Wayne Law cited as top law school by Michigan Super Lawyers
DETROIT (Sept. 16, 2010) – Michigan Super Lawyers magazine once again has placed Wayne State University Law School at the top of its list of law schools whose graduates are among the most accomplished in the state. According to the 2010 issue of the magazine, 379 – or 25 percent – of Michigan’s top lawyers are Wayne Law graduates.
Five of the Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers for 2010 are Wayne Law alumni: WSU Governor Eugene Driker, ’61, Barris Sott Denn and Driker PLLC; Daniel J. Bretz, ’82, Clark Hill PLC; E. Powell Miller, ’86, The Miller Law Firm PC; Jon R. Muth, ’71, Miller Johnson Snell and Cummiskey PLC (featured on the cover of the magazine); and Michael L. Pitt, ’74, Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers and Golden PC.
Wayne Law graduates represented a quarter of the top 100 Michigan lawyers: Daniel J. Bretz, ’82, Clark Hill PLC; Robert M. Carson, ’68, Carson Fischer PLC; Douglas A. Dozeman, ’83, Warner Norcross and Judd LLP; Eugene Driker, ’61, Barris Sott Denn and Driker PLLC; David F. DuMouchel, ’75, Butzel Long; Earle I. Erman, ’74, Erman Teicher Miller Zucker and Freedman PC; Mark R. Granzotto, ’78, Mark Granzotto PC; George W. Gregory, ’80, George W. Gregory PLLC; William P. Hampton, ’63, Secrest Wardle Lynch Hampton Truex and Morley PC; Elizabeth P. Hardy, ’84, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy and Pelton PLC; David M. Hayes, ’67, Clark Hill PLC; Thomas G. Kienbaum, ’68, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy and Pelton PLC; Lawrence D. McLaughlin, ’68, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Bruce A. Miller, ’54, Miller Cohen PLC; E. Powell Miller, ’86, The Miller Law Firm PC; Daniel H. Minkus, ’85, Clark Hill PLC; Jon R. Muth, ’71, Miller Johnson Snell and Cummiskey PLC; Robert R. Nix, II, '71, Kerr Russell and Weber PLC; Michael L. Pitt, ’74, Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers and Golden PC; Linda S. Ross, ’88, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Mary Massaron Ross, ’90, Plunkett Cooney PC; William A. Sankbeil, ’71, Kerr Russell and Weber PLC; William D. Sargent, ’85, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Noreen L. Slank, ’80, Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC; Thomas B. Spillane, Jr., ’86, Foley and Lardner LLP; I.W. Winsten, ’79, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
Additionally, 15 of the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers are Wayne Law alumni: Tracy Lee Allen, ’80, Bodman LLP; Theresa Asoklis, ’89, Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC; Pamela Enslen, ’81, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC; Elizabeth P. Hardy, ’84, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy and Pelton PLC; Kathryn Humphrey, ’80, Dykema Gossett PLLC; Anna M. Maiuri, ’92, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC; Patricia Nemeth, ’90, Nemeth Burwell PC; Julie Robertson, ’90, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Carol A. Rosati, ’80, Johnson Rosati LaBarge Aseltyne and Field PC; Linda S. Ross,’88, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Mary Massaron Ross, ’90, Plunkett Cooney PC; Noreen L. Slank, ’80, Collins Einhom Farrell and Ulanoff PC; Judith A. Susskind, ’87, The Thurswell Law Firm; Wendy L. Zabriskie, ’91, Bodman LLP; and Susan H. Zitterman, ’81, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook.
“Once again, Wayne Law alumni lead the list of Michigan Super Lawyers,” said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “This is no accident. Some rankings measure law schools by their inputs, like how much money they spend, or the LSAT scores of their incoming students. At Wayne Law, we like to be measured by our outputs, such as the quality of scholarship produced by our faculty and, most significantly, the quality of our graduates. Our students are bright, mature, conscientious and altruistic. Our faculty members are superb teachers whose nationally and internationally recognized scholarship adds depth to our students’ understanding of legal theory, doctrine and practice. This mixture of motivation and expertise has produced several generations of superb lawyers. We are proud of all of our alumni, who distinguish themselves as public servants, as leaders of the bar and as role models for our students.”
Following Wayne Law in this year’s list of law school graduates are, in order: the University of Michigan Law School, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Harvard Law School, University of Notre Dame Law School, University of Toledo College of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Wayne Law also was ranked as a top-40 law school in the 2010 Super Lawyers listing published Nov. 17, 2009. The list, which ranked law schools based on the number of graduates selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers magazine, placed Wayne Law 37th out of 180 law schools nationwide. The 2011 nationwide ranking should be released later this fall.
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Wayne State University is a premier urban research university offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.
For more information about Wayne State University Law School, visit law.wayne.edu.