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SBM Announces 2009 Election Results


Board of Commissioners | Representative Assembly | Judicial Tenure Commission | Young Lawyers Section Executive Council

SBM Board of Commissioners

Attorneys Lawrence P. Nolan of Eaton Rapids and Michael J. Riordan of Detroit won contested seats in this year's State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners elections. Both will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2012 Annual Meeting. The State Bar Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the various operations of the Bar such as finance, public policy, and member services.

Lawrence Nolan Michael Riordan

Nolan won in District E representing Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawassee counties. He is the president of Nolan Thomsen and Villas PC and has been actively involved in the State Bar for more than three decades. He served one term on the Board of Commissioners from 1983—1985. He has also participated in numerous State Bar committees. He currently serves as treasurer of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and is a member of the State Bar Representative Assembly and the Judicial Qualifications Committee. Nolan is also active in local bar activities and is the longest serving member of the Thomas M. Cooley Board of Directors, serving continuously for the past 25 years.

Riordan won in District H representing Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe counties. He currently serves on the State Bar Board of Commissioners and was previously in the Representative Assembly. An assistant U.S. attorney for the past 11 years, he has handled both civil and criminal matters. He is on the State Bar Custodial Interrogation Task Force, Judicial Qualifications Committee, and the Federal Courts Committee. Riordan has served as an adjunct professor of securities regulation at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School for 10 years, and he has written for scholarly and Bar-related publications and spoken at many seminars.

Four attorneys won uncontested races for the 32-member Board of Commissioners. They are Thomas C. Rombach of New Baltimore, who won in District D covering Macomb and St. Clair counties; Lori A. Buiteweg of Ann Arbor, who won in District G covering Jackson and Washtenaw counties; and Donald E. McGinnis Jr. of Troy and Julie I. Fershtman of Farmington Hills, who were both re-elected in District I covering Oakland County.

SBM Representative Assembly

Forty-six attorneys won unopposed races in the Representative Assembly. The 150-member Representative Assembly was created in 1972 to increase the proportion of members who actively participate in bar policy; it serves as the final policy-making body of the State Bar. The new members are:

3rd Circuit—Wayne County
John P. Mayer, Wyandotte
Patrick McLain, Detroit
William M. DeBiasi, Dearborn
Matthew R. Abel, Detroit
Fred K. Herrmann, Detroit
Lisa Danielle Screen, Detroit
Eric Stempien, Northville
Walter H. Bentley III, Detroit
Sean P. McNally, Detroit

4th Circuit—Jackson County
Susan G. Murphy, Jackson

6th Circuit—Oakland County
Gordan S. Gold, Southfield
Edward L. Haroutunian, Bingham Farms
Daniel D. Quick, Bloomfield Hills
Michael J. Blau, Farmington Hills
Elizabeth A. Sadowski, Rochester
Lauren A. Rousseau, Auburn Hills
Matthew B. Woodworth, Royal Oak
Pratheep Sevanthinathan, Farmington Hills

7th Circuit—Genesee County
Richard Morley Barron, Flushing
Amy M. Kline, Flint

10th Circuit—Saginaw County
Geoffrey G. Scott, Saginaw

14th Circuit—Muskegon County
Shon A. Cook, Muskegon
Michael G. Walsh, Muskegon

15th Circuit—Branch County
J. Richard Colbeck, Coldwater

16th Circuit—Macomb County
Peter W. Peacock, Mt. Clemens

17th Circuit—Kent County
Robert J. Buchanan, Grand Rapids
Kathleen M. Allen, Grand Rapids
Kevin Michael Lesperance, Grand Rapids

22nd Circuit—Washtenaw County
Elizabeth C. Jolliffe, Ann Arbor

23rd Circuit—Iosco, Oscoda, Arenac and Alcona Counties
Duane L. Hadley, Standish

29th Circuit—Clinton and Gratiot Counties
Rhonda M. Clark-Kreuer, St. Louis

30th Circuit—Ingham County
Michael J. Marutiak, Lansing
Catherine L. McClure, Lansing
Stephen J. Gobbo, Lansing
Joshua Sean Smith, Lansing

32nd Circuit—Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties
Rudolph F. Perhalla, Ironwood

33rd Circuit—Charlevoix County
John A. Jarema, Charlevoix

35th Circuit—Calhoun County
Susan L. Thorman, Corunna

36th Circuit—Van Buren County
Lynda M. Pioch, Paw Paw

44th Circuit—Livingston County
Dennis L. Brewer—Brighton

47th Circuit—Delta County
Anne B. McNamara, Escanaba

48th Circuit—Lapeer County
Christian J. Horkey, Monroe

49th Circuit—Mecosta and Osceola Counties
Peter G. Mekas, Reed City

52nd Circuit—Huron County
Tami Woodworth Salens, Bad Axe

54th Circuit—Tuscola County
Hon. W. Wallace Kent Jr., Caro

55th Circuit—Gladwin and Clare Counties
Hon. Roy G. Mienk, Gladwin

SBM Judicial Tenure Commission

The Hon. Jeanne Stempien of Detroit was re-elected to a third term as a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission. The three-year term begins Jan. 1, 2010 and expires Dec. 31, 2012. The Judicial Tenure Commission is a constitutionally created body that promotes the integrity of the judicial process and preserves public confidence in the courts.

Judge Stempien is serving her third term as a judge on the Wayne County Third Circuit Court. She is active in many professional associations and has served as a facilitator for the National Judicial College and as Master of the Bench for the Inns of Court, an advocacy program for law students.

SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee

Three attorneys—Brandy Y. Robinson, Jennifer M. Harvey, and Felicia O. Johnson—won contested elections in Wayne and Macomb Counties. Their two-year terms expire at the close of the 2011 Annual Meeting. In Oakland County, Jessica Renee Simmons and Hope V. Shovein won in uncontested elections. Lisa C. Hagan won in District 3 representing all other counties.

The Young Lawyers Executive Council governs the members of the Young Lawyers Section, the State Bar's largest section. The section provides education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, public service programs, and newsletters. The section has won numerous awards for its public service and educational programs.




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