Emphasizing the importance of civility


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law conducted its annual Professionalism in Action event in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan on Friday, Jan. 27. Professionalism in Action emphasizes Detroit Mercy Law’s commitment to incorporate ethics across the curriculum. Local judges and lawyers discussed the importance of civility and work through a series of ethical and professionalism hypotheticals with all first-year law students in small groups followed by a networking reception. State Bar of Michigan President Lawrence Nolan (front row, fourth from left) delivered the keynote address. Also volunteering at the event were (front row, left to right) Laura Gibson, Tom Howlin, Wendy Baxter, Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis Crocker, Dennis Barnes, Lee’ah Giaquinto, Kristina Robinson, Joe Vernon and Robbie Gaines; along with (middle row, left to right) Ashley Heidemann, Tim Dinan, Ed Lennon, Mark Wisniewski, Eric Straus, Faith Gaudaen, Avis Choulagh, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra; in addition to (back row, left to right) Steve Vella, Michael Ashcraft, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael Riordan and Alan Gershel.

– Photo by John Meiu