Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence Recipients

The Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence is named in honor of the first known black graduate of Detroit Mercy Law.  Henry H. Tarrant graduated in 1922.

The award, established in partnership with Detroit Mercy Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), recognizes incoming black law students for their achievements prior to law school and for their potential as future leaders, influencers, and activists, who will advance justice, equality, civil rights, and service.


2021 Recipients

Tarrant recipient- Tiffany Harvey

Tiffany holds a BA in International Studies and Asian Studies from University of Michigan. Tiffany worked with AmeriCorps, volunteered with D-Town Farm, and served as a volunteer Mandarin translator. She is interested in civil rights and environmental law.

Tarrant recipient- Kristen Nelson

Kristen Nelson holds a BS in Management, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Kristen played Division I Basketball and is interested in becoming a sports and entertainment attorney.

Tarrant recipient- Deloris Retland

Deloris holds a BS in Elementary Education from Wayne State University and an MA in K12 Administration from Michigan State University. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Detroit for a decade before coming to law school and desires to work in the education system.

Tarrant recipient- Monica Roberts

Monica holds a BA in Communication Studies from University of Georgia. Monica is interested in criminal law and social justice. As an attorney, she plans to work to exonerate the innocent.


2020 Recipients

Tarrant recipient- Brittany Crego

Information coming soon.

Tarrant recipient- Brandon Hayes

Brandon holds a BS in Law and Economics and Philosophy from Central Michigan University. Brandon, the son of a pastor, learned the importance of faith and working for change at a young age. Whatever direction his career takes him, he plans to use his legal education to make a difference and hopes to inspire and create new pathways for the next generation.

Tarrant recipient- DeAndre Robbins

DeAndre holds a BA in Psychology from Wayne State University. As a Licensed Practical Nurse with experience providing patient care at rehabilitation centers, he is interested in exploring healthcare law. He is also an advocate for civil rights, justice, and equal access under the law.