Professor Julia Belian Receives the James T. Barnes Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award

May 21, 2021

Professor Julia Belian was awarded the 2021 James T. Barnes Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award. Each year, a full-time faculty member is chosen to receive this award based on scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service. 

Professor Belian is an expert in estates and trusts. She teaches the first-year required Property course and frequently teaches the Estates & Trusts course in the same semester, meaning she teaches more than 100 students a semester.  

“Professor Belian embodies teaching excellence in her unique ability to communicate complex subjects in the classroom and her dedication to ensure that her students feel supported,” commented a student in their nomination. “Specifically, I was a student in her virtual classroom at the beginning of the pandemic, and she took time out of each class to let her students know that they were loved and that they could get any support that they needed during the difficult changing times. She spent an unfathomable amount of hours ensuring that our learning experience was equally as effective as an in-person one.” 

For the past five years, Professor Belian has been the faculty advisor for the Detroit Mercy Law Review. “During her time as Law Review advisor, she has dramatically increased the reputation of the symposium,” said a fellow faculty member in their nomination. “The symposium has been transformed from a very local event to a national event. The Law Review now receives 40 to 50 proposals from professors from schools all over the country, as well as some global submissions.” 

“Professor Belian’s contributions to the Detroit Mercy Law Review as faculty advisor have been astounding,” noted two students in their nomination. “She is dedicated to publishing legal scholarship that will take the Law Review and the law school to new heights.  This dedication is evident from her continued leadership with the annual Law Review Symposium, particularly her role in the smooth execution of this year’s first entirely virtual symposium.”   

Professor Belian joined the faculty at Detroit Mercy Law in 2008. She has been named Professor of the Year by the student body three times.