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SBM Announces 2006 Commissioner Election Results


Attorneys Charles R. Toy of Lansing, W. Anthony Jenkins of Detroit, Donald E. McGinnis Jr., of Troy and Julie I. Fershtman of Farmington Hills emerged as winners of contested seats in the State Bar of Michigan recent commissioner elections. Lori A. Buiteweg of Ann Arbor won in an uncontested race in District G, which covers Jackson and Washtenaw Counties.


Toy will serve District E, which includes Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties. Jenkins will serve District H, covering Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee. McGinnis and Fershtman will serve District I covering Oakland County. All commissioners will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the Annual Meeting in 2009.

Charles R. Toy, a shareholder at Farhat and Story P.C. in Lansing, serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar as the treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. He has been on the Representative Assembly for eight years, serving from 1992 to 1998 and from 2004 to the present. He has also served on the board of directors of the Ingham County Bar Association and was very active on the Environmental Law Section Council, where he was elected to every officer position. Toy has been a contract administrative law judge for the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, and is an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


W. Anthony Jenkins is a two-term incumbent member of the Board of Commissioners, and serves on the executive and finance committees. He is a past president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, a member of the State Bar Fellows Society, and Michigan's state delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. Jenkins serves or has served on several civic and charitable boards including the Detroit Medical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the City of Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, and the City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. Jenkins is a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC, where he serves on the board of governors and represents clients in the automotive, real estate, and retail industries, and writes and lectures on the formation and capitalization of joint ventures, particularly minority business enterprises.


Julie I. Fershtman has been active in state, local, and national bar activities for nearly all of her 20 years as a lawyer. She currently serves on the State Bar Board of Commissioners and is a past chair of the Representative Assembly and the Young Lawyers Section. She is also a trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Fershtman is director of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), past chair of the OCBA Professionalism Committee, and former Inns of Court officer. In the ABA, she is a vice-chair of the TIPS-Animal Law Committee and was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She lectures nationally and is well published. Fershman is currently of counsel to Zausmer, Kaufman, August and Caldwell, P.C., where her practice focuses primarily on business litigation and insurance law.



Donald E. McGinnis Jr., has been a director of the Oakland County Bar Association for the past 11 years and recently finished his term as the president of the organization. During his term, he was responsible for restructuring the Political Action Committee and its work relating to the rating of judicial candidates. He has also been responsible for involving the OCBA in a joint effort with the county executive and the Oakland County circuit and probate benches to establish a "lawyers only" line to enter the courthouse and for the allowance of camera-equipped cellular telephones to be permitted on the premises. He is presently the chairman of the Act 78 Board of Commissioners for the City of Troy and is a member of the board of directors for the Oakland County Community Trust.


Lori Buiteweg is a shareholder of Nichols, Sacks, Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg, P.C. focusing on family law and estate planning. She is the chair of the State Bar Representative Assembly and is a member of the executive committee of the Board of Commissioners. A past president of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, she remains an active volunteer in local bar association and judicial projects involving family law, mediation, and pro se legal assistance. Buiteweg was instrumental in opening the Legal Resource Center of Washtenaw County and is a past board member. She has also been a presenter for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is a member of the Michigan Council for Divorce and Family Mediators and Association for Conflict Resolution.




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