Daily Briefs (Feb. 25)

Honigman’s Ankers named among 25 ‘Leaders in the Law’

Norman Ankers, a partner in and co-chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Litigation Department, has been named one of 25 “Leaders in the Law” for 2010 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on criteria that included the ability to achieve success, display of strength of character, passion for the law and the profession, and solving problems while reflecting great integrity.

Ankers’ national practice is focused on “bet the company” litigation before juries, judges and arbitrators for public and private companies. His complex commercial litigation practice includes business torts, securities law, shareholder and partnership litigation, and class action defense.

Ankers has been recognized by several independent resources as one of Michigan’s leading litigators. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named Ankers as one of the top lawyers from 2005 to 2009 and in 2009 described him as “an outstanding trial lawyer and known as an expert business and commercial litigator.” Best Lawyers in America recognized him from 2005 to 2010 as one of the best Business/Corporate Litigation attorneys and from 2007 to 2010 as one of the best “bet the company” litigators as well. Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2009 listed Ankers among the top 100 lawyers and in 2009 as one of the top 10. Lawdragon named him one of the top 500 attorneys in the United States in 2006.

He earned a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School and an A.B., with honors, from the University of Michigan.

Wayne Law to host oral argument before Court of Appeals, March 11

Wayne State University Law School will host oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. The event will take place in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

“We are honored to welcome the Michigan Court of Appeals to the Law School,” said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “This is the type of relationship with the judiciary and practicing bar that a good law school should cultivate.”

Added Director of Wayne Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program Anne M. Burr, “We are very pleased to have Judge Michael J. Kelly, Judge Michael J. Talbot and Judge Kurtis T. Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments at the Law School. It is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students, particularly our 1Ls who will be making their own appellate arguments in a few weeks.”

Experienced counsel will argue actual appellate cases before the three-judge panel. Students are able to observe a variety of oral argument styles, as well as the procedures of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The event is sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing faculty in conjunction with the First Year Moot Court Program. As part of the Program, first-year law students at Wayne Law research and write an appellate brief for the federal court of appeals. They then argue the positions taken in their brief before three-judge panels consisting of local attorneys and judges.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Marilyn Vaughan at (313) 577-4822 or at ak1557@wayne.edu.


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