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Retirement reception slated for federal judge September 25

Patrick J. Duggan, a U.S. District Court judge since 1987, will be saluted at a retirement reception on Friday, Sept. 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Room 115 of the Theodore Levin Courthouse in downtown Detroit.

Judge Duggan, a former Wayne County Circuit Court judge, plans to retire from the federal bench at the end of September following a 56-year career in the law. The reception will take place from 2-4 p.m. on September 25.

A 1955 graduate of Xavier University, Duggan earned his law degree from the University of Detroit in 1958. He practiced law in Livonia from 1959-76 before being appointed to the Wayne County bench in 1976 by then-Governor William Milliken. He served 10 years as a Wayne County judge, and is a past president of the Livonia Bar Association, the Michigan Jaycees, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, and the American Inn of Court at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.


MSU Law to dedicate DCL Plaza Oct. 22

The new main entrance to MSU Law is now complete, and the dedication of the DCL?Plaza is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22. The event includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
A group of alumni and friends of the former Detroit College of Law spearheaded an effort to “Preserve the Legacy” of Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University by supporting the construction of the Detroit College of Law (DCL) Commemorative Plaza and a new DCL Legacy Scholarship. The plaza serves as a new entrance to the Law College and provides a sense of place, identity, and history for the many alumni who attended the school during its days in downtown Detroit.

The DCL Plaza features much needed outdoor seating and improved landscaping. A granite seal on the floor of the plaza notes that the college was founded as Detroit College of Law in 1891. A short history and a donor roster are also featured on the plaza.

Like many DCL grads, Peter Lucido, ’88, struggled with disappointment over the school’s transition to Michigan State University. Today because of the good work of MSU Law, Lucido says he is an enthusiastic supporter of the school, now located in East Lansing.

A member of the Circle of Friends Benefactors Club, Lucido generously offers both his time and resources to his law alma mater.

“If you give back with your classmates to the community as it exists now, you have a chance to resurrect a relationship with the community of people you once shared your experiences with,” he says.

Contact Tina K. Casoli at casoli@law.msu.edu or call 517-432-6840 for more information.