Events and Calendars

Detroit Mercy Law hosts numerous educational and social events throughout the year for prospective and current students, alumni and friends, legal scholars, and community members. We invite you to view our calendars, register to attend upcoming events, and view videos from past events below.

Please note that at this time, all events are virtual due to COVID-19. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

 

Upcoming Admissions Events

For additional information about admissions events, please contact lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.

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    May 18: US JD Dean's Reception for Admitted Students

    Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom

    This event is exclusively for US JD admitted students by invitation only.  As more information becomes available, we will share it with you here.

    Register Here>>>

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    May 27: Dual JD Dean's Reception for Admitted Students

    Thursday, May 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom

    This event is exclusively for Dual JD admitted students by invitation only.  As more information becomes available, we will share it with you here.

    Register Here>>>

Upcoming Alumni and Community Events

For additional information about alumni and community events, please contact Sunny Kerschenheiter, Events Coordinator, at kerschsc@udmercy.edu.

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    May 13: Baccalaureate 2021

    Thursday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). LIVE STREAMED from Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church

    The Class of 2021 and their families and friends are invited to view the live streamed service with their fellow graduates and Detroit Mercy Law and Dental faculty and administration. The Baccalaureate Mass, celebrating the 2021 Law and Dental graduates, offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for your educational journey at University of Detroit Mercy, and an opportunity to ask for God’s blessing as you begin your career. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed.

    Father Gilbert Sunghera, SJ will be the celebrant and Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, will give the reflection.  We look forward to your joining us for this celebration of the class of 2021.

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    May 14: Commencement 2021

    Friday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Virtual

    Detroit Mercy Law will honor the Class of 2021 with a virtual Commencement Ceremony. The video link will be posted on Detroit Mercy Law's website as well as the University's official Commencement page for viewing and sharing with family and friends.

Past Community Events

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    Post-Inauguration Town Hall

    The Post-Inauguration Town Hall took place January 21 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. A conversation with Professor Richard Broughton, Professor Nick Schroeck, and Professor Leslie Scott about the inauguration and the possible priorities of the new Biden Administration.

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    Violence and Disorder at the Nation’s Capitol: The Legal Issues

    Violence and Disorder at the Nation’s Capitol: The Legal Issues took place on January 14, 2021. Professor Richard Broughton and Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum discussed impeachment along with the 25th Amendment and 14th Amendment, the pending and future criminal prosecutions and sentencing prospects, potential uses of the President's pardon power, and scope of the right to protest.

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    Bending the Arc Toward Justice

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted Bending the Arc Toward Justice on Jan. 30, an event to kickoff Black History Month that included a portrait unveiling of Henry H. Tarrant ’22, the first known African American graduate of Detroit Mercy Law; remarks by Godfrey J. Dillard, a civil rights trailblazer and one of the lawyers who represented the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) in their lawsuit against the university in the early 1980s; the launch of the new Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence; and an introduction of the Association of Black Law Alumni (ABLA), led by Judge Terrance A. Keith ’84, and ABLA’s new scholarship for African American students, the David Williams II and Gail Carr Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund.

    Bending the Arc Toward Justice Photo Gallery

    Bending the Arc Toward Justice - Tarrant Photo

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    Commencement Ceremony

    2019

    Watch the Class of 2019 Commencement.

    Part 1: Introductions and Speeches
    Part 2: Introductions and Speeches
    Please enjoy the celebratory photos of your accomplishments online.
    2019 Commencement Program


    2020

    Watch the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement.
    2020 Commencement Program

    Commencement 2020 Video

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    McElroy Lecture on Law & Religion

    The McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers to address fundamental issues of law and religion.

    2020

    The Ironies of Religious Liberties Litigation, presented by Professor Cathleen Kaveny of Boston College Law School, examined the legal victories of religious believers and how they are premised on our own rights instead of what we owe others with different beliefs.

    McElroy Program

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    Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Tournament

    The Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Tournament is held annually in honor of the late Patrick A. Keenan, a beloved Detroit Mercy Law professor who taught at the School for over 30 years. Keenan’s wife, Marge, and other Keenan family members attended the final round of this year’s competition.

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    Red Mass

    Our annual Red Mass dates back to 1877, when Detroit College, as the University was then known, began its first year with a mass at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to ask the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the coming year’s work. The School of Law continued the tradition when it opened in 1912, again hosting the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul through the present. Today, the Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice.

    2020

    Red Mass Photo Gallery

    Red Mass Program

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    Law Review Symposium

    2021: Pandemic: From Disparity to Equity

    For the 105th Law Review Symposium, it took place on Friday, March 5, 2021, the Symposium was VIRTUAL. All panel sessions and keynote address was hosted via Zoom. 

    Symposium Program
    Symposium Virtual Program Video

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