Class of 2016.

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