Law school to host religious freedom conference and housing symposium

This November, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will welcome the public to two major academic events.

The first, an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference, will explore the vital role institutions and people of faith play in society as a result of religious freedom.

The second, a housing symposium entitled HUD’s Past, Present and Future, will bring together the public, scholars, and community experts to evaluate the impact of HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and propose expansions or alternatives to make HUD more effective in the future.

Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference

Detroit Mercy Law is partnering with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Catholic Conference to host an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference on Nov. 7. The event welcomes people of all faiths to explore civic and legal challenges to religious freedom, and practical measures that may be taken to support religious freedom in daily life.

The keynote speakers are the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, and Elder Von G. Keetch, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Other featured speakers are Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School; Christopher Lund, Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School; and Frank Ravitch, Professor and Walter H. Stowers Chair of Law and Religion at Michigan State University Law School.

The program will run from 7-9 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, which is adjacent to Detroit Mercy Law. Although the event is free, complimentary parking will only be offered to ticketholders who register at

Housing Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot/ rebellion in 1967, Detroit Mercy Law will host a housing symposium over a three day period.

The symposium kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a series of practical housing workshops for the public (including emancipated minors, tenants, first-time homebuyers, the homeless, seniors, and veterans). The session is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Atrium at Detroit Mercy Law between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Learn more and register on Eventbrite at

An academic session will follow on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14. Community organizers, clergy, economists, HUD/MSHDA officials, legal scholars, housing practitioners, public officials, and sociologists will gather in the Atrium at Detroit Mercy Law between 9:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. This two-day session will culminate in a panel discussion commemorating the 1967 Detroit riot/ rebellion, and focus exclusively on Michigan and how HUD’s programs have impacted the region generally, and Detroit in particular. Learn more and register on Eventbrite at