Dean Robb memorial: Schedule updates, McCormack to speak

DETROIT - Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack is slated to deliver the welcome Thursday, June 6, at Wayne State University Law School's "Dean Robb Memorial: Celebrating the Life of an Unlikely Radical."

The event timeline for the evening has also been updated.

  • 5 p.m. - Reception hosted by McCormack, Public Justice and Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers
  • 6 p.m. - Memorial begins, McCormack delivers welcome


  • McCormack
  • Peter J. Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
  • Michael Pitt, president of Public Justice, managing/founding partner of Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers
  • Bill and Richard Goodman
  • Nathan Conyers
  • Keynote: Matthew Robb, son of the late Dean Robb

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. Guests can register in advance at Parking is $8 (credit and debit cards only) across West Palmer Street from the Law School.

The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dean, Wayne Law class of 1949, who was a longtime activist and noted civil rights attorney. He was a founding member of the nation's first interracial law and a leading legal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, recruiting and organizing lawyers throughout the country to provide legal support to civil rights demonstrators. Dean was also the attorney for the family of Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit homemaker who was tragically murdered in 1965 by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama following the famous march from Selma to Montgomery.

Read the original news release

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Contact: Kaylee Place

Phone: 313-577-4629


Updated to add Nathan Conyers to the list of speakers at 2:35 p.m. on May 28, 2019

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