Duly Noted

 Civil Rights Commission

statement on the passing of Director Kelvin W. Scott
Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Matthew Wesaw issued this statement regarding the untimely death of Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott Saturday:
“It greatly saddens me to announce the unfortunate passing of Director Scott on Saturday morning following his courageous battle with cancer.  As a fellow Com-
missioner for many years, and then as Director since February 2009, Kelvin displayed an uncommon sense of justice and fairness.  I believe I speak for all current and former Commissioners, Depart-
ment staff and our civil and human rights partners around the state when I say that Kelvin’s leadership and commitment will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Kelvin W. Scott was first appointed by Governor Granholm to the Civil Rights Commission in September 2004.  He served as a Commissioner until February 2009, when he was appointed by his fellow Commissioners as Director of the Department.  In his brief time as Director, Kelvin oversaw the launch of the statewide investigation into the conditions of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and the successful series of Root Beer Summits on Race and Diversity held in 2009.  
Scott was most recently Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Plastech Engineered Products, Inc. He also worked as Associate Corporate Counsel for MASCO Corporation, litigator with the firm of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy and Pelton, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and associate attorney and partner with the law firm Dickinson Wright. 
Scott was recently elected chair of the Board of Legal Aid and Defender of Detroit, and was a past president of the Wolverine Bar Association.   He also served on the Board of Directors for the Barristers of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and received its Distinguished Service Award. He was a past president and former state representative of the Detroit chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association.
Kelvin received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987 and a BA from Michigan State University in 1984. 
Kelvin, who was 47, is survived by his wife Ursula Henry and his parents Herman and Helen Scott.