Law prof. takes a look at plan for Detroit's future

Peter Hammer, professor and director of Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School, will speak at Marygrove College on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.

Hammer will address fundamental problems and suggested improvements in the City of Detroit's post-bankruptcy plan of adjustment.

In his talk, sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, he will also address the regional water plan, Detroit's water shut-off crisis, the proposed Ilitch hockey arena complex and ongoing developments regarding emergency financial manager situations in Michigan cities and school districts.

The presentation will be in held in the Alumni Dining Room at Madame Cadillac Building on the campus of Marygrove College. The college is located at 8425 McNichols Road in Detroit. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Hammer heads WSU Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights ( dedicated to promoting the educational, economic and political empowerment of under-represented communities in urban areas. Hammer has added new courses at the law school, including "Race, Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan" and "Re-Imagining Development in Detroit: Institutions, Law & Society."

Founded in 1980 by the late social activist Bishop Coleman McGehee, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights ( is an advocacy group committed to human rights through communication, education, community organization and action. MCHR opposes those institutions and individuals which suppress human dignity, freedom and justice locally and around the world.

Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014