MLaw: JDs in the D

MLaw: JDs in the D Student group dedicated to facilitating discussion and exploration of Detroit's critical issues, opportunities, and legal environment. By hosting events in Detroit and on campus, JDs in the D strives to encourage discussion and debate of critical legal, political, and socio-economical issues facing the city, as well as encourage students to explore what Detroit has to offer culturally and professionally.

Check out Detroit-based Freshwater Transit, a public transit advocacy company. Get to know their next project. They're p...
03/21/2015
15 Minutes or Better

Check out Detroit-based Freshwater Transit, a public transit advocacy company. Get to know their next project. They're producing a video series on effective public transit systems in cities that have been through similar challenges as Detroit faces now. Calling it "15 Minutes or Better" they think that's the benchmark Detroit should strive for -- 15-min intervals per bus route -- do you?

On Facebook here: facebook.com/15MinutesOrBetter

Crowd-funding here: patronicity.com/15MOB.

Support them, and reward yourself with your own city of Detroit flag!

Characteristics of effective transit service -- explained in plain terms live from the field.

The Gov's in town...Make sure to join us TONIGHT for the Detroit Month Keynote with Governor Rick Snyder!Reinventing Det...
10/16/2014

The Gov's in town...
Make sure to join us TONIGHT for the Detroit Month Keynote with Governor Rick Snyder!
Reinventing Detroit: A Detroit Month Keynote with Triple-Wolverine and MLaw Alum Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
100 Hutchins Hall from 5:00-5:45pm
Q&A from the audience will follow.

Co-Sponsored by: The Federalist Society, Frank Murphy Society, Bankruptcy Law Society, and Office of Alumni Relations

10/16/2014

Today's Urban Planning Lunch with Nick Leonard has a room change! It will now take place in 132 HH at noon. Chipotle burritos will be served. Thanks to the Environmental Law Society for co-sponsoring!

THIS Thursday evening, join JDs in the D for our Detroit Month Keynote with Governor Rick Snyder!Reinventing Detroit: A ...
10/14/2014

THIS Thursday evening, join JDs in the D for our Detroit Month Keynote with Governor Rick Snyder!
Reinventing Detroit: A Detroit Month Keynote with Triple-Wolverine Michigan Governor and MLaw Alum Rick Snyder
Q&A to follow.
100 Hutchins Hall from 5:00-5:45pm

Co-Sponsored by: Frank Murphy Society, Federalist Society, & Bankruptcy Law Society, and the Office of Alumni Relations

10/06/2014

Join JDs in the D for our 2nd event of Detroit Month:
Entrepreneurship in Detroit featuring MLaw Grads Jake Cohen & Dan Cousino and moderated by Milo Reed Madole
Co-Sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Law Association
Tuesday, October 7 at 12:00pm
116 Hutchins Hall
NYPD Pizza will be served.

Even as Detroit has undergone the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, many (including NYT and Forbes) have pointed to signs of an imminent - or even ongoing - revival. Amongst those doing the most to transform the Motor City are investors and entrepreneurs, who see the new Detroit as a hub of small business, innovation, and technology. The Entrepreneurship in Detroit event will feature Jake Cohen and Dan Cousino - two graduates of the law school who are prominently involved in Detroit business incubation and entrepreneurship. Jake Cohen works for Detroit Venture Partners, and Dan Cousino is here on behalf of Hatch Detroit.

10/06/2014

Join us tomorrow for our first event of Detroit Month 2014: Criminal Law in Detroit featuring Chris Graveline, Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit at the USAO.
12:00 in HH 120
Co-Sponsored by Michigan Law Criminal Law Society

10/04/2014

It's October, which means Detroit Month is officially upon us! Look for posters around the law school detailing the month's events. Make sure to join us for our first event Criminal Law in Detroit THIS Monday at noon in 120HH. It is being co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society. DiBella's subs and cookies will be served!

MLaw: JDs in the D
09/10/2014

MLaw: JDs in the D

Hey Wolverines! Check out this opportunity to take a trip to Detroit and see some of the awesome museums in the city, in...
02/26/2014
CCI on the Move to Detroit | Campus Involvement

Hey Wolverines! Check out this opportunity to take a trip to Detroit and see some of the awesome museums in the city, including: the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, Institute of Science, and the Detroit Historical Museum

Check out the Detroit ad some undergrads created for their Ross marketing class:(On the new connector bus between A2 and...
12/11/2013
University of Michigan students create impressive Detroit ad

Check out the Detroit ad some undergrads created for their Ross marketing class:
(On the new connector bus between A2 and the D)

A team of students at the University of Michigan created an ad for Detroit that will undoubtedly impress you.

A few photos from the second annual MLaw Detroit MonthOctober 2013
11/18/2013

A few photos from the second annual MLaw Detroit Month
October 2013

A few photos from the second annual MLaw Detroit Month
October 2013

Wearing a maize and blue tie in honor of his two degrees from Michigan (BA '79, JD '83), Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn...
11/07/2013

Wearing a maize and blue tie in honor of his two degrees from Michigan (BA '79, JD '83), Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr spoke of the current financial situation in the City of Detroit:
"We want to have young people like yourselves look to Detroit for opportunity, because there is so much upward potential if we get this right."

SH 0225 is quickly filling up as MLaw students prepare to hear Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ('83) speak.
11/07/2013

SH 0225 is quickly filling up as MLaw students prepare to hear Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ('83) speak.

The second annual MLaw Detroit Month may be over, but JDs in the D has one more awesome speaker to bring to you: Detroit...
11/05/2013

The second annual MLaw Detroit Month may be over, but JDs in the D has one more awesome speaker to bring to you: Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr!

On Thursday, November 7th from 11:45 to 2:00 Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ('83) will be speaking in SH 0225.

If you are interested in coming, be sure to RSVP here: https://www.law.umich.edu/alumniandfriends/forms/Pages/OrrEvent2013.aspx

11/05/2013

JDs in the D would like to thank all of our speakers, student orgs, and students who helped make the second annual MLaw Detroit Month a fantastic event! Can't wait to start planning for next year!

Thank you to Michigan Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Mike Finney who helped us close 2013 MLaw Detroit Mo...
11/05/2013

Thank you to Michigan Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Mike Finney who helped us close 2013 MLaw Detroit Month with a talk on what the state of Michigan is doing to reinvent Detroit and Detroit's economy.

10/31/2013

Our last 2013 MLaw Detroit Month event is tomorrow, Thursday, October 31st:
Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Mike Finney will close Detroit month by talking about what the State of Michigan is doing to reinvent Detroit and Detroit''s economy. His talk will touch on what the State/MEDC is doing to attract businesses and jobs, talent to the city and what they're doing for community and local development.
HH 120 at 11:45. Burritos will be served!

10/29/2013

Our next MLaw Detroit Month event: Public Interest Careers in Detroit
Tomorrow, October 29th
11:55, Hutchins Hall 138. Ali Baba's (including baklava!) will be served.

Come hear Tracy Green, Legal Director of the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy; Sarah DeYoung, head of the Drug Unit at Wayne County Prosecutors; andShamyle Dobbs, Director of Education and Outreach of Michigan Community Resources (MCR) speak on their careers, how they got where they are today, and what it's like to work in Detroit. Professor Dana Thompson of the Entrepreneurial Clinic will moderate the discussion. Co-Sponsored by OPIS.

10/28/2013

Come check out our next MLaw Detroit Month event: The American Constitution Society will be hosting a coffee and conversation tomorrow, October 28th, from 3:00 to 4:00 in HH 116. Coffee and Washtenaw Dairy donuts will be served.

Noel Saleh, board chair and past attorney with ACLU Michigan, will be speaking about the center as well as the possible effects of the upcoming Mt. Holly disparate impact decision on their work.

10/21/2013

Come check out our next MLaw Detroit Month event: The Fight for Tuition Equality. Tomorrow at 11:45 in SH 1225.

Come hear Michael Steinberg, director of the ACLU of Michigan; Kevin Mersol-Barg, creator of the Coalition for Tuition Equality; Yousef Rabhi, Washtenaw County Commissioner; and Javier Contreras, student activist, speak on the struggle to pass tuition equality at the University of Michigan. Michigan Law student and Leader of OFA Washtenaw, Andrew Bronstein,will moderate the discussion. Co-Sponsored by MILLA.

10/17/2013

Our next MLaw Detroit Month event is tomorrow, Thursday October 17th at lunch - The State of Detroit: Emergency Management & the Bankruptcy

Come hear from attorneys working hands on directing Detroit's Emergency Management and Bankruptcy. The event will feature Sonya Mays, a recent Michigan Law alum currently serving as the Senior Advisor to the Emergency Manager. Ms. Mays is a Detroit native, and has extensive experience as a transactional attorney. In her role as Senior Advisor, Ms. Mays is responsible for providing special project oversight to Detroit’s financial and operational restructuring efforts.

Lunchtime in HH 242. Food will be served.

10/16/2013

Didn't go grocery shopping over fall break? Come have lunch at our panel discussion on Careers in Detroit tomorrow, Wednesday October 16th!

This MLaw Detroit Month event will feature attorneys from the Detroit area who will speak about their career paths and what it's like to work, live and play in Detroit! Panelists include reps from Dykema Gossett, Dickinson Wright, Ford Motor Company, and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

10/10/2013

Come check out our next MLaw Detroit Month event tomorrow, October 10th: Urban Development in Detroit

This event will focus on issues regarding land use in Detroit, featuring:

John Mogk -- Law Professor at Wayne State Law School
Following graduation with distinction from The University of Michigan Law School in 1964, where he served on the law review and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif, Professor Mogk practiced law with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. His practice included providing legal counsel to the pioneering program revitalizing the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Tyson Gersh -- Founder and President of Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, which is a nonprofit org that works in poor neighborhoods in Detroit, seeking to engage residents in sustainable agriculture projects.

Lunchtime in HH 116. Whole Foods pizza will be served.

October 9th - Police Practices in Detroit Thank you to our panelists Bill Goodman and Julie Hurwitz, founding partners o...
10/09/2013

October 9th - Police Practices in Detroit
Thank you to our panelists Bill Goodman and Julie Hurwitz, founding partners of the civil rights firm Goodman & Hurwitz; Mark Fancher of the ACLU of Michigan's Racial Justice Project; and Stephanie Davis, the Executive Assistant US Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan.

We hope everyone who came out to hear out panelists speak enjoyed the chance for an insider's view into Detroit police practices.

10/09/2013

Come join us for our next MLaw Detroit Month event tomorrow, October 9th - Police Practices in Detroit

Learn about the role lawyers play in police practices in Detroit at this lunchtime panel discussion. Panelists include: Bill Goodman and Julie Hurwitz, founding partners of the civil rights firm Goodman & Hurwitz; Mark Fancher of the ACLU of Michigan's Racial Justice Project; and Stephanie Davis, the Executive Assistant US Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan. Andrew Dalack, 3L, will moderate this discussion as part of the second annual Detroit Month.

Lunchtime in SH 1020. Food will be served.

10/04/2013

Did you miss Thursday's event? Here's a quick recap:

Jocelyn Benson, Dean of Wayne State University Law School, spoke on recent developments in election law on the local, state, and federal level. Citing the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Dean Benson described a growing narrative of decreased protection for voting rights. Against the backdrop of this narrative, Dean Benson outlined the recent mayoral campaign in Detroit, and discussed the creation of city council districts.

10/04/2013

Did you miss Wednesday's event? Here's a quick recap:

Mr. Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle and a political analyst for WDET, spoke on the new alternatives for economic and socioeconomic empowerment in Detroit. Mr. Thompson outlined the recent political history of the city, and discussed how this history has informed the current situation in Detroit. Looking to the future, Mr. Thompson addressed one major challenge in particular - a growing economic elite centered downtown estranged from the struggling lower and middle class neighborhoods elsewhere in the city. Cautioning against this "tale of two cities," Mr. Thompson advocated that prominent Detroit companies extend their definition of corporate social responsibility beyond downtown to adopt and revive neighborhoods around the city.

10/04/2013

Did you miss Tuesday's event? Here's a quick recap:

JD's in the D kicked off Michigan's second annual Detroit Month with an opening panel featuring Matt Cullen, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, and Denise Lewis, a partner at Honigman, and chair of Honigman's Urban Redevelopment practice group. Advocating Rock Venture's "Opportunity Detroit" campaign, Mr. Cullen detailed plans for Detroit as a "place of opportunity" where people can live, work, and play, and reminded students that they have "the ability to affect the outcome." Ms. Lewis also shared her vision for Detroit, presenting on "the New Detroit: A Revitalized and Sustainable City." Ms. Lewis detailed some recent successes in the city - the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy project, various projects in Midtown, and the M1 Rail to name a few - and spoke on some of the challenges still facing the city.

10/03/2013

Be sure to come check out our third MLaw Detroit Month event tomorrow, Thursday, October 3rd - Decision 2013: Election Law and Voter Participation in Detroit.

Following a mayoral write-in campaign, a change to District City Council voting, and the arrival of the Emergency Manager, election law has been at the forefront of news in Detroit. Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson will join us for a discussion on the topic.

Lunchtime in HH 138. Lunch will be served.
Co-sponsored by: MELP.

10/02/2013

Come join us for our next MLaw Detroit Month event tomorrow, Wednesday October 2nd - Transforming Detroit: New Alternatives for Social and Economic Empowerment

Bankole Thompson, Editor of the Michigan Chronicle, will speak on a variety of pressing issues challenging the city and the opportunity for development.

Lunchtime in HH 138. Food will be served.

09/30/2013

The second annual Detroit Month begins tomorrow! Our opening event will feature Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures and Denise Lewis of Honigman. They will speak on their experience with Detroit and their involvement in Detroit's recent real estate development.

Lunchtime in HH 138. Food will be served.

09/24/2013
DAAS Choir - Detroit State of Mind

Start getting into that Detroit State of Mind!
The second annual Detroit Month starts in one week.

Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences choir students perform their version of "Empire State of Mind." As part of a class assignment, students rewrote the lyri...

09/22/2013

Detroit Month Events:

Friday, Sept. 27 - Bus Tour
Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Detroit Month Opening Event featuring Rock Ventures CEO Matt Cullen and Honigman partner Denise Lewis
Wednesday, Oct. 2 - Transforming Detroit: New Alternatives for Social and Economic Empowerment
Thursday, Oct. 3 - Decision 2013: Election law and Voter Participation in Detroit
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Police Practices in Detroit
Thursday, Oct. 10 - Urban Development in Detroit
Wednesday, Oct. 16 - Careers in Detroit
Thursday, Oct. 17 - Bankrupt: The Impact of Detroit's Bankruptcy on the Black Community
Friday, Oct. 18 - PBAP Volunteers at Tumaini Center
Monday, Oct. 21 - The Fight for Tuition Equality
Wednesday, Oct. 23 - Education in Detroit
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Public Interest Careers in Detroit
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Detroit Startup City: A Discussion on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Detroit
Thursday, Oct. 31 - Detroit Month Closing Event with Keynote Speaker Mike Finny

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