Thomas W. Cranmer has become the 71st president of the State Bar of Michigan and will lead the over 37,500 member organization for the next year. He was sworn in this afternoon by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman in East Lansing. The ceremony took place in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan 70th Annual Meeting at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
Mr. Cranmer has practiced law for 30 years and is a principal at the Troy branch of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, practicing both criminal and civil litigation. He has been a member of the Bar's Board of Commissioners since 1997 and is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Oakland County Bar Association, as well as a past president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Cranmer is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers Guide. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Life fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a Charter fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. He is also a past recipient of the Federal Bar Association's Leonard R. Gilman Award, presented to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law.
Mr. Cranmer has a passion for teaching litigation skills and trial advocacy. His experience includes teaching for one of the preeminent trial advocacy programs in the United States, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, along with the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is a co-author of a legal treatise, Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence published by West Publishing, and he is currently teaching evidence as a visiting professor at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 1975, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1972.
Also serving as officers for 2005-2006 will be president-elect Kimberly M. Cahill of Center Line, vice-president Ronald D. Keefe of Marquette, secretary Edward H. Pappas of Bloomfield Hills and treasurer Charles R. Toy of Lansing.
The State Bar of Michigan was established in 1935. All practicing Michigan attorneys and judges must be active members in good standing. The purpose of the State Bar, as set forth by the Michigan Supreme Court, is to "aid in promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements in jurisprudence, in improving relations between the legal profession and the public, and in promoting the interests of the legal profession in this state."