Remembering Robinson: Legacy of former Wayne dean celebrated at event


 A Friday, Sept. 6, celebration drew 56 attendees and raised nearly $13,000 for the endowed scholarship fund the late James K. Robinson created to help students at Wayne State University Law School.

Robinson, a 1968 graduate of Wayne Law who served as the law school’s seventh dean, died in 2010 at age 66. During his acclaimed legal life, Robinson also served as chairman of the Litigation Department at Honigman Miller and as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Among those on hand for the event were U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Guy and his wife, Yvonne; U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen; U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn; and U.S. District Judge David Lawson and his wife, Janet. John Reed, former dean of the University of Colorado Law School and a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School, also was among those in attendance, as was Debbie Dingell, chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.
Delphi Deputy General Counsel Joe Papelian and his wife, Linda, graciously hosted the event at their Bloomfield Hills home. Other hosts of the reception included Robinson’s wife, Marti, an attorney and a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson; Tom Cranmer of Miller Canfield and his wife, Maria; Bill Hochkammer of Honigman Miller; Thomas Kienbaum of Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy, and Pelton, Wayne Law class of 1968; Richard Rossman, former U.S. attorney in Detroit; and Bill Winsten of Honigman Miller, Wayne Law class of 1979.
Dean Benson was among the featured speakers at the event, which also was highlighted by remarks from scholarship recipients Nicolas Tlocynski and Becky Loyer. Tlocynski, a graduate of Central Michigan University who grew up in Muskegon, was the first recipient of the Robinson Scholarship in 2011. Loyer, a resident of Wyandotte and a first year student at Wayne Law, is this year’s scholarship honoree.