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Communications Specialist Joins Detroit Mercy Law

Amanda VanoverThe University of Detroit Mercy School of Law welcomes Amanda Vanover to the Alumni Relations Department. Vanover will serve as the School of Law’s Communications Specialist, a newly-created position. In this role, she will create a comprehensive communications plan for the School. This will include social media and web strategy, as well as media relations. Vanover will also serve as editor of the School’s alumni magazine, the Docket, and will debut an e-newsletter for alumni and the Detroit Mercy Law community.

A native of Grosse Pointe Park, Vanover previously managed the direct marketing program for Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She holds a BA in Anthropology from DePaul University and a certification in Museum Studies from Northwestern. Her husband, Jude Vanover, earned his JD from Detroit Mercy Law in 2012, and he is a Director in PwC’s Forensic Services practice. He specializes in cybercrime investigations, eDiscovery, and litigation support.

The School of Law has partnered with City Year AmeriCorps, a national service organization, to create the City Year National Service Scholarship. Detroit Mercy Law will offer a minimum 25 percent tuition scholarship (or its equivalent) to City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni and employees admitted to the School of Law.

Starting in Winter 2018, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will offer students a sports law externship with Eastern Michigan University’s NCAA Compliance Office. Externs will gain practical experience in the areas of sports law and intercollegiate athletic administration.

During a world tour to promote his new book, international human rights attorney Eric Sirotkin recently returned to his alma mater, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, to share his unique perspective on the role of a lawyer.

This November, the Detroit Mercy School of Law will welcome the public to two major academic events. The first, an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference, will explore the vital role institutions and people of faith play in society as a result of religious freedom. The second, a housing symposium entitled HUD's Past, Present and Future, will bring together the public, scholars and community experts to evaluate the impact of HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and propose expansions or alternatives to make HUD more effective in the future.

Join the party at University of Detroit Mercy's 2017 Homecoming on Sept. 29 & 30, as we fill our campus with food, fun and community activities. The celebration is open to all; young and old, students and alumni, neighbors and out-of-towners, we want everyone to feel at home. Let's build this Titan tradition together!

A $10,000 grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation will help fund a partnership between University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan designed to aid hundreds of low-income litigants who represent themselves in lawsuits before the federal court each year.

Detroit Mercy is the only Michigan School in top 25 for Midwest Best Regional Universities. The university also ranks #12 in Best of the Midwest for Veterans; #32 nationally for Best Value Schools; and #13 in the nation for Best Undergraduate Business Management Programs.

Something extraordinary is happening in neighborhoods all around the city of Detroit. Hundreds of lots formerly plagued by abandoned houses and crab grass are now home to chicken coops, flower and vegetable gardens, and large-scale drip irrigation fields blooming with crops of all kinds. While the majority of “urban gardens” are the result of residential cooperatives, dozens of farms have also set up shop in Detroit.

“Oh well” is better than “what if.” Omar Aburashed often heard his grandfather give that advice, and it’s something he has taken to heart. “He was saying it’s better to try and fail than to wonder,” explained Aburashed, who, at 30, is following two seemingly different paths, but both are fueled by a drive to help the little guy.

University of Detroit Mercy’s 2017 Homecoming will kick off the weekend of September 29-30 with lots of fun and exciting events on the McNichols, Corktown (Dental) and Riverfront (Law) campuses.

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 13, 2017. All three commencement ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy honors one alumnus from each school and college during the Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. This year, the 2017 Spirit Awards were held Student Center Ballroom on the McNichols Campus, April 28.

2L Ryan Mardini landed a summer spot with Baker McKenzie, one of the largest international law firms in the world.

Khaled Beydoun's article "Being a Muslim under Trump is risky. That's why many are hiding their identity" was published in The Guardian.

“I can't describe the thrill I get every time I stand behind the podium, defend my case, and tackle challenging questions from the judges” - Amanda Di Gesu Iarusso

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is expanding its clinical program with the creation of a new Housing Law Clinic opening in May 2017 in downtown Detroit. The new clinic is being funded by a recent $20,000 grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2017 Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Competition Champions, Drew Ruby and Verkeydia Crump!

Congratulations to Daniel Lemisch on being named to Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

161 law school deans urge Congress to maintain funding of the Legal Services Corporation.

Dual JD students Amanda Iarusso and Justin Smith were part of a team that won the prestigious Warren K. Winkler Class Action Moot Court Competition. Amanda also won second place Oralist.

Balancing life as a civil rights attorney and a successful hip-hop artist can be a challenge for Omar Abura­shed, a.k.a. Omar Zidan.

Before Detroit Mercy Law, Kory Steen traveled the world in the cruise industry.

Professor Andrew Moore and Professor Alex Vernon were quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding Sanctuary churches.

Anna Barycka discusses how her Polish heritage has benefited her studies of immigration law.

Professor Wissam Aoun on being named to the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) top 300 world leading IP strategists.

Detroit Mercy Law team of 3L's Adam Fucile and Joseph Tung won The Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition earning the opportunity to compete in the National LawMeet in New York on March 31.

McElroy lecturer will be on Stephen Henderson’s radio show, “Detroit Today,” on WDET this Thursday morning

The Immigration Law Clinic was featured in the Varsity News.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 19th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on Thursday, March 2, 2017. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Rabb holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of her lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

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