David  Chardavoyne

David Chardavoyne

David Chardavoyne


Upon graduation from law school, Professor Chardavoyne spent two years as law clerk to U.S. District Judge James Harvey, who held court in Flint and Bay City. In 1978, he joined the Detroit law firm then known as Bodman, Longley & Dahling, and now as Bodman PLC, where he practiced for 21 years. During that time was involved in a broad legal practice which focused on civil litigation but also included work in the areas of antitrust, estates and trusts, and commercial transactions. Professor Chardavoyne served two terms as chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Section of Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Law.

Since 2001 Professor Chardavoyne has been adjunct and visiting faculty at the University of Detroit School of Law and Wayne Law.

He also writes about the history of law and courts in Michigan. His first book, A Hanging in Detroit (Wayne State Press, 2003), was named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan Foundation. He also contributed a chapter on Michigan’s territorial period to The History of Michigan Law (University of Ohio Press, 2006), which was also named a Michigan Notable Book and which also won the 2006 State History Award from the Historical Society of Michigan. Professor Chardavoyne’s second full book, The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: People, Law, and Politics (Wayne State Press) was published in March 2012. In March 2015, Michigan State University Press published the second edition of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Reference Guide for which he was an editor and contributor. 

Degrees and Certifications

J.D., Wayne State University Law School
B.A., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

Conflict of Laws

Trusts and Estates

Trial Advocacy

Equitable Remedies

Pretrial Advocacy

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan