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Wayne Law welcomes Michael Silverstein as Major Gifts Officer

February 22, 2010

DETROIT (Feb. 22, 2010) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Silverstein as a major gifts officer in the Law School’s Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Silverstein, who joined the Wayne Law team in fall 2009, is responsible for raising funds for student scholarships and faculty support. He will also be working to help complete funding for Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

“I am excited to officially welcome Michael Silverstein to Wayne Law,” said Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “Michael is enthusiastic about promoting Wayne Law’s mission in the broader community. I welcome his experience and vision as he works with Mary Hollens, Wayne Law Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, to strengthen our outreach efforts.”

“I am excited to be at Wayne Law and in metro Detroit,” Silverstein said. “I believe in Dean Ackerman’s vision that Wayne Law should be a key component in the revitalization of Southeast Michigan. I am proud to play a small role in the big plans.”

A resident of Troy, Mich., Silverstein has gained development experience with a variety of non-profit organizations. He also has held positions in sales and marketing at Steelcase Inc. and Saturn Corporation, and ran his own corporate training company from 1998 to 2003.

Silverstein is a past president of the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence and Congregation Shir Tikvah. He is a native of East Grand Rapids and earned a bachelor’s degree in business law and marketing from the University of Michigan.

Visit the Wayne Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations online at http://law.wayne.edu/alumni/support.php.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit

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