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Wayne Law Receives $155K from Bodman LLP at 12th annual Treasure of Detroit

April 10, 2009

DETROIT (April 10, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School received a generous $155,000 gift from Bodman LLP at the 12th annual Treasure of Detroit Gala held at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit on March 28, 2009. Bodman served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor.

Bodman’s gift will support a number of needs at the Law School, including direct support for faculty and students, as well as a portion given to Dean Robert M. Ackerman to use at his discretion. Some of the pledge will also support the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and Community Development.

“Bodman can attribute a great deal of its success to the 44 Wayne Law alumni who are currently on our legal staff,” said David Hempstead, Bodman’s vice chairman and a Wayne Law alumnus. “In addition, we believe that in difficult times it is especially important to redouble our efforts to support great Detroit institutions like Wayne Law and its outstanding faculty, staff and students.”

Bodman is a long-time supporter of Wayne Law. Among other contributions, the firm has sponsored the annual Bodman LLP scholarship since the early 1970s.

“I would like to again thank Bodman LLP for its generous gift to Wayne Law,” said Dean Ackerman. “Bodman continues to play an active role in the training of our students and in the success of our alumni. We are grateful for the example set by the firm and eagerly anticipate others matching Bodman’s support as it helps us provide a high quality legal education to the next generation of attorneys and judges.”

Since its inception in 1998 the Treasure of Detroit has become Wayne Law’s premiere event for honoring those who have made a lasting contribution to the growth and success of the Law School as well as to the practice of law. This year’s honorees included George J. Bedrosian, ’59, Carl Ziemba ’48 (honored posthumously), and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly, ’71.

This year’s event was hosted by Wayne Law, the Wayne Law Board of Visitors, the Wayne Law Alumni Association and Dean Ackerman. The Wayne Law Class of 1959 served as Official Event Hosts and the Wayne Law Class of 1984 served as Honorary Event Hosts.

Additional sponsors of the 12th annual Treasure of Detroit included Stout Risius Ross, Barris Sott Denn and Driker PLLC, and Miller Canfield.

For more information regarding giving opportunities, please contact Mary Hollens, Wayne Law Senior Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, at (313) 577-4141 or am2674@wayne.edu. For more information on Wayne Law in general, please visit the Law School online at www.law.wayne.edu.

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 and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 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, 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.


Pictured above: G. Christopher Bernard, partner at Bodman LLP, and Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman at the 12th annual Treasure of Detroit Gala.

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