This year instead of honoring a single individual as the School's Alumnus of the Year, we are celebrating the School's rich history of being known as "the law school of judges." This tradition was undoubtedly initiated by its founding Deans at the helm from 1912 to 1928 who were judges themselves. Currently, the School has 220 alumni who are active or retired members of the judiciary. We hope to have many of them present at the Gala to celebrate with us. We will take a group photo of judges in attendance at the Reunion Gala for publicity purposes and to save for the School's archives to memorialize the special event.
Judges are asked to assist in the preparation of a PowerPoint slideshow and other materials related to the event by e-mailing or sending via U.S. mail, whichever they prefer, their judicial history [court name(s) and year(s) of service] and photo, if possible, to Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at the address below. If you have this information for any deceased alumni and wish to share it, that would be a tremendous help, also.
We will post the PowerPoint to this website after the Gala. Judges who have submitted bios and photos thus far are:
-Hon. Duncan M. Beagle, Genesee County Circuit Court
-Hon. Thomas E. Brennan, Sr. (Retired), Michigan Supreme Court
-Hon. Michael Cavanagh, Michigan Supreme Court
-Hon. Maura Corrigan (Retired), Michigan Supreme Court
-Hon. Patrick J. Duggan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
-Hon. E. Thomas Fitzgerald, Michigan Court of Appeals
-Hon. John E. Fitzgerald (Retired), Montmorency County Probate Court
-Hon. Richard Halloran, Wayne County Circuit Court
-Hon. William G. Kelly, 62-B District Court, Kentwood, MI
-Hon. Christopher Murray, Michigan Court of Appeals
-Hon. Michael Riordan, Michigan Court of Appeals
-Hon. Michael J. Talbot, Michigan Court of Appeals
-Hon. Brian K. Zahra, Michigan Supreme Court
Thank you all for your participation. We look forward to the Gala and to celebrating the tremendous history of judicial service of our alumni.
Denise P. Hickey, Esq. ('95)
Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 E. Jefferson Avenue, Suite 209
Detroit, MI 48226
Direct: (313) 596-0202; Fax: (313) 596-9842