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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Team Results

2013-14 team results

national team results

National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition 

Competition Runners-Up                                                                                                                                             Brett Vasicek and Cory Foglesong

Coach: Professor Margaret Costello 

2012-13 TEAM RESULTS

NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS

New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition 

TEAM B:  Semi-Finalists & Runner-up Best Brief
Laura Gibson, Christopher Kwiecien, Dan Bonucchi 

TEAM A:  6th Best Brief 
Javon Hindo, Brian Smith, Erin Stafford 

Coaches: Prof. Julia Belian, Prof. Richard Broughton, Prof. Karen Henning 

2011-12 TEAM RESULTS

NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS

ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition 
4th Place Best Brief (Out of 40 Teams)
Matthew Berard, Sara Lowry, and Erin Stafford

NYU Immigration Law Competition
Quarterfinalists
Rachel Schefferly, Randy Samona, and Amanda Vintevogel

2008-09 Team Results

NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS

Texas National Invitational 
2009 Moot Court National Champions
Jennifer Dukarski, Daniel Whittal, and Shannon Snee

Chicago Bar Association National Moot Court Competition 
Competition Champions

2007-08 Team Results

National Team Results

McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition: 
National Champions
Runner-Up National Champions
Runner-Up Best Brief and Best Oralist

The Animal Rights Competition
National Finalists

The Jessup International Law Competition
Super-Regional Semi-Finalists
Fourth-place Best Brief Award

The PACE Environmental Law Competition
National Quarterfinalists
Best Preliminary Oralist

The Immigration Law Competition
National Semi-Finalists
Runner-Up Best Oralist

NYC Bar National Moot Court Competition
Reginal Semi-Finalists

Prince Evidence Competition
National Quarterfinalists

Criminal Procedure Competition
National Quarterfinalists
Best Brief for Respondents

State of Michigan Moot Court Competition
Semi-Finalists
Runner-Up Best Oralist

ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition
Regional Semi-Finalists
Runner-Up Best Oralist

2006-07 Team Results

National Team Results

McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition: 
Best Oralist Award (Overall)
Best Oralist Award (Preliminary rounds)
Third-place Oralist Award
Quarter-finalist Team (Team 1)
Quarter-finalist Team (Team 2)

Niagara International Law Moot Court Competition
National Champions

NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition
Best Brief Award
Quarter-finalist Team

PACE Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Best Oralist Award (preliminary rounds)
Semi-finalist Team

State of Michigan Moot Court Competition
Best Oralist Award
Semi-finalist Team

Jessup International Law Moot court Competition
Fourth-place Brief Award
Ranked 3rd in overall preliminary round raw points

The National Moot Court Competition
Advanced to first post-preliminary round

Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition
Advanced to first post-preliminary round

Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition

2005-06 Team Results

Internal Competition Winners

Ernie Goodman Trial Tournament: 
Brad French and Susie Mahoney

Gallagher Professional Responsibility Competition: 
Aminie Woolworth

G. MennenWilliams First-Year Competition: 
Samantha Boone (JD/LLB) and Jennifer Matic (JD/LLB), Runner-Up

National Team Results

State of Michigan Moot Court Competition Team: 
Leila Williford and Rich Rozicki

Faculty Coaches: Pamela Wilkins and Michelle Streicher

  • Finalist Team
  • Second Place Best Team
  • Second Place Best Brief

McGee Civil Rights Competition Team: 
Sean Cowley, Kim Saks, and Breanne Smith

Faculty Coaches: Alan Saltzman and David Koelsch

  • Won 2 of 3 Preliminary Rounds and Kim Saks was ranked among the top oralists for the Preliminary Rounds

PACE Environmental Law Competition Team: 
Bhavna Bhandari, Samuel McCrimmon, and Andrew Strahan

Faculty Coach: Jacqueline Hand

  • National Runners-Up
  • Andrew Strahan - Best Oralist in the first preliminary round
  • Sam McCrimmon - Best Oralist in the third preliminary round

Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition Team: 
Samia Alam, Sonal Kulkarni, Cayley Rodd, and Jayson Thomas

Brief Writer/Student Coach: Bob Entwisle

Faculty Coach: Cara Cunningham

  • Finalist Team - Regionals
  • Runner-Up Best Team - Regionals
  • 4th Place Best Brief

William B. Spong Invitational Constitutional Law Moot Court Tournament Team: 
Chip Baker, Nick Kurk, and Michelle Moon

Faculty Coach: Drew Becker

Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court Competition

Team 1: Erin Badovinac and Kate Sharkey; 

Team 2: Danielle Grassmyer and Michael Naughton

Faculty Coaches: Michelle Streicher and Deborah Paruch

  • Erin Badovinac received 10th Place Best Oralist in the Preliminary Rounds

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition Team: 
Andrea Bradley and Janet Conigliaro

Faculty Coaches: Gary Maveal and Richard Kriscuinas

EVENTS


Mock Interview Program with the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers - Room 121

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Before you attend the Public Interest Career Fair or participate in Spring OCI, put your interviewing skills to the test with a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  Interviews will take place in 30-minute increments from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Interview times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  


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, 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)

  • 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.