The State Bar of Michigan is deeply saddened by the death of its 56th president James K. Robinson, who passed away August 6 after battling gastrointestinal cancer for several years. He was 66 years old. Mr. Robinson, a Grand Rapids native, was SBM President from 1990 to 1991.
A brilliant trial lawyer, he served as U.S. attorney at the age of 34 and as a high-level official in the Justice Department under the Carter and Clinton administrations. Mr. Robinson was also a dean at Wayne State Law School from 1993-1998. At the time of his death, he was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in Washington, D.C. Early in his career, he had practiced at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn before leaving in 1977 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
State Bar President Charles R. Toy described him an outstanding lawyer who was "devoted to many causes particularly those that involved the less fortunate. His service to the legal profession and dedication to the rule of law will always be remembered and emulated. He was an inspiration to all of us and will be sadly missed."
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Marietta (Marti), his son Steven, daughter Renee Robinson Stromberg, five grandchildren, his mother Marge Robinson, two sisters, and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 12 at the Wayne State University Community Arts Center Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, at 2 p.m. Donations can be sent to the James K. Robinson Dean's Scholarship at WSU Law School, Division of Development, 5475 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48202.
Related Archived Article:
Michigan Bar Journal, October 1990: James K. Robinson—56th President