Events and Calendars

Detroit Mercy Law hosts numerous educational and social events throughout the year for prospective and current students, alumni and friends, legal scholars, and community members. We invite you to view our calendars, register to attend upcoming events, and view videos from past events below.

Please note that at this time, all events are virtual due to COVID-19. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information.


Upcoming Admissions Events

For additional information about admissions events, please contact


Upcoming Community Events

For additional information about community events, please contact Sunny Kerschenheiter, Events Coordinator, at

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    January 22: Post-Inauguration Town Hall

    Friday, January 22, Noon to 1:00 p.m. ET, via Zoom


    March 5: Virtual Law Review Symposium

    Friday, March 5, 2021, via Zoom

    2021 Law Review Symposium: Pandemic: From Disparity to Equity.

    More information coming soon.


    March 22: Dewitt C. Holbrook Social Justice Lecture

    Monday, March 22, 5:00 p.m. ET, via Zoom

    3rd Annual Dewitt C. Holbrook Social Justice Lecture

    Thanks to a grant from the Dewitt C. Holbrook Memorial Trust, Detroit Mercy Law hosts the Dewitt C. Holbrook Lecture Series on Social Justice. This lecture series provides prominent leaders in the legal profession a forum to address issues on law and policy related to social justice.

Past Community Events

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    Violence and Disorder at the Nation’s Capitol: The Legal Issues

    Violence and Disorder at the Nation’s Capitol: The Legal Issues took place on January 14, 2021. Professor Richard Broughton and Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum discussed impeachment along with the 25th Amendment and 14th Amendment, the pending and future criminal prosecutions and sentencing prospects, potential uses of the President's pardon power, and scope of the right to protest.

    Listen to the Violence and Disorder at the Nation’s Capitol: The Legal Issue discussion:

    Bending the Arc Toward Justice

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted Bending the Arc Toward Justice on Jan. 30, an event to kickoff Black History Month that included a portrait unveiling of Henry H. Tarrant ’22, the first known African American graduate of Detroit Mercy Law; remarks by Godfrey J. Dillard, a civil rights trailblazer and one of the lawyers who represented the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) in their lawsuit against the university in the early 1980s; the launch of the new Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence; and an introduction of the Association of Black Law Alumni (ABLA), led by Judge Terrance A. Keith ’84, and ABLA’s new scholarship for African American students, the David Williams II and Gail Carr Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund.

    Bending the Arc Toward Justice Photo Gallery

    Bending the Arc Toward Justice - Tarrant Photo


    Commencement Ceremony


    McElroy Lecture on Law & Religion

    The McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers to address fundamental issues of law and religion.


    The Ironies of Religious Liberties Litigation, presented by Professor Cathleen Kaveny of Boston College Law School, examined the legal victories of religious believers and how they are premised on our own rights instead of what we owe others with different beliefs.

    McElroy Program



    Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Tournament

    The Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Tournament is held annually in honor of the late Patrick A. Keenan, a beloved Detroit Mercy Law professor who taught at the School for over 30 years. Keenan’s wife, Marge, and other Keenan family members attended the final round of this year’s competition.


    Keenan Event 2020


    Red Mass

    Our annual Red Mass dates back to 1877, when Detroit College, as the University was then known, began its first year with a mass at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to ask the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the coming year’s work. The School of Law continued the tradition when it opened in 1912, again hosting the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul through the present. Today, the Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice.


    Red Mass Photo Gallery

    Red Mass Program

    Red Mass 2020 Video


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