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MSU College of Law



September 22, 2011


State Bar Honors MSU Law Faculty Members

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law faculty members were prominently recognized for their impressive legal achievements and dedicated service to the profession at this year’s State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting.

MSU Law Professor Emeritus Harold Norris received the State Bar’s inaugural John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award. The new award will be presented periodically to a law school professor whose influence on Michigan lawyers has elevated the quality of legal practice in the state. Professor Norris taught more than 5,000 students during his 35 years as a faculty member at the Law College. A dedicated champion of the legal profession for over five decades, he worked as an attorney to uphold the state and federal Constitution and fought against racial discrimination in Detroit—his hometown—during the 1960s.

Professor Emeritus Clark C. Johnson was honored with the State Bar Representative Assembly’s Michael Franck Award, which is presented annually to a lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the profession. Professor Johnson, who joined the Law College faculty in 1973, has educated and inspired generations of Michigan lawyers throughout his years of teaching at the Law College.

George T. Roumell, Jr., the longest-serving member of the MSU College of Law faculty, was a featured speaker at the State Bar’s Michigan Legal Milestone dedication luncheon. A widely known and well-published arbitrator and mediator and a past president of the State Bar, Roumell has taught Labor Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution as an adjunct professor at the Law College since 1957.

The Michigan Legal Milestone program’s 36th dedication commemorated Milliken v. Bradley, a historic case involving planned desegregation busing among metropolitan Detroit school districts in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. Roumell, a former attorney for the Detroit Board of Education, argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977. The late Professor C. Nicholas Revelos, a beloved member of the MSU Law faculty from 1971 through his 2006 retirement, helped write the brief filed for the Detroit school board in the case.

This year’s State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting was held September 14 through 16 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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