University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Launches Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic

DETROIT, October 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — University of Detroit Mercy’s The Law School recently established the Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic in association with the from the city of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship. The Legal Clinic for Arts and Entertainment is the only clinic of its kind in Michigan.

The Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic expands the clinical program at Detroit Mercy School of Law. The clinic aligns with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of the institution through a focus on service learning, providing access to justice, and efforts to educate the whole attorney.

The new clinic enhances the cultural richness of Detroit providing pro bono legal services to artists such as musicians, independent filmmakers, and photographers, among others. Combined with existing patent and trademark clinical programs, the Arts and Entertainment Clinic provides students with access to a comprehensive experience in the practice of intellectual property law.

‚ÄúThis clinic will fill a void that artists need. Michigan lost its only legal pro bono arts and entertainment organization in 2019,” explained Melissa Eckhouseassistant professor of Law and director of the clinic.

Eckhause, who will help lead the clinic’s work, said it will empower artists by educating them about their legal rights and advocating for them.

“I look forward to being a part of this historic and important clinic,” said Matt Bowera partner at Varnum LLP and a member of the firm’s corporate and intellectual property practice groups, who will co-lead the clinic as adjunct instructor.

Specific client projects may include filing copyright registrations, preparing clearance reports and fair use analysis, writing and commenting on music deals, location deals, and advising on defamation matters.

This clinic also highlights the Law School’s commitment to educating the whole lawyer. In addition to copyright work through the Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic, Detroit Mercy Law offers a transnational patent clinic and a trademark clinic, both of which are certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Detroit Mercy Law, inspired by the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, trains lawyers committed to the pursuit of justice, service to others and the highest standards of the legal profession. Each year Detroit Mercy Law students provide more than 35,000 hours of pro bono legal services to residents of Detroit and the surrounding communities. For more information, visit

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