Sure, the city is bankrupt, and yes, many things in Detroit are far from perfect right now. Still, for firms based in Detroit, things are going quite well. We talked with leaders of the three largest Detroit-based firms (all of them Michigan Law alumni), and they all say they have weathered the difficult years in the city and are optimistic about the future.
That future could include many current law students, such as some in the group JDs in the D. As you will read in the story about them, many students are excited about staying in Detroit after they earn their law degrees. Some even came to Michigan Law in part because they wanted to be close to a city on the brink of renewal. Others are just learning how many opportunities can be found in Detroit.
If they choose to stay in the area after graduation, one thing is certain: They will be surrounded by other Michigan Law alumni. As with the turnaround of the city’s government, people who earned their degrees here are shaping the course of legal practice in Detroit.
“I take great pride that there are an awful lot of University of Michigan and Michigan Law alumni who are substantially engaged in restoring the city,” says Michael McGee, ’82, CEO at Miller Canfield. “With that degree of Michigan firepower, I know Detroit is going to be successful.”