2021 News Listing

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Visiting Assistant Professor Melissa Eckhause was recently awarded a Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship for the 2022-2023 year.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law faculty members are well respected scholars in their areas of expertise. This fall semester, the faculty published and placed articles in law reviews across the nation in addition to publishing chapters in books.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announced that J. Richard Broughton, Professor of Law, will be the first Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development beginning in January 2022. Professor Broughton previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs beginning in 2016.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announced that Karen McDonald Henning, Associate Professor of Law, will be the next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs beginning in January 2022.

Deloris Retland '24 discusses her transition from being an elementary school teacher to pursing a law degree.

Emily Elmer ’23 recently began working as a law clerk in the Office of Legal Counsel in Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive office.

Professor Stephen Wilks discusses how students can build credit when they have no credit history and why it is important with WalletHub.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted the second installment of the Current Events in the Law series on Monday, November 1 via Zoom.

Brianna Hines ’23 will begin working as a law clerk at the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office in January 2022, a position she landed through On Campus Interviews.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Inn of Court returned to in-person programming for the first time since March 2020 on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Sarah Elsayed ’22 and TJ Craven ’22 presented together at the federal court house in Detroit.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Moot Court Board of Advocates hosted the annual Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Competition Oct. 15-19. For the second year, the competition took place entirely over Zoom.

Andrew Foley ’23 recently began his position at Ottenwess Law, an opportunity he landed through On-Campus Interviews.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law Students completed externships in judge’s chambers in Circuit Courts.

Narissa Ayoub, 3L, discusses Snapchat's new feature that makes it easier for young people to run for office with ABC News.

Mackenzie Clark ’22 recently began working as a student law clerk at Asher Kelly, a position she landed through On Campus Interviews.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law welcomed Paula J. Manning as the new assistant dean for Academic Success and Bar Preparation. She is also a professor of law.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships at a number of non-profit organizations in and around Detroit.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships in the City of Detroit Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity Department.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law launched the Current Events in the Law Series on Friday, September 24, 2021 with two back-to-back sessions. This is a series of panels hosted via Zoom in which Detroit Mercy Law faculty members and other legal experts gather to discuss how the law relates to current events.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted the 109th Annual Red Mass on September 21, 2021, at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the Mass was live streamed to Facebook with limited attendance in the church. This was the second year the Red Mass was celebrated virtually.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships at Lakeshore Legal Aid, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to those who cannot afford it.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed judicial externships in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Over the summer, Detroit Mercy Law students completed externships in various government offices, at the county, state, and federal levels.

Over the summer, Victoria Robinson ’22 was one of six law students from across the nation selected to participate in the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section (BLS) Diversity Clerkship Program.

Alumna Aisha Thomas '13 was named to the 2021 class of "The Leaders" by the Urban Land Institute Atlanta Women Leadership Initiative (WLI).

Jennifer Fahrenholt, 3L in the Canadian and American Dual JD Program, had her article "Moving beyond the pandemic: Reflections from a rising 3L" published in The Lawyer's Daily published by LexisNexis Canada.

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

Rita Soka ’22 received a scholarship from the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section (HCLS). Each year, the HCLS awards one student from Detroit Mercy Law a scholarship recognizing their achievements in health care law.

Louis Magidson, 2L, was featured in the Legal News

Professor Daniel Rosenbaum explains 'Proposal P' that is on the primary ballot today for the City of Detroit.

Shanice Leach, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

Alumnus Francesco Briguglio '08 was elected president of the Macomb County Bar Association.

Alumna Javon David '13 was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors at the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association (MDTC).

Professor Nicholas Schroeck, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, discusses how Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's environmental policies have affected Detroit residents with Planet Detroit.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) announced a collaboration in the form of a new clinic on July 26, 2021.

Tiffany Storm '21 was featured in the Legal News.

Alumna Vanessa Guerra '16 was appointed to the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law celebrated the retirement of Dean Phyllis L. Crocker on June 24, 2021 with a portrait unveiling.

Marlena Taylor '09 was appointed by Gov. Whitmer to the 36th District Court of the City of Detroit.

Yvonna Abraham '06 was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Third Circuit Court of Wayne County. Abraham is the first Palestinian American judge in the state of Michigan.

Charity Dean ’15 received the 2021 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Rising Star Award.

Shalina D. Kumar '96, Chief Judge of Oakland County, was nominated by President Biden to be a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law student Benjamin Christensen ’22 received a 2021 Peggy Browning Fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund. Christensen is one of 80 fellows who were chosen to receive the fellowship from over 700 applications.

Professor Nicholas Schroeck, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, discusses the recent flooding in Metro Detroit in the article he wrote for Deadline Detroit.

Allison Koltunchik, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law awarded Voice for Justice Fellowships to Katya Rowley and Abrial Neely.

Incoming Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum was featured in the Legal News.

Jessica Dailey, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

After careful review and consideration of guidance from medical and public health experts, all University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated on or before August 16, 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.

Larry Johnson, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Alumnus Edward Martell '18 tells his story of being given a second chance to pursue his dreams and being sworn in as a lawyer by the judge who gave him a second chance.

Professor Erin Archerd discusses her role as Chair of the Education Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools in the AALS Spotlight on Sections series.

Savanna Polimeni, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Professor Nicholas Schroeck, Associate Dean of Experiential Education, discusses the connection between poor air quality in Detroit and high rates of COVID-19.

Professor Alex Vernon, Director of the Immigration Clinic, discusses COVID-19 travel exemptions for refugees trying to cross the border with The Catholic Register.

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. 

Incoming Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum discusses the increase in Black women deans at American Law Schools.

Recent graduate Julia Walczak '21 received the Member of the Year Award for 2021 from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Wayne Region.

Tanya Lundberg, Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach, discusses the increase in employment for the Detroit Mercy Law Class of 2020 in the ABA Journal.

Incoming Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum spoke about her dedication to advancing anti-racism and equity in her new role as Dean of Detroit Mercy Law on Detroit Today.

Chanel Taylor, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Aya Beydoun, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Joshua Davey, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Brianna Hines, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

University of Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum as Dean of the School of Law. Professor Jefferson Exum’s appointment begins on July 1, 2021.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 2020 graduate employment rate surpasses the national average, with graduates securing employment in a variety of positions, including at top law firms, in competitive judicial clerkships, and in government, business, and public interest organizations.

Alumna Lisa Gretchko '78 was recently appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Sarah Nassar, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Five Detroit Mercy Law alumnae were named Notable Women in the Law for 2021 by Crain's Detroit Business.

Mark Adamaszek, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Katherine Ganick, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

Professor Michelle Richards discusses the conflict between state and city and county governments in divvying up a settlement from McKinsey & Co. related to the consulting firm's liability for working with the opioid industry.

Kenneth Nelson, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Three Detroit Mercy Law students were awarded scholarships from the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation.

Eugene Yeung, 1L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Ahmed Elsharnoby, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law recently received a donation of a 1930s wood relief carving in honor of alumnus John James Beach LLB '49

Alumna Kyra Harris Bolden '14 was honored as one of the Michigan Chronicle's 40 Under 40.

Peter Lochbiler, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

Carley Kavanaugh, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Ryan Misiak, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Joshua Wilk, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Professor Nick Schroeck, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, discusses the Biden Administration's recent climate change executive orders with Great Lakes Now.

Chase Yarber, 2L, received the 2021 Charles J. Cohen Scholarship from the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan.

Brad Gray, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Macy Murasky, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Christos Strubakos, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Ruby Joy, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Kaamil Ali Khalfan, 2L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Deja Davis, 3L, was awarded the 2021 Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship.

Perla Espinal, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Invir Dhanoa, 2L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Maya Younis, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

Ryan Forsmo, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Monika Koleci, 3L, was featured in the Legal News.

Gail O'Neil, 1L in the Canadian and American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Brandon Wilson, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Ayat Nizam, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Mariyah Ali, 2L in the Canadian and American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Professor Nick Schroeck discusses the future of clean energy on Detroit Public Televisions Great Lakes Now.

Justin Ng, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Nara Gonczigsuren, 3L, was featured as this week's Student of the American Constitution Society.

Nick Prys, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.

Stephanie Brown, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Ani Zheku, 2L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Professor Nick Schroeck discusses how President-Elect Biden and his team will face the challenges in combating climate change on Detroit Today.

Danielle Anderson, 2L, was featured in the Legal News.

Yan Ho Jonathan Leung, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted its first virtual open house on January 8, 2021.

Ahmad Mazloum, 3L in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, was featured in the Legal News.

Alumna Mikyia Aaron '15 was recently appointed by Gov. Whitmer to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees.

Lauren Bolt, 1L, was featured in the Legal News.