Wayne State University

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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Miriam Blanks-Smart, '89, was appointed to the Executive Committee of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanks-Smart was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar and will serve a four-year term.  She is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's Department of Administrative Hearings, or "blight court."
    September 16, 2014

  • John ForrestJohn Forrest, '87, (LL.M.) has joined Butzel Long. He focuses his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
    September 16, 2014

  • Klint KestoKlint Kesto, '06, was honored with the State Leadership Award by the Arab American and Chaldean Council. Kesto, the first Chaldean elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives, has represented the city of Wixom, Commerce Township, a portion of West Bloomfield and the Village of Wolverine Lake since 2012. Prior to running for office, he served as a prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor's office and worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Justice and as a manager of his family's business, Buscemi's Pizza and Sub Shop.
    September 15, 2014

  • Lawrence Duthler, '00, is co-owner, founder and president of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.
    September 10, 2014

  • Thomas Cronkright II, '00, is co-owner, founder and CEO of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.
    September 10, 2014

  • John WillemsJohn Willems, '80, of Miller Canfield has been awarded the 2014 John Hensel Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports Section. Willems is a long-time member and supporter of ArtServe Michigan (which will soon be re-named Creative Many Michigan), currently serving as the chair-elect for the organization's board of directors. He was also a long-time member and past chair of the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte and an advisory board member for Lawyers for the Creative Economy and was a member of its predecessor organization, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He also actively supports Detroit's PuppetART puppet theater, providing pro bono legal services, developmental guidance and advice. Willems also is an active recording and performing musician, a poet, sound designer, producer, photographer, audio engineer and a videographer.
    September 9, 2014

  • Gary FrancisGary Francis, '07, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Labor Law - Management. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Appellate Law. She is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Scott SirichScott Sirich, '92, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Construction Law and Litigation. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Stanley ProkopStanley Prokop, '68, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Insurance Law. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth Stafford, '93, was appointed as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    September 8, 2014

  • Chelsea Zuzindlak, '12, joined Honigman as a staff attorney in its Business Immigration Practice Group.
    September 5, 2014

  • Shelden WinkelmanShelden Winkelman, '63, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman and has been named for the honor since the inception of Best Lawyers 30 years ago.
    September 5, 2014

  • Jonathan BlockJonathan Block, '98, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Jonathan BorensteinJonathan Borenstein, '84, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Richard BursteinRichard Burstein, '69, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • David JacobDavid Jacob, '97, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. She is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Roger CookRoger Cook, '74, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Gregory DeMarsGregory DeMars, '81, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law  Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014