Harold Hood, '59, on Nov. 6 will receive the ninth annual Dennis W. Archer Award for Public Service presented by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation. A lifelong Michigander, Hood has spent his adult life serving the community as a soldier, attorney, public servant, educator, and as Chief Judge Pro Tem of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
October 21, 2013
Damon Keith, '56, (LL.M.) will be honored May 1 with a 2013 Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., during Law Day 2013 by the Washington Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation. Criteria for the annual award include a jurisprudence that recognizes law as an organism for social justice through social engineering; impels and challenges people to leadership and service for the betterment of the human race, and serves and operates to disrobe and destroy the human-perceived encumbrances and trappings of birth, origin, color, creed or religion. A native Detroiter, Keith has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 1977. Before that, he was chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Keith, for whom the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School is named, is known for vigorously enforcing the nation's civil rights laws, most notably in the areas of employment and education.
April 29, 2013
Damon J. Keith, '56, (LL.M.), was honored at West Virginia State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1943, when the school's new residence hall was christened the Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall in his honor. He has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit since 1977. He's been awarded the NAACP's highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, written a number of notable court decisions, been the subject of a biography (to be released Nov. 1), and made a name for himself as an defender of constitutional and civil rights. The Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights also is named in his honor.
September 23, 2013
Ralph M. Burton, '54, recently retired from Brooks Kushman law firm after a successful 56-year career. Burton, who was a senior attorney at the time of his retirement, practiced both domestic and international patent and trademark law.
September 15, 2010