Megan was named to the Michigan Association of Justice executive board for the 2014-2015 term. The Michigan Association of Justice, formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, is a trade association of more than 1,600 personal injury, workers’ compensation, and employment attorneys. Megan is a partner with the law firm, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, which is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Megan specializes in employment, civil rights, and wage and hour law. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in political science and studied abroad in Caen, France.
Steven died on December 1, 2014. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business, and he studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He also was a fine Hornet football player and wrestler who won the Opie Davis Award in 1976 for Most Outstanding Athlete. After graduation he earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, where he served on the school’s Law Review. He was an accomplished attorney and a member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law, Probate & Estate Planning, and Master Lawyer sections. Steven founded Stellar Building and Development in Hazel Park (Mich.) and ran it with his three brothers for more than 25 years. Steven gave of his time, money, and spirit, providing many hours of pro bono legal services, youth coaching, and mentoring. He was the first in his family to attend Kalamazoo College, starting a proud tradition that his extended family carried on with Derek Adams ’97, Rebecca Adams ’03, Matthew Kaiser ’04, Meghan Adams ’07, Jessica (Adams) Baranowski ’09, and Adam Baranowski ’09.
Cynthia, a principal at the law firm Kramon & Graham (Baltimore, Maryland), has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for her work in real estate law. At K she majored in economics and business, and she studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. Known also for her civic engagement, Cynthia was recently appointed to her alma mater’s Alumni Association Executive Board, and she was elected to the Business Volunteers Maryland board of directors. BVM is a nonprofit that connects business professionals to nonprofit organizations seeking volunteers and board leadership.
Last month Rosen received the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award from the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. Rosen is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. At Oak Park High School he earned All-State honors in tennis at number-one singles. At K he was an outstanding player for the men’s tennis Hornets. He majored in political science and studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. His Senior Individualized Project was a study of Swedish press coverage of the 1972 U.S. presidential election. Rosen earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He is a former legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Robert Griffin of Michigan and was a senior partner with Miller Canfield before his appointment to the U.S. District Court.
Billee has joined the Grand Rapids (Mich.) office of the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. She specializes in health care law, corporate law, and commercial transactions. Billee is a member of various professional trade associations and is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in health care law.
Blake and his wife Julie (Cutcher) Hurt ’04 welcomed daughter Kristin Leigh into the world on January 4, 2014. Last year Blake also obtained ownership of his law practice. Hurt Patent Law is an intellectual property boutique located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
President Barack Obama announced in January the nomination of Myra to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At Kalamazoo College Myra majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. After working for three years at the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth Shaw, Myra came to Indiana in 1983 and joined the law firm of Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan. She served as director of health care policy for Indiana Governor Evan Bayh before being appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1995. She left the Supreme Court in 1999 to return to private practice at Ice Miller, where she handles commercial litigation. In 1999 she was selected to serve as the chair of the newly created Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues to lead the commission’s efforts to study and make recommendations on increasing gender and racial fairness in the legal system.
Jeff delivered the keynote address at last month’s Convocation ceremony. His story is a K-Plan tale of two distinguished careers. His significant achievements as a medicinal chemist and as a patent attorney–indeed the adroitness with which he made that career change–he attributed in part to his Kalamazoo College experience. At K he majored in chemistry. After graduate school (M.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Michigan) and a postdoctoral fellowship (University of South Carolina), Jeff went to work as a senior scientist in cardiovascular diseases at a multinational pharmaceutical company. While he was a working scientist and inventor (he holds several patents) he became intrigued by patent law and intellectual property law and decided to make a career change. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (1997) and since then has worked for several prestigious law firms and served as in-house counsel for a biopharmaceutical start-up company. Jeff is an internationally invited speaker on various intellectual property issues, and he has lectured at the Harvard Extension School and at MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeff also is a dedicated volunteer for various nonprofit organizations. He was a member of the board of trustees at Kalamazoo College and is currently serving as a board member for Asian Americans Advancing Justice–AAJC (Asian American Justice Center) in Washington, D.C.– where he chairs the Policy and Programs Committee. Today Jeff is a shareholder at the intellectual property law firm of Wolf Greenfield. His legal experience is wide-ranging, from preparing and prosecuting patent applications in numerous scientific areas to establishing licensing and research and development collaboration agreements.
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 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.