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.
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 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.
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.
Suzanne is a partner in the Cleveland (Ohio) office of the law firm FisherBroyles, and she was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyer. It is the seventh time Suzanne has been so recognized. She also was honored with the designation in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Suzanne practices in real estate, commercial loan transactions, finance and business and corporate law.