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WSU to host inaugural cycling event to raise scholarship dollars

Wayne State University announced today that it will host its inaugural 100-mile urban cycling event, The Baroudeur, to raise scholarship dollars for WSU students in financial need on Aug. 22, 2015.
The Baroudeur is a noncompetitive ride through Detroit and its surrounding communities and includes additional distances for bike enthusiasts to choose from, including 20, 55 and 62 (metric century) miles. Registration is open to the public at baroudeur.wayne.edu.

The Baroudeur was inspired by WSU President M. Roy Wilson’s passion for cycling and his commitment to providing all qualified students access to higher education.

“As an avid cyclist, I have gotten to know the city and state by participating in cycling events,” said Wilson. “My wife Jacqueline has indulged me and has even joined in a number of these events. Riding a bike through Detroit offers a fun, different perspective of the city that you just can’t get any other way.”

The Baroudeur’s race director, Matt Lockwood, encourages cyclists of all experience levels to participate in the ride, which is an open course that requires participants to ride with vehicle traffic and obey normal traffic laws. 

“We designed The Baroudeur course to highlight the unique beauty of Detroit and its surrounding communities,” said Lockwood. “We’re going to take riders to places like Belle Isle, Lakeshore Drive in the Grosse Pointes, Palmer Park, and Grosse Ile before they cross the finish line where we will kick off a post-race party in the center of our Midtown campus.”

The $36 registration fee for The Baroudeur includes refreshments along the route, lunch after the ride, two tickets for Michigan craft beers, a limited edition T-shirt, ride support and free parking. All net proceeds will directly assist economically disadvantaged students at WSU.


Nominations sought for 2015 Cook-Friedman FBA Civility Award

It’s not too early to start thinking about nominations for the 2015 Cook-Friedman FBA Civility Award, which will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Dinner on June 25.  The selection criteria are as follows:

1. The attorney has been significantly engaged in the practice of law;

2. The attorney demonstrates the highest levels of legal competency and professionalism;

3.  The attorney’s conduct is in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity and personal courtesy as set forth in the Civility Principles of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of  Michigan;

4.  The attorney has demonstrated, while fulfilling the fundamental duty to represent clients vigorously, a mindfulness of the equally important obligation to the administration of justice, which is a
truth-seeking process designed to resolve human and societal problems in a rational, peaceful and efficient manner; and

5.  The attorney is guided by a fundamental sense of dignity, decency, candor, and fair play.

If you believe that an individual is worthy of consideration, please submit the name of the nominee to fbamich@fbamich.org with a brief statement in support of the nomination.