Joshua Arnkoff, '01, joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell. Arnkoff will concentrate his practice on the defense of professional liability claims and the defense of general liability matters. The Bloomfield Township resident came to the firm from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, where, in the course of his 10-year career there, he tried dozens of jury and bench trials. Additionally, he taught classes at the Oakland County Police Academy (Admissions & Confessions, Evidence) and taught legal updates to the local police agencies. Given his background, Arnkoff also will practice in the area of white collar criminal defense.
September 25, 2013
Homayune Ghaussi, '01, was selected as a board member for the Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He is a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He'll serve on the 15-member board for the nonprofit group, which was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and leading national law firms to empower Afghan lawyers to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in their nation. The organization administers a program of scholarships for Afghan legal scholars. Ghaussi has a diverse litigation practice with his law firm.
April 8, 2014
Ruth Swartout Tyszka, '01, worked with two other local artists to create a sculpture, "Just Listening," of a contemporary Lady Justice for exhibition at the 2014 ArtPrize art competition in Grand Rapids.
September 19, 2014
Derek Meinecke, '01, was appointed chief judge of the 44th District Court. Meinecke won election to the court in 2012, after serving for more than 10 years in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in the special victims unit, focusing on domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. In 2011, he won the Courage to Lead Award from Oakland County S.A.V.E. (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly) for his efforts to prevent elder abuse, and in 2009 he awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award from Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence for his work to end domestic violence, prosecute abusers, empower victims and educate police officers and members of the community about the dynamics of abuse.
October 14, 2014
Mark Rossman, '01, formed a new law practice, Rossman Law PC. The firm is in Troy and specializes in business litigation and transactions. In addition to his new law firm, Rossman also created a publishing company, publishing313 LLC, which is focused on promoting, editing and publishing the literary works of Detroit area writers. The Michigan Bar Journal awarded Rossman second place for his short story fiction, "The Last Bullet," which examines the questions and contradictions inherent in an act of vigilante justice.
July 27, 2015
Ruth Swartout Tyszka , '01, will be part of an art exhibit titled "Just Desserts" at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield. It will run Sunday, Oct. 25 through Thursday, Dec. 10. Tyszka's primary medium is sculptural mixed media mosaic.
October 19, 2015
David Bir, '00, was appointed by Brooks Kushman to manage the firm's Los Angeles office. Bir has been a shareholder at Brooks Kushman's Southfield office for four years and will permanently move to Los Angeles for the new position. Bir, whose practice focuses primarily on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, has prepared and prosecuted patents that have been successfully enforced resulting in both settlements and multi-million dollar damages awarded by a jury and affirmed on appeal.
August 6, 2013
Jennifer LaTosch, '00, was appointed to the Board of Education for Ferndale Public Schools. Her term will expire on December 31, 2014. She previously served the school district as the member of a strategic planning committee in 2013. LaTosch is a member of Miller Canfield's Personal Services practice group. She concentrates her practice in family and domestic relations law, including divorce, post-judgment matters, custody and parenting time disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and dissolution of relationship matters, child support, paternity, change of domicile, adoption and personal protection orders.
January 27, 2014
Matthew Allen, '00, published an article, "The SEC Whistleblower Program - What Employers Need to Know," in the February 2014 issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly and in the Spring 2014 issue of Michigan Business Law Journal. Allen is a business, securities and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer and a principal with Miller Canfield.
May 13, 2014
Todd Fracassi, '00, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental and Litigation-Environmental. He is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
August 21, 2014
Lawrence Duthler, '00, is co-owner, founder and president of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.
September 10, 2014
Thomas Cronkright II, '00, is co-owner, founder and CEO of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.
September 10, 2014
Sarah Lincoln, '00, assistant Calhoun County prosecutor, was elected to a six-year term as a 37th Circuit Court judge. She is the first woman elected to the court in more than 50 years.
November 5, 2014
Michelle Crockett, '00, rejoined Miller Canfield as director of professional development, a new position at the firm focused on human capital. She has also resumed her labor and employment law practice.
November 17, 2014
Nicole Wilinski, '00, has joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in its Insurance Coverage practice group. Wilinski will focus her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation and has extensive experience in representing insurance providers in coverage cases throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
January 28, 2015
Michelle Crockett, '00, director of professional development and a principal at the Detroit office of Miller Canfield, was named to the Michigan Chronicle's 2015 Women of Excellence list.
February 20, 2015
Lee Kellert, '00, was appointed co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group at Jaffee Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. He focuses his practice in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and finance law.
March 17, 2015
Jasen Witt, '00, was appointed as Oakland Community College's associate vice chancellor of human resources. Prior to his new job, Witt was assistant superintendent of human resources for the Troy School District.
March 29, 2015
James Harlan, '00, joined InterDigital Communications as its director of Standards and Competition Policy. His responsibilities include representing InterDigital across the globe before standards-setting organization IP policy committees and working groups regarding patent, standards-setting, competition and licensing policy matters.
August 31, 2015
Alicia Skillman, '00, of AJ Skillman & Associates PC was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Champion of Justice Award. She is a former executive director of Equality Michigan (formed in 2010 when Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality merged). She is the former executive director and current board member of Prevailing Community Development Corp. and a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
September 18, 2015
Laura Baucus, '00, has been appointed as the office managing member of Dykema's Bloomfield Hills office. She is a member of the firm's litigation department, financial industry group and automotive industry group.
October 19, 2015
Lona Julien, '00, was named Branch County Friend of the Court referee, a position in which she supports the court with family law issues including divorce, paternity, custody and support.
December 31, 2015
Cora Morgan, '00, has joined Siciliano Mychalowych & Van Dusen PLC in Bloomfield Hills where she is practicing complex commercial litigation. She earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
April 25, 2016
Adam Kutinsky, '00, of Dawda, Mann Mulcahy Sadler in Bloomfield Hills has become a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership, which is through a peer nomination and election process, is limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Kutinsky earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
April 25, 2016
Penny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.
November 19, 2013
Thomas Kabel, '99, was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Kabel is a shareholder with Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills and chair of the firm's recruiting committee. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance.
February 17, 2014
Gary Donohue, '99, has joined Brooks Kushman PC as a senior attorney. Before his new job, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to trademarks, copyrights and patents for Ally Financial as intellectual property counsel.
May 2, 2014
Kathryn Viviano, '99, Macomb County Circuit Court judge, has been named the bench's second business docket jurist by the Michigan Supreme Court. Viviano, who took office in 2011 after winning election in November 2010, was appointed to serve in the post until April 1, 2019.
February 6, 2015
Thomas Schramm, '99, partner of Nemeth Law PC, with partner Susan Koval and founder Patricia Nemeth, '84, presented "Litigating the Pregnancy Discrimination Claim" to a large industry trade group in Cleveland, Ohio.
June 25, 2015
Jill Bloom, '99, was named Of Counsel at Fragomen Worldwide's Phoenix office. She advises multinational clients in a wide range of industries regarding all aspects of U.S. business immigration, and works closely with individuals involved in family-based immigration matters.
July 18, 2015
Debra Nance, '99, was elected judge of the 46th District Court in November 2012. Judge Nance began serving a six-year term Jan. 1, 2013. The 46th District Court serves the Oakland County communities of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin Village.
November 6, 2012
Mark Baker, '98, at the beginning of July 2013 joined the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General as assistant chief counsel. He previously was a senior attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General. Also in summer 2013, as a reservist he was promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a reserve Navy officer, he is serving as the Operational and International Law Department head on the Fleet Legal Staff to the admiral in command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (the former U.S. Atlantic Fleet). He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
October 8, 2013
Alex Domenicucci, '98, was added as a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. Domenicucci joins the firm from the Detroit office of Ernst & Young and previously was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is secretary of the Michigan State Bar Taxation Section.
February 10, 2014
Gary Springstead, '98, was selected in a statewide election to the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, where he will serve a three-year term. Springstead also will serve as a representative for other criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers a wide area along the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City and Marquette. He is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law PLLC in Grand Rapids and Fremont.
May 19, 2014
Floyd Gates Jr., '98, has joined the Grand Rapids office of Miller Canfield as senior counsel. He has more than 16 years of experience as a litigator and a corporate and banking attorney. He advises financial institutions, business and insurance carriers throughout the United States.
May 22, 2014
Michael McCue, '98, is working on a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, and is researching for his dissertation the experiences of law students and recent law school graduates with mental illness. He hopes his work will help promote conversation about mental illness and break down stigmas within the legal community.
July 29, 2014
Julie Nichols, '98, was elected partner with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.Her practice focuses on a broad range of general liability, construction, automobile, homeowners, professional liability, umbrella/excess and other specialty coverage matters. Her practice also has included a wide variety of civil matters, including premises liability, the Michigan No-Fault Act, employment defense and general negligence cases.
January 15, 2015
Alexander Domenicucci, '98, a shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, has been elected vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Taxation Section. He also was appointed chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee.
October 26, 2015
Culkar, DJ, '97, was promoted at Comerica Bank to the position of senior vice president and general counsel - Wealth Management, Retail Bank, Operations and Regulatory Affairs. Culkar joined Comerica in September 2006. He expanded his responsibilities in early 2012 to include management of the legal team supporting the Contract Administration, Procurement and Corporate Owned Real Estate areas of the Bank. Culkar and his team continue to be responsible for the delivery of legal services to Retail Bank, Marketing, Compliance, Public Affairs, Business Affairs, Service Company, and Treasury Management. He also continues to support Wealth Management for personal purpose loan matters, as well as serve as Chief Regulatory and Intellectual Property legal counsel.
June 25, 2013
Leif Anderson, '97, was recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year. With more than 15 years of legal experience, Anderson specializes his practice in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on business, corporate, real estate and construction and contract disputes. He is with Neuman Anderson PC.
January 9, 2014
David Points, '97, (LL.M), was invited to speak at the University of Akron's seventh annual "2014 Black Male Summit" being held April 12, 2014. He is a retired Michigan public school educator and the former director of the Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force -160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
April 8, 2014
Marc Seyburn, '97, joined Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC as a member of its tax and estate planning department. He specializes in structural planning, flow-through taxation, cash-flow modeling and investment opportunities. He also designs estate plans with a focus on both income taxes and estate taxes.
June 17, 2014
Thomas Schehr, '97, was elected president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2014-15 year. He is the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.
July 22, 2014
Nathaniel Wolf, '97, of Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones has been appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve on the Michigan Advisory Committee. He practices in the areas of securities arbitration, commercial litigation, employment law and immigration. Wolf is active in the community and serves on various charitable boards including Junior Achievement of West Michigan, Van Andel Institute, The Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council, Justice for Our Neighbors, and the Wayne Law Board of Visitors.
February 19, 2015
Hala Jarbou, '97, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy as judge of Oakland County Circuit Court. Prior to this appointment she was a federal prosecutor in the Drug Task Force Unit under U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade in Detroit.
October 21, 2015
Sara Kruse, '96, was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she is also a co-practice group coordinator for the Emerging and Growth Business practice group. She has developed a robust practice in guiding her clients through large corporate transactions, where she represents both private and public companies in all aspects of their legal needs, from formation to equity financing to acquisition. Kruse is also a member of the Corporate and Securities Regulations practice groups at the firm. She is a long-standing and active member of Jaffe's Women's Caucus Group, which was recently awarded the inaugural Women's Resource Center Award by the Michigan Women's Foundation.
July 31, 2013
Ryan Perry, '96, was awarded an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. He is also recognized as a DBusiness magazine Top Lawyer. Perry is a shareholder in Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC. His area of specialization is commercial litigation and business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge.
September 11, 2013
Carol Parker, '96, has been appointed associate provost for academic personnel at the University of New Mexico, where she has been a professor of law and associate dean for Finance and Administration in the law school. Parker's duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing oversight of the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department, Faculty Contracts and Services Office and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for faculty.
October 1, 2013
Thomas Cameron, '96, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Cameron is the Criminal Justice Bureau chief for the Michigan Department of Attorney General where he supervises several large divisions. He has been with the department since 2003, previously serving as an assistant attorney general and Criminal Division chief. Cameron began his law career at the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Amy Hathaway.
April 11, 2014
William Maze, '96, was elected president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. CDAM hosts several criminal law educational opportunities each year, trains lawyers in advanced trial advocacy at its Trial Practice College, and appears as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. Maze, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Livonia, Royal Oak and Romulus, has indicated that CDAM will seek to have criminal law certification endorsed by the State Bar of Michigan.
July 29, 2014
Richard Finch, '96, was named as an administrative law judge with the Michigan Administrative Hearing System. He is formerly of Hardy Lewis & Page PC and Lacey & Jones LLP, where his practice included commercial litigation, negligence, and ERISA.
September 29, 2014
Jane Derse Quasarano, '96, is the author, with Jeffrey Raphelson, of an article about the uniform commercial code and manufacturing contracts in the October edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. She is with Bodman.
October 31, 2014
Jennifer Johnson, '96, joined Couzens Lansky as an associate attorney. Her primary concentration areas include estate planning, trust administration, probate, corporate law and business transactions.
March 10, 2015
Sherry O'Neal Taylor, '96, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office, was appointed to the Pro Bono Initiative of the Committee on Justice Initiatives for the State Bar of Michigan. She serves as the firm's pro bono coordinator, and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, commercial and business litigation, school law and insurance and ERISA litigation.
September 15, 2015
Jermaine Wyrick, '96, of the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC was selected to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors. His practice includes criminal defense, personal injury, police misconduct and probate law.
September 22, 2015
Jermaine Wyrick, '96, was honored as one who is "Committed to Make a Difference in the World" at the first annual World Changers Banquet for C.H.O.I.C.E.Z. He is with the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC.
November 18, 2015
Jermaine A. Wyrick, '96, presented a talk, "Actions have Consequences," to a group of young men ages 10 to 17 at The Young King's Conference in Detroit. Wyrick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
April 27, 2016
Joseph DeVito, '95, was named as a recipient of the "Deal Maker of the Year Award 2013" by Finance Monthly magazine. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
January 9, 2014
Chanille Carswell, '95, was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman PC. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property litigation, and has practiced in federal courts across the country, including California, Illinois and Michigan.
January 14, 2014
Addie Williams, '95, was named as one of the Michigan Chronicle's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is a longtime advocate for children and families. With more than 35 years of child welfare experience, she was instrumental in helping change the state's view of children who are adoptable. She is the president/CEO of Spaulding for Children, an attorney and adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.
March 21, 2014
Joseph DeVito, '95, was named "Deal Maker of the Year - Advisor Category" by Crain's Detroit Business in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter.. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
April 8, 2014
Monica Moons, '95, has been named as a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.
May 20, 2014
Laura Brownfield, '95, joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney. Brownfield, who is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of estate planning, wealth management, real estate law and business law.
July 11, 2014
Rebecca Davies, '95, of Butzel Long is co-instructing a nine-week Human Resources Certification and Exam Prep Program at Walsh College's Novi campus. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.
October 1, 2014
Gerald Gleeson II, '95, a principal in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Dispute Resolution, has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
October 21, 2014
Dwight Hamilton, '95, was named chief diversity officer at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He has been serving as associate vice president for affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.
January 25, 2015
Rebecca Davies, '95, was a featured presenter during Walsh College's Entrepreneur-You Conference on March 20, 2015, in Troy. Her presentation was titled, "How Not to Get Burned by a Bad Hire."
March 30, 2015
Clint Gage, '95, was appointed practice group manager of Roetzel & Andress LPA's Business Services Group. Gage focuses his practice on corporate securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, '34 Act reporting and general corporate matters.
April 15, 2015
Bradley Lerner, '95, was named as Beacon Health Options' first director of mental health parity compliance in addition to his current associate general counsel duties. In this new role, he will create strategies to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Lerner also advises the Kennedy Forum and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness on parity-related issues regarding implementation.
July 28, 2015
Lois Swartzell, '94, was appointed to serve as senior tax advisor for GE Capital EMEA and EMRG. In 2007, she joined GE Capital Corp. as a senior international tax counsel serving the Capital Solutions Europe business from 2007-2009. In 2009, she was appointed transfer pricing leader of GE Capital EMEA, and in 2011, she moved into the role of senior tax manager of Treasury Tax Matters for GE Capital EMEA and EMRG. A Connecticut resident, she retains membership in the Michigan Bar Association and is also an authorized in-house counsel member of the Connecticut Bar Association.
September 4, 2013
Michael Cone, '94, was been named acting managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of FisherBroyles LLP. He practices in the areas of administrative, customs and international trade law and serves on the External Advisory Committee for Wayne Law's Program for International Legal Studies. Cone gave a presentation on Dec. 19 at the Heritage foundation in Washington, D.C., on "Why Women (and Sometimes Men) Pay More: Tariffs and Clothing Prices."
December 19, 2013
Dana Nessel, '94, as a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.
September 19, 2014
Dana Nessel, '94, was the focus of Pride Source article, "''You can't win a case that you never file,'" after the June Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. As a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage -- one of the cases in the decision before the Supreme Court -- Nessel was awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.
June 28, 2015
Alan Taylor, '94, has authored the lead chapter in Aspatore Books' 2016 publication Understanding Landlord-Tenant Lease Agreements. Taylor, a shareholder with Segal McCambridge in Detroit, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1991.
April 27, 2016
Portia Roberson, '93, was appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing as the city's corporation counsel. The appointment was approved by the Detroit City Council and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Roberson will lead the city's Law Department as it provides legal counseling and representation to the executive and legislative branches of cty government, as mandated by the City Charter. Roberson has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice since 2009, when President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as director of the DOJ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.In November 2011, Roberson accepted an assignment with the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council and a position as Detroit Team Lead of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2). Detroit was one of six cities chosen by President Obama to participate in SC2, which promotes federal collaboration with local and state government to develop regional partnerships that encourage economic growth. Roberson led approximately 15 team members from various agencies for SC2 Detroit, including individuals from the departments of Transportation, Education, Small Business Administration, and Commerce, among others. In that role, she worked with local and state officials on all issues related to the Justice Department. Roberson has served as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, where she was a principal in the community prosecution office. She also served as an associate general counsel at the Detroit Medical Center and as political director for Wayne County with the Michigan Campaign for Change. Roberson is a member of various professional organizations, including the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association.
July 1, 2013
Peter Webster, '93, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Ethics by Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee, which determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public officers in the executive branch of state government. Webster will serve as chairman of the board at the pleasure of the governor. Webster is a member in Dickinson Wright's Troy office. He focuses his practice in the areas of real estate litigation, eminent domain, antitrust and trade regulation, commercial and business litigation, and schools and educational institutions. He serves as counsel to various real estate interests. Webster is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation, the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers publications. Webster serves on the Board of Directors of Automation Alley, is involved with the Oakland County Business Roundtable, and is chairman of the Oakland County Brownfield Development Authority. He is also a former Oakland County Commissioner.
July 23, 2013
Kim Yapchai, '93, was profiled in the August issue of Inside Counsel magazine (insidecounseldigital.com) and named to the publication's list of 100 women likely to advance to general counsel in the next three years. She is assistant general counsel and director of Group Legal Affairs and Corporate Ethics at Masco Corp.
August 3, 2013
Jessica Woll, '93, was named a diversity leader by Corp! Magazine, a Michigan-based business news print and online publication. She is managing partner with Woll & Woll. The firm serves the needs of men and women in southeast Michigan. The firm specializes in general family law including divorce, legal separation, post-judgment of divorce matters, removal of domicile matters, stepparent adoption, custody, child support, modification of parenting time and paternity.
August 9, 2013
William Beekman, '93, was appointed to the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Beekman is vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University. He has served on the MSUFCU Supervisory Committee since 2008. At MSU, he served as executive director of the Alumni Association and was the senior consultant to the office of the provost and office of the vice president for finance and operations
August 13, 2013
Peter Webster, '93, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as chairman of the state Board of Ethics. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee, which determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public officers in the executive branch of state government. Webster, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, specializes in the areas of antitrust, condemnation, land use and regulation, gaming, real estate, schools and educational institutions. He is a former Oakland County commissioner and remains active in the community.
August 22, 2013
Ramona Howard, '93, has joined Sommers Schwartz PC, a leading contingency fee based litigation law firm, as a shareholder. Howard brings more than 20 years of experience representing clients with medical malpractice and personal injury claims at trial and on appeal. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice, personal injury and appellate matters.
October 9, 2013
Jessica Woll, '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, a Southfield-based divorce and family law practice with a niche in creative solutions for divorce and custody issues, has announced the launch of the firm's revamped website, www.wollandwollpc.com. The new website also features the Divorce Rant Blog written by Woll, quick links to the firm's social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) and detailed descriptions of the services the firm offers.
October 25, 2013