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Detroit-Themed Events Highlight October at Michigan Law

Detroit-Themed Events Highlight October at Michigan Law

By Lori Atherton
Sept. 27, 2013

Social and economic development, police practices, public education, the upcoming mayoral election—the city of Detroit offers no shortage of conversation starters. If you want to get involved in the discussion, plan to attend Detroit Month at the Law School, where you'll hear from alumni and community leaders involved in revitalization efforts.

Detroit Month is series of lunchtime talks in October aimed at highlighting the city's current issues and efforts to address them. The events are sponsored by the Michigan Law student group JDs in the D, whose goal is to encourage students to get involved with the city. This is the second year Detroit Month is being held, said 2L Danielle Krumholz, JDs in the D co-chair. With more than 10 talks on wide-ranging topics being offered, participants will gain a "better understanding of the dynamic issues facing Detroit," she said.

The kick-off event is a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 1, featuring Matthew Cullen, AB '78, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, LLC, and Denise Lewis, '83, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, who will discuss the future of Detroit. 3L Perry Teicher, co-founder of JDs in the D, will moderate. The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 138 Hutchins Hall.

Other dates, topics, and speakers include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2: "Transforming Detroit: New Alternatives for Social and Economic Empowerment," presented by Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle

  • Thursday, Oct. 3: "Decision 2013: Election Law and Voter Participation in Detroit," with Jocelyn Benson, dean of Wayne State University Law School

  • Thursday, Oct. 10: "Urban Development in Detroit," featuring John Mogk, '64, professor of law at Wayne State University School of Law, and Tyson Gersch, BA '13, cofounder and president, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: "Education in Detroit," with Dan Varner, BA '91, JD '94, CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit and Denise Smith, vice president of early childhood at Excellent Schools Detroit
Unless otherwise noted, all talks will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations will vary.

In addition to the talks, JDs in the D hosted two bus tours of Detroit and are hosting a community service project in conjunction with Michigan Law's Public Benefits Advocacy Project. Volunteers will assist Detroiters with applying for benefits at the Tumaini Center on Friday, Oct. 18.

View the complete list of Detroit Month events or visit the Detroit Month Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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