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JDs in the D Host Detroit Month During October

MLaw's JDs in the D Host Detroit Month During October

By Lori Atherton
Oct. 6, 2014

For the third straight year, the University of Michigan Law School's JDs in the D will host Detroit Month to increase awareness and engagement in the storied city.

Starting Oct. 6, guest speakers who are involved in revitalizing Detroit, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, '82, will present on such topics as entrepreneurship, development, crime, urban farming, the media, and nonprofit and law firm work. Also planned are tours of Detroit's Shinola watch factory and Atwater Brewery on Friday, Oct. 24.

In planning Detroit Month, JDs in the D co-chairs Dorothy Heebner, 3L, and John Lin, 3L, sought to bring speakers with diverse viewpoints to the Law School. Their goal, they said, is to engage students in a conversation about the city's challenges and opportunities and to spur them to get involved in helping the city.

"There are all kinds of interesting and exciting things happening in Detroit, but students in Ann Arbor don't get exposure to them," Lin said. "Detroit Month is an opportunity to share all of the good things about the city."

Detroit Month events (which are subject to change) are as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 6, noon-1 p.m.: Criminal Law in Detroit, with Chris Graveline, chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit (co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m.: Entrepreneurship in Detroit, with Jake Cohen, '12, Detroit Venture Partners, and Dan Cousino, '07, Hatch Detroit (co-sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Law Association)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, noon-1 p.m.: Detroit Nonprofits, with Wendy Richards, Michigan Community Resources (co-sponsored by the Pro Bono Board)
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m.: Urban Farming in Detroit, with Nick Leonard, '14, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society)
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 5-5:45 p.m.: Reinventing Detroit (keynote address), with Gov. Rick Snyder, '82
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m.: Detroit Development, with Amber Elliott, '09, Detroit Future City
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, noon-1 p.m.: Firms in Detroit, with representatives from Miller Canfield, Honigman, Dykema, and Bodman
  • Friday, Oct. 24, noon-1 p.m.: Entrepreneurship in Detroit Tour: Shinola and Atwater Brewery (email Heebner at or Lin at to register)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m.: Detroit Land Bank, with Jelani Cobb
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m.: Detroit Media, with Jon Wolman, The Detroit News, and Sarah Hulett, Michigan Radio

For more information, contact Heebner at or Lin at

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