Duly Noted . . .

 Warner Norcross Partner Named Chair of ABA Committee

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Partner Dennis J. Donohue has been named chair of the Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.

An experienced environmental law attorney, Donohue will serve a one-year term leading the committee, which provides a forum for research, study and discussion of issues facing the hardrock and coal mining industry, including sustainable development and climate change. The committee brings together those with expertise in national and international laws/policies guiding and regulating the industry.
 
Donohue concentrates his environmental practice on mining, Clean Water Act permit development and enforcement issues, water withdrawal, ground water discharge and sediment remediation, among other issues.  He is currently chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section, and has served on the section’s council. He is also  a past chair of the Grand Rapids Bar Association Environmental Law Section.

Donohue is recognized by Best Lawyers in American, who named him the Grand Rapids Water Law Lawyer of the year in 2013. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Michigan Wetlands Association.
 

MAJ endorses Judge Murphy for Michigan Supreme Court

On Aug. 18, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals William B. Murphy received the endorsement of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ). The Board voted unanimously to support Murphy for one of two eight-year spots on the November ballot. 
 
 “I can’t imagine a better candidate for the Supreme Court than Judge Murphy,” said MAJ President Scott Goodwin. “His experience, knowledge and passion for the law is second to none. He will bring a well-reasoned and thought-
ful perspective to the Court.”
 
 Judge Murphy, a past president of MAJ, was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1988 by Gov. Jim Blanchard. Five years ago the Michigan Supreme Court appointed him chief judge of Michigan’s second highest court. Under his leadership, the court has undertaken an aggressive overhaul of court business practices, making the court a national leader in efficiency. Murphy also serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal.
 
“Judge Murphy belongs on the Mount Rushmore of judges in this state,” Goodwin continued. “We are fortunate to have such a brilliant mind running for the Supreme Court.”