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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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


July 28 & 29, 2015: Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:30 am

The UDM Law Alumni Relations Office and members of the Rock the Bar  faculty and administration mentorship team will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 28 and July 29.  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.

Best wishes on the exam. We're all rooting for you!  
For additional information, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at 313-596-0202, hickeydp@udmercy.edu.


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.

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