The Michigan Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society presented a powerful program on wrongful convictions to UDM Law students.
Thomas Highers, who with his brother, Raymond, spent 25 years in prison for a murder they did not commit, appeared with his attorney, Valerie Newman, to tell the story of their case. The brothers were released last summer when a Wayne County Circuit Court judge granted them a new trial due to overwhelming evidence of their innocence and mistaken witness identifications.
The presentation was powerfully poignant in showing the human side of lawyering. Mr. Highers showed profound gratitude for his lawyer's efforts and did not appear bitter about the painful experience. The students were rapt in attention throughout his compelling story. Event Photo >>
Relevant, timely, unique, insightful, visionary. This is some of the reaction to UDM's recent Law Review symposium entitled, Global Michigan: Immigration and Economic Growth, which featured Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) as the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) also provided his singular perspective as the son of an immigrant, and leading policymakers and distinguished academics drawn from across the U.S. and Canada discussed how Detroit and Michigan could best use immigration as a tool of economic development.
February was a busy month for the upperclass students who are members of the Moot Court Board of Advocates and who are participating in national moot court competitions. The students and their faculty coaches spend a great deal of time preparing for these national competitions.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic is set to argue a motion to set aside an order effectively stripping over 70 Wayne County homeowners of ownership interests, leaving them faced with wrongful eviction from their homes. A large number of the affected homeowners are expected to be present for the motion hearing scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wayne County Circuit Court, Rm. #1901.