2024 News Listing

Detroit Mercy Law Graduates Achieve 91 Percent Employment Rate

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 2023 graduates achieved a 91 percent employment rate in legal and professional positions. Graduates secured employment in various positions including at top law firms, competitive judicial clerkships, and government, business, and public interest organizations.

A photo of the Engineering Building near the clock tower with red banners that feature the UDM logo and World Needs Titans on it.

Two UDM graduate programs were ranked in the top 20 in the nation and several other programs were included in the 2024-25 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges edition.

Recognizing Middle Eastern, Arab, and Chaldean Heritages: ODEIB Student Features

Medina Elzayat (3L) serves as President of the Arab American Law Student Association (AALSA), Tina Toma (3L) serves as President of the Chaldean American Law Student Association (CALSA) and Simon Alnajjar (3L) is a Dean’s Fellow at Detroit Mercy Law. All are part of the ODEIB Student Feature for Middle Eastern, Arab, and Chaldean Heritage month.

Celebrating Women's History: Alumnus Feature-Hon. Michelle M. Rick ‘91

Judge Michelle M. Rick '91 aspires to be a servant leader. “For me, this requires leading from the heart and valuing the contributions of all members of the team. It is critical to see that every person has skills that can benefit the task at hand.”

Celebrating Women's History: All-Woman Team Places Third in National and First in Regional USPTO Patent Competition

An all-woman team of Detroit Mercy Law students placed third in the 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after winning the regional competition. Across the nation, 55 teams competed in regional rounds for an invitation to advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. to present in front of a board of USPTO patent examiners.

Celebrating Women’s HerStory: Jessica Holmes ’15

Jessica Holmes ’15 continues the legacy of Black, women attorneys in her family.

Detroit Mercy Law All-Woman Team Places First at USPTO’s Midwest Regional Patent Drafting Competition for Second Year in a Row

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law students won the Midwest Regional Patent Drafting Competition hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the second year in a row.

Celebrating Women’s HerStory: Michaela Dalrymple, 3L

Micaela Dalrymple (3L) serves as President of the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) at Detroit Mercy Law. The WLC empowers members to succeed in law school and in their careers, and works to improve the quality of life for women in the community through fundraising and outreach.

Celebrating Women’s History: Rita Soka ’22

Rita Soka '22 remembers the day her daughter’s words inspired her to pursue law school. “Mom, you know, you can be a really good lawyer, and I can see you doing it.”

Honoring Black History: Office of DEIB Feature-Jazmine Goode, 2L

Jazmine Goode (2L) serves as the executive treasurer of the Student Bar Association (SBA)—the governing body that represents students, liaises with the school, and oversees all other student organizations. In addition to her leadership with the SBA, Goode is as an active member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)—the organization responsible for one of her fondest moments at Detroit Mercy Law and her very own designated parking spot.

Honoring Black History: Alumnus Feature-Robbie Gaines '15

Robbie Gaines '15 is President-Elect of the Wolverine Bar Association (WBA). When he assumes the role of President during the 2024-2025 year, he will promote and adhere to the principles the WBA has stood for since it was established in the 1930s—justice for all, diversity in the legal profession, and community leadership. Through this influential role, he will join the ranks of the many distinguished attorneys who have served as past presidents of the WBA over the years.

Honoring Black History: Student Feature-Christin DewBerry, 3L

Christin DewBerry (3L) is a leader at Detroit Mercy Law. Her classmates elected her to serve as their executive president of the Student Bar Association (SBA)—the governing body that represents students, liaises with the school, and oversees all other student organizations.

Honoring Black History: Office of DEIB Feature-Hon. Terrance A. Keith '84

Judge Terrance A. Keith ‘84, a distinguished alumnus and founding-president of the Association of Black Law Alumni (ABLA), is generous with his time and talent in support of Detroit Mercy Law and the legal community. In 1981, on his first day of classes at Detroit Mercy Law, he learned the value of preparation—a lesson that he still uses on the bench today.

Honoring Black History: Office of DEIB Feature-Sydney Jackson, 3L

Sydney Jackson (3L) serves as president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). In addition to her work with BLSA, Jackson worked as a summer associate at Plunkett Cooney and as a judicial intern with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She encourages students to find a mentor at all points of their educational journey—from high school, to undergrad, to law school.

Honoring Black History: Alumnus Feature-Hon. Kyra Harris Bolden '14

Justice Kyra Harris Bolden '14 made history when she was sworn in as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice on January 1, 2023. As the first Black woman to serve on the highest court in Michigan, she recognizes the importance of her leadership on the bench. “Representation is beyond important,” she said. “It is an honor to serve and to be an inspiration to others who look like me.”

Detroit Mercy Law Community Members Receive University Titan Innovation Fund Grants

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law community members received grants from the University of Detroit Mercy’s Titan Innovation Fund. The University invited proposals for innovations that addressed challenges and opportunities aligned with the Detroit Mercy mission and University President Donald Taylor’s institutional priorities. Steven Meerschaert, 2L, and Dr. Courtney Griffin, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, submitted proposals that were selected for funding.