News Release

UDM School of Law Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic Hosts Event on Feb. 7

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic will host a free consultation and legal workshop for Detroit homeowners facing foreclosure on Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the School’s Riverfront Campus located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit.  The event is one of a series that will be held this semester in conjunction with Foreclosure Defense Detroit, a grant project of UDM’s third-year law student, Matthew Nicols.

Foreclosure Defense Detroit’s primary goal is to provide free legal advice to low income homeowners facing foreclosure through the UDM Law Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic.  During the free legal workshops, there will be a presentation for struggling Detroit homeowners to learn about the foreclosure process, applicable laws, available legal defenses, possible alternatives to foreclosure, and preventative measures.  The workshops will also cater to homeowners seeking a modification to their mortgages and those who are only seeking general information about the process.  Several Detroit and Oakland County housing counselors will be present for homeowners seeking a modification to their mortgages.  Clinic faculty, students, and housing counselors will be available after the presentations to meet privately with homeowners seeking assistance regarding their individual cases.

Homeowners are asked to bring with them supporting documents, such as:  copies of mortgage and/or loan documents; any and all foreclosure notices and other legal documents; copies of correspondence from your mortgagor, servicer, or foreclosing entity; and financial documents and proof of income, if you are seeking a modification.  Homeowners who need additional information regarding the workshops may contact the UDM Law Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic at (313) 596-9846.

About UDM Law’s Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic

UDM Law students, working under the supervision of licensed attorneys/faculty members, represent victims of predatory lending practices in federal and state courts to stop homeowners from losing their homes due to foreclosure.  Clinic students handle cases involving mortgage fraud, foreclosure rescue scams, and loan servicing errors.  They have the opportunity to interview clients, argue motions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials.  In addition, students engage in community outreach through presentations and development of written materials to educate homeowners on foreclosure remedy options and rescue scams.

About University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Founded in 1912, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a Catholic institution sponsored by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  The School is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. 

UDM Law was an early pioneer in the country in organizing an outreach clinic, when the Urban Law Clinic was founded in downtown Detroit in 1965.  Over the years, the clinical program has expanded to ten clinics, each of which addresses a distinct area of the law, in order to meet the increasing and evolving needs of the citizens of metropolitan Detroit as well as military veterans across the country.  Every student must participate in at least one semester in the clinical program to graduate from UDM Law, giving them invaluable and rewarding work experience while helping those in need.  The School opened a new facility to house all of its clinics on December 11, 2012.  The new facility is conveniently located on 585 Larned Street, a half block from UDM’s Riverfront Campus, which includes the School of Law’s principal building, Dowling Hall.

For more information about the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, please visit www.law.udmercy.edu.

Release date: February 05, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."

Contacts:

Joon Sung, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic, office 313-596-9847, mobile 734-718-9794, sungjh@udmercy.edu

Denise P. Hickey, Assistant Dean, School of Law, 313-596-0202, hickeydp@udmercy.edu

Matthew T. Nicols, 3rd-Year Law Student at UDM Law, m3nicols@gmail.com

Gary D. Lichtman, UDM Media Relations Director, 313-993-1254, gary.lichtman@udmercy.edu