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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Reunion Weekend 2011

PUB NIGHT

Pub Night was held on Friday, October 28, at two metro Detroit locations concurrently this year:  South° Bar in Birmingham and The Hill Seafood and Chop House in Grosse Pointe Farms.  Guests at both locations took advantage of the opportunity to see old friends again, mingle, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  Catching up with former classmates — and unexpectedly running into long-lost friends — is one of those special moments in life that you have to take a moment to appreciate.  Join us next year for your chance to do just that!

RACE FOR JUSTICE

Alumni and student participation in UDM Law’s Race for Justice 5K continued to grow this year.  Racers ran and walked on Saturday morning as part of the Reunion Weekend festivities.  The majestic route along the Detroit RiverWalk offered incredible views of fall in Michigan.  The race is organized by the Student Bar Association and the Voice for Justice Committee led by Prof. David Koelsch.  Proceeds from the race benefit the UDM Law Voice for Justice Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides summer fellowships to students to work in the public interest sector, fulfilling their call to serve and work toward the public good.

LOUNGE PARTY

If you were born before 1982 or have ever attended a New Year’s Eve party, you have almost certainly rocked out to the Prince song “1999” at some point.  The classic song was a perfect fit for our Reunion Lounge Party this year, because the line “party like it’s 1999” kicked off our celebration of UDM Law’s 99th anniversary. Those of us who work in Alumni Relations have had this song stuck in our heads for months.  It was worth it, though, because boy did we ever party like it’s UDM Law 99!

The Lounge Party took place once again at Detroit’s historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Attenders dined, sipped, talked, and danced the night away in the architecturally stunning ballroom. The evening started with hors d’oeuvres and a strolling dinner, as well as a warm welcome by Dean Semple, who wanted take a moment to update everyone about the School of Law’s amazing renovation project before the program moved on to the awards portion.

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The 2011 Time and Talent Award was presented to Dean P. Valente (’84).  Mr. Valente is a partner at Valente Scharg & Associates in Grosse Pointe Park, MI.  He has been a very active participant in the UDM Law Alumni Association for many years, including serving on the Board of Directors from 2001 – 2010, being a founding member of the 651 Club, and initiating the School’s senior class giving campaign.

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The 2011 Alumnus of Year was Robert A. Ficano (’77), Wayne County Executive.  Mr. Ficano was selected by the Alumni Association to receive this award, which is given annually to alumni who have in many ways distinguished themselved in their chosen field or endeavor.

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When the program was over, a large, plush curtain was drawn back to reveal a dance floor amidst chic lounge furniture and the band Persuasion, who opened the party by performing Prince’s “1999.”

Save the Date – UDM Law Centennial Gala, Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Detroit Athletic Club!

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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