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Detroit Mercy Law celebrated Commencement and honored alumnus George J. Asher

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April 25, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 103rd annual commencement ceremony on May 13 at Calihan Hall on the University’s McNichols Campus.

A Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, was given posthumously to George J. Asher, for whom the Asher Law Clinic Center was named. The son of Syrian immigrants, Asher left high school after his parents died to support his family. After helping raise his brothers and sisters, he entered law school at Detroit Mercy Law. He died in 1963 of complications of hemophilia, just months before finishing his degree.

His brother Anthony, the Commencement keynote speaker, was a first-year law student at the time George died, became a managing partner in the Southfield-based firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. Anthony (B.S.S. ’61, J.D. ’65) made the generous gift to the University that helped purchase and renovate the building that houses the legal clinics.

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