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President Garibaldi, Timothy Kesicki, S.J., Judith Frikker, RSM


100 years of educating and inspiring law students in the city of Detroit

law centennialAs the University of Detroit Mercy celebrates the School of Law's 100th anniversary, one of the School's enduring tests of time is the quality of its graduates. That quality has not wavered over the last century, evidenced by the impressive number of judges, mayors and governors—in addition to prominent attorneys—who have the School's name on their law diplomas. And while the professional achievements of an institution's graduates is certainly a worthy indicator of its success, many of our alumni also credit their law education as a transformational experience.

The graduates profiled on the following pages exemplify how their passion and drive for the practice of law helped them to persevere despite the adversity in their lives—whether it was due to socioeconomics, gender or the devastation of growing up in a war-torn country. They found a welcoming home in the UDM School of Law, worked hard to overcome their obstacles and succeeded. These individuals, like all of our graduates, went on to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of those they touched.

Irving Palman '23

Margaret Rose '37

Mary Ellen Crusoe Byrne '63

Aida Spahic '07

School of Law historic timeline

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