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Erman and Hempstead to lead Law School's Board of Visitors

November 07, 2006

Earle I. Erman and David M. Hempstead were welcomed as co-chairs at the first Wayne State University Law School Board of Visitors meeting of the academic year on September 27.  The two men will serve a two-year term.

The Law School 's Board of Visitors serves as an advisory body to the dean and other administrative officers of the School.  Most members of the BOV are alumni of the School.  Recent projects of the Board have included formulating a strategic plan, working to increase student recruitment and retention, and fund raising.

Earle I. Erman is a 1974 cum laude graduate of the Law School .  He founded the Southfield firm of Erman, Teicher, Miller, Zucker & Freedman in 1976.  His practice area focuses on insolvency-related matters, representation of debtors, creditors' committees, secured and unsecured creditors, and other bankruptcy issues.  He also has extensive specialized experience in representation of union fringe benefit funds under ERISA.  Mr. Erman acted as a bankruptcy trustee, as a member of the Panel of U.S. Trustees for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 1975 through 1991.  He has been certified by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law and is listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy.

David M. Hempstead is a Partner in the Detroit office of Bodman LLP. He graduated from the Law School , magna cum laude , in 1975.   Mr. Hempstead concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of income, estate and gift tax planning for high net-worth individuals, estate and trust administration, trust litigation and charitable trusts and foundations.  He is also vice chairman of Bodman's Executive Committee.  He is listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates.

Mr. Erman and Mr. Hempstead take over the chair of the Board of Visitors from The Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Judge Edmunds served as chair of the BOV for five years and remains a member of the board.

Law School Dean Frank H. Wu said, "I look forward to working with Mr. Erman and Mr. Hempstead. Judge Edmunds was exemplary as a volunteer, active alumna, and Board chair. Her contributions to the Law School have ensured our future, especially her leadership in developing a strategic plan."

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