News Release

UDM Law Federal Bar Association Student Chapter Hosts Sixth Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge

On Wednesday, February 27, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Federal Bar Association Student Chapter will host Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in room 352 of the School of Law.  In 2008, Judge Kethledge was confirmed to the Sixth Circuit Court, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Judge Kethledge is a highly accomplished and well-respected attorney who has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country.  He has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney at both the trial and appellate levels and as a public servant.  His complete biography is attached to this press release.

Judge Kethledge (see biography) will be introduced as the group’s speaker by Judge Michael J. Riordan, a 1990 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law. Judge Riordan was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012 and was elected to a six-year term commencing January 1, 2013. Previously, Judge Riordan worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; as an Assistant General Counsel for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; and as a Senior Attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The UDM Law Student Chapter of the FBA works to promote interaction and learning between law students and federal judges and lawyers. They work with state and national chapters of the FBA to strengthen student interest and knowledge of the federal legal system. The faculty advisor for the UDM Law Student Chapter is Professor Michael Bryce, who is leading a robust schedule of events for the Chapter this year with support from the Student Bar Association.

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

Judge Raymond M. Kethledge - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Judge Raymond M. Kethledge was confirmed on June 24, 2008, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Judge Kethledge is a highly accomplished and well-respected attorney who has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country. Judge Kethledge is known for his outstanding intellect, excellent writing skills, strong work ethic, and integrity.

Judge Kethledge has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney, at both the trial and appellate levels and as a public servant. Beginning in 2003, Mr. Kethledge worked as a partner in the law firm of Bush Seyferth Kethledge and Paige PLLC, representing clients ranging from DaimlerChrysler Corporation and Genworth Financial to an individual criminal defendant. Judge Kethledge has appeared frequently in court, briefing and arguing appeals and motions in class actions and other complex litigation. Prior to returning to Michigan in 1998 to join the prestigious Detroit firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Judge Kethledge served with distinction as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Ralph Guy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Kethledge also served as Counsel to then-Senator Spencer Abraham, handling matters related to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge Kethledge has exceptional academic credentials. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, in 1993. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in history in 1989.

Judge Kethledge has long been dedicated to pro-bono service and charitable causes. He has used his legal skills to assist numerous individuals on a pro-bono basis. He and his former firm were very active in the community, sponsoring fundraiser and scholarship programs. Judge Kethledge worked with Community Legal Services, a provider of legal services to the disadvantaged in Michigan, helping numerous homeowners keep their homes. He has also worked with the New Leaders New Schools charitable organization, which assists in placing school principals in economically depressed areas.

Release date: February 26, 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."