UDM Law to host 9th annual Voice for Justice Auction in April

Interested in escaping the early spring snowfall of Michigan this year? Perhaps you would prefer a sojourn to Paris with your sweetheart, complete with the bright, budding flowers in the gardens of Notre Dame? Lucky for you, a trip for two to Paris is just one of the extravagant items up for bid at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's upcoming 9th Annual Voice for Justice Auction, to be held 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 auction will include everything from gift baskets, event tickets, and jewelry to getaways like the trip for two to Paris. 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. Perhaps you don't have the time to leave town, but you still want that feeling of escape? Auction items like European-style chocolate truffles, gift certificates to enjoy a delicious meal out, massage gift cards and European facials may be just the ticket for you. The cost to attend the Auction is $50 pre-event, and $65 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.law.udmercy.edu/vfjauction, or by calling Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations Denise Hickey at (313) 596-0202.

Proceeds from the Voice for Justice Auction go to fund the UDM Law Voice for Justice Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides summer fellowship opportunities in the public interest sector, enabling our students to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good of our community. UDM School of Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professionals. The fellowships funded by the Voice for Justice Auction expand the School's longstanding tradition of service to the community and provide students the opportunity to succeed while making a difference in 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.

The evening will also celebrate the UDM Law Adjunct Professor of the Year, William Burgess. In addition to teaching at UDM Law, Mr. Burgess is CEO of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm. For more than 20 years, he has served as counsel to secured lenders (including banks, insurance companies, lending syndicates, administrative agents, collateral agents, and loan servicers) in all aspects of workouts, restructurings, loan modifications, and enforcement of remedies. Mr. Burgess has been an adjunct professor at UDM Law since 1986, teaching such courses as Commercial Law, Uniform Commercial Code, and Payment Systems.

For auction ticket information, contact Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations Denise Hickey at (313) 596-0202, or hickeydp@udmercy.edu. For more information about the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, visit www.law.udmercy.edu.

Published: Fri, Mar 11, 2011