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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Student SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Mariah Mumford, Symposium Director 
Employer: Clark Hill PLC
Graduation Year: May, 2015

1. Why did you apply to be a member of Law Review?

I thought Law Review would be a great opportunity to network as well as a great way to hone my research and writing skills. I also liked the idea that Law Review gave me the opportunity to work closely with a professor while writing a journal article.

2. How has being a member of Law Review enhanced your law school experience?

Law Review has improved my law school experience by helping me form close relationships with classmates. Every Law Review member will agree that we spend countless hours in the library pulling sources and checking footnotes. Although source checking is a tedious task, it actually can be enjoyable when your fellow members are with you.

3. What are the advantages of being a member of Law Review? 

There are many advantages. As I said before, Law Review is a very beneficial way to work with a professor who is extremely knowledgeable in their field. Additionally, it also looks great on your resume.

4. What has been your favorite law school course? 

This is a tough question. One class I really enjoyed was Advanced Advocacy with Professor Richards. I think Professor Richards does a great job interacting with students. I also really enjoyed Copyright with Professor Abrams. This class actually inspired me to pursue copyright in the future. Finally, I also really liked Secured Transactions with Professor Becker. I found Secured Transactions very useful to both everyday consumers and large businesses.

5. What are your goals for the future? 

This fall, I will begin working at Clark Hill PLC as litigation associate in the Birmingham office. I found that Clark Hill was a great fit for me both professionally and personally. In addition, I would enjoy coming back to UDM as an adjunct professor in about ten years or so.

 

alumni SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Ellen Faba
Employer: The Findling Law Firm, PLC
Graduation Year: 2012

1. What did you like best about being a member of Law Review?

Law Review was a good opportunity to use my legal writing skills in a practical way. ALTA (Applied Legal Theory and Analysis) was a good start, but Law Review helped me see the application. Aside from the academic and professional benefits, being a member of Law Review provided social opportunities with like-minded students.

2. How did being a member of Law Review help prepare you for your career?

Being on Law Review is a practical application of the writing skills they teach you in law school. Obviously, we are not writing motions or briefs in Law Review, but you learn how to properly cite many different types of sources and about the gray areas of the law. Additionally, as a junior member you write an article on a topic of your choosing. At the end of the school year several of the student articles are published. Being published in law school is an awesome opportunity!

3. What is your favorite Law Review memory?

I really enjoyed the end of the year banquet on Belle Isle. It was fun to relax with all the members of Law Review. We had a nice dinner and awards were given out. The highlight is when they announce what student articles will be published in the next edition.

4. What are the advantages of being on Law Review?

To be blunt, employers like it. I've been asked about my article in interviews. It's a red flag that they are dealing with a good writer who gets involved. Additionally, it really allows you to hone your research and writing skills, which is an integral part of being a good lawyer.

5. What advice would you give to current/prospective law students?

GET LEGAL EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL. It's the key. It really is. Get all kinds of experience. Law Review, Moot Court, internships, and externships. Meet people and learn about the practice of law after graduation!

EVENTS


Jesuit Day of Service - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Jesuit Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 30, at Detroit Mercy Law. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends are invited to participate in service projects supporting the Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church and Pope Francis Center for the homeless.

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Murphy Honor Society Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The annual Murphy Honor Society dinner, honoring the top ten percent of the graduating class, will be held on Saturday, April 30. This is an opportunity for the students and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and administration of Detroit Mercy Law. For additional details, please contact Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


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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