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Annual DMBAF award reception set for Nov. 6

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation (DMBAF) announced Monday that Rep. John Dingell will be the recipient of the 10th Annual Dennis W. Archer Award for Public Service.

Dingell, who announced his retirement in February, is currently the longest-serving member of Congress and a veteran of World War II. During his long service he has been a champion of causes including labor, health care, and helping those in poverty.

"As a soldier, lawyer, and a congressman for fifty-eight years, Congressman Dingell has lived the ideal of public service that the Archer Award represents," said DMBAF co-chair E. Christopher Johnson, Jr. "We're thrilled that he has accepted, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring his legacy of service during our award reception on Nov. 6."

While the venue for this year's award has yet to be decided, the Archer Award reception historically takes place in a Detroit landmark. Past Archer receptions have been held at locations including the Cobo Center (2013); the Detroit Yacht Club (2012); and the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, where former Michigan Supreme Court justice and current director of the Michigan Department of Human Services Maura Corrigan was honored in 2011.

"Just as we select each year's Archer recipient based on their exemplary public service - in effect, shining a spotlight on the best of the best of Michigan's legal community - we also choose our event venues to show off our city's architectural gems," explained the foundation's other co-chair, Barbara Bowman.

In addition honoring members of the legal profession that exemplify the Foundation's core value of public service, the Archer Award event is also the DMBAF's main fundraising initiative. Proceeds are used to fund access to justice programs including the Detroit Legal Services Clinic, a Pro-Bono Mentorship Program, and For The Seventh Generation (www.fortheseventhgeneration.org), which has matched donations of goods and services with 457 foster children, teens, and families in need in the first half of 2014 alone.

"We're calling on the individuals and companies that have supported Rep. Dingell's commitment to public service to honor his career by supporting our programs programs that further the 'theme' of his career, if you will - including assuring access to our court system regardless of income and helping foster children thrive," said Archer committee chair Keith Altenburg.

Sponsorship perks include event tickets and public recognition in accordance with the size of the sponsorship gift.

For more information about sponsorships contact DMBAF Executive Director Lorraine Weber at lweber@detroitlawyer.org or 313-961-6120, ext. 206.

Published: Wed, Aug 06, 2014

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