Detroit Mercy Law celebrates the life of alumnus Anthony A. Asher ’65

August 27, 2021

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law alumnus Anthony A. Asher ’65 passed away on August 24, 2021 at the age of 85.  

Asher, a generous supporter of the School of Law, made a gift in honor of his brother to support the purchase and renovation of the firehouse that now houses the clinical program. The building is named the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center. Each year, student clinicians work out of the building and provide pro bono legal services to community members who otherwise may not have access to legal services through over a dozen clinics offered by the School of Law.  

Asher was the child of Syrian immigrants who died when he was young. His older brother, George J. Asher, dropped out of school at 16 to take care of his younger siblings. After helping raise his siblings, George entered law school at Detroit Mercy Law. Tragically, in 1963 just months shy of completing his law degree, George passed away from complications of hemophilia. Asher, who was inspired by his older brother, was a first-year law student at the time of George’s passing.  

Asher’s successful law career spanned five decades.  He went on to become a CEO and President of Sullivan, Ward, Asher, and Patton PC.  

“Mr. Asher will be missed by all in our community,” said Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum. “His contributions to the law school and Detroit legal community are invaluable and will be remembered by all.”  

The family is asking for donations in honor of Asher be directed towards the Anthony A. Asher Clinic Fund: