Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
Great Things University-wide
UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News RankingFor the thirteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges"More
Interim Dean Troy Harris (replaces Dean Lloyd Semple)
Interim Dean Troy Harris is equally accomplished as a practicing lawyer and as a legal scholar. His academic credentials include a J.D. from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Legal History at the University of Chicago, and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. Before coming to UDM School of Law, he practiced international commercial arbitration and construction law with the Atlanta office of King & Spalding for more than a decade. He also has taught at Cornell Law School, Emory Law School and the College of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology. Interim Dean Harris is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Executive Committee of its North American Branch. His Scholarship focuses on international arbitration and commercial law.
The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients through the following community clinics:
- Appellate Advocacy Clinic—State Appellate Defenders' Office
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Immigration Law
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Mediation Training and Clinic
- Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic
- Urban Law Clinic
- Veterans' Law
The clinics are now housed in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Water Buhl Ford III Hall, a beautifully renovated historic firehouse adjacent to Dowling Hall on UDM's Riverfront Campus.
Dean's Advisory Board
The Dean's Advisory Board included lawyers, judges, and other actively involved in the legal profession from across the country who advises the School about how best to prepare UDM law graduates, keeping UDM School of Law current with the changing demands of the profession.
Mobile Law Office
UDM School of Law is the only school in the nation to have a mobile law office that travels Michigan and the nation assisting veterans through Project SALUTE, our Veteran's Clinic.
Law Review Symposia
The Law Review at UDM School of Law has brought accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2013 Law Review Symposium, entitled Global Michigan: Immigration and Economic Growth, featured Governor Rick Synder as its keynote speaker and also included leading legal academics and policy makers from throughout the United States and Canada. Prior symposia have focused on intellectual property law, the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas, and Michigan's no-fault insurance scheme. This year's symposium will focus on urban agriculture.
The faculty members at the School of Law make presentations throughout the country, and their scholarship is published in a wide variety of journals throughout the United States. For example, in Fall 2013, Professor Peggy Costello will speak at the University of Iowa School of Law at a symposium that also features professors from the law schools at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. In Summer 2013, Professor Cara Cunningham organized a highly successful conference (hosted by UDM School of Law) on Law and Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives. Recent faculty scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Right and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review and others.
Design Center Makes a Difference in Detroit
The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center is recognized worldwide for its exemplary work in community-based design. Their current work as leaders of the community engagement process for the Detroit Future City project for the city of Detroit received excellent feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.
Visiting Scholars and Guest Speakers
A number of prominent guest speakers have addressed the College recently. They include Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Dr. Marilyn French-Hubbard, founder of the National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs; Dr. Krzysztof Wach, Professor of International Entrepreneurship at Cracow University in Poland; Brad Simmons, Director of the Office of the Executive Chairman at Ford Motor Company, and many others.
Renewed Funding to the Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs received renewed funding of over $300,000 for UDMSD’s pipeline programs. The grant funds assist pre-doctoral and pre-hygiene students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programs help underrepresented minorities (URM) learn about the opportunities in the oral health care profession. Additionally, the funding will assist in the educational development of URM allied health faculty, along with providing resources for the UDMSD Sealant Program.
Leader in Robotics Competitions
In the past seven years, the UDM robotics team has placed first three times and third twice in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), fourth in the ASME Student Design Competition (a robotic window washer), and third in the ASME Innovation Show (a robotic assistive device) . . . all national competitions involving well over 100 engineering colleges.
PA Student Receives Mission Award
David Dumais, a 2012 PA graduate, received UDM’s Vivere ex Missione Award. The award is given to a graduating student for living out the University’s mission. Dumais was recognized for his leadership abilities and for his development of the Detroit Hand Washing Initiative at a local school.
Teacher Preparation Program Rated Exemplary
UDM’s Teacher Preparation program received an Exemplary rating by the State Board of Education based on the 2011-2012 performance score, released in July 2013. During the past five years, UDM’s program ranking has steadily increased due to program improvements made by UDM’s Education Department.
Criteria for the program rating include weighted components from earlier reviews of institutional programs, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test scores, new teacher efficacy surveys, supervisor validation of new teachers’ efficacy, program completion rates, and additional consideration that the program’s mission is responsive to the state’s teacher preparation needs.
Joint Degrees provide a legal education with opportunities to earn multiple law degrees from law schools in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Focused on understanding the intersection of legal systems in today’s global marketplace, the program includes options to earn one of four joint or multiple degrees in a condensed time frame:
- Globally Enriched J.D. Degree
- Canadian & American Dual J.D.
Joint comparative law degree program in the United States and Canada
- J.D./L.E.D. Degree
Joint degree program in the United States and Mexico
- Dual J.D./L.E.D. Degree
Multiple degree program in the United States, Mexico and Canada
Detroit Men's Golf Team Wins Most Horizon League Championships
The Detroit men's golf team has won seven Horizon League championships, the most by any members past or present.