Wayne Law alumnus helping improve Detroit, one house at a time

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Wayne Law alumnus helping improve Detroit, one house at a timeOctober 05, 2016

While he was attending law school at night, Joshua Kushnereit also was running his insurance business, buying houses to flip – and changing dirty diapers.

A 2012 graduate of Wayne State University Law School and father of two children born while he was in law school, Kushnereit also managed to serve as chancellor of Wayne Law Moot Court and an assistant editor of Wayne Law Review. And he played on the school’s adult league hockey team.

“I’ve worked very, very hard for a lot of years,” he said. “When everyone was watching ‘Friends’ reruns, I was working. I’m still working really hard, and I don’t see myself slowing down.”

A Clarkston resident, he earned his undergraduate degree in English summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy – even spent a summer studying Chaucer at Oxford in England. But politics long has been a passion for him.

In 2004, he served as an intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-St. Clair Shores, and as a White House intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. During his undergraduate years, he earned his Michigan insurance license, worked with some agencies and opened his own company, J.P. Kush and Associates of Troy, in 2010. The company is going strong today and takes up most of his time.

But he also “dabbles,” as he puts it, in real estate. He got his real estate license right after law school graduation.

“My law background definitely helped make that test easier,” Kushnereit said. “I already had the foundation. Professor John Mogk’s urban planning class was really useful. I was already interested in Detroit real estate, and the paper I wrote for the class centered on downtown development gave me even more incentive to go out …

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