Wayne State University

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Alumni Outreach Fall 2010


Left to right: Michael Fayz, Dean Ackerman,
and David Joswick at the Miller Canfield reception.

Miller Canfield attorney Jeffrey Aronoff
with Wayne Law student Julianna Rivera.


As part of an effort to reach out more broadly to Wayne Law alumni, the Law School and the Law Alumni Association (LAA) have organized a number of events over the last few months, both in Michigan and beyond.

More than 30 alumni who attended a reception at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting in late September had the chance to mingle with each other, meet Dean Robert M. Ackerman, and witness the presentation of the Donald H. Gordon Teaching Award to Professor Katherine White. Later that evening, approximately 50 alumni gathered at nearby Gilly’s Restaurant, located in the historic B.O.B., for more social networking.

Both events received an enthusiastic response, according to LAA Board Member Christopher G. Darrow. "It was great to be able to connect with so many of our Grand Rapids alumni. With events like these, the LAA is hoping to draw more alumni into the organization. To stay informed of alumni news and upcoming LAA events, we encourage alumni to visit law.wayne.edu/alumni or check out Wayne Law on LinkedIn and Facebook.”

While in Grand Rapids, Dean Ackerman and Law School staff were warmly received by more alumni at receptions hosted by the firms of Varnum LLP and Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones. Lawrence Murphy of Varnum and Nathanial Wolf of Mika Meyers are both members of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.

Alumni Officer Kathryn Koehler intends on reaching out more regularly to Grand Rapids alumni in the future. “We are hoping to capture that enthusiasm and parlay it into greater participation in the LAA, possibly through the formation of a Grand Rapids-area chapter, as well as to create a stronger presence for our alumni in western Michigan.”

In October, Miller Canfield hosted a reception for its Wayne Law alumni at its downtown Detroit office. Miller principals David Joswick and Michael Fayz, pictured above with Dean Ackerman, were pleased to invite the dean, Professor Vince Wellman, development and career services staff, and several students to the firm to meet some of its 80-plus Wayne Law alumni. Joswick serves on the Law School’s Board of Visitors, while Fayz is a member of the LAA’s Board of Directors.

In late October, the Law School, in conjunction with Wayne State University’s Division of Advancement, hosted a reception for Washington, D.C.-area alumni at the Metropolitan Club of Washington. Dean Ackerman, along with Professor Laura Bartell (on sabbatical this semester in D.C.), WSU Governor Annetta Miller, Koehler and other development staff, mingled with law alumni working in private practice, government, and industry, before joining a larger group of WSU alumni for a dinner honoring Ofield Dukes, a preeminent D.C.-area public relations practitioner and 1958 journalism graduate of WSU.

The Law School hopes to build a greater base of involvement among its DC-area alumni and is facilitating the formation of a D.C. Alumni Association chapter in the near future, explained Koehler. “We recognize that there are many Wayne Law alumni working in that region of the country and we wish to bring them together and also help them stay engaged in the life of the Law School. With the creation of a D.C. group, alumni there will be able to plan more activities and get more people involved.”