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Oakland County Bar Association announces 2014-15 leadership, annual award recipients

Oakland County Bar Association announces 2014-15 leadership, annual award recipients Oakland County Bar Association announces 2014-15 leadership, annual award recipients

Effective July 1, the newly elected leadership of the Oakland County Bar Association will take office for the term ending June 30, 2015, with incoming President Thomas H. Howlett leading the group.


The Oakland County Bar Association is a Bloomfield Hills-based membership organization of more than 3,000 legal professionals that is dedicated to improving the justice system and promoting the delivery of quality legal services to the public.


In addition to Howlett, the OCBA Executive Board will be rounded out by:

·     President-Elect — David Carl Anderson of David Carl Anderson

·     Vice President — David C. Anderson of Collins Einhorn Farrell

·     Treasurer — Victoria A. Valentine of Valentine & Associates (re-elected incumbent)

·     Secretary — Gerald J. Gleeson II of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone (re-elected incumbent who moves up from Board of Directors)


In addition, the OCBA adds two newly elected members and two re-elected incumbents to the 2014-2015 OCBA Board of Directors:

·      Melinda N. Deel of Melinda N. Deel

·      Karen H. Safran of Carson Fischer

·      Michael K. Lee of Lee & Correll (re-elected incumbent)

·      Daniel D. Quick of Dickinson Wright (re-elected incumbent)


The following members of the OCBA Board are serving continuing terms:

·      James J. Parks of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

·      Maureen M. McGinnis of Donald E. McGinnis, Jr.

·      Keefe A. Brooks of Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco

·      Kaveh Kashef of Clark Hill

·      Hon. Cynthia T. Walker of the 50th District Court

·      Elizabeth L. Luckenback of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss


The appointments were celebrated during the OCBA’s 80th Annual Meeting at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield on June 11. The ceremony also served as a venue to recognize numerous award recipients for various distinctions in their service to the law.


The Distinguished Service Award, the OCBA’s most prestigious annual award, recognizes superior dedication to the OCBA, the legal community and the general public.

·      Gerald A. Fisher of Thomas M. Cooley Law School

·      Elizabeth L. Luckenbach of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

·      James M. Reid IV of Maddin Hauser Roth and Heller


The Distinguished Public Servant Award honors those employed in the public sector who have made outstanding contributions to the OCBA. 

·      Hon. James M. Alexander of the 6th Circuit Court

·      Hon. Cynthia Thomas Walker of the 50th District Court


Distinguished Career Achievement Award is given to an attorney who is no longer practicing, but whose active career exemplified extraordinary achievements in the ideals of the profession, including competence, civility, professionalism, and service to the community and to fellow lawyers.

·      William P. Hampton of Secrest Wardle


The Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award is given in recognition of his significant contributions to the community outside the legal profession.

·      Daniel D. Quick of Dickinson Wright


Allene and Martin Doctoroff Liberty Bell Award honors those who stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility to the end that citizens recognize their duties and rights.

·      Common Ground


Pro Bono Awards were presented by FLAP (Family Law Assistance Project) to Pitler Family Law & Mediation, PC attorneys Randy Pitler and Brenda Murphy for their volunteer service in family law matters; and by theLegal Aid and Defender Association, which recognized Thomas J. Guyer of Guyer Rose PLLC for his volunteer service, particularly in landlord/tenant cases.


In addition, 47 OCBA members were honored as they marked their 40th year as practicing attorneys.


For more information on the Oakland County Bar Association, its services and its charitable partner, the Oakland County Bar Foundation, visit OCBA.org.

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