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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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.

Reunion Pub Night Birmingham_HI

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.

Reunion Valente_HI

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.

 Reunion Ficano_HI

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


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.

NEWS

  • ALUMNUS ALLEN ELZERMAN '03 PERSONIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)

  • UDM LAW'S FIRST MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP GIFT HONORS UDM ALUMNUS HON. LAWRENCE P. ZATKOFF

    UDM Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge.  This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received.  The scholarship provides support for a student to extern or intern with a federal court or state supreme court judge.

    Press Release>>

  • NEW CENTER FOR SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE WILL PROVIDE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS TO LEGAL ENTREPRENEURS

    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices.  The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Press Release>>

  • FORMER CONGRESSMAN BRINGS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTISE TO UDM LAW

    Former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, who served on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, will teach National Security Law this term.  The course will address cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy, export controls and economic sanctions, and other contemporary security issues.  National security law has been one of the fastest growing fields of law since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a strong demand for lawyers trained in this area.

  • PROFESSORS BELIAN AND HAND SPEAK OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER

    Professors Julia Belian and Jacqueline Hand are presenting at international conferences this summer. Professor Belian will speak at the Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights & Law August 10 - 12 at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her presentation is titled, "Fundamental Rights or Activist Judges?  A Rhetorical Comparison of Obergefell v. Hodges with Brown v. Board of Education."

    Professor Hand spoke at conferences in Poland and Finland in June.  She participated in a workshop June 15 - 19 on "Phoenix Cities: Urban Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of Conflict, Crisis and Disaster," at the Georgia State Law School Study Space in Warsaw, Poland.  She also presented on "The U.S. Government-to-Government Relation with Indian Tribes and the Possible Insights it Provides for Relations with the Sami People," at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • PROFESSOR KRISCIUNAS DISCUSSES PROSECUTORS' INVESTIGATION OF POLICE SHOOTING

    Professor Richard Krisciunas discussed the ongoing independent investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office of the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by a federal agent in Detroit.

    Family of Kellom Awaits Probe of Fatal Police Shooting, Detroit Free Press, July 29, 2015 (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)