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Florise R. Neville-Ewell

Visiting Professor of Law

Neville-Ewell, Florise R.
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 309
Phone: (313) 596-0230
Neville-Ewell, Florise R.
Areas of Expertise:
Commercial Real Estate
Real Property / Estates and Trusts


Curriculum Vitae

After graduating with honors from Yale College and Yale Law School in 1981 and 1984, respectively, Visiting Professor Neville-Ewell started her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Julian A. Cook, Jr., a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Since then, she has worked in the public and private sectors and academia. A native Chicagoan, she returned to Chicago after the clerkship to work as an associate at Sidley and Austin. After marrying the Honorable Edward Ewell, Jr., she returned to Michigan to work as an associate at Honigman Miller and later joined the faculty at Wayne State Law School. Prior to joining the faculty at Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School, she worked as General Counsel for the Housing Commission and Chief of Contracts for the City of Detroit.

As an academic, Visiting Professor Neville-Ewell has taught contracts, ethics and property and published articles and compilations for professionals and the public. As an academic, her most recent articles include: A Slice of History Underlying the Current Financial Pandemic: Black Women and Property 1800-1850 - Black Women as Property and Statutory Redemption Rights Revisited: 21st Century Factors for the Legislature to Consider. Throughout her career, Prof. Neville-Ewell has also published articles about real estate issues for the public. Once a writer for the former Charter One Bank, it published her "advice" columns and articles monthly in the Michigan Chronicle. In conjunction with being the founder of the Ten Commandments of Real Estate Law Society (10CORE® Law Society), a non-profit dedicated to educating the public through outreach, she remains dedicated to publishing articles for the public. In 2015, she will release Organize and Understand Your Real Estate Documents with the FLO-FOLDER®: Freedom, Literacy and Organization, a tool kit designed to educate current and prospective homeowners about essential real estate documents.

Also a frequent speaker on housing related topics, the Justice Department invited Visiting Professor Neville-Ewell to be a panelist at a Mortgage Fraud Summit hosted by President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. In addition, she periodically speaks on talk shows, was responsible for providing weekly "hot tips" about mortgage issues on a radio program, and has spoken at events sponsored by AARP, the American Bar Association, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Michigan Attorney General's Office, NAACP, and National Bar Association, among others.

Throughout her career, Visiting Professor Neville-Ewell has been passionate about and received awards and acknowledgments for pro bono service. See e.g. Notably, former Governor Granholm appointed her to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Board where she ultimately became its Chairperson. MSHDA is responsible for facilitating Michigan's affordable housing development and homeownership initiatives. She has also actively served on other Boards and remains a member of volunteer organizations dedicated to enhancing communities.

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