MSU College of Law

Donor and Giving Societies

At MSU College of Law, every gift matters. Your gifts make an impact, on our students and in our classrooms. Donors who support the College of Law receive special recognition for their generosity.

MSU Law Fellows Program
Giving to our Annual Fund provides us with the flexibility to apply resources where they’re needed most, bridging the gap between our operating costs and tuition. Annual Fund gifts help us provide a quality legal education to tomorrow’s Spartan lawyers. Review a list of our annual fund donors.

Lifetime Giving Societies
Through our seven Giving Societies (listed below), we honor donors who have reached milestone levels in their cumulative giving. On behalf of law students today and tomorrow, we are deeply grateful for such generous and thoughtful contributions.

Lifetime Giving Societies

Named for a dedicated man whose affiliation with the College spanned 57 years as a faculty member, trustee, and president, the John J. Danhof Society recognizes donors with lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law totaling at least $1,000,000.

Mr. Donald L. Castle Sr., ’36, and Mrs. Edna P. Castle

Mr. John A. Downs II, ’43, and Mrs. Clover E. Downs

Mr. Geoffrey N. Fieger, ’79, and Mrs. Keenie Fieger

President Emeritus Clif Haley, ’61, and Mrs. Carolyn A. Haley

Mr. Paul J. Lay, ’69, and Mrs. Carol L. Lay

Trustee Michael G. Morris, ’81, and Mrs. Linda C. Morris

Board Chair Linda Orlans, ’87

Trustee Emeritus John F. Schaefer, ’69, and Mrs. Marta Schaefer

†indicates deceased

Named for an esteemed alumnus, faculty member and former dean of the Law School, the Charles H. King Society recognizes donors who have made lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law totaling at least $500,000.

$500,000 to $999,999

Mr. Scott Banister and Mrs. Cyan Banister

Mr. Dennis K. Branoff and Mrs. Alexis G. Branoff

Mr. L. D. MacLean, ’55, and Mrs. Frances MacLean

Mr. James L. Mattison and Mrs. Bertha Mattison

Ms. Lori E. Talsky, ’96, and Mr. Alan S. Zekelman

Mr. Irvin H. Yackness, ’41, and Mrs. June Yackness

†indicates deceased

Named for a beloved faculty member and alumnus, the Abraham J. (A.J.) Thomas Society recognizes donors with lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law totaling at least $250,000.

$250,000 to $499,999

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Dean Joan W. Howarth and Ms. Carmen Estrada

Mr. Harry B. Letzer, ’26

Prof. Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn, ’70

Mr. Glenn C. Wilber, ’33

†indicates deceased

Gifts to the Heritage Club celebrate donors who make lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law of at least $100,000, creating a lasting legacy and allowing donors to hold a place in the history of the College. Donors at this level are inducted into the Donor Hall of Fame.

$100,000 to $249,999


Mr. John A. Allen, ’33, and Mrs. Bernice Allen

Ms. Irene R. Andes

Mr. Harold Beznos, ’64

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Mr. Peter J. Carras, ’62, and Mrs. Barbara D. Carras

Coleman Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Edward C. Dawda, ’77, and Mrs. Alice I. Buckley, ’79

Mr. J. Bernard Dawsey, ’35

Dewitt C. Holbrook Memorial Foundation

Hon. Daniel M. Downey, ’76, and Mrs. Dawana Downey

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Mr. Harold H. Gordon, ’51, and Mrs. Marion T. Gordon

Trustee Emeritus Richard W. Heiss, ’63, and Mrs. Nancy J. Heiss

Mr. Dewitt C. Holbrook

Ida & Benjamin Alpert Foundation

InData Corporation

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Prof. Emeritus Clark C. Johnson, LL.D. ’02

Trustee Charles E. Langton, ’87, and Hon. Lisa A. Langton, ’88

Trustee Emeritus Norman L. Lippitt, ’60, and Patricia C. Lippitt

Hon. Peter J. Lucido, ’88, and Mrs. Ann Marie Lucido

Ms. Jean A. Marson, ’72

Ms. Lilyan I. Marx

Mr. Gerald McKessy, ’33

Trustee Mayer Morganroth, ’54, and Mrs. Sheila Morganroth

MSU College of Law Alumni Association

Mr. Willard E. Munro and Mrs. Marion J. Munro

Mr. Harold W. Oehmke, ’72, and Mrs. Elizabeth Oehmke

Open Society Institute

Mr. Perry W. Richwine, ’27, and Mrs. Janet H. Richwine

Rosette LLP Attorneys at Law/Mrs. Karrie S. Wichtman, ’09

Sydney and Elizabeth Ross Family Foundation

Mr. John R. Selecky, ’77

Trustee David J. Sparrow, ’51

Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich, ’63, and Mrs. Beverly Suhrheinrich

Mr. Richard J. Thoma, ’32

Mr. Richard N. Wiener, ’76, and Mrs. Rajkumari M. Wiener

Professor Nick J. Wittner and Cynthia M. Wittner

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.

 †indicates deceased

The Founders Club reflects the spirit of the initial founders’ dedication to academic excellence by recognizing those who share these values by making lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law of at least $50,000.

$50,000 to $99,999


Mr. Alan T. Ackerman and Mrs. Sharyl Ackerman

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Arcus Foundation

Mr. Michael Berry, ’50, and Mrs. Cynthia A. Berry

Ms. Alice R. Bishop

Ms. Margaret Carrigan

Mr. Joseph A. Cassese, ’24

Chicago Title & Trust Company

Mr. David W. Christensen, ’72

Consumers Energy Foundation

Mr. Ronald A. Deneweth, ’77, and Mrs. Mary L. Deneweth

Col. Thomas P. Dickinson, ’28, and Mrs. Eloise E. Dickinson

Trustee Elaine Fieldman, ’76

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, PC

Ms. Jenifer M. Franklin, ’97

Mr. Kim A. Gasior, ’85, and Mrs. Diane K. Gasior

General Motors Foundation

Hal & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation

Mr. Paul L. Greer, ’51, and Mrs. Jacqueline Murphy Greer

Prof. Catherine M. Grosso and Mr. Stephen P. Gasteyer

Prof. Michele L. Halloran and Mr. Robert W. Halloran

Trustee Emeritus Edwin W. Jakeway, ’61, and Mrs. Suzanne Jakeway

Mr. Gregory M. Janks, ’77, and Mrs. Susan Janks

Trustee Charles A. Janssen and Mrs. Lea Anne L. Janssen

Mrs. Joan R. Kalustian

Mr. Louis W. Kasischke, ’67, and Mrs. Sandra A. Kasischke

Mr. Bruce A. Kirk, ’35

McGregor Fund

Mr. Julian G. McIntosh, ’28, and Mrs. Vera McIntosh

Michigan State Bar Foundation

Mr. Andrew J. Munro, ’79

Mr. Robert V. Parenti, ’51, and Mrs. Laurie Parenti

Mr. John D. Pirich and Mrs. Mary Beth Pirich

Trustee Jennifer R. Poteat, ’04, and Mr. Michael Staebler

Ravitz Foundation

Trustee Emeritus Kenneth J. Robinson

Safari Club International

Ms. M. Jean Sells

Mr. S. Gary Spicer, ’69

Taxpayer Advocate Service

Vital Projects Fund, Inc.

 †indicates deceased

The Benefactors Club, named for those whose gifts enhance the programming and academics of the College, recognizes donors with lifetime contributions or pledges to MSU College of Law totaling at least $25,000.

$25,000 to $49,999

Allstate Foundation

American Bar Association


Mr. George N. Bashara Jr., ’60, and Mrs. Suzanne Bashara

Mr. D. Bruce Beaton, ’81

Mr. James Cyril P. Beattie, ’24

Trustee Raymond R. Behan, ’60, and Mrs. Lorraine Behan

Mr. James S. Bicknell III, ’54, and Mrs. Doris Bicknell

Mr. G. Cameron Buchanan, ’30, and Mrs. Helen Buchanan

Butler Family Fund

Trustee Emeritus Joseph J. Buttigieg III, ’75, and Mrs. Mary K. Buttigieg

Mr. Russell A. Buyers, ’65, and Mrs. Sue Ellen Buyers

Canadian Consulate General

Capital Region Community Foundation

Casey Family Programs

Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Inc.

Chrysler Corporation Fund

Clark Hill PLC

Prof. Emeritus Charles H. Clarke and Mrs. Leticia G. Clarke

Hon. Avern Cohn and Mrs. Lois Cohn

Mr. Russel J. Comer, ’31


Mr. Timothy J. Conroy, ’58, and Mrs. Janet P. Conroy

Mr. Daniel J. Desmet, ’85

Prof. David S. Favre and Mrs. Martha E. Favre

Federal Mogul Corporation

Prof. Emeritus Robert M. Filiatrault, ’70, and Mrs. Mary H. Christy

Mr. Peter B. Fletcher

Ford Motor Company Fund

Hon. Charles M. Forster, ’62, and Mrs. Dianna Forster

Mr. William B. Giles

Mr. Philip F. Greco, ’44, and Mrs. Dolores R. Greco

Mr. Thomas Guastello, ’70, and Ms. Susan M. Luch

Prof. Emeritus Nancy D. Heathcote and Mr. William L. Heathcote

Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation

Ambassador David B. Hermelin and Mrs. Doreen N. Hermelin

Mr. Frederick W. Hoffman, IV, ’85, and Mr. James R. Stokes, ’88

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Kanji & Katzen PLLC

Mr. Anthony E. Kenny, ’70, and Mrs. Sharon A. Kenny

Mr. Donald A. Kuebler, ’66, and Mrs. Cheryl K. Kuebler

Mr. A. Bart Lewis, ’64

Mr. Jeffrey C. Littmann, ’84, and Mrs. Cynthia M. Littmann

Mr. Albert Lopatin, ’53, and Mrs. Beverly Lopatin

Maverick Lloyd Foundation

Ms. Sybil M. Lyon

Hon. David W. McKeague and Mrs. Nancy McKeague

Microsoft Corporation

Mr. David M. Miro, ’30, and Mrs. Bernice Miro

Trustee Bryan T. Newland, ’07

Mr. Marvin R. Novick, ’52, and Mrs. Margaret A. Novick

Trustee Donald D. Nystrom, ’00, and Mrs. Tracy Nystrom

Mr. Jules B. Olsman, ’78, and Mrs. Barbara L. Grossman Olsman

Mrs. Kathryn L. Ossian, ’84, and Mr. James E. Linn

Mr. David M. Ottenwess, ’86, and Mrs. Stephanie Ottenwess

Ottenwess, Allman & Taweel PLC

Prof. Kathleen E. Payne, ’77, and Mr. Jeffrey B. Goldsmith

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Mr. Jerry Raymond, ’64, and Mrs. Justine Raymond

Mr. Carl J. Schoeninger, ’70, and Mrs. Mary Beth Schoeninger

State Bar of Michigan

Ms. Regina Storrs

Ms. Flora H. Temple

Hon. Thomas A. Van Tiem Sr.,’60, and Mrs. Helen Van Tiem

Mr. David II, Mrs. Gail, Erika, David III, Samantha, and Nicholas Williams

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Winston-Salem Foundation

Mr. Walter J. Wozniak, ’73, and Mrs. Andrea Wozniak

†indicates deceased

Planned giving donors are eligible for membership in the MSU Landon Legacy Society, named after Linda E. Landon, the beloved MSU librarian and first female instructor on campus.  This society recognizes and honors individuals and families who have established a planned gift of any size benefiting MSU College of Law. For more information about makig a planned gift, click here.