Wayne Law Good Governance panelists to evaluate mayor's first year Feb. 18

DETROIT – Five panelists deeply interested in the wellbeing of Detroit will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 18, in “Evaluating Mayor Duggan’s Year One,” the latest installment of Wayne State University Law School’s Good Governance Lecture Series.

Addressing the topic will be:

  • The Rev. David Alexander Bullock, teacher, lecturer, pastor and activist
  • Maggie DeSantis, longtime community development pioneer
  • Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
  • Rachel Lutz, fourth-generation Detroit business owner
  • John Mogk, Wayne Law professor and expert in urban law and policies

The event will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Keith Center at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Register with Kaylee Place at 313-577-2731 or kaylee.place@wayne.edu. Parking will be available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

The lecture series is designed to be a public forum for the discussion of key issues relating to politics, leadership, public and private sector governance, and the role of the media in the region. The lecture series is sponsored by Wayne Law under the leadership of Dean Jocelyn Benson in partnership with Bankole Thompson, author and editor of the Michigan Chronicle, who also moderates the panels. He is a senior political analyst at WDET radio, a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening roundtable on WLIB New York and considered one of the nation’s most influential black journalists.

Bullock, a 2003 WSU graduate with a master’s degree in philosophy, is senior pastor of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park. He is the founder and national spokesman for the Change Agent Consortium, a national coalition of activists in areas of faith, labor and civil rights. He has served as president of the Highland Park Branch of the NAACP and as president and state coordinator of the Detroit chapter of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Bullock has been featured on local and national television, radio and print media.

DeSantis, also a WSU graduate, has worked in the community development field in Detroit for nearly 40 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. She is president of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition, one of Detroit’s largest and leading community development organizations. She serves on the board of New Detroit, The Coalition and Healthy Neighborhoods Detroit. She serves as a Detroit Building Authority commissioner and as a Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority commissioner. She has earned many honors and awards, including a national fellowship, Next Generation Leadership, from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Hammer has become a leading voice on the economic and social issues impacting Detroit. He has expertise in the fields of domestic health law and policy, as well as international public health and economic development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, sits on the Population Health Council of the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority and serves on the board of the Housing Project Partnership of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

Lutz, who attended WSU, is a fourth-generation Detroit business owner and a second-generation Midtown business owner. She opened her apparel boutique, The Peacock Room, in December 2013 in the historic Park Shelton in Detroit, which was followed by a sister store, Frida. She consults to fellow small business owners on matters of marketing, merchandising, customer service and social media.

Mogk has focused his research, teaching and engagement in the field of urban law and policy, including such issues as economic development, neighborhood rehabilitation and intergovernmental cooperation. He frequently writes editorial commentary on critical urban issues for major media outlets. He is chair of the Michigan Council on Labor and Economic Growth and past chair of Habitat for Humanity Detroit. He has served as an advisor to the state, Wayne County and city of Detroit on a variety of urban development initiatives, including the City of Detroit Empowerment Zone program.

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