University of Detroit Mercy

B.A., 2012
  • summa cum laude
  • Jesuit Founders 4 Year Full Tuition Scholarship

University of Detroit Mercy Law School

J.D., 2015
  • summa cum laude
  • Dean’s 100% Renewable Scholarship
  • Moot Court Board of Advocates Executive Director
  • Law Review Title Editor
  • National Appellate Advocacy Team

Chelsea Smialek


Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • ACLU Cooperating Attorney
  • H.E.L.P. Legal Aid Clinic


  • Author, Take a Walk Through the Cities' Gardens: Comparing Detroit's New Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance to Others of Its Kind, 91 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 345 (Fall 2014)


  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Intern for Affirmative Litigation and Forfeiture Unit & Financial Litigation Unit, January 2014 – May 2014
  • The Honorable Judge Avern Cohn, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Intern, May 2013 – December 2013
  • Michigan Court of Appeals, Research Intern, May 2013 – August 2013