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 Award

Justice Brian Zahra

Justice Brian K. Zahra was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court on January 14, 2011, by Governor Rick Snyder.  Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, he served 12 years on the Michigan Court of Appeals and 4 years on the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Justice Zahra received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Wayne State University.  To finance his education, he opened and operated a small health and personal care retail store in downtown Detroit, later opening a grocery outlet, also in Detroit, with two partners.  In 1987, he graduated with honors from the University of Detroit School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.  While in law school, he also served as Articles Editor of the State Bar of Michigan's Corporation and Finance Business Law Journal.  He then served as law clerk to Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for two years before joining the law firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & Freeman in 1989.  In 1994, Governor John Engler appointed him to the Wayne County Circuit Court.  He was elected to a six-year term in 1996 and continued to serve on the Circuit Court until December of 1998, when he was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Governor Engler.  He was elected to six-year terms on the Court of Appeals in 2000 and 2006.  From December 2005 to January 2007, he served as the Court of Appeals' Chief Judge Pro Tem.

Justice Zahra has taught evidence as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  He has served on many professional and legislative committees, including the Michigan Civil Jury Instructions Committee, the Circuit Court Appellate Rules Committee, the Domestic Violence Legislation Implementation Task Force, and the advisory committee for the Michigan Judicial Institute Domestic Violence Benchbook.  He has also served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners, which drafts and grades the examination that law school graduates must pass in order to become licensed attorneys.

Justice Zahra has been active in many civic and charitable organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Kiwanis Club International, Leadership Detroit, the Knights of Columbus, the Novi Youth Hockey Association, the Maltese American Community Club, and the Maltese American Benevolent Society, of which he is a past officer.  He is a former board member and officer of the Catholic Lawyers Society, and he is a member of the Federalist Society, having served as secretary and vice-president of the Michigan chapter.

Justice Zahra frequently attends School of Law events and is quick to respond to requests for his assistance by the administration, faculty, and student organizations.

 

ALUMNI Award Criteria

Spirit of UDM:  Alumni Achievement Award

On April 11, 2014, University of Detroit Mercy hosted the inaugural University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards.  The new event honored distinguished alumni with an Alumni Achievement Award.  The 2014 award recipient on behalf of the School of Law is Brian K. Zahra ('87), Justice, Michigan Supreme Court.  At the School of Law's Reunion on November 15, 2014, we will recognize Justice Zahra as the recipient of this tremendous honor.

The Spirit of UDM Alumni Achievement Award was established to recognize distinguished graduates, from the University's colleges and schools, who have excelled in their chosen profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, and benefitted the wider community through their support.  Award recipients reflect the University's mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

 

This award is what we previously called the Law Alumnus of the Year Award.  Previous recipients of that award are:

1985  Hon. James H. Brickley ('54)

1985  Nathan B. Goodnow ('30)

1985  Frank J. Kelley ('51)

1986  Donald H. Mitzel ('51)

1986  Hon. James L. Ryan ('57)

1987  Hon. Thomas G. Kavanagh ('43)

1988  Hon. George R. Deneweth ('42)

1989  John A. Kruse ('52)

1990  William L. Cahalan ('51)

1991  William D. Gilbride, Sr. ('50)

1992  James A. Courter ('61)

1993  Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh ('66)

1994  Hon. Joseph A. Sullivan ('48)

1995  Hon. Alice R. Resnick ('64)

1996  Hon. Louis F. Simmons, Jr. ('56)

1997  William D. Booth ('62)

1998  Thomas C. Mayer ('55)

1999  Charles R. Rutherford ('57)

2000  Hon. Roman S. Gribbs ('54)

2001  Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. ('67)

2002  Hon. Peter E. Deegan ('66)

2003  Edmund M. Brady, Jr. ('66)

2004  Hon. Maura D. Corrigan ('73)

2005  L. Brooks Patterson ('67)

2006  Frederick W. Lauck ('69)

2007  Denise Ilitch ('80)

2008  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58)

2009  Lawrence G. Campbell ('69)

2010  Joseph V. Walker ('72)

2011  Robert A. Ficano ('77)

2012  Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71)

2013  Judiciary Honored

 

The 2014 Spirit of UDM:  Alumni Achievement Award honorees on behalf of the other schools and colleges of the University are:

School of Architecture – Philip Kinsella '58, Architect and Managing Principal, KRJDA, LLC Architects

College of Business Administration – Emil Brolick '69, '72, President & CEO, The Wendy's Company

School of Dentistry – John DiBiaggio, D.D.S. '58, Former President of Tufts University, Michigan State University and University of Connecticut

College of Engineering & Science – William C. Young '64, CEO, Absopure Water Co. and Plastipak Holdings

College of Health Professions – Nancy Susick MSN, RN '86, Senior Vice President, Beaumont Health System and President, Beaumont Hospital, Troy

College of Liberal Arts & Education – Frederick M. Seibert '70, '73, Owner & President, Preece, Inc.

EVENTS


January 17, 2015 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 9:15 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students.  


January 21, 2015 - Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


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.  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.

 

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