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.
Shangeeta was named a charter member of the Indus Entrepreneurs of Detroit, a global, non-profit community for entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder at the Detroit office of Brooks Kushman, the largest intellectual property law firm in Michigan. There, she serves as chair of the Post Grant Practice Group and serves on the management committee as the chief diversity officer. She has more than two decades experience obtaining and litigating patents for local, national and international clients, and she is highly respected speaker at conferences and workshops. Shangeeta is the founder of Retooling Detroit, an early literacy program aimed at reversing the literacy divide in Detroit. She serves in many other civic organizations and has received numerous legal awards. At K she majored in chemistry and economics.
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.
Bill has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar from the U.S. and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only based on mastery of the art of advocacy and a professional career characterized by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Bill is a partner at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. He heads the firm’s health litigation practice group and serves on the firm’s governing board. Bill’s practice covers general commercial litigation and has included cases involving a wide variety of contract and tort claims, including licensing agreements, trade secrets, product liability, consumer fraud, class actions and medical malpractice. He has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts and has extensive experience before national and international arbitration panels.
Judge Rosen has served for 24 years as a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit (five years as chief judge). Rosen delivered the 29th annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit in February. Rosen’s lecture was titled “Trial Practice as Viewed from the Perspective of the Trial Judge.” Rosen was also in the news for his work as the federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case. One of his ideas suggested that foundations contribute money to bolster at-risk city pensions and prevent the Detroit Institute of Arts from having to sell its artworks. A Detroit Free Press article (January 14) noted that the idea had resulted in pledges of some $330 million.