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Wayne Law celebrates life and legacy of former dean James K. Robinson

October 27, 2011

Marietta Robinson (left), students Nicolas Tlocynski and Natalia Santanna, and Wayne Law Dean Robert M. AckermanPHOTO RELEASE (Oct. 27, 2011) — More than 125 friends, colleagues and admirers of former Wayne Law Dean James K. Robinson gathered on Oct. 18 at the Detroit Athletic Club to celebrate his life and legacy.  The first James K. Robinson Endowed Scholarship was presented that night to first-year law student Nicolas Tlocynski.

“I am motivated to make sure that I am always giving my best efforts in the classroom, because that was one of the hallmarks of Jim’s success,” Tlocynski said. “He always helped others to be the best they could be.”

Also presented that night was the Gershenson Trust-funded James K. Robinson Scholarship. Natalia Santanna received the award for the third year. “This scholarship has given me the ability to focus on my studies so that when I do have free time, I can volunteer and support things I am passionate about,” said Santanna, who is involved with the 313 Project, a nonprofit which started at Wayne Law and is dedicated to fostering the participation of the legal community in the revitalization of Detroit. “I know that Jim had great passion for his work, and I appreciate this scholarship allowing me to pursue my passions.”

Robinson, ’68, who passed away Aug. 6, 2010, at age 66, had served as chair of the Litigation Department at Honigman Miller, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the seventh dean of Wayne Law.

Robinson’s widow, Marietta, thanked the attendees in her opening remarks. “This is a wonderful gathering and Jim would have loved to be here tonight,” she said. “Jim was not only a former dean, but he was also a proud alum.”

The event was the first of what will be an annual celebration of Robinson's life, with the proceeds from the evening used to supplement the endowed scholarship fund.

Contact Michael Silverstein at silverstein@wayne.edu or 313-577-9238 for more information on the event or to give in Robinson’s memory.

Click here to view additional photos in the Law School's online photo gallery.


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