The Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program
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 (Detroit Bar) has established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program 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 2017:

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

The criteria for evaluation of any 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 1, 2017. 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 A submission fee of $25.00 US payable electronically through the Detroit Bar website at 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 June 1, 2017 the author(s) of a specific submission to be awarded the designation of 2017 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar. The author(s) of the approved submission shall be recognized at the Detroit Bar’s Annual Meeting. 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.

For questions, please contact Darlene Trudell at