Roland Hwang, '84, (LL.M.) has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the state's Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. The 21-member commission advances the full and equal participation of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan. Hwang is an assistant attorney general with the Department of Attorney General, where he has worked for 25 years. He currently handles tax liability cases, restitution and collection cases, and bankruptcy cases on behalf of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Hwang was previously an attorney and product engineer for Ford Motor Co.
December 6, 2013
Teresa Stanek Rea, '80, has rejoined Crowell & Moring as a partner in the intellectual property group, leaving from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she has worked for nearly three years, most recently serving as the acting director. In addition to being a partner in Crowell & Moring, Rea also joins as a director at
C&M International Ltd., the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring. Rea said she developed contacts in those areas during her roles as deputy director and, later, acting director of the USPTO. At the USPTO, Rea was the senior official responsible for the administration's formulation and implementation of U.S. intellectual property policies, including patent, copyright, and trade secret issues. She met with the heads of patent offices with other countries throughout the world. Rea, who is a licensed pharmacist, originally joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in January 2008 from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. She left to join the USPTO in February 2011.
December 5, 2013
Michael Hauser, '04, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in its Corporate Department's Tax Practice Group. He brings nearly 10 years of experience as a tax attorney to Honigman and is located in the firm's Oakland County office. Hauser focuses his practice on federal taxation of real estate transactions, income tax planning, the formation and structuring of partnerships and corporate entities, federal and state tax audits and appeals, wealth transfer and general corporate matters. Before becoming an attorney, Hauser served small- to mid-sized businesses as a CPA.
November 26, 2013
Crispin Birnbaum, '84, was appointed as the new deputy commissioner for legal services in the Office of the Commissioner of Probation. In her capacity, Birnbaum will act as the general counsel to the commissioner and the Massachusetts Probation Service. Birnbaum, formerly the general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, brings three decades of government and legal experience to her new position. Birnbaum began her legal career in state government in 1984 as a Middlesex County assistant district attorney. In the district attorney's office, she prosecuted cases including homicide, sexual assault and white collar crimes. In 1995, she was named chief prosecutor in the Public Protection Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. As chief prosecutor, Birnbaum both prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of a variety of crimes involving the protection of consumer rights, civil rights, elderly and health care fraud, patient abuse, investment scams and telemarketing fraud. After two years as chief prosecutor, Birnbaum became a member of the Trial Division in the Government Bureau of the Attorney General's Office where her focus switched to civil litigation. Throughout her career, Birnbaum has served as a faculty member on both criminal and civil panels with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and the Flaschner Institute. She also has served as an instructor at the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop and has spoken at conferences on juvenile justice issues in Washington, D.C.
November 25, 2013
Joel Applebaum, '83, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 14, 2014, in Washington, D.C. There are 33 nominees being honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Applebaum is a member of Clark Hill's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy-related litigation, creditors' rights and general commercial law.
November 25, 2013
David Marvin, '76, was recently honored with the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award at the Ingham County Bar Association's 119th annual dinner. Marvin has practiced law in the Lansing office of Fraser Trebilcock for more than 37 years. His reputation as a skilled attorney and efficient problem-solver has helped him to develop an impressive national client base and has earned him many honors. Throughout much of his career, he has devoted time and energy to bar association activities, serving as president of the Ingham County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the ICBA, president of the Pro Bono Lawyers Service, chairman of the State Bar's Administrative Law Section, chairman of the ICBA's Administrative Law Section, delegate to the State Bar's Representative Assembly, chairman of four State Bar committees and chairman of at least 10 ICBA committees. In addition, Marvin has devoted his energy and resources to numerous community service organizations, including terms on the boards of directors of the East Lansing Educational Foundation, the Impression Five Science Center, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Boy Scouts of America, the Downtown Coaches Club, Friends of Michigan History and the MSU Alumni Association, among others.
November 25, 2013
Pat M. Donofrio, '70, was appointed to serve on the state's Court of Claims. He was a Macomb County Circuit judge, and served as presiding judge of the court's civil/criminal division, before his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2002 by Gov. John Engler. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2010.
November 21, 2013
Amy Fredrickson, '13, was hired by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Previously, she served as an intern for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly and as a consultant for Consulting Services Support Corp. in Troy.
November 20, 2013
Penny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.
November 19, 2013
Ronald Bretz, '76, is writing a legal textbook on criminal law with two colleagues. The book is due to be published in the summer of 2014. He served as an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office for two decades before joining the Cooley Law School faculty. An expert in the field of serology and DNA scientific evidence, Bretz frequently lectures on the topics, and has successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
November 19, 2013
Patrick Karbowski, '87, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins in the firm's Business Department. Karbowski was previously with the law firm Butzel Long. Karbowski has more than 25 years of experience practicing business and real estate law. Karbowski, a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was recently awarded the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award for exemplary contributions to the section over an extended period of time. Karbowski is an ex officio member of the section’s governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Karbowski has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
November 14, 2013
Lawrence Buckfire, '89, has been named as a 2013 Top Attorney in Michigan by The New York Times. Buckfire, a partner in Buckfire & Buckfire PC in Southfield, specializes in wrongful death, dog bite injury, car accidents and all other types of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and all other type of personal injury accident matters. He also serves as a mediator with the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal.
November 14, 2013
David Thoms, '88, (LL.M) was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the French-American Foundation of New York City. He is a principal with Miller Canfield. Thoms has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
November 13, 2013
William B. Murphy, '70, was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009. Under Murphy's guidance, the Court of Appeals was recently named a leader in automation of court business practices by the National Center for State Courts. Murphy has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and bar-related organizations; he is a former chair of the Judicial Tenure Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal and is a member of the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.
November 7, 2013
Julie Isola, '90, was named research director for the Michigan Court of Appeals. She joined the court as a law clerk in 1992. In 1999, she was named district commissioner in the Detroit Office of the Research Division.
November 7, 2013
Stanley Pitts, '81, was reappointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee for a term through September 2015. He joined the committee in 2009, and has served as its chairman. He is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and also serves the state bar as a member of a hearing panel for the Attorney Disciplinary Board and as a member of the Labor and Employment section.
November 7, 2013
Daniel Kelly, '74, is among the 20 circuit judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as a business court judge. This assignment continues through April 1, 2019. He recently participated in the Great Lakes States Complex Commercial/Business Court Litigation course provided by the National Judicial College in conjunction with the Michigan Judicial Institute. He also has been admitted to the American College of Business Court Judges and attended the annual meeting of the college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Additionally, Kelly has been re-appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as chief judge of all trial courts in St. Clair County for an additional two year term ending January 1, 2016.
November 1, 2013
James Kamp, '84, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Department's IP Litigation Practice Group. He will work out of Honigman's office in Bloomfield Hills. Kamp joins Honigman from Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC. His areas of focus include IP litigation, patent prosecution, patent opinions and licensing, and strategic counseling, particularly in the biotechnology and life sciences fields. His patent applications and opinions relate to bioinformatics; genomics; proteomics; biochemistry; imaging; microbiology; immunology; hematology; medical devices; biomaterials; and research, diagnostic and clinical tools.
October 30, 2013