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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WRW
 

Don't Let This Race By!

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

Assumption Park (see map), Windsor River Walk, Windsor Ontario.

5k Run or Walk

Race Details

The 5k course will begin at Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor Riverwalk.  Both runners and walkers are welcome.  The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a post-race celebration at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.  The race is open to the law school community and the public.

Registration

Registration will be $30 in advance , and $40 on race day.  Register at www.active.com.  On race day, participants are asked to check in at the registation table.

About the race for justice

The Race is organized by the School's Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association.  Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program which provides stipends to UDM Law students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service.

Fellowship program

UDM Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professions.  The fellowships funded the the Public Interest Fellowship Program expand the School's longstanding tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to learn while making a difference. Fellowships allow students to work in the public interest sector, enabling them to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good.  Students selected to receive the fellowships spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns at nonprofit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, or underrepresented of society.

Since 2003, the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program has funded approximately 100 students to service primarily in Detroit but also in locations throughout the United States and across the globe. Recipients have done interships with various nonprofit entities including:

  • Salvation Army
  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
  • Innocence Project of Florida
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Association of Defence Counsel - International Criminal Tribunal, The Hague
  • Freedom House
  • Association Jeunes pour Jeunes Social Center, Khemisset, Morocco
  • Chaldean Federation of America
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor
  • Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
  • African Women's Lawyers' Association, Accra, Ghana
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
  • United Community Housing Coalition
     

Sponsorship

If you are interested in being one of the 2015 Race for Justice sponsors, please contact Denise Hickey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-596-0202.

In-Kind Sponsorship

In order to provide a great experience for our participants, we welcome in-kind donations.  Sponsoring the race provides many benefits, including:

  • The chance to market your organization to attorneys, judges, firms, law students and those in the legal community.
     
  • The chance to make a meaningful contribution to support our Fellowship Program which gives students the opportunity to serve and advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and underrepresented of society.

Hear from Past Fellows

I carried out my fellowship in the legal office at Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the U.S. My experience was invaluable. Not only was I able to develop and hone my legal abilities but I learned how to interact with clients in a professional yet compassionate manner, a skill that will certainly benefit me throughout my career. Aside from the personal gains from my fellowship, I knew that every day I was making a difference in people's lives and giving them hope for the future. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you are able to give someone back their dignity and give them hope for a life without fear.

Sara Lowry
 

As a Voice for Justice Fellow I had a rather unusual work experience. I spent my summer working for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers (LOW), a registered charity based out of Toronto, Ontario. My work involved researching various issues affecting the great lakes water system and the regulatory environment. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work on a number of projects for LOW. I learned much about the issues affecting charities and helped LOW pursue it's mandate of preserving and protecting a drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water system. Part of my work involved independent investigation of areas with polluted water and the creation of reports for LOW. This was work that a small charity like LOW would otherwise have difficulty funding. I am incredibly thankful that the Voice for Justice Fellowship gave me an opportunity to work in a atypical legal environment dedicated to working for the public good.

Scott Seabrooke
 

Thanks to the Voice for Justice fellowship, during the summer of 2013 I interned at the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. The experience I gained at a not-for profit law office with a long history of social justice work was invaluable to my development as a law student and future lawyer. I was able to enhance my legal research and writing skills by working on cases and projects critical to Detroit's progress at the time, such as the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law. I gained insight into the history of labor law and the National Lawyers' Guild, conducted outreach with public interest organizations, and had my first exposure to client intake. I attended the Detroit City Council hearings concerning the pet-coke piles on the Detroit riverfront, and I witnessed Sugar Law's successful oral argument on behalf of unionized workers in Adrian, MI. The attorneys, staff and other interns at Sugar Law were inspiring in their dedication to the betterment of Detroit and access to justice, and I gained a strong connection to the city's legal community. I am grateful to the Voice for Justice fellowship for being instrumental in my realization of the capacity for change that my fellow law students and I are capable of.

Sabrina Rewald

 runner 

Thank you for your support!

EVENTS


Annual Public Interest Career Fair - Atrium

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm

The Career Services Office in partnership with the Externship Program and SBA Public Interest Committee are pleased to present the Annual Public Interest Fair.  Meet representatives of local, state, national, and international government, public service, and non-profit organizations in a table talk format.  Bring copies of your resume (that comply with the samples in the Career Planning Manual).  No advance student registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

Employer Online Registration is now available.


Lunch and Learn: Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews - Room 235

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students and those who cannot attend this session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews: Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  This session is for upperclass evening students for whom summer 2016 will be their last summer in law school, and those who cannot attend the afternoon session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search-Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms. This duplicate session is designed for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


March 4, 2015 - McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  His topic is "Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom."  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium. Complimentary parking will be available in the Blue Cross lot nearby. Addditional details will be posted here shortly.

 

NEWS

  • UDM Law Warming Center Clinic on Tenant Rights

    Thirteen UDM first-year law students assisted attorneys from Legal Aid and Defender Association, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Detroit Center for Family Advocacy at a Clinic UDM Law hosted at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Warming Center on January 15.  The students and attorneys provided information and individual consultations to 35 guests on housing related matters.  Additionally, Sydney Booth ('14), a participant in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program, introduced her newly formed law firm, Rushing Law, and conducted a short presentation on Criminal Expungement.  

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  • PROFESSOR DUBIN COMMENTS ON HIGH PROFILE CASES IN THE NEWS

    Professor Larry Dubin recently commented in The Detroit News on two high profile federal cases.  First, he discussed the DeBoer case, which challenges Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 16 that it would accept the case.  Professor Dubin stated in part, "Public opinion has shifted greatly, making this an issue that needs to be resolved due to the conflicting federal law that now exists."

    On January 23 and 25, Professor Dubin discussed the Kazan case, in which a Muslim woman filed suit against the City of Dearborn Heights and its police department, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated when she was forced to remove her hijab when she was booked by a male officer for a traffic violation.  Professor Dubin noted that the case involves conflicting rights:  "Ms. Kazan is entitled under the First Amendment protection of her religious beliefs including the wearing of a hijab, which may cover part of her face.  However, the police have the right to process a person who is being arrested."

    Justices to rule on same-sex marriage, Jan. 16, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Woman sues Dearborn Heights for forced hijab removal, Jan. 23, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Meet the Women Suing a Michigan Police Department and Standing Up Against Islamophobia, Jan. 25, 2015, Mic Network (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

  • NEW SOLO AND SMALL FIRM INCUBATOR PROGRAM EARNS PRAISE BY STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

    UDM Law's New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program is featured on the State Bar of Michigan's Stories of Service website. The Program is praised as an innovative model for teaching recent graduates how to grow and sustain a solo practice while also meeting the legal needs of low-income clients through pro bono service.

    UDM Law’s New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program Aims to Grow Better Lawyers, Jan. 21, 2015, State Bar of Michigan Website – Stories of Service

  • MANY DISTINGUISHED UDM LAW ALUMNI ARE SWORN IN TO OFFICE

    Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

    Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

    Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

    Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.

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  • PROFESSOR BROUGHTON COMMENTS IN LAW360 ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    On January 7, Professor J. Richard Broughton commented in Law360, a national legal news service, on President Barack Obama's renewed nominations of 17 judicial candidates for the federal bench and the likely response of the new Republican-controlled Senate.

    Obama Judicial Noms Face Uphill Battle in Republican Senate, Jan. 7, 2015, Law360

  • CRIMINAL TRIAL CLINIC HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR

    Students in UDM's Criminal Trial Clinic represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in district courts. The Clinic is led by Adjunct Professor Michael Morgan and Professor Richard Krisciunas. The following students won cases on the merits while acting as defense counsel in the Clinic in 2014:

    Nargiz Nesimova gained an acquittal at trial for a client charged with Obstructing a Police Officer.

    Robert Warchuk won a motion to dismiss for a client charged with Operating with a Suspended Driver's License, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, and violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney to dismiss the case against her client charged with violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney that the police had arrested the wrong man for Operating with a Suspended Driver's License.

    Jared Henry convinced the city attorney that police had arrested the wrong man for Obstructing a Police Officer.

    The Criminal Trial Clinic arranges for UDM law students to act as public defenders in district courts in Eastpointe, Hamtramck, Plymouth, and Troy.

    To learn more about the Criminal Trial Clinic, visit the Clinics' website.