Kimberly M. Cahill today was sworn in as the 72nd president of the State Bar of Michigan and will lead the organization of more than 38,000 members in 2006-2007. She is only the fourth woman to lead the Bar. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor officiated at the ceremony, which took place in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan 71st Annual Meeting at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.
Also sworn in as officers for 2006-2007 were President-Elect Ronald D. Keefe of Marquette, Vice-President Edward H. Pappas of Bloomfield Hills, Secretary Charles R. Toy of Lansing, and Treasurer W. Anthony Jenkins of Detroit.
Ms. Cahill has practiced law for more than 20 years focusing on real estate, probate, estate planning, and family law. Her partners at Schoenherr, Cahill and Warnez in Center Line are her mother, Florence Schoenherr-Warnez, and sister, Dana M. Warnez. Ms. Cahill is also the president of Schoenherr Developments, Inc., a company that acquires, develops, constructs, and leases commercial, industrial, and office properties.
Ms. Cahill has been a State Bar commissioner since 1997 and has chaired many committees including those dealing with member services, professional standards, justice initiatives, and finance. She has also served as commissioner liaison to numerous sections and committees. From 1999 to 2000, she was chair of the Representative Assembly, the final policy-making body of the Bar.
She recently served as the statewide chair of the Bar's Access to Justice Campaign Committee that works to assure funding and support for legal services programs throughout Michigan. Ms. Cahill also sits on the board of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, which helps administer and coordinate grants to legal service providers.
Ms. Cahill, a life-long resident of Warren, is very active in her local community. She has held many leadership positions including president of the Macomb County Bar Association in 2001-2002, and is a founding member of the Macomb County Bar Foundation and its immediate past-president.
Ms. Cahill also served as president of both the Macomb region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) in 1989 and the state WLAM in 1996. She is currently treasurer of the WLAM Foundation, which promotes educational opportunities for women lawyers and law students.
Ms. Cahill has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including being named the Alexander Macomb Citizen of the Year in 1998. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Cahill received her B.A. in 1982 and her J.D. in 1985.
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."