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Detroit Mercy Law Celebrates Commencement this Week

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will hold its 104th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. at Calihan Hall on the University’s McNichols Campus.

Judge Denise Page HoodChief Judge Denise Page Hood of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will deliver the commencement speech. Appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Judge Hood currently serves on the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. She also serves on the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for the Sixth Circuit. She is the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Jury Committee, and serves on various other committees of the U.S. District Court. Chief Judge Hood is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.

Five members of the Class of 1967 will lead the commencement procession as golden jubilee anniversary graduates. The Motor City Brass will accompany graduates Clare Sawicki and Ryan VanOver as they perform the national anthems of Canada and the United States, respectively. Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and University President Antoine M. Garibaldi will offer remarks, as will graduate Michael Valenti, who was selected by his classmates to speak on their behalf. Graduate Vivian Ntiri will lead the Prayer Inspired by St. Thomas More. Edward Lennon (’88), President of the Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association, will close the ceremony by welcoming the Class of 2017 to the Alumni Association.

Baccalaureate Mass

The Class of 2017 and their families will join the Detroit Mercy Law faculty and administration to celebrate the School’s Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 11, at 5 p.m. The mass will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, adjacent to the School of Law. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., Associate Professor of Architecture at Detroit Mercy, will preside.

Dual JD graduate, Joe Vernon, a senior principal in the litigation practice group, has been named the new resident director of Miller Canfield’s headquarters office in downtown Detroit.

Kristin Crowley, 2L Class President, Student Ambassador and Vice President of Detroit Mercy Law’s Chapter of the American Constitution Society was recently featured in the Detroit Legal News.

Verkeydia Crump, member of the Honor Council, Diversity Committee, Detroit Mercy Law Fellow, Student Ambassador, and president of the school’s Black Law Students Association was featured in the Detroit Legal News.

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.

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