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Law Centennial

Pictured above left to right: Attendees bidding on items at the annual Voice for Justice Auction held at the Detroit Golf Club; the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new George J. Asher Law Clinic Center; Governor Rick Synder speaking at the Law Review Symposium at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Law events highlight centennial year

It’s been an eventful school year as the UDM School of Law celebrated its Centennial anniversary.

Following the Centennial Anniversary Gala in October at the Detroit Athletic Club, which approximately 250 alumni and guests attended, the School of Law opened the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Walter Buhl Ford III Hall in December. The new location at 585 Larned Street houses the 10 legal aid clinics that serve 1,450 clients annually. UDM alumnus Anthony Asher ’61, ’65 of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton PC of Southfield provided the lead gift in honor of his brother. Additional gifts from the heirs of Walter Buhl Ford III and the McGregor Fund also supported the purchase and renovation of the new facility.

In March, the School of Law held its Law Review Symposium entitled, Global Michigan: Immigration and Economic Growth, which featured Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep. Gary Peters ’84 also provided his singular perspective as the son of an immigrant. Leading policy makers and distinguished academics—drawn from across the U.S. and Canada—also discussed how Detroit and Michigan could best use immigration as a tool of economic development. Professor David Koelsch of UDM Law, who helped organize the forum, said the event was held to “focus on immigrants as a positive force” for Detroit and Michigan.

On April 13, the School hosted the 11th annual Voice for Justice Auction at the Detroit Golf Club. This year the event raised nearly $90,000 to support the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides summer fellowship opportunities for students in the public interest sector. These fellowships expand UDM Law’s longstanding tradition of service to the community. Students selected to receive the fellowships will spend approximately eight weeks as a summer intern for non-profit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized or underrepresented of society.

The School of Law concluded its Centennial celebration with its Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10. This year, 211 students received their J.D. diplomas. It was a fitting conclusion to a memorable centennial year as the School of Law continues its mission of educating and inspiring law students in the city of Detroit.