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Mark Weiss Day raises $6,000 for scholarships at Wayne Law

August 4, 2014

The 11th annual Mark Weiss Day at Comerica Park on Friday, Aug. 1, raised more than $6,000 for scholarships at Wayne State University Law School.

About 115 people attended a pre-game picnic and saw the Detroit Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies at the event to benefit the Mark Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund provides scholarships for students and recent graduates who share the same dream as Weiss – a commitment to provide legal aid to the underserved in the community.

More than 250 lawyers, judges, friends and family members have contributed to the memorial fund, which has surpassed its original goal of $250,000.

The scholarship was established as a joint project of Wayne Law and the Michigan Association for Justice, formerly known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. Weiss, who graduated from the Law School in 1969, devoted his skills to fighting for the rights of the poor and powerless and protecting the civil rights of all litigants. He died in 2003.

To date, 36 scholarships have been awarded to Wayne Law students in memory of Weiss.


Family members of the late Mark Weiss and some of the children attending the event pose for a group photo Friday, Aug. 1, at the 11th annual Mark Weiss Day at Comerica Park. The event benefits scholarships at Wayne State University Law School.

Eliza Qualls Perez Facio, a 2014 Wayne Law graduate and three-time recipient of the Mark Weiss Memorial Endowed Scholarship, attended Mark Weiss Day with her son, Diego.

Jon Posner, a friend of the late Mark Weiss, shares a moment with Weiss’ grandsons. Looking on is Weiss’ daughter, Polly Weiss.