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The 2021 Detroit Bar Legal Scholars

Drawing from the example of the Nobel Foundation in Sweden and its recognition of creative contributions in important professional and academic subject matter fields, the Detroit Bar Association has established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars to recognize each year original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement of the State of Michigan.

LEGAL SCHOLAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Tishia Browning, Wayne State University Law School
Katharine Brink Harrison, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Julia A. Perkins, Varnum LLP
Christopher J. Webb, Law & ADR Offices of Christopher J. Webb, JD, PLC


The 2021 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar
Call for Submissions

Drawing from the example of the Nobel Foundation in Sweden and its recognition of creative contributions in important professional and academic subject matter fields, the Detroit Bar Association has established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars to recognize each year original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement of the State of Michigan.

We request submissions that address the following Mega Question for 2021:

How could current legal/judicial tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize the successful resolution of current and pending eviction cases for the betterment of key stakeholders including without limitation tenants, landlords, lenders, utilities, law enforcement, and employers in Michigan and then serve as a model nationally?\

The criteria for evaluation of submissions shall consist of the following three elements:

  1. Is the submission original work product based upon erudite legal research and methodology?
  2. Does the submission engage in problem solving as to how the Mega Question may be pragmatically and constructively addressed?
  3. Does the submission advance creative thinking through the innovative application of existing or new means employed in Michigan, other US jurisdictions and/or globally?

The deadline for submission is May 14, 2021.  Submissions shall only be accepted from members of the Detroit Bar Association in good standing.

Submissions shall be electronically provided in a PDF format not exceeding 30 pages in length to the Detroit Bar Executive Director at jvanhove@detroitlawyer.org. A submission fee of $25.00 US payable electronically through the Detroit Bar website is required to begin the evaluation process. By way of providing a submission, the author(s) agree that Detroit Bar in its sole discretion may without restriction or expense reproduce, publish, and use in an electronic or written format any such submission.

Selection and Recognition of the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar

Based upon the submissions meeting the evaluation criteria above, we may select on or before May 31, 2021 the author(s) of a specific submission to be awarded the designation of 2021 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar. The author(s) of the approved submission shall be recognized at the Detroit Bar’s Annual Meeting in June and Archer Award Gala in November. The biographical information of the selected Detroit Bar Legal Scholar, together with the successful submission, shall be published either electronically or in writing. Any other submissions may also be published electronically or in writing as references for public use.

2020 Detroit Legal Scholar Winner

We requested submissions that addressed the following Mega Question for 2020:

How could current legal/judicial tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize our current healthcare delivery systems to advance the wellbeing and betterment of the residents of Michigan and then serve as a model nationally?

The Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for 2020—and their submission—are:

 


2019 Detroit Legal Scholar Winners

We requested submissions that addressed the following Mega Question for 2019:

“How could current legal/judicial tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize investment for economic growth and advancement of the residents of Michigan and then serve as a model nationally?”

The Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for 2019 and their submissions are:


2018 Detroit Legal Scholar Winner

We requested submissions that addressed the following Mega Question for 2018:

“How could current legal/judicial tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize the present and future well-being of our children at risk after being expelled from public schools in Michigan and then serve as a model nationally?”

The Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for 2018 and her submission is:


2017 Detroit Legal Scholar Winner

Our 2017 Mega Question addressed the application of creative legal tools to optimize the rebirth of neighborhoods within the City of Detroit:

“How could current legal tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to assist in the redevelopment of Detroit’s neighborhoods?”

The Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for 2017 and their respective submissions are: