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12 Wayne Law alumni admitted to US Supreme Court bar

March 30, 2017

12 Wayne State University Law School alumni and Interim Dean Lance Gable were admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the U.S. by Chief Justice John Roberts during open court on Tuesday, March 21.

Steven L. Winter, Wayne Law’s Walter S. Gibbs professor of constitutional law and member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, appeared in court to move for the admission of the group. Each admittee was permitted to bring one guest and invited to stay and hear oral arguments for the day.

“This is not an experience I will soon forget,” said Gable. “It was a true honor to be sworn into the bar of the highest court with such an esteemed group of alumni.” 

Admittees were:

  • Henry Baskin, ’57, founder, The Baskin Law Firm
  • Greg DeMars, ’81, former partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
  • Albert J. Dib, ’80, attorney and director, Jefferson Law Center
  • Kristin Dighe, ’87, attorney advisor, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • Marjory Epstein, ’74, vice president, Vesco Oil Corp.
  • Interim Dean Lance Gable, Wayne Law
  • Michael Hindelang, ’04, partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
  • Peter Kellett, ’82, chairman and CEO, Dykema Gossett
  • Mark Romano, ’90, attorney, Romano Stancroff PC
  • Steve Stancroff, ’90, attorney, Romano Stancroff PC
  • Peter Sugar, ’70, partner, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss
  • Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, ’82, LL.M. ’96, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer, Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc.
  • Ed Zelenak, ’77, city attorney, Lincoln Park and Southgate

“It was a thrill to be sworn in at the Supreme Court with my Wayne Law colleagues,” said Dighe.

According to their website, among the qualifications for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the U.S., an applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a state, commonwealth, territory or possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the court to be of good moral and professional character.

Wayne Law at Supreme Court Bar


Prior to admittance to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the U.S., 12 Wayne State University Law School alumni, Interim Dean Lance Gable, and Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law Steven L. Winter, posed for a photo at the Supreme Court.

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