Detroit Mercy Law 2021 Vivere ex Missione Award Recipient, Deja Davis ’21

June 10, 2021

Deja Davis is the 2021 recipient of the Vivere ex Missione Award — Latin for “To Live Out the Mission” — for the School of Law.  University of Detroit Mercy presents the award annually to four graduating students, including one graduating law student, who  best exemplify the mission of Detroit Mercy and demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence. 

During her time at Detroit Mercy Law, Davis served as an intern at Lakeshore Legal Aid, a not-for-profit law firm that provides free legal services to people who are low income, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. “I have always known I wanted to be a lawyer,” stated Davis. “My goal has always been to help people. Over time, I learned that I also wanted to be an advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves. Providing people with the support and justice they desire is what being a lawyer is and that is exactly what I want to do.”  

Davis, as a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), served on the executive board as Secretary and then as President for the 2020-2021 school year. As President, Davis helped host Vegas Night, an annual fundraiser which supports the BLSA scholarship fund, virtually for the first time. “The night was a huge success. We raised over $9,000 for our scholarships. Weeks after the event, people from the Detroit Mercy Law community were still saying how that was the best virtual event they had ever attended. The love and support warmed my heart, and I will never forget it,” she said.  

Davis also served on the Moot Court Board of Advocates Executive Board. She was named a tournament champion at the annual Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Competition in September of 2020. In 2021, Davis was awarded the Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for excellence in Civil Procedure.  

“Detroit Mercy Law is truly a home. It is a place where I could learn, grow, and become a great practical attorney,” Davis said. “I knew that this was exactly where I needed to be.” 

After graduation, Davis is most excited about starting her career at Miller Canfield. “I have worked so hard and come so far, I cannot wait to use everything I have learned in my time at Detroit Mercy Law in my career moving forward,” commented Davis.