A 'Homecoming'


The leadership of the University of Detroit Mercy and its School of Law was front and center at the annual event. Pictured are (left to right) School of Law Dean Phyllis Crocker; Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association Board of Directors Member Gregory G. Thiess, ’79; Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.; Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association Board of Directors Member Mark A. Wisniewski, ’90; and Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees Member and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise K. Langford Morris. Proceeds from the event will provide need-based financial support to students studying for the bar exam.

– Photos by John Meiu except where noted

Annual golf outing draws crowd for benefit of law school students

On Friday, Sept. 20, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted its 4th annual Homecoming Golf Scramble and Awards Dinner at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. One hundred and thirteen alumni, current and prospective students, faculty, family, and friends participated in the golf outing and more than 170 attended the awards dinner. More than $40,000 was raised. All proceeds benefited the Detroit Mercy Law Bar Preparation Fund.

The Detroit-based law firm of Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti, & Sherbrook, which is led by Principal and Detroit Mercy Law alumnus Mark A. Wisniewski, was the presenting sponsor of the event. Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play. Activities included longest drive and closest to the pin contests.

During the awards dinner following the tournament, Wayne County Probate Court Judge Terrance A. Keith, a 1984 Detroit Mercy Law graduate, received Detroit Mercy Law’s Time & Talent Award, which honors alumni who have given their time and talent to the School through their distinguished leadership and longstanding service. Kelly R. Houk, a 2013 graduate and an associate attorney at Dykema Gossett PLLC received the Rising Star Award, which honors recent alumni who are making significant contributions to the legal profession, their communities, and the school.