Law Alumni Achievement Awards

There are 3 awards every year for alumni to be nominated and awarded. Law Alumni Achievement Spirit Award  (devoted themselves in service to the larger community), Rising Star Award (for recent graduates), and Time & Talent Award (record of longstanding service - six years or more).

 

Alumni Achievement Spirit Award

A tradition started in 1985 by Board of Directors of the Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association, chooses an alumnus to honor as someone who has excelled in their profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted themselves in service to the larger community. Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Spirit Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater and who have in many ways distinguished themselves in their chosen field or endeavor, and who through their careers have brought recognition and honor to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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    Current Recipient

    Vernon (Ven) Johnson

     2021 Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Achievement Spirit Award recipient

    Vernon (Ven) Johnson '82
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    Past Recipients

    Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Achievement Spirit Award Recipients

    • 2021      Vernon (Ven) Johnson '82
    • 2020      Postponed due to Covid
    • 2019      Ralph McDowell '86
                     Nancy Glen '86
    • 2018      Hon. Gregory E. Mathis '88
    • 2017      Charles R. Rutherford, Sr. '57
    • 2016      Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. '67
    • 2015      Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. '66
    • 2014      Hon. Brian K. Zahra '87
    • 2012      Hon. Michael J. Talbot '71
    • 2011      Robert A. Ficano '77
    • 2010      Joseph V. Walker '72
    • 2009      Lawrence G. Campbell '69
    • 2008      Hon. Patrick J. Duggan '58
    • 2007      Denise Ilitch '80
    • 2006      Frederick W. Lauck '69
    • 2005      L. Brooks Patterson '67
    • 2004      Hon. Maura D. Corrigan '73
    • 2003      Edmund M. Brady, Jr. '66
    • 2002      Hon. Peter E. Deegan '66
    • 2001      Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. '67
    • 2000      Hon. Roman S. Gribbs '54
    • 1999      Charles R. Rutherford, Sr. '57
    • 1998      Thomas C. Mayer '55
    • 1997      William D. Booth '62
    • 1996      Hon. Louis F. Simmons, Jr. '56
    • 1995      Hon. Alice R. Resnick '64
    • 1994      Hon. Joseph A. Sullivan '48
    • 1993      Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh '66
    • 1992      James A. Courter '61
    • 1991      William D. Gilbride, Sr. '50
    • 1990      William L. Cahalan '51
    • 1989      John A. Kruse '52
    • 1988      Hon. George R. Deneweth '42
    • 1987      Hon. Thomas G. Kavanagh '43
    • 1986      Donald H. Mitzel '51
                     Hon. James L. Ryan '57
    • 1985      Hon. James H. Brickley '54
                     Nathan B. Goodnow '30
                     Frank J. Kelley '51

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award originated in 2016 to recognize recent graduates (within the past 10 years) of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law who go above and beyond to volunteer and support the School of Law. Nominations are elicited from   the School’s faculty, staff, administrators, and students.  Detroit Mercy Law wishes to acknowledge recipients of the Rising Star Award!

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    Current Recipient

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    Past Recipients

    Rising Star Award Recipients

    • 2021      Charity Dean '15
    • 2020      Adam Wenner '11
    • 2019      Kelly R. Houk '13
    • 2018      Rosa Weaver '13
    • 2017      Mikyia S. Aaron '15
    • 2016      Macie Tuiasosopo-Gaines '14

Time & Talent Award

The Time and Talent Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association in 2002 to honor alumni who have given their time and talent through their distinguished leadership and dedicated service to the School of Law and its Alumni Association. Each recipient has a record of long-standing service (six years or more) on the Alumni Board, or has served the School of Law for many years in other capacities.

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    Current Recipient

    2020  John Clark '06 

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    Past Recipients

    Time & Talent Award Recipients

    • 2020      John Clark '06
    • 2019      Hon. Terrance A. Keith '84
    • 2018      Hon. Michael J. Riordan '90
    • 2017      Hon. Denise Langford Morris '82
    • 2016      Mark W. Wisniewski '90
    • 2015      Richard T. Krisciunas '75
    • 2013      Elliot B. Glicksman '69
    • 2012      Michael G. Costello '85
    • 2011      Dean P. Valente '84
    • 2010      Jane Sullivan Colombo '79
    • 2009      Michael V. Morgan '72
    • 2008      Michael V. Morgan '72
    • 2007      Stephen M. Kelley '81
                     Mary Catherine Rentz '81
    • 2006      Gregory J. Gamalski '83
                     Robert P. Milia '69
    • 2005      Patricia Rossi Galvin '70
                     Neil A. McQuarrie '72
                     Hon. James P. Sheehy '69
    • 2004      Michael L. Donahue '65
                     Richard L. Lehman '60
                     Hon. Maureen Pulte Reilly '58
    • 2003      John B. Lizza '53
                    Hon. Roland L. Olzark '54
                    Gerald C. Simon '52
    • 2002      John W. Fitzer '50
                    Hon. Barbara K. Hackett '50
                    Patrick E. Hackett '50
                    Patrick J. Keating '53
                    Robert H. Martin '66