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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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


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.

Commencement Details>>


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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