The State Bar of Michigan is mourning the loss of its 63rd President Edmund M. Brady Jr. who died November 9 at the age of 71.
Current State Bar President Bruce A. Courtade expressed deep sadness at his passing. "The legal community has lost a gifted and dedicated leader who was strongly committed to both professionalism and service. Ed's love of the law, the justice system, and the men and women who devote themselves to the profession to which he dedicated his life serve as an inspiration to all who follow in his footsteps. His quick wit, sharp intellect, and big heart will be greatly missed, but his legacy of leadership lives on. We send our thoughts and prayers to Marie and the rest of Ed's family."
A graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, Brady was honored as its Alumnus of the Year in 2003. In addition to his presidency in 1997-1998, he served in a number of other State Bar capacities. He was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1991, was elected State Bar treasurer in 1994, and vice president in 1995. He also served on a number of commissioner committees during his tenure, including the Executive Committee, Fiscal Committee, and Commissioner Committee on Race/Ethnic Issues in the Courts. Among his other service to the State Bar of Michigan, he chaired the Communications Committee 1992-1994, was a member of the Local Bar Liaison Committee, and chaired the Long Range Planning Committee. Brady also served as president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (1990-1991), director of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (1980-1981), president of the Association of Defense Trial Counsel (1980-1981), a fellow in the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past president of the University of Detroit Law Alumni Association, from which he received its Award of Distinction. His other awards include the President's Award from the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores; Exceptional Performance Citation, Defense Research Institute; Distinguished Service Award from the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Ass'n and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel; and the Silver Key Award of Excellence from the American Bar Ass'n, Law Student Division.
He is survived by his wife Marie Pierre, children Edmund III (Holly), Meghan Hishmeh (Robert), Timothy (Michelle). He was predeceased by daughter Kathleen. He is also survived by grandchildren Blake, Brady, Alex, Hayden, Henry, and Frances.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. (with visitation at 10 a.m.) Friday, Nov. 16, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Office of Alumni Relations and Development, 651 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 or St. John Health Foundation (Neurology Dept.) P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.