Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

Lawrence Murphy
Lawrence Murphy '79, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Commercial Litigation. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
I. W. Winsten
I. W. Winsten '79, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
I. W. Winsten
I. W. Winsten '79, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Susan Patton
Susan Patton '79, of Butzel Long has been named a Fellow, Health Care Law Section, State Bar of Michigan. The Fellows Program recognizes those individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the section, and who are regarded as top health care attorneys in Michigan. 

September 30, 2014
Wayne Miller
Wayne Miller '79, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Miller & Tischler PC.

February 10, 2015
Alan Kanter
Alan Kanter '79, a complex commercial litigator with  Vestevich Mallender DuBois & Dritsas PC, was inducted into Worldwide Registry. To be a part of the Worldwide Registry, candidates must be selected by a research committee based on their past accomplishments and awards received. Candidates must complete a phone interview before being extended an invitation to become a member.

February 25, 2015
Steven Sonenberg '79, was appointed as public defender in Pima County, Arizona.

August 20, 2015
Marilyn Mullane '79, will receive the Michigan State Bar Foundation's 2015 Access to Justice Award which honors persons who have significantly advanced access to justice for the poor in Michigan.

October 5, 2015
Thaddeus J. Kedzierski
Thaddeus J. Kedzierski '79, was re-elected for a second four-year term as mayor of Grosse Pointe Shores. Kedzierski, CPA, JD, is currently of counsel to Charfoos and Christensen PC, and practices in Royal Oak, MI.

November 30, 2015
Anthony Guerriero
Anthony Guerriero '79, has been appointed chief of legislation, grants and community relations for the Wayne County prosecutor. Guerriero, who is general counsel for Westwood Community Schools in Dearborn Heights and maintains a private practice, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

April 27, 2016
Jerome Crawford '79, was appointed chief assistant to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1976.

May 13, 2016
Hon. James Brady '79, of the 47th District Court received the 2016 Distinguished Public Servant award from the Oakland County Bar Association. Brady earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

June 27, 2016
I.W. Winsten
I.W. Winsten '79, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was ranked band three in litigation: general commercial by Chambers USA, the directory of leading U.S. business law firms and lawyers. Winsten earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

July 6, 2016
Nancy Diehl
Nancy Diehl '78, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. She is retired as trial division chief of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and will represent members submitted by the State Bar of Michigan.

June 24, 2014
Ashley Lipson
Ashley Lipson '78, (LL.M.), is the author of a new book, Courtroom Use and Misuse of Mathematics, Physics and Finance: Cases, Lessons and Materials, released by Carolina Academic Press. Lipson is a professor of law at the University of La Verne College of Law in California.

July 18, 2014
Robert Kaplow
Robert Kaplow '78, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.

August 19, 2014
Mark Granzotto
Mark Granzotto '78, of Mark Granzotto PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Monika Holzer Sacks
Monika Holzer Sacks '78, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named president of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for 2013-14 and is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan.

October 24, 2014
Gary Rogers
Gary Rogers '78, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Rogers was recognized in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency, Reorganization Law, and Litigation - Insurance. He is with Fraser Trebilcock.

October 28, 2014
Steven Howell
Steven Howell '78, of Dickinson Wright PLLC was awarded the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence from the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. Howell is a member in the firm's Detroit office. He also serves as the practice department manager for the firm's Banking & Finance, Creditors' Rights, Municipal Finance and International Law Practices.

November 4, 2014
Steven Howell
Steven Howell '78, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Dickinson Wright PLLC.

February 10, 2015
Jules Olsman
Jules Olsman '78, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Olsman Mueller Wallace & MacKenzie.

February 10, 2015
Brad Rayle
Brad Rayle '78, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Rayle was recognized in the practice area of Labor Law-Management. He is with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.

August 21, 2015
Brad Rayle
Brad Rayle '78, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 16, 2015
Stephen Schultz
Stephen Schultz '78, co-wrote "Public-Sector Collective Bargaining" for the September Michigan Bar Journal. He is a founding member of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC.

November 11, 2015
Steven Gonzales
Steven Gonzales '78, co-edited a book entitled, Alternative Dispute Resolution in State and Local Governments, Analysis & Case Studies. It was recently published by the American Bar Association Press, on behalf of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. Gonzales is associate professor of law at Arizona Summit Law School.

January 6, 2016
Tim Busch
Tim Busch '78, donated $15 million to Catholic University of America - the largest donation in the school's history. He is the founder of the Busch Firm, which specializes in high net-worth estate planning and real estate and business transactions. Busch also founded and is CEO of Pacific Hospitality Group, a hotel development and management company that owns and manages eight hotels in California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.

May 23, 2016
Andrew Wachler
Andrew Wachler '78, principal of Wachler & Associates, co-wrote Making the Case for Reopening the 68 Percent CMS Inpatient Settlement for RACMonitor. Wachler earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1974.

July 20, 2016
Andrew Wachler
Andrew Wachler '78, principal of Wachler & Associates, co-wrote CMS Proposed Rule to Implement Major Reforms to Medicare Appeals Process for RACMonitor. Wachler earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1974.

July 29, 2016
Monika Holzer Sacks
Monika Holzer Sacks '78, received the Blaine B. Johnson Jr. Award from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for her outstanding contributions to continuing legal education. She is a shareholder in Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach & Buiteweg PC in Ann Arbor and Birmingham. She earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

August 10, 2016
Alice Jennings
Alice Jennings '78, received the Peter Hammer Award from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Michigan Regional Office for her decades of work in civil rights. Jennings, founder of Edwards & Jennings PC, which specializes in civil rights and employment law, earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. The award is named for Professor Peter Hammer, director of Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

September 20, 2016
Andrew Wachler
Andrew Wachler '78, principal of Wachler & Associates, co-wrote Federal Court Recognizes Need for Relief from Backlogged Medicare Appeals Process for RACMonitor. Wachler earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1974.

October 3, 2016
Dave Tornga
Dave Tornga '78, was the Donald Trump campaign DuPage County, Illinois chair and the Trump-Pence 2016 DuPage County coordinator. Tornga is an attorney with David L. Tornga PC in Winfield, Illinois. He earned his master of business administration from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and his bachelor's degree from Calvin College.

December 21, 2016
Robert Sickels
Robert Sickels '78, a senior shareholder with Sommers Schwartz in Southfield, was named a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

February 27, 2017
Linda Hallmark
Linda Hallmark '77, served as the chairperson and moderator for the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice Summit held May 21-23, 2014, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City. The focus of the summit was Medication and Mental Health Concerns for Children in Care. Hallmark is chief judge pro tem of the Oakland County Probate Court and also serves in the Circuit Court Family Division. She is one of 18 members of the multidisciplinary task force appointed by Gov. Snyder to focus on setting policies and protocols for victims of child abuse and neglect.

May 30, 2014
Lawrence McLaughlin
Lawrence McLaughlin '77, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Alan Valade
Alan Valade '77, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Tax Law, Trusts and Estates. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Lawrence McLaughlin
Lawrence McLaughlin '77, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Lawrence McLaughlin
Lawrence McLaughlin '77, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, chair of the firm's Real Estate Department, was named co-chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers 2015 U.S. Law Conference and will serve as chair of the conference in 2016. He has served on the conference Program Planning Committee since 2004.    

September 30, 2014
Wendy Potts
Wendy Potts '77, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Potts is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.

October 1, 2014
Margo Nichols
Margo Nichols '77, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's distinguished Women in the Law for 2014, and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006.

October 24, 2014
Barbara Levin '77, christened the nation's seventh littoral combat ship, Detroit, by smashing a bottle of champagne over its hull before it was launched Oct. 18, 2014, into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis. Engineered by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team, the ship will continue to undergo outfitting and testing before delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2015.

October 18, 2014
Lawrence McLaughlin
Lawrence McLaughlin '77, partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and chair of its real estate department, has been named to the 2014 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News. Hall of Fame members are chosen from hundreds of Midwest commercial real estate professionals, who are nominated each year for the depth of their experience and their contributions to the profession. McLaughlin is one of only three attorneys among the 70 professionals named this year.

January 28, 2015
Richard Kaufman
Richard Kaufman '77, a former Wayne County Circuit Court chief judge, has been named deputy county executive, the second-in-command to Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. Kaufman is a partner in the Farmington Hills-based law firm of Zausmer Kaufman August and Caldwell. He previously served as general manager and general counsel of metro Detroit's SMART transportation system.  

March 20, 2015
Garey Lindsay '77, was named regional director of the National Labor Relations Board Regional Office in Cincinnati.

June 2, 2015
Linda Hallmark
Linda Hallmark '77, chief judge pro tem of the Oakland County Probate Court, served as chairperson for the 18th annual Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit held in Traverse City. Hallmark is one of 18 members of the task force, which focuses on setting policies and protocols for victims of child abuse and neglect.  

June 10, 2015
William Perrone
William Perrone '77, of Dykema was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry for a four-year term. Perrone, office managing member of the firm's Lansing office, focuses his practice in the area of state regulations, real estate and mortgage financing for clients in the manufactured housing, energy and insurance sectors. He is a former state assistant attorney general.

June 9, 2015
Linda Hallmark
Linda Hallmark '77, Oakland County probate judge, was honored for 35 years of service to the county.

June 25, 2015
Wendy Potts
Wendy Potts '77, judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.

July 28, 2015
Lawrence Jordan
Lawrence Jordan '77, was elected to the council of the State Bar of Michigan's Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports Section. He is managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC. 

November 30, 2015
Linda Hallmark
Linda Hallmark '77, was nominated for the 2015 Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. She is chief judge of the Oakland County Probate Court.

January 4, 2016
Robert Martinez
Robert Martinez '77, was appointed to the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers in Dallas. He is a partner with Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, LLP in Fort Worth, Texas.

February 12, 2016
Hon. Wendy Potts
Hon. Wendy Potts '77, received a "WONder Woman Award" from the Women Officials Network Foundation. She is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

May 13, 2016
Lawrence D. McLaughlin
Lawrence D. McLaughlin '77, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was ranked a star individual in real estate by Chambers USA, the directory of leading U.S. business law firms and lawyers. McLaughlin earned his bachelor's degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute).

July 6, 2016
Lisa DeMoss
Lisa DeMoss '77, was featured in the Detroit Legal News for its report, "Law professor co-chairs DMBA Foundation Board." Read the full article here. DeMoss earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

August 18, 2016
Chad Schmucker
Chad Schmucker '77, announced his retirement as president of The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, after three years of leading the institute for the continuing education for judges. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 5, 2016
Leo Goddeyne
Leo Goddeyne '77, received the John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of Michigan. He is senior counsel at Miller Canfield in Kalamazoo. His pro bono efforts focus on counseling organizations that serve low-income communities. Goddeyne earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 6, 2016
Barbara Levin
Barbara Levin '77, served as the sponsor of the USS Detroit, which was commissioned into the U.S. Navy this month. As sponsor, Levin was chosen to christen the new naval vessel. Levin earned her master's degree in mathematics from Columbia University and her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

October 26, 2016
Ron Cheli '77, joined Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office as a shareholder who focuses his practice in the area of corporate real estate. He earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and business administration from Aquinas College in 1973.

December 3, 2016
James Fisher
James Fisher '76, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Fisher, previously chief judge of Barry County Circuit Court, will chair the commission. He is an attorney with Law Weathers where his primary practice areas are arbitration and mediation. He will represent members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association.

June 24, 2014
Susan Reed
Susan Reed '76, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the State Bar of Michigan. Reed, a Detroit resident, is a veteran criminal defense attorney and president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association.

September 19, 2014
Dawn Van Hoek
Dawn Van Hoek '76, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the Michigan State Bar. Van Hoek of Ann Arbor is director of the State Appellate Defender Office and past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.

September 19, 2014
Dawn Van Hoek
Dawn Van Hoek '76, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is director of the State Appellate Defender Office.

February 10, 2015
Freddie Burton
Freddie Burton '76, was named as the new chief justice for the Wayne County Probate Court to serve the rest of 2015 in the role. New chief justices for several courts in the state will be selected in 2016.  

August 6, 2015
Richard Marek
Richard Marek '76, was elected president of the Vermont State Historical Society. He ended 12 years of service in the Vermont House of Representatives earlier this year, after retiring from practicing corporate law.

September 1, 2015
Adam Shakoor
Adam Shakoor '76, of Adam Shakoor & Associates PC was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Shakoor served as Detroit deputy mayor and as chief judge of 33rd District Court in Detroit.

September 18, 2015
James “Jim” Fisher '76, has joined Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office as of counsel.

January 25, 2016
Bruce Vandegrift
Bruce Vandegrift '76, has been named personal trust business development officer for Chemical Bank Wealth Management's west Michigan region.

March 15, 2016
Hon. Isidore Torres
Hon. Isidore Torres '76, was appointed director of the Wayne County Fraud and Corruption Investigation Unit. Torres, who earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, is of counsel with Williams Acosta in Detroit.

May 13, 2016
David DuMouchel
David DuMouchel '75, of Butzel Long was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba '75, who died in 2014, was honored by the Detroit City Council, which is adding a second street sign to Warren Avenue, naming it for him. Lumumba, a longtime civil rights activist, was mayor of Jackson, Miss., at the time of his death. 

March 24, 2015
George Sinas
George Sinas '75, a senior partner at Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre PC in Lansing, gave a presentation on the state's auto no-fault law during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis law firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.

September 22, 2015
Brian Mackie '75, was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Crime Victim Services Commission. Mackie is the prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw County.  

November 18, 2015
Roger Cook
Roger 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
Gene Esshaki
Gene Esshaki '74, of Abbott Nicholson PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Pitt of Huntington Woods is a founding member of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC and specializes in employment law and civil rights litigation.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was interviewed about tort reform for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.

November 13, 2014
M. Richard Knoblock '74, is retiring as judge of 52nd Circuit Court in Huron County. He has held the seat for 36 years.

December 5, 2014
Donald Sanderson '74, is retiring from the 2B District Court bench. The judge has held the seat since 1978.

December 28, 2014
Thomas Guyer
Thomas Guyer '74, was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit during its annual Attorney Appreciation Awards. Guyer is a partner with Guyer Rose PLLC and a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. who has prevented many evictions.

April 23, 2015
Gene Esshaki
Gene Esshaki '74, wrote an article, "Judicial Intervention in Arbitration Proceedings Pre-Award," published in the June Michigan Bar Journal.

June 17, 2015
Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly '74, a St. Clair County Circuit Court judge, was the subject of a feature story, "Judge Dan and Mary Kelly together in law," in The Times Herald.

September 1, 2015
Timothy Baughman
Timothy Baughman '74, was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Baughman retired from his position as chief of research, training and appeals with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in April, although he remains on staff part time offering legal advice and work on appellate briefs

September 18, 2015
Janet Cooper '74, will be posthumously inducted into the 32nd class of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She was a civil rights advocate. 

September 21, 2015
Dennis Hertel '74, was appointed professor by the National Defense University for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. The former congressman has addressed defense officials from 28 nations, and he remains of-counsel to the Franklin Partnership in Washington, D.C.

November 3, 2015
Joan Young
Joan Young '74, was presented with the first Justice Marilyn J. Kelly Award for Outstanding Service. This award was named after retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn J. Kelly. Young is currently chief judge pro tempore of the circuit court and serves in the family division. She is also the presiding judge of the men's section of the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court.

December 9, 2015
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was selected vice president of the board of Public Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest firm. Pitt is a founding member of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC in Royal Oak. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1971.

August 24, 2016
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers in Royal Oak. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1971.

January 25, 2017
Hon. Henry Saad '74, is retiring from the Michigan Court of Appeals, where he has served as a judge since 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business.

May 16, 2017
Louis Ognisanti '73, was reappointed by the governor to Michigan's Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates. He was first appointed to the board in 2011. He previously worked the Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner PLC law firm where he specialized in workers' compensation issues.

January 27, 2015
Roy Gotham '73, announced his retirement after 25 years as Gogebic and Ontonagon County circuit court judge. The retirement also marks his 42 years in the legal profession in both Ontonagon and Gogebic counties.

December 9, 2015
Steven Fishman
Steven Fishman '73, was awarded the Leonard R. Gilman Award from the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The Gilman Award is presented annually to an outstanding criminal law practitioner. Fishman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

May 18, 2017
William Swor
William Swor '72, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Swor, an attorney with William W. Swor, will represent members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan.

June 24, 2014
Michael Hluchaniuk
Michael Hluchaniuk '72, will retire as a Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, a position he's held since 2007.

October 5, 2015
John R. Runyan
John R. Runyan '72, wrote a book review of "A Good Killing," written by Allison Leotta, who grew up in Michigan. His review appears in the May issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. Read it here. Runyan is managing director of Sachs Waldman in Detroit.

May 6, 2016
Graham Ward
Graham Ward '72, was named director of the Western Michigan University-Cooley Center for the Study and Resolution of Conflict in Grand Rapids. He earned his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.

August 9, 2016
James F. Graves
James F. Graves '72, was named a 2017 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is a partner at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing. Graves earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

February 9, 2017
William W. Swor
William W. Swor '72, received the Right to Counsel Award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. According to the organization, the award recognizes the amazing contributions of a group or individual in the form of legal representation or other extraordinary service. The founder of William W. Swor & Associates earned his bachelor's degree from Oakland University.

March 27, 2017
William Sankbeil
William Sankbeil '71, of Kerr Russell and Weber PLC  was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Jon Muth
Jon Muth '71, of Miller Johnson was named to the Top 10 and the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
John McSorley
John McSorley '71, a shareholder with Garan Lucow Miller PC, received the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Association for Justice.

September 19, 2014
Dan Dozier
Dan Dozier '71, wrote a chapter in the recently published book titled, Alternative Dispute Resolution in State and Local Governments, Analysis & Case Studies. Dozier's chapter is "Evaluating Scope of Services and Provider Qualifications in State ADR Programs." He is of counsel with Press and Dozier, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

January 6, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" as part of the Escalating Inequality Task Force's 2016 Winter Speaker Series.

February 24, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey. Kelly earned her master's degree from Middlebury College and her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

April 3, 2016
Martin Reisig
Martin Reisig '70, was named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Detroit Mediation "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

August 19, 2014
William Murphy
William Murphy '70, chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, was honored with the Judicial Excellence Award by the Michigan Association for Justice at its annual banquet.

June 15, 2015
William Murphy
William Murphy '70, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' 2015 Distinguished Service Award. It is one of the highest awards the organization presents. 

October 5, 2015
John Loeks
John Loeks '70, was elected chair of the National Assocation of Theater Owners. He is CEO of Celebration Cinemas which owns and operates movie theaters throughout Michigan. 

October 19, 2015
William B. Murphy
William B. Murphy '70, was elected president of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, a national association dedicated to improving the administration of justice in state appellate courts. Murphy, who has served as judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals since 1988, earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

November 23, 2016

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