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‘The Impact of the Michigan Supreme Court on the State of Michigan Law (1999-2007)’, March 18

March 03, 2008

DETROIT (March 3, 2008) – The Michigan Chapter of the American Constitution Society will present a panel discussion on “The Impact of the Michigan Supreme Court on the State of Michigan Law (1999-2007)” at Wayne State University Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. 

Justice Marilyn Kelly will provide comments. Justice Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court, Detroit, has served on the Court since 1997.  She is a past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and of the Women's Bar Association, and a former member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan. Justice Kelly has written articles for Colleague Magazine, the Michigan Bar Journal, and the Women Lawyers Newsletter.  She has lectured frequently for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE, the AAUW and numerous local bar associations. She is a past president of the Michigan State Board of Education.  She co-chaired the State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Commission from 1998-2003 and is currently the Moderator (President) of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.

Panelists will include:

Michael D. Elkins of Elkins & Associates, P.L.C., served as a Military Policeman after his graduation with a B.A. in history from Michigan State University.  Mr. Elkins attended the Detroit College of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 1979. Mr. Elkins has taught business law as an adjunct professor for Central Michigan University and court reporting students for Macomb County Community College.  Mr. Elkins is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mark R. Granzotto of Mark R. Granzotto, PC, Royal Oak, practices in the area of civil appellate work.  He is a member of the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.  Mr. Granzotto is also a member of the Appellate and Negligence Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.  He is a frequent speaker on civil appellate issues, particularly those related to personal injury.  He is a former adjunct professor of law at the Wayne State University School of Law.  Mr. Granzotto is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Mary Ellen Gurewitz is a shareholder and director of the law firm of Sachs Waldman in Detroit, Michigan.  A 1965 cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School, she has been practicing law since 1974.  She has written and spoken frequently on a wide variety of topics.  Her principal areas of practice are union side labor law, and political and election law, including campaign finance law.  Ms. Gurewitz also represents many unions both in the public and private sectors.

Michael K. Lee is a native of the City of Detroit who received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Lee is the founder of the Law Firm of Lee and Associates, P.C., where he serves as President.  Mr. Lee is also active in many special purpose bar associations in the State of Michigan.  Mr. Lee has received awards from several organizations including the NAACP, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers’ Section, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association.  Mr. Lee has made over 70 presentations, lectures and speeches and is the author of 60 published works.

Gary Maveal is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Remedies. He serves on the Council of the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan as well as the State Bar’s Publications and Website Advisory Committee.  His most recent article on the legacy of Smith v. Globe Life Insurance Co. is forthcoming in the Wayne Law Review.

Michael L. Pittis a 1974 graduate of WSU Law School,  helped establish  Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers and Golden PC, a  Royal Oak firm specializing in the representation of individuals in their employment disputes, personal injury matters and criminal defense.  In addition to his busy trial practice, Michael is frequent lecturer on employment issues for ICLE, National Employment Lawyers Association, Michigan Association for Justice, American Association for Justice and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment attorneys and has been recognized every year since 1991 in the respected Best Attorneys in America publication.

Professor Jeff Silver joined the faculty of U of D Mercy Law School in August 2004, after five years as a litigator with Jenner & Block LLC and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Chicago and Boston. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998.  Before law school, Professor Silver was an international tax adviser with Arthur Andersen & Ernst & Young, in Boston, London, New York, and Washington, D.C. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA (Political Science) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine O. Razdolsky received her J.D. in 2007 from Wayne State University Law School, where she completed courses in Environmental Law and International Environmental Law. She published three articles analyzing the implications of environmental and international trade law on municipal waste imports to the U.S. from Canada.  Katherine also served as President of the American Constitution Society’s student chapter and as an intern for Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court and Judge Julian A. Cook of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Douglas B. Shapiro is a partner in the law firm of Muth & Shapiro P.C.and represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters.  Doug graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986.  He is a long-time executive board member of the Michigan Association for Justice and serves on the Negligence Council of the State Bar of Michigan. 

Frank H. Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition. In 2004, he returned to his hometown of Detroit to serve as the ninth Dean of Wayne State University Law School.  

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. and at the break. Free parking will be available next to the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3934.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located 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 faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-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, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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