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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Thomas CameronThomas Cameron, '96, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Cameron is the Criminal Justice Bureau chief for the Michigan Department of Attorney General where he supervises several large divisions. He has been with the department since 2003, previously serving as an assistant attorney general and Criminal Division chief. Cameron began his law career at the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Amy Hathaway.
    April 11, 2014

  • Edward Joseph, '87, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Joseph has been an attorney in private practice since 1991, where he focuses on civil, probate, juvenile and criminal litigation. He also is currently serving as a special assistant attorney general. Joseph previously served as secretary and general consul at Mercom, Inc. in Bloomfield Hills. Joseph fills the vacancy created by the removal of Judge Wade McCree.
    April 11, 2014

  • Homayune GhaussiHomayune Ghaussi, '01, was selected as a board member for the Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He is a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He'll serve on the 15-member board for the nonprofit group, which was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department  and leading national law firms to empower Afghan lawyers to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in their nation. The organization administers a program of scholarships for Afghan legal scholars. Ghaussi has a diverse litigation practice with his law firm.
    April 8, 2014

  • Joseph DeVitoJoseph DeVito, '95, was named "Deal Maker of the Year - Advisor Category" by Crain's Detroit Business in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter.. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
    April 8, 2014

  • Krista HosmerKrista Hosmer, '05, joined Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC in its Bloomfield Hills office. Her practice is focused on intellectual property litigation as well as complex business disputes.
    April 8, 2014

  • Lawrence KatzLawrence Katz, '72, was presented with the 2013 "Barbara R. Levine Award in Recognition of Excellence in Appellate Advocacy" by the Appellate Defender Commission in March 2014. The annual award honors a Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System roster member whose appellate advocacy achieves outstanding results or who demonstrates extraordinary commitment on behalf of appellate assigned clients. His article, "Preserving Issues for Appeal in Criminal Cases," appeared in the October 2013 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. His article, "Amanda Knox: An American's Journey through the Italian Justice System," appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the National Italian American Bar Association News.
    April 8, 2014

  • David PointsDavid Points, '97, (LL.M), was invited to speak at the University of Akron's seventh annual "2014 Black Male Summit" being held April 12, 2014. He is a retired Michigan public school educator and the former director of the Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force -160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
    April 8, 2014

  • Robert HudsonRobert Hudson, '72, has been instrumental in planning the May 23 annual gala and awards ceremony of the French American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter. Hudson is president emeritus of the chapter and a shareholder with the Detroit office of Butzel Long. The FACC is a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.
    April 3, 2014

  • Shirley KaiglerShirley Kaigler, '93, (LL.M.), was honored as a 2014 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a member of the Estate, Wealth Planning and Probate Practice Group at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
    April 1, 2014

  • Robert PalmerRobert Palmer, '80, was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2014 "Leaders in the Law." A partner at Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers in Royal Oak, Palmer specializes in labor and employment law, but also handles personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, criminal defense and civil rights violations matters. In addition, he has served as appointed Special Independent Counsel to the Detroit City Council since 1981, advising the council on numerous legal issues involving the separation of powers.
    April 1, 2014

  • Stephanie KarisnyStephanie Karisny, '12,  joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center as a staff attorney. Prior to joining the center, she was in private practice at a law firm in Troy.
    March 27, 2014

  • Gerald AckerGerald Acker, '81, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2014 "Leaders in the Law." Acker is co-founder and senior partner of Goodman Acker PC. Acker, a personal injury attorney, founded his Southfield-based firm more than 20 years ago. Currently he is president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a nonprofit organization of approximately 1,600 members dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of Michigan.
    March 26, 2014

  • David Schelberg, '12, has joined Starr Butler Alexopoulos & Stoner PLLC in Southfield as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice on defense of employment claims, professional liability, commercial litigation and general litigation.
    March 25, 2014

  • Addie WilliamsAddie Williams, '95, was named as one of the Michigan Chronicle's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is a longtime advocate for children and families. With more than 35 years of child welfare experience, she was instrumental in helping change the state's view of children who are adoptable. She is the president/CEO of Spaulding for Children, an attorney and adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.
    March 21, 2014

  • Donald CampbellDonald Campbell, '89, was invited to speak at the International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Roundtable on May 8 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Campbell will be among the speakers for a session focusing on "Hot Topics in Attorney-Client Privilege." Campbell, a partner at Collins Einhorn, focuses his practice on attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense.
    March 20, 2014

  • Alycia WesleyAlycia Wesley, '03, was a featured speaker during the Beaumont Parenting Program's March 12 seminar titled "Financial Planning for Your Child's Future" held in Troy. Wesley is an esate-planning attorney with Colombo & Colombo in Bloomfield Hills, and a regular speaker on topics of estate planning for families with newborn children.
    March 20, 2014

  • Joseph RichotteJoseph Richotte, '07, was elected a shareholder with Butzel Long law firm. Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, Richotte practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense, securities and business litigation, news media defense, and attorney discipline defense. He also is very active in the firm's appellate practice, focusing on appeals in his practice areas.
    March 17, 2014

  • Paul MardirosianPaul Mardirosian, '13, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Detroit office. He is an attorney in the firm's Real Estate Department.
    March 17, 2014

  • Robert LenihanRobert Lenihan, '72, was named general counsel of Harness Dickey, where he is a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. In addition to his litigation practice, he is responsible for advising the Executive Committee on selected legal issues.
    March 17, 2014

  • Kimberly BergerKimberly Berger, '99, was elected principal at Miller Canfield, where she specializes in domestic and international trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation.
    March 17, 2014