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Dalton & Tomich PLC commits to advancing the educational experience of law students with $25,000 land use and zoning scholarship at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Written by Emily on December 8, 2021 Category: Firm News
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Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466

Detroit—December 8, 2021—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomich is pleased to announce its commitment to law school education and future land use and zoning attorneys with the establishment of the Dalton & Tomich PLC Expendable Scholarship Fund for Land Use and Zoning at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (Detroit Mercy Law). The scholarship was announced by co-founding partner Daniel Dalton, Detroit Mercy Law class of 1990 and long-time member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Detroit Mercy Law.

“I remember how appreciative I was to receive a scholarship as a law school student and am pleased to give back to the institution that played such a vital role in helping me develop the legal career I’ve built today,” Dalton said. “Speaking on behalf of our firm, we are happy to give this gift for the specific purpose of land use and zoning to assist future attorneys in pursuing legal work that is engaging, challenging and fulfilling.”

The scholarship, an expendable fund, will allow Detroit Mercy Law to maintain the affordability and quality of its programs by offering greater financial resources to its students. Students interested in land use and zoning careers can qualify for the scholarship based on financial aid or merit. Detroit Mercy Law Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum expressed her gratitude for the scholarship.

“I’m grateful to the professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC for this generous scholarship and am confident it will be of great benefit to students with an interest in planning and zoning who want to continue their legal education and practice in this area,” Jefferson Exum said.

The scholarship, which is available to students for the 2022-2023 academic year, will be awarded over five years, with $5,000 distributed per year, limited to one student per school year, to total $25,000. The scholarship recipients will be solely determined by Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum.

About Dalton + Tomich, PLC

Dalton & Tomich’s attorneys are trusted advisors for land use and zoning clients throughout Michigan and Illinois with experience securing site plan and zoning entitlements for both for profit and not-for-profit corporations. They have also helped religious schools and entities across the United States obtain land use and zoning approval both in and out of court, ensuring that their client’s rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) are protected. The firm also helps local churches across the country preserve their property and protect their ministries in religious property disputes within denominations. Learn more about their services at https://www.daltontomich.com/.

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.