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Law School Alumni Gala: March 24, 2007

April 9, 2007

Wayne State University Law School’s Tenth Annual Treasure of Detroit Gala will be held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on Saturday, March 24, 2007.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.  The presentation of the honorees will take place at 7 p.m. Detroit Free Press features department editor and Names & Faces columnist John Smyntek will be the master of ceremonies for the program.  A seated dinner will follow and the evening will conclude with dancing to the music of Little Davy and the Diplomats.

A silent auction will open during the reception; all auction proceeds will benefit Student Board of Governors activities at the Law School.

Each year, distinguished alumni and friends of the Law School are honored at the Gala.  This year Elizabeth P. Hardy, Judge Damon J. Keith, and Steven I. Victor will be honored.

Elizabeth P. Hardy is a 1984 graduate of the Law School.  She is a name partner in the firm Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C. where she specializes in employment litigation, preventative counseling, and appellate work.  She was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors in 1990 and again in 1998.  She completed her service on the Board in 2006.  She is currently a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.

Judge Damon J. Keith received his LL.M. from the Law School in 1956.  He has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977 and as senior judge since 1995. From 1967 to 1977 he served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1987, Judge Keith was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as the national chairman of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Bicentennial of the Constitution. In 1993, a collection of photographs, personal papers, legal memoranda, and memorabilia from African-American lawyers and judges was created at WSU Law School. This was the beginning of the Damon J. Keith Collection of African-American Legal History. The Law School has as a campaign priority a new building and center to be known as the Damon J. Keith Classroom Building and Center for Civil Rights. 

Steven I. Victor received his law degree from the Law School in 1950.  He is a founding partner of the Birmingham law firm Katz, Victor and Yolles, P.C.  The firm specializes in real estate law.  He is a former member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, the advisory board to the dean of the Law School.  Mr. Victor is a well-known local philanthropist; among the projects he supports are medical research, Jewish education, the arts, education, and children’s causes.

For more information about the Treasure of Detroit Gala, please contact Robin Dortenzio at (313) 577-3934 or robind@wayne.edu.