February 15, 2016

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an academic symposium. It will focus on the past, present and future legal issues facing the city of Detroit on Friday, March 4, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Campus.

The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from the city of Detroit and across the country, to discuss legal issues confronted throughout the history of Detroit, today, and issues that may arise in the future. Speakers that will be attending are the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, Isaiah McKinnon, Deputy Mayor of the City of Detroit, Eugene A. Gargaro ’67, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Honorable Michael Riordan ’91, First District Court of Appeals in Michigan and Brian Frye, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law.

To discuss Detroit in the past 100 years, the symposium will also feature UDM liberal arts professors Roy Finkenbine, Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archives; Tom Stanton, Associate Professor of Communications and Gregory Sumner, Professor of History.

The Law Review has been devoted to discussing issues facing the Detroit Community since its inception in 1916. Therefore, it is only fitting that for the centennial symposium the Law Review will pay homage to its roots and motivation: the city of Detroit.

Founded in 1916, just for four years after the inception of the University of Detroit School of Law, the Law Review filled the void left by the Detroit Legal News when it stopped printing it’s weekly issue for a period of time. The student publication provided an essential service to the legal community by printing the most important cases from Michigan’s circuit Courts. Over time, the focus of the Law Review and its student editors turned to discussing legal issues in Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States, and finding practical solutions to these issues.