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Detroit College of Llaw at Michigan State University Elects new Board Officers


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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard F. Suhrheinrich Named President

East Lansing, Michigan. - The Board of Trustees of the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University has elected the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich as president and chairman. He will replace outgoing president George N. Bashara, Jr.

Suhrheinrich currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was appointed to this position in 1990 by President George Bush. Before that he served as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan after being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1963 and was senior class president.

He will serve a one-year term that can be extended yearly for five years at the pleasure of the board.

"I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the DCL/MSU board as we pursue our mission of providing students with a practical legal education that meets the needs of a complex and fast-paced society," said Suhrheinrich.

Suhrheinrich, who has served on the board since 1985, has been closely involved with several significant DCL/MSU projects in the last year, including the dedication of the new Law College Building on the campus of Michigan State University (an event that featured former president Gerald R. Ford), the creation of the college’s first endowed chair (The Frank J. Kelley Endowed Chair in Ethics), and the unveiling of a State Bar of Michigan legal milestone plaque.

Other new officers who will serve one-year terms include:

Vice-chairs: Peter J. Palmer (vice president and assistant general counsel, Kmart Corporation), Raymond R. Behan (Schram, Behan and Behan), and Clifton Haley (former president, Budget Rent-A-Car)

Secretary: The Honorable Marianne O. Battani (Third Judicial Circuit, Wayne County)

Assistant Secretary: David L. Porteous (Porteous & White, P.C)

Treasurer: David J. Sparrow (Rowin & Sparrow)

Assistant Treasurer: Joseph J. Buttigieg III (Executive Vice President, Comerica Bank)

NOTE TO MEDIA: A complete list of DCL/MSU board members is attached.


Board of Trustees
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University


Richard F. Suhrheinrich
President and Chairman
Lansing, Michigan, and Cincinnati, Ohio

Peter J. Palmer
Vice Chairman
Troy, Michigan

Raymond R. Behan
Vice Chairman
Okemos, Michigan

Clifton E. Haley
Vice Chairman
Drummond Island, Michigan

Marianne O. Battani
Detroit, Michigan

David L. Porteous
Assistant Secretary
Reed City, Michigan

David J. Sparrow
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Joseph J. Buttigieg III
Assistant Treasurer
Detroit, Michigan

George N. Bashara Jr.
Detroit, Michigan

Donald L. Castle
Southfield, Michigan

Dolores M. Cook
Greenville, Michigan

Richard W. Heiss
President Emeritus
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Norman L. Lippitt
Birmingham, Michigan

Richard D. McLellan
Lansing, Michigan

M. Peter McPherson
East Lansing, Michigan

Leroy C. Richie
Auburn Hills, Michigan

Kenneth J. Robinson
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

John F. Schaefer
Birmingham, Michigan

Lucille S. Taylor
Lansing, Michigan

Robert Traxler
Bay City, Michigan

Robert E. Weiss
Grand Blanc, Michigan

Tracey A. Yokich
Birmingham, Michigan


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