News Release

Law School to Host 9th Annual Auction

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will hold its 9th Annual Voice for Justice Auction, on April 9, 2011 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. at the Detroit Yacht Club. The theme for this year’s Auction will be “An Evening in Paris,” complete with live and silent auctions, libations, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and live music entertainment.

Items up for bid will include everything from a trip to Paris, France and other getaways, gift baskets, event tickets, and jewelry. Other travel-themed items include a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a trip for two to the French Quarter in Louisiana, a golf package for two at Garland Lodge and Resort, a one-week stay at a condominium in Scottsdale, Arizona, a gift card for French Lick Resort Casino and Spa in Indiana and a one-week vacation in northern Michigan.

Proceeds from the “Voice for Justice” Auction will fund the UDM Law “Voice for Justice” 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 2011 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. 

UDM Law Adjunct Professor of the Year, William Burgess, will also be honored at the auction. In addition to teaching at UDM Law, Burgess is CEO of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm. He has served as counsel to secured lenders in all aspects of workouts, restructurings, loan modifications and enforcement of remedies for over 20 years. Burgess has been an adjunct professor at UDM Law since 1986, teaching such courses as Commercial Law, Uniform Commercial Code and Payment Systems.

The cost to attend the auction is $50 until Friday April 8 at 5:00 pm; $65 thereafter and at the door.  Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations Denise Hickey at (313) 596-0202.

For more information about the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, visit

Release date: March 30,2011

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 11th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" – 2012 edition.

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to

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