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Lecture: "The Detroit Bankruptcy Story"
Event Type:
College of Law
McQuade Law Auditorium
Monday, March 24, 2014
12:00 PM
College of Law
Rachel Phipps

The University of Toledo College of Law and its Labor and Employment Law Association present


Richard G. Mack, Jr.

Partner, Miller Cohen, PLC


Monday, March 24


McQuade Law Auditorium


The Detroit Bankruptcy Story: From Financial Crisis to Eluded Bargaining 

Detroit’s staggering debt, which Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr estimates to be at $18.5 billion (though this figure is in dispute), led the city to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in July 2013. A recent plan to manage Detroit's debt released by Orr’s office asks current and retired city employees to bear the brunt of cost-cutting measures. And Detroit’s unions aren’t happy.

All eyes are on Detroit as resolution of the city’s bankruptcy will impact the city, its employees, its residents, the state of Michigan, and other cities nationwide facing similar deficits. In this lecture, union attorney Richard Mack describes Detroit’s financial woes and predicts what’s next in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Free and open to the public. Pizza provided. 


Background Info

Richard Mack’s firm, as general counsel for Michigan AFSCME Council 25, represents the union in Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings. 

Mack, a labor and employment attorney, was named a Super Lawyer in Michigan for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. He served four years on the board of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan and often lectures for Wayne State University Labor Studies Center, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and various unions and organizations. Mack is also a director on the executive board of the Detroit Branch NAACP. 

He received a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in economics and political science, and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.  

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