State Bar of Michigan Announces 2016 Election Results


SBM Board of Commissioners

Three attorneys—Dennis M. Barnes, Edward L. Haroutunian, and Michael S. Hohauser—won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Dennis M. Barnes, elected to serve District H, representing Wayne, Monroe, and Lenawee counties, is a member of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker in Detroit, focusing his practice on business litigation. Edward L. Haroutunian and Michael S. Hohauser were both elected to serve District I, representing Oakland County. Haroutunian practices law at Haroutunian Licata Haroutunian, PC, in Bingham Farms. Hohauser practices law with Hohauser Kuchon in Troy.

Four attorneys won unopposed races to the State Bar Board of Commissioners. Victoria A. Radke won a seat in District A, representing the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Radke serves as Delta County Friend of the Court in Escanaba. E. Thomas McCarthy Jr. and Robert J. Buchanan won in District C, representing Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Newaygo, Kent, Osceola, Mecosta, Clare, Isabella, and Gladwin counties. Danielle Mason Anderson won in District F, representing Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. McCarthy practices law with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge PC in Grand Rapids. Buchanan serves as managing member for Buchanan & Buchanan PLC in Grand Rapids.

The SBM Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards, and member services and communications.


SBM Representative Assembly

Seven attorneys won contested races for the SBM Representative Assembly.

Matthew R. Abel and Daniel J. Ferris won contested elections to represent Wayne County for the Third Circuit.

Stephen J. Gobbo, Jessica L. Zimbelman, and Christopher L. Jackson won contested elections to represent Ingham County for the 30th Circuit.

Dennis L. Perkins and William H. Hougaboom won contested elections to represent Livingston County for the 44th Circuit.

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

Fourth Circuit—Jackson County
Philip M. Moilanen

Sixth Circuit—Oakland County
Henry S. Gornbein
Michael J. Blau
James T. Weiner
Steven L. Rotenberg
Shannon M. Smith
Paul A. Thursam
Christopher R. Schaedig

Seventh Circuit—Genesee County
Nancy K. Chinonis

Ninth Circuit—Kalamazoo County
Mark A. Holsomback

12th Circuit—Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties
Diana M. Langdon

13th Circuit—Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Counties
Lea Ann Sterling

16th Circuit—Macomb County
Karen Trickey Pappas
Randall Chionini
Laura I. Marji

17th Circuit—Kent County
Michael P. Hanrahan

22nd Circuit—Washtenaw County
Peter M. Falkenstein

25th Circuit—Marquette County
Erica N. Payne Roell

29th Circuit—Clinton and Gratiot Counties
Colleen M. Davis

31st Circuit—St. Clair County
Gerrow D. Mason

32nd Circuit—Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties
Anna R. Talaska

33rd Circuit—Charlevoix County
Katrina D. Martin

37th Circuit—Calhoun County
David E. Gilbert

39th Circuit—Lenawee County
Jennifer A. Frost

40th Circuit—Lapeer County
Bernard A. Jocuns

41st Circuit—Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee Counties
Kristin L. Kass

42nd Circuit—Midland County
Angela M. Cole
Jessica L. Robison

53rd Circuit—Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties
Melissa Goodrich

56th Circuit—Eaton County
Jessica S. Fox

57th Circuit—Emmet County
Christina L. DeMoore

The 150-member Representative Assembly was created in 1972 to increase the proportion of members who actively participate in State Bar policy; it serves as the SBM final policy-making body.


Judicial Tenure Commission

Thomas J. Ryan, of Sylvan Lake, won a contested election for a three-year term on the Judicial Tenure Commission that will commence January 1, 2017, and will expire on December 31, 2019.

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

Ryan Zemke, of Utica, won an uncontested election in District 1, representing Wayne and Macomb counties, for a two-year term expiring in 2018.

Three attorneys—Jerome Crawford, of Troy; Tanya N. Cripps, of Auburn Hills; and Choi T. Portis, of Southfield—won uncontested elections in District 2, representing Oakland County, for two-year terms expiring in 2018.

Three attorneys—Erica N. Payne Roell, of Marquette; Katherine J. Bennett, of Lansing; and Roberta L. Sacharski, of Flint—won uncontested elections in District Three, representing all Michigan counties except for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, for two-year terms expiring in 2018.

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.