Wayne State University

2016 inductees - Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame

Georgia Clark

Georgia Clark

2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Director, Wayne Law Library (1973 to 2008)

Georgia Clark served the Wayne Law Library for more than 35 years, first hired in 1973 and serving as director from 1976 until her 2008 retirement.  

She transitioned the library, faculty and students to the digital age.

Under her direction, in 1976 the Wayne Law Library and the University of Hawaii Law Library launched the Law Library Microform Consortium, a nonprofit cooperative. It since has expanded to a membership of more than 900 libraries and remains as one of largest library consortiums in existence.

Kenneth V. Cockrel Sr.

Kenneth V. Cockrel Sr. (posthumous)

Wayne Law Class of 1967
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Social justice activist
Founding member, Philo, Maki, Ravitz, Pitts, Moore, Cockrel & Robb
Detroit City Council (1977 to 1981)
Partner, Sommers, Schwartz, Silver and Schwartz

Kenneth V. Cockrel Sr. was an attorney, social justice activist and powerful advocate for the rights of African-Americans.

He won acquittals for multiple defendants accused of shooting police officers by citing actions of the Detroit Police Department, which had created a climate of fear among Detroit’s African-Americans.

He exposed Wayne County Jury Commission practices of ensuring that juries were overwhelmingly white, male and middle class.

Cockrel was elected to the Detroit City Council in 1977, serving until his return to private practice in 1982.

Eugene Driker

Eugene Driker

Wayne Law Class of 1961
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Founding member, Barris, Sott, Denn and Driker
Wayne State University Board of Governors (2002 to 2014)
Chair, Levin Center at Wayne Law Advisory Board

Eugene Driker has practiced law in Detroit since 1964 as a founding member of Barris, Sott, Denn and Driker. Previously, he was a trial lawyer with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

He has litigated important commercial and constitutional disputes in state and federal courts, representing the city of Detroit, Wayne County, state of Michigan and many Fortune 500 companies.

In August 2013, he was appointed by Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to serve as one of the mediators in the Detroit bankruptcy.

From 2002 to 2014, Driker served on the Board of Governors of Wayne State University. Today he serves as chair of the Levin Center at Wayne Law Advisory Board.

Nancy G. Edmunds

Judge Nancy G. Edmunds

Wayne Law Class of 1976
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Nancy G. Edmunds was appointed as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and assumed senior status in 2012.

She presided over several notable cases, including the 2013 case against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the 2012 Christmas Day Underwear Bomber trial.

In 2002, she presided over Detroit Free Press v. Ashcroft, a case that arose in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Edmunds ruled that it was a violation of the First Amendment for the government to designate certain immigration hearings as "special interest cases" and close them to the public. Her decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Paula Ettelbrick

Paula Ettelbrick (posthumous)

Wayne Law Class of 1984
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

First Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Legislative Counsel, Empire State Pride Agenda

Paula Ettelbrick was the first staff attorney for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.

Through her legal work, Lambda Legal began helping gay men and women assert and protect their legal rights in courts around the country, in cases across the legal spectrum: same-sex parenting, student rights, privacy issues, federal and state benefits, challenges to criminal prosecutions under sodomy laws, employment discrimination and HIV-status discrimination.

As legislative counsel to the Empire State Pride Agenda, she negotiated the terms of New York City's domestic partnership law, which granted equal spousal benefits to domestic partners of city employees.

Janet Findlater

Associate Professor Janet Findlater

2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Faculty, Wayne State University Law School (1976 to 2016)
18-time recipient, Wayne Law student-selected Professor of the Year

Janet Findlater joined the faculty of Wayne Law in 1976, teaching until her retirement in 2016. She was voted by the student body as Professor of the Year 18 times, most recently in 2013.

She is consulted by organizations seeking solutions for domestic violence and the state's efforts to protect children through child abuse and neglect interventions. Her work has led to improvements in how law enforcement views, responds to and works to reduce domestic violence. She served for 10 years as a member of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

In 1995, Findlater co-chaired the Model Policy Panel that drafted a model policy for police officers called to domestic violence situations. She was a principal author of the 2007 Officer Manual on Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence used by the Michigan Department of State Police and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert

Wayne Law Class of 1987
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Chairman and Founder, Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC
Majority owner, NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers

Dan Gilbert is chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation's second-largest mortgage lender; founder and chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments; and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members.

Gilbert began moving his family of companies to Detroit's central business district in 2010 to help lead Detroit's transformation. He has invested more than $2.2 billion to buy and renovate more than 95 commercial properties in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today nearly 17,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.

Charles Joiner

Judge Charles Joiner

2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Dean, Wayne State University Law School (1968 to 1972)
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1972 to 1984)

Charles Joiner served as dean of Wayne Law from 1968 to 1972, when he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

He worked to change the attitude of judges and law firms about the quality of the Law School and its students. He promoted students and faculty in legal circles in Michigan and nationally. He converted the Law School from one driven by professor-practitioners to one driven by professor-scholars.

Joiner encouraged faculty involvement in the work of American Bar Association committees and the American Association of Law Schools.

He encouraged active work to diversify the student body and effectively responded to criticism received for the lack of success of first-year African-American students.

Damon J. Keith

Judge Damon J. Keith

Wayne Law LL.M. Class of 1956
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Judge Damon J. Keith has been an eloquent defender of civil and constitutional rights and a vigorous enforcer of civil rights law. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 and has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977. He also served as co-chairman of Michigan's first Civil Rights Commission in 1964.

His decisions have desegregated public schools, broken color lines at corporations and required municipalities to repair the damage caused by systemic racism.

He has spoken truth to power from the bench, prohibiting President Richard Nixon and the federal government from engaging in warrantless wiretapping and the George W. Bush administration from conducting post-9/11 deportation hearings in secret.

Edward J. Littlejohn

Professor Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn

2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Faculty, Wayne State University Law School (1972 to 1996)
Founder, Damon J. Keith Collection of African-American Legal History

Edward J. Littlejohn graduated second in his class from the Detroit College of Law in 1970, after receiving an array of scholarships, honors and awards. The college made him a member of its faculty immediately upon graduation, an appointment seldom made within the field of American legal education. Two years later, he joined the Wayne Law faculty as assistant dean and served as a professor until 1996.

Littlejohn is one of the leading experts on African-American legal history and played an instrumental role in the implementation of the Detroit Police Commission.

In 1993, he established the Damon J. Keith Collection of African-American Legal History, the country's first and only archive dedicated to perpetual care of the papers, artifacts and memorabilia of African-American legal history.

Jon R. Muth

Jon R. Muth

Wayne Law Class of 1971
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee

Mediator, Muth ADR
Member, Miller Johnson Snell & Cummiskey (1971 to 2014)
Founder, Kent County Legal Assistance Center

Jon Muth is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator.

He is a mediator certified by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court and AAA.

Muth is founder and organizational chairperson for the Kent County Legal Assistance Center, whose mission is to facilitate access to the legal system by those who cannot afford representation.

He has been designated as one of a handful of Tier 1 Commercial Litigators by Chambers USA, is listed in Best Lawyers in America in several areas of litigation practice and has been selected Michigan Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly magazine.

Stephen M. Ross

Stephen M. Ross

Wayne Law Class of 1965
2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Chairman and Founder, Related Companies
Owner, Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium
Founder, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality

Stephen M. Ross is a world-class real estate developer, philanthropist and owner of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.

As chairman and founder of Related Companies, he developed Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in New York City. As of 2016, Related Companies included more than 3,000 professionals, had developed more than $22 billion in real estate and owned real estate assets valued at more than $30 billion.

In 2015, he founded the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, a venture led by professional sports organizations and networks, including the NFL, NBA and ESPN, to improve race relations in America.

Stephen Schulman

Professor Stephen Schulman (posthumous)

2016 Wall of Fame Inductee
Faculty, Wayne State University Law School (1966 to 1999)

Professor Stephen Schulman started teaching at the Law School in 1966 and continued to teach, even after retirement, until a stroke disabled him around 1999. He served as faculty advisor to Wayne Law Review for decades.

He received every teaching award offered by the Law School and university, including the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Schulman was recognized by lawyers in Michigan for his work on the co-authored treatise on the Michigan Corporation law.

The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section established the Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer award, which is presented annually.

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