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Gov. Granholm Announces Appointment of Law School Alumnus as Chairperson of Michigan Public Service Commission

September 06, 2007

DETROIT (Sept. 6, 2007) –  Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently announced the appointment of Orjiakor N. Isiogu, a 1989 Wayne State University Law School alumnus, as chairperson of the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“Serving as chairperson of the Michigan Public Service Commission is a high honor,” said Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Orjiakor has demonstrated his keen ability to lead and excel in the legal community and has been recognized for his efforts. I commend and congratulate him on his appointment.”

The appointment of Isiogu, who will represent Democrats on the regulatory agency, is effective Sept. 9 and runs through July 2, 2013. He will complete the term of Laura Chappelle, a Republican who resigned from the commission earlier this year.

Isiogu, of Okemos, most recently served as director of telecommunications for the MPSC. He previously served as an assistant attorney general representing the state, its agencies and consumer interests in state and federal proceedings involving utilities such as natural gas, electric and telecommunications.
Orjiakor Isiogu earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University in 1985 and his juris doctorate degree in 1989.

His appointment is subject to Section 6 of Article V of the Michigan State Constitution of 1963 and stands confirmed unless disapproved by the Michigan Senate within 60 days.
Wayne State University Law School has served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 W. Palmer St. 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 and distance learning 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 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, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

* Information in this news release was provided by www.michigan.gov.

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