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Cheryl Hanna ’88

Cheryl died on July 27, 2014. She was a professor at the Vermont Law School and a well-known legal analyst. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in anthropology and sociology and earned her law degree from Harvard. After working as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, Hanna began her teaching career at Vermont Law School in 1994. She often offered legal commentary to the Vermont media on a wide range of topics. Those included the death penalty, abortion, the First Amendment, and the legal fight to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. She was known for making recondite legal language accessible to lay audiences and for elucidating the impact of legal decisions on everyday people. Hanna was active with the Girl Scouts and with Council for the Future of Vermont. She was elected the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Richard and Barbara Snelling Center for Government in 2010. She also had served on the board of trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and as a member of the Vermont Gender Bias Study Implementation Task Force. Hanna also was a recipient of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award by Vermont Women in Higher Education. She is survived by her husband, Paul Henninge, and their two children.

Michael Taylor ’05

Michael was named mayor of Sterling Heights, Michigan, on December 3. He will serve the remainder of former Mayor Richard Notte’s term. Notte died in October of pancreatic cancer. During Notte’s absence due to his illness, Taylor had been chairing City Council meetings and carrying out the duties of mayor as mayor pro tem. He was sworn in as mayor by the City Council on December 16. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, after which he moved to Sterling Heights. He is a senior attorney at the firm of Davis Burket Savage Listman Brennan (Mount Clemens, Mich.). He and his wife Christina have a daughter and a son.

John Mussman ’74

John joined the law firm Rimon Law as a banking and financial services attorney. He works in the firm’s Chicago office. At K John majored in political science and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to law school John worked for three years as a research assistant and legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky (D-Nebraska). John has received recognition from numerous legal publications and ranking agencies.

Clint David ’77

Clint merged the law firm he founded as a sole practitioner 30 years ago, David & Goodman, with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. The merger was effective October 1, 2014. David & Goodman had 18 attorneys, and all of them (as well as all of the staff) made the move to Fox. Fox Rothschild has 600 attorneys with 20 offices around the country. It was founded 107 years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The merger with Clint’s firm marks Fox’s first entry into the Lone Star State. Clint has joined the firm as an equity partner, the managing partner of the Dallas office, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Michael Leib ’70

Michael launched LeibADR to provide metro Detroit law firms and the courts with mediation and arbitration services. Michael is an attorney who retired from trial law in 2014. During a 35-year career he tried cases in federal courts (including the bankruptcy court) and state courts and appeared before arbitration panels involving a wide range of complex commercial, insolvency, contract, real estate, probate and employment matters. Michael’s experience also includes roles as an arbitrator, case evaluator and mediator. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee and served as the chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee. At K Michael majored in psychology and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Montana.

Jeffrey Raphelson ’82

Jeff has been elected president of the American Constitution Society’s Michigan Chapter. At K Jeff majored in math and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He works at the law firm Bodman, P.L.C., where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation, particularly related to the automotive industry.

David Porada ’02

David is project manager in the Detroit office of Tri-Merit LLC, a national leader in providing research and development tax-credit services to CPA firms and individual clients. He holds a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served as an account executive at Robert Half Legal where he dealt directly with executives at corporations and partners at law firms to assess their needs and address complex issues. David also spent time as a research specialist with Thomson Reuters Westlaw.

Andy Portinga ’92

Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.