Alumni Accomplishments

  • Picture of Meagan Jabbori (2014)
    Meagan Jabbori (2014)

    is a partner at the Heidemann Jabbori Law Firm where they wrote all of the passing bar exam appeals in the state of Michigan for the July 2018 bar exam administration. She is also a course instructor for JD Advising, LLC. Jabbori earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Matthew Wikander (2004)
    Matthew Wikander (2004)

    was recently elected to be Grand Rapid’s-based Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge’s Chief Executive Officer for a three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2019. Wikander is a shareholder at the firm. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Gene Hunt (1985)

    was appointed as chief judge for the 19th District Court in Dearborn. Before being elected to sit on the court, Hunt served as the court-appointed attorney for the 19th District Court for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s from University of Michigan – Dearborn.

  • Picture of Jason R. Canvasser (2006)
    Jason R. Canvasser (2006)

    was promoted to member in Clark Hill’s Detroit office where he practices in the litigation practice group. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Erika Riggs (2011)
    Erika Riggs (2011)

    has formed her own Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability law firm, with two other colleagues. Riggs earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Angela Povilaitis (2000)
    Angela Povilaitis (2000)

    was quoted in a report for the Lansing State Journal, “11 rapes, 4 states, 1 suspect: The ‘extraordinarily improbable’ defense of Calvin Kelly.” Read more. 

  • Joseph R. Owens (2007)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross and Judd. His practice is focused on trust and estate planning, tax planning and business succession planning, as well as general business law. Owens earned his bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Roquia K. Draper (2011)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross and Judd. Her practice is focused on family law with an emphasis in divorce proceedings, child custody cases, litigation and dispute resolution. Draper earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Angela Povilaitis (2000)
    Angela Povilaitis (2000)

    was named a Glamour Magazine 2018 Woman of the Year, sharing the award with the other women who took down Larry Nassar. Povilatis was honored at an award ceremony in New York City in November 2018. She is staff policy attorney for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Read more.

  • Kathleen Wilson-Thompson (LL.M. ’96, J.D. ’82)

    joined Tesla’s Board of Directors. She is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. Read more.

  • Kris Dighe (1987)

    instructed prosecutors, investigators and judges from Serbia, the Czech Republic and Hungary at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest. Dighe, along with three other prosecutors from the Department of Justice, taught about investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes, with a focus on how the knowledge base that has been developed in the United States could be applied in those countries. Dighe is senior counsel at the Department of Justice and earned his bachelor’s from Butler University.

  • Picture of Frederick Dewey (2012)
    Frederick Dewey (2012)

    has been elected a member in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on the areas of commercial and business litigation, real estate litigation, eminent domain and probate litigation. Dewey earned his bachelor’s from Loyola University New Orleans.

  • Picture of Suzanne Sukkar (2004)
    Suzanne Sukkar (2004)

    has been elected a member in Dickinson Wright’s Ann Arbor office. Her practice focuses on business immigration including global workforce mobility, employment-based sponsorship and visa matters, immigration audit and compliance for corporate and individual clients across a vast array of industries. Sukkar earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Michael N. MacCallum (2011)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” MacCallum is an attorney with Brooks Kushman PC in Southfield where he focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Nicholas J. Rine (1973)

    will retire from active faculty status at the University of Michigan Law School on Dec. 31, 2018 and will become aclinical professor emeritus of law.  He taught in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic, the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the Urban Communities Clinic, the Asylum Clinic, the Women and the Law Clinic, and the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Rine earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Mark Rossman (2001)
    Mark Rossman (2001)

    hosted and presented at the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Symposium on Corporate Oppression in Grand Rapids, and the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Symposium on Corporate Oppression at Wayne State University Law School, in conjunction with the Wayne State University Journal of Business Law. Rossman is managing partner at Rossman Saxe, P.C. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Jonathan Demers (2018)
    Jonathan Demers (2018)

    has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as an associate in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice will focus on his practice on commercial real estate transactions. Demers earned his bachelor’s from Cedarville University.

  • Picture of Nora Y. Hanna (2015)
    Nora Y. Hanna (2015)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Hanna is an attorney with Fieger Law in Southfield. She earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Timothy P. Monsma (2008)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Monsma is a partner on the litigation and trial services team at Varnum LLP in Grand Rapids. He earned his bachelor’s from Calvin College.

  • Elizabeth P. Roberts (2011)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Roberts is an attorney with Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti PLC in Clinton Township. She earned her bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Michelle A. Rubin (2013)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Rubin is an associate in the Estate Planning Group at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss PC in Southfield. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Rebecca K. Wrock (2014)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Wrock is an attorney with Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar PC in Farmington Hills. She earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law and bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Joyce Draganchuk (1986)
    Joyce Draganchuk (1986)

    was honored by Mid-Michigan Women Lawyers Association with the Carolyn Stell Award, named after the first female circuit court judge in Ingham County. Draganchuk was elected in 2004.  She is the presiding judge of the General Trial Division and presides over the Business Court.  Draganchuk earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Picture of Michelle L. Kolkmeyer (2016)
    Michelle L. Kolkmeyer (2016)

    has joined Bodman PLC as an associate attorney in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group in the Detroit office. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Justin J. Hakala (2009)

    has been named to Plunkett Cooney’s medical litigation practice. Hakala is an associate attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office where he focuses his practice in the area of medical malpractice liability defense. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Earle I. Erman (1974)

    received the Federal Bar Association 2018 Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence. This award honors individuals who have exhibited the highest level of overall excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law. Erman is a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Roth and Heller PC. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Rachel Rancilio (2002)

    was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She will represent adult former child victims of abuse or neglect. Rancilio serves as judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court and is a partner at Fischer Garon Hoyumpa and Rancilio in Mt. Clemens. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Picture of Adam Banton (2009)
    Adam Banton (2009)

    was named partner of Disability Attorneys of Michigan. Banton earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Ewelina M. Sawicka (2018)

    has joined Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP as an associate attorney. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Ian Phillips (2007)
    Ian Phillips (2007)

    has joined Novara, Tesija and Catennaci PLLC as an associate attorney where he will focus his practice on insurance defense, securities law and employee benefits. Phillips earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Nwabunwanne Okonkwo (2016)

    was promoted to assistant vice president and general counsel of Dunn Loren Merrifield Group in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Nigeria.

  • Picture of Alana Karbal (2018)
    Alana Karbal (2018)

    was featured in a report for the Detroit Legal News, “Life lessons: Wayne Law alumna gives back to Jewish community.”

  • Picture of Joseph “Jerry” McDonnell (1980)
    Joseph “Jerry” McDonnell (1980)

    was named a partner in Gallagher Sharp LLP’s Detroit office where he advises clients on various aspects of railroad, transportation and logistics law.  He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Mary Colette O’Donnell (1981)
    Mary Colette O’Donnell (1981)

    was named a partner in Gallagher Sharp LLP’s Detroit office where she focuses her practice on commercial transportation litigation. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Colorado.

  • Michael J. Thomas (LL.M. 2010)

    received a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Thomas earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University and J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is deputy general counsel at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

  • Picture of Rasul Raheem (LL.M. 2003, J.D. 1984)
    Rasul Raheem (LL.M. 2003, J.D. 1984)

    joined the law firm of Dykema Gossett as senior counsel. He also received the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Trailblazers Award in June 2018 and the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Integrity in Our Community Award in July 2018. Raheem was nominated to the American Bar Foundation as a fellow.

  • Picture of John Wright (2010)
    John Wright (2010)

    served as chair at IP+AI 2018, a groundbreaking conference focused on the intersection of intellectual property and artificial intelligence, in Washington, D.C. Wright is an attorney at Tyler Technologies Inc. He earned his bachelor’s from Syracuse University.

  • Kirstie Magyari (2018)

    joined Ernst & Marko Law PLC an associate where she will focus her practice on civil rights, personal injury and employment law. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Alisha Cieslak (2009)

    was named a “National Woman in the Law” by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel. Cieslak is chief legal and risk officer for Gordon Food Service. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Matthew Tavi (2017)

    joined KPMG as an associate in the International Tax group, advising corporate clients on a multitude of international tax issues. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Jakub Szlaga (2013)
    Jakub Szlaga (2013)

    was the subject of a Detroit Legal News article, “Get to Know Jakub Szlaga.” Szlaga practices immigration law at the Law Offices of Jakub Szlaga PLC in Livonia. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • James Clift (1985)

    was appointed by the governor to the Environmental Rules Review Committee. Clift is a policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council and was previously an environmental policy analyst for the Michigan Senate. He earned his bachelor’s from Central Michigan University. Read more.

  • Matt Cunningham (2016)

    has been named assistant athletics director of compliance and internal operations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Cunningham earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Wayne State University.

  • Laura Mack (1998)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 29th Judicial District Court.

  • Roland Hwang (1980, LL.M. 1984)

    was elected to the Northville School Board.

  • Darnell Jackson (1981)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 10th Judicial Circuit Court.

  • Sabrina Johnson (1994)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 22nd Judicial District Court.

  • Roberts Kengis (1992)

    was elected judge for the Allegan County 48th Circuit Court.

  • Marian Kromkowski (1979)

    was elected judge for the Leelanau County Probate Court.

  • Thomas J. LaCross (1984)

    was elected judge for the Alpena County Probate Court.

  • Robert Leonetti (1996)

    was elected Macomb County Commissioner for District 10.

  • George Lewis (1963)

    was elected commissioner of Emmet County, District 5.

  • Richard Mack (1998)

    was elected to the Detroit Charter Commission.

  • Jeffrey C. Nellis (1988)

    was elected judge for the Mason County Probate Court.

  • Karen McDonald (1998)

    was elected judge for the Oakland County 6th Circuit Court.

  • Derek Meinecke (2000)

    was elected judge for the Oakland County 44th District Court.

  • Donna Robinson Milhouse (1994)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 36th Judicial District Court.

  • Christine Morse (1998)

    was elected commissioner of Kalamazoo County, District 9.

  • Debra Nance (1999)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 46th Judicial District Court.

  • Linda Hallmark (1977)

    was elected judge for the Oakland County Probate Court.

  • Brianna Scott (2000)

    was elected to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

  • Jennifer Symanns (2006)

    was elected 2nd ward representative for Ypsilanti City Council.

  • Mark S. Wickens (1979)

    was elected judge for the Lake County Probate Court.

  • Thomas Wilson (1988)

    was elected judge for the Jackson County 4th Circuit Court.

  • Bridget Mary Hathaway (2012)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Christopher Ninomiya (1993)

    was elected judge for the Menominee County 41st Circuit Court.

  • Jim Haadsma (1984)

    was elected representative of Michigan’s 62nd District.

  • Sandra Cicirelli (1985)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 18th Judicial District Court.

  • Picture of Patty Bordman (1990)
    Patty Bordman (1990)

    was elected mayor of Birmingham, Mich. Bordman earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University and her master’s from Oakland University.

  • Mariam Saad Bazzi (2005)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Ryan Berman (2004)

    was elected representative of Michigan’s 39th district.

  • Christopher Blount (2006)

    was elected judge for the 36th Judicial District Court.

  • Paul Brown (2000)

    was elected to the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents.

  • Tracy E. Green (1995)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Janis Burgess (1979)

    was elected judge for the Ontonagon County Probate Court.

  • Monte Burmeister (1993)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 87C District Court and Crawford County Probate Court.

  • Thomas Cameron (1996)

    was elected judge for Michigan’s 1st District Court of Appeals.

  • Stephen Carras (2005)

    was elected judge for the Midland County 42nd Circuit Court.

  • Freddie Burton Jr. (1976)

    was elected chief judge for the Wayne County Probate Court.

  • Timothy Connors (1980)

    was elected judge for the Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court.

  • Lisa Efros (LL.M. 1995)

    was elected to the Bloomfield Hills School Board.

  • Elizabeth Gleicher (1979)

    was elected judge for the Michigan Second District Court of Appeals.

  • Michael K. Cooper (1977)

    was elected probate and district court judge for Otsego County.

  • Edward Ewell (1985)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Kevin Elsenheimer (1993)

    was elected judge for the Grand Traverse County 13th Circuit Court.

  • Julie Gatti (1995)

    was elected judge for the Macomb County 16th Circuit Court.

  • Mark H. Duthie (1981)

    was elected judge for the Isabella County 21st Circuit Court.

  • William Doherty (1988)

    was elected judge for the Barry County Probate Court.

  • Paul Cusick (2007)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Kevin Cox (1984)

    was elected judge for the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court.

  • Picture of Katelyn M. Young (2018)
    Katelyn M. Young (2018)

    joined Bodman PLC as an associate. She is a member of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Detroit office. Young earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Megan Cavanagh (2000)
    Megan Cavanagh (2000)

    was elected Michigan Supreme Court justice in the 2018 Midterm Election.

  • Picture of Dana Nessel (1994)
    Dana Nessel (1994)

    was elected attorney general of Michigan in the 2018 Midterm Election.

  • Picture of Adam C. Zwicker (2009)
    Adam C. Zwicker (2009)

    joined Gallagher Sharp as an associate where he will focus his practice on defense of commercial transportation litigation. He earned his bachelor’s from Tennessee Technological University.

  • Picture of Karen Dodge (1990)
    Karen Dodge (1990)

    and a team of attorneys received a prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for their public service in negotiating a historic $586 million settlement with Western Union that will provide refunds to hundreds of thousands of consumers who lost money through fraud-induced money transfers. Dodge is a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in Chicago.

  • Kathleen Williams Newell (1972)

    was elected chairperson of the Master Lawyers Section of State Bar of Michigan for 2018-19.

  • Picture of Sylvia Bolos (2013)
    Sylvia Bolos (2013)

    was appointed co-chair of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s RISE Committee. RISE is a “younger lawyers” division of the national Federal Bar Association. Bolos is an associate attorney at Lyngklip and Associates. She earned her bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Picture of Donald DeNault (1996)
    Donald DeNault (1996)

    was appointed as city attorney of Fraser, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s from Western Michigan University.

  • Picture of Erin Mette (2018)
    Erin Mette (2018)

    was featured in a report for the Washtenaw County Legal News, “‘Natural’ choice: Recent graduate is a Fellow at the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.”

  • Picture of E. Powell Miller (1986)
    E. Powell Miller (1986)

    was named Attorney of the Year by Crain’s Detroit Business. Miller is a partner of The Miller Law Firm where he focuses his practice on litigation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. Read the article.

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