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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!

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