Dual purpose: Law student eyes a future career in business, sports fields

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By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Ahmad Mazloum’s interest in the law was sparked after his family fled from the 2006 Lebanon War during a family vacation in his parents’ homeland.

“Being only 10 years old, I quickly realized the importance of being a problem-solver, which opened my eyes to the law,” he says.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Mazloum was always fascinated with the human brain, Mazloum earned his undergrad degree in psychology, with honors, from the University of Windsor.

“The field of psychology taught me individual experiences shape the people we become,” he says. “This has made me more patient and empathetic, which, in turn, allows me to connect with clients differently than most.”

While in undergrad, he served on the board of directors for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada; as vice president of Volunteering International Students Assistance (VISA); and as social media coordinator for Blood Club.

Mazloum went on to enter the Dual JD program offered by the University of Windsor and Detroit Mercy Law School, and is in his final year.

“Having a dual degree allows me to refine my skillset across both countries, which ultimately exposes me to unique opportunities,” he says. 

“The alumni of Detroit Mercy Law have exceeded my every expectation,” he adds. “I’m always met with enthusiastic attorneys that want to see me achieve my goals. This has inspired me to become a mentor of the program, and I hope to inspire future students to do the same.”

His 2019 internship for Judge Avern Cohn at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan was an invaluable experience.

“I was primarily tasked with drafting bench memoranda on a variety of issues, including conversion as it relates to bankruptcy,” he says. “Learning under Judge Cohn’s guidance has ultimately made me a stronger and more effective legal writer.”

This past summer, Mazloum clerked remotely for Lakeshore Legal Aid in Detroit, primarily assisting in divorce, custody, and landlord-tenant proceedings. 

“In 2020, many people found themselves at an all-time low,” he says. I was grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in my community.”

Across the border in Windsor, in 2019 he was a caseworker for Community Legal Aid; and a summer associate for Legal Focus Lawyers.

From August to December 2020, he was a student attorney at the Detroit Mercy Law School’s Trademark & Entrepreneur Clinic, learning about business entity formation and the overall trademark process.

“I enjoyed learning about start-up companies, and the necessary documents to form these entities,” he says.

A Teaching Assistant for over a year for 1L Contracts and 1L Property at the University of Windsor, he enjoys serving as a mentor.

“I enjoy helping guide students and answer their questions about on-campus recruits, upper-year course selection, and extra-curriculars,” he says. “Oftentimes, students may be afraid to reach out for help, and as a TA, I can foster an environment that encourages transparency and communication.”

After serving as a junior Moot Court member at Detroit Mercy Law, he now serves as Dual J.D. Liaison on the Moot Court E-Board; and this year, helped organize the G. Mennen Moot Court competition, an annual tradition for 1L students.

“I really enjoyed being on the other side of things, as an organizer and a judge, because I was able to appreciate the hard work that goes into setting up moot competitions,” he says. 
As a Research Assistant at Detroit Mercy Law, he works closely with Professor Cara Cunningham Warren to help edit her prospective textbook.

“In addition, over the last year, I’ve been reaching out to a variety of publishers to obtain copyright permissions, which has been a unique and very challenging process,” he says.

After his 2021 graduation, Mazloum will work as an associate attorney at Miller Canfield’s Detroit office. And while he plans on launching his career as a business lawyer, he hopes to eventually tackle work, at the firm, as a sports lawyer.

“More importantly, I hope to be in a position where I’m learning something new every day,” he says.

 “And as a visible minority, I want to be a role model, helping mentor members of my community.” 

In his leisure time, Mazloum is an avid sports fan—specifically of football and mixed martial arts.

“I’m also passionate about politics, as I enjoy researching conflicting viewpoints on divisive issues,” he says. “I really enjoy creative writing, which I exercise through writing blog posts, anonymously.”


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