Foundation matches gifts up to $50K to honor MSU Law professor

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Still practicing and teaching in his mid 80s, Law Professor George T. Roumell, Jr. is the longest-serving adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University College of Law.

Michigan State University College of Law announced on Monday a commitment by The Ravitz Foundation to match one-to-one up to $50,000 in gifts made to the George T. Roumell, Jr., Fund. The fund honors the Law College’s longest-serving adjunct faculty member and recognizes Roumell’s distinguished career teaching labor and arbitration law as an adjunct at the Law College since 1957.

Professor Roumell has made countless contributions to the legal community, to legal education, and especially to the more than 3,500 students who have passed through his classroom, including former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, ‘70, and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo, Jr., ‘75. An institution at MSU Law and a pillar of the Michigan legal community, Roumell — now in his mid-80s — continues to practice and teach.

Many alumni fondly recall Roumell as one of their favorite faculty members, and even still quote him in their own teaching and daily practice.

“I have long felt the difference between the legal education I received and that offered by most other law schools was the presence of faculty members who actually practice law, as opposed to simply teaching it,” said Leon Bess, ‘63. “There is no better example than that of Professor George Roumell, who brought — and continues to bring — his practical experience into the classroom. Professor Roumell’s students not only learn the law, they learn how to practice it as well.”

Outside the classroom, Roumell has maintained an impressive legal career. He has owned his own law firm and served as president of the State Bar of Michigan and Metro Detroit Bar Association. He regularly travels the country to lecture at conferences and arbitrate contract negotiations and disputes.

“I am passionate about the law and about training tomorrow’s lawyers,” Roumell says. “I enjoy meeting new students and staying in touch with former students.”

Roumell, a Michigan native, earned his law degree at Harvard University in 1954.

Funds raised will be used to support students and faculty in the area of labor law and arbitration. To make a donation, visit www.law.msu.edu/donate or contact the Office of Advancement at 517-432-6840.

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