Law school hosts American Inn of Court banquet


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s chapter of the American Inns of Court hosted its year-end dinner on Tuesday, May 9, on campus. Among those attending were (left to right) Detroit Mercy Law Prof. Gary Maveal, Daniel Bernard of Law Office of Daniel J. Bernard, Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis Crocker, guest speaker Frank Eaman of Frank D. Eaman PLLC, and Ven Johnson of Johnson Law PLC.      – Photo by John Meiu

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law chapter of the American Inn of Court held its annual banquet on May 9. Pupils (15 third- and fourth-year law students) gathered with Masters of the Bench and Barristers (judges and practicing attorneys) at the School's Riverfront Campus to celebrate another successful year for the chapter. Dean Phyllis L. Crocker welcomed guests and Master of the Bench Frank D. Eaman delivered keynote remarks.

Detroit Mercy Law's Inn of Court program kicked off in September with an opening reception at the London Chop House. Thereafter, members convened monthly at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit to explore the legal and ethical issues arising in the course of a legal malpractice action.

The May 9 banquet was the closing event of Detroit Mercy Law's Inn of Court program for this academic year. Following a cocktail hour and dinner, members cast their votes for the team who most successfully presented their issue. Pupils Kristine Horn, Kourtney Pratt, and Sydnee Rogers (all '17) were voted the winning team. Their practicing teammates were Danielle Hagaman-Clark ('01), John Hubbard, Vassal Johnson, II, Ven Johnson ('86), Laura Kubit, and Oakland County Circuit Court Shalina Kumar ('96).

The American Inn of Court Program was founded in 1984 through the efforts and leadership of now-Senior U.S. District Judge Julian A. Cook, Jr. Its primary goal is to instill in its Pupils a commitment to professionalism in a litigation setting.

For additional information about the American Inn of Court or to inquire about applying for membership in the program, contact Gary M. Maveal, professor of law and administrator of the American Inn of Court for the School of Law. He may be reached at 313-596-9826 or via e-mail at