Centennial Symposium

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review celebrated its 100th anniversary with an academic symposium held on March 4, 2016 at Detroit Mercy Law in downtown Detroit. The Centennial?Symposium showcased the past, present, and future of the City of Detroit, and gathered scholars, policy makers, and community members to discuss the past, present, and future of Detroit.

We recorded the event for those who were unable to attend. You can watch Deputy Mayor McKinnon give his Opening Remarks; the first panel examine?Detroit’s Past: Race, Riots, and Wars; an inside out view of?Bankruptcy and the Grand Bargin, an exciting look at?Detroit’s Future; and Judge Michael Riordan’s Closing Remarks. ?

Any?questions regarding the Symposium should be directed to Law Review Centennial Symposium Director Katherine Ross at rosska2@udmercy.edu.


Coffee and Bagels
Welcome and Introductions
Opening Remarks
  • Isaiah McKinnon, Deputy Mayor City of Detroit
Detroit’s Past: Race, Riots, and Wars
  • Roy Finkenbine, Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Tom Stanton, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Gregory Sumner, Professor of History, University of Detroit Mercy ?
Detroit’s Present: Bankruptcy the Grand Bargain
  • The Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Former Chief Judge of the US District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
  • Eugene A. Gargaro, (’67) Chair of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Brian Frye, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
Detroit Going Forward
  • Shaakirrah Sanders, Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Andrea Boyack, Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law
  • Timothy Dugdale, Founder of Atomic Quill Media
Closing Remarks
  • The Honorable Michael Riordan (’90), Michigan Court of Appeals