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Hollens Joins Law School as Senior Director of Development

October 01, 2007

DETROIT (Oct. 1, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School is strengthening its leadership by naming Mary L. Hollens, former Director of Development for the Wayne State University Nursing School, as the new Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations starting Oct. 1, 2007. As Director of Development in the College of Nursing for more than five years, Hollens increased revenue dramatically by acting as advisor, strategist, project manager, researcher and chief development officer.

“Ms. Hollens, a native Detroiter, is an outstanding leader who has a strong reputation for success at Wayne State University and in the greater Southeastern Michigan community,” said Frank H. Wu, Dean of Wayne State University Law School. “She brings to the Law School impressive leadership and networking skills, extensive fundraising knowledge and a strong understanding of the history and culture of the Metropolitan Detroit area. Ms. Hollens will greatly enhance our development initiatives here at Wayne State University Law School.”

In her new role, Hollens will be responsible for all facets of the Law School’s fund development initiatives. She will support faculty and scholarship programs, as well as lead the development staff in raising the remaining $14 million (out of a $30 million goal) for the new Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

Named for our LL.M. alumnus, the Honorable Damon J. Keith, a jurist and civic leader of outstanding reputation both in Detroit and throughout the nation, the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will be one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. Wayne State University students, along with the bench and the bar and the community at large, will benefit from the substantive programming offered by the Center.

“The law school is well placed to achieve its fund raising goals, and the Keith Center will have both a national and global impact,” Hollens said. “I am excited about this opportunity.”

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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