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State Bar of Michigan Announces 2012 Election Results


SBM Board of Commissioners

Four attorneys—Lawrence P. Nolan, the Hon. Michael J. Riordan, Jules B. Olsman, and Maureen McGinnis—won contested seats in this year's SBM Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2015 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 P. Nolan

Nolan won in District E, representing Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, and Shiawasee counties. He is president of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., and has been involved in State Bar work for 35 years. During his last three years on the SBM Board of Commissioners, he has served on its Executive, Finance, and Audit committees and the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. He served as chair of the Young Lawyers Section in 1984, and has served on the SBM Judicial Qualifications, Pre-Paid Legal Services, and Pro Bono committees. He currently serves as treasurer of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. Nolan is a past president of the Ingham County Bar Association and past chairman of the Ingham County Bar Foundation. He is the longest-serving member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Board of Directors, having served continuously for 30 years, and has served as its vice chairman for 15 years. Nolan has been named to the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers each year from 2006-2011. He received the ICBA’s Outstanding Attorney Award in 2009 and was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the state's top 100 trial lawyers in 2010.

Michael J. Riordan

Riordan won in District H, representing Lenawee, Monroe, and Wayne counties. He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Court of Appeals in March of 2012. He has served on the SBM Board of Commissioners since 2006, as a member of its Executive Committee since 2009, and previously served on the Representative Assembly. Before his appointment to the bench, Riordan was an assistant U.S. attorney, served as an attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission, and worked in private practice. Riordan has been on the SBM’s Judicial Qualifications, U.S. Courts, and Custodial Interrogation Task Force committees. He is president of the Detroit Federal Bar Association and a member of the Federal Court’s Civility Committee. He served on the 2010 Federal Court Magistrate Reappointment Panel and was its vice chair in 2009. Riordan is a past president of the Irish-American Lawyers Bar Association and has chaired its Focus Hope Project since 1999. He is a member of the Detroit Cristo Rey School President’s Board, the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and is vice president of the University of Detroit School of Law Alumni Board. An adjunct professor of securities regulation for 13 years, Riordan has written for scholarly and bar publications and has spoken at many professional seminars.

Maureen McGinnis

McGinnis won in District I, representing Oakland County. She practices with the Law Offices of Donald E. McGinnis Jr., P.C. in Troy, focusing on family and criminal law. She chaired the SBM Young Lawyers Section in 2010-2011 and served as a YLS council member for seven years. She began her current term as SBM commissioner in 2009, as chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Section. McGinnis is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, where she served as chair of the New Lawyers Committee and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2010. She has also been active in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, most recently serving as an appointee to its Women in the Profession Committee. In 2009, she was elected to serve as a council member for the city of Troy, and currently serves as mayor pro tem. McGinnis is also active in her community, working with groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Family Legal Assistance Project, and Oakland County Youth Assistance. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado and her law degree from Michigan State University Detroit College of Law.

Jules B. Olsman

Olsman won in District I, representing Oakland County. He is president of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie, P.C. in Berkley. He has served as an appointed member of the SBM Board of Commissioners, and also served on the Representative Assembly and Grievance and Civil Procedure committees. Olsman has served as past president of the Michigan Association for Justice, past chair of the SBM Negligence Law Section, a past member of the American Association for Justice Board of Governors, and a founding member of the AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group. He was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Governor's Elder Abuse Task Force and also served on the board of Citizens for Better Care and the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors. Olsman is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where he has taught medical malpractice litigation. In 2009, he was elected to the Huntington Woods City Commission.

Thomas C. Rombach Lori A. Buiteweg

Two attorneys won unopposed races to the State Bar Board of Commissioners. Thomas C. Rombach, of New Baltimore, won in District D, representing Macomb and St. Clair counties. Rombach is the current Secretary of the SBM Board of Commissioners, and operates the Law Offices of Thomas C. Rombach in New Baltimore. Lori A. Buiteweg, of Ann Arbor, won in District G, representing Washtenaw and Jackson counties. Buiteweg serves as Treasurer of the SBM Board of Commissioners and is a shareholder at Nichols, Sacks, Slank Sendelbach & Buiteweg PC in Ann Arbor. Both will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2015 Annual Meeting.

High resolution photos of Board of Commissioner members mentioned here can be downloaded by clicking the links beneath each photo.


State Bar Representative Assembly

    Twenty-six attorneys won contested races for the State Bar Representative Assembly.

    In the 3rd Circuit, representing Wayne County, Elizabeth M. Johnson, John P. Mayer, Fred K. Herrmann, Marcy L. Rosen, John F. Clark, and Daniel D. McLean won three-year terms expiring in 2015; Eric S. Rosenthal, Vincent A. Romano, Douglas A. Kaye, and Aaron V. Burrell won two-year terms expiring in 2014; and James W. Heath won a one-year term expiring in 2013.

    In the Sixth Circuit, representing Oakland County, Samuel I. Bernstein, Michael D. Elkins, Kenneth B. Morgan, Michael J. Blau, Lauren A. Rousseau, Lawrence B. Shulman, Daniel D. Quick, and Matthew B. Woodworth won three-year terms expiring in 2015; Syeda F. Davidson and Barry D. Malone won two-year terms expiring in 2014; and Ray H. Littleton II and James T. Weiner won one-year terms expiring in 2013.

    In the Seventh Circuit, representing Genesee County, Richard M. Barron won a three-year term, expiring in 2015.

    In the 30th Circuit, representing Ingham County, Joshua S. Smith, Michael J. Marutiak, and Janene McIntyre won three-year terms expiring in 2015.

    Twenty-six attorneys won unopposed races in the State Bar Representative Assembly. These new members are:

    First Circuit—Hillsdale County
    Barry F. Poulson

    Second Circuit—Berrien County
    Donna B. Howard

    Ninth Circuit—Kalamazoo County
    Pamela C. Enslen
    Alan B. Koenig

    14th Circuit—Muskegon County
    Michael G. Walsh
    David B. Kortering

    15th Circuit—Branch County
    William D. Renner II

    16th Circuit—Macomb County
    R. Timothy Kohler Peter W. Peacock
    Nathan J. Edmonds

    17th Circuit—Kent County
    Matthew P. Smith

    20th Circuit—Ottawa County
    Peter J. Armstrong Jr.

    22nd Circuit—Washtenaw County
    Chad D. Engelhardt

    24th Circuit—Sanilac County
    Ryan M. Edberg

    26th Circuit—Alpena and Montmorency Counties
    Daniel J. Florip

    29th Circuit—Clinton and Gratiot Counties
    Pamela S. Munderloh

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

    33rd Circuit—Charlevoix County
    John A. Jarema

    34th Circuit—Roscommon and Ogemaw County
    Dawn M. LaCasse

    35th Circuit—Shiawassee County
    Susan L. Thorman

    44th Circuit—Livingston County
    Dennis L. Brewer

    47th Circuit–Delta County
    Anne B. McNamara

    52nd Circuit—Huron County
    Tami W. Salens

    53rd Circuit—Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties
    Michael J. Ekdahl

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

    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 SBM final policy-making body.

SBM Judicial Tenure Commission

    Hon. Michael M. Hathaway won election for a three-year term on the Judicial Tenure Commission that will commence Jan. 1, 2013, and expire Dec. 31, 2015. Hathaway, a 41-year member of the State Bar of Michigan, is currently a Wayne County circuit judge assigned to the court's Criminal Division.  In that position, he presides over approximately 50 felony trials and several hundred non-trial dispositions annually.  Hathaway is a 1967 graduate of Wayne State University and a 1971 graduate of the Detroit College of Law. During law school, he taught in Detroit public schools and, upon admission to the Bar, was hired by Vandeveer Garzia PC, where he remained for 30 years and eventually served as a managing partner before his appointment to the bench in 2001.  While in practice, he handled a variety of tort litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

    The JTC is a constitutionally created body that promotes the integrity of the judicial process and preserves public confidence in the courts.

SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Council

    Two attorneys—Andrea Irons and Mwanaisha A. Sims—won uncontested elections in District One, representing Wayne and Macomb counties, for two-year terms expiring in 2014.

    Two attorneys—Derek G. Russaw and Lori Smith—won uncontested elections in District Two, representing Oakland County, for two-year terms expiring in 2014.

    Three attorneys—Jade J. Edwards, Bonnie R. Shaw, and Shenique A. Moss—won uncontested elections in District Three, representing all Michigan counties except for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, for two-year terms expiring in 2014.

    The Young Lawyers Executive Council governs the members of the Young Lawyers Section, one of the State Bar's largest sections. 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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