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Wayne Law alumnae recognized as Notable Women in the Law

Eleven Wayne State University Law School alumnae were recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as Notable Women in the Law for 2021.

Of the 47 attorneys listed, Wayne Law had more alumnae listed than any other law school.

The featured lawyers were nominated by their professional and community peers, and selected based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, and mentorship of others.

The 11 Wayne Law alumnae Notable Women in the Law include:

• Raechel Badalamenti ’04, partner, Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti

• Laura Baucus ’00, member, director, Automotive Industry Group, Dykema

• Angela Caligiuri ’09, counsel, General Motors

• Chanille Carswell ’95, chief diversity officer and litigation co-chair, Brooks Kushman

• Ebony Duff ’02, shareholder, Garan Lucow Miller

• Christina Hines ’14, first assistant prosecuting attorney, Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office

• Stephani LaBelle ’04, lead attorney, City of Detroit Project Clean Slate

• Mary Massaron ’90, partner, Plunkett Cooney

• Brandy Mathie ’00, member, Kerr, Russell & Weber

• Linda Paullin-Hebden ’89, executive partner, Warner Norcross + Judd

• Sangeeta Shah ’93, CEO, Brooks Kushman


Ex-health chief: I quit after Whitmer wanted 'new direction'

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's former health director said Thursday that he resigned in January after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told him it was "time to go in a new direction."

Robert Gordon's statement to a legislative committee confirmed what the governor's office had refused to say publicly despite his $155,000 severance deal — that he was ousted after two years on the job.
Gordon, with Whitmer's support, issued COVID-19 restrictions in the fall and winter after the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law that underpinned her orders.

Gordon said he joined a video conference call on Jan. 22 with the governor and members of her staff.

"The governor said to me, Robert, grateful for your service. I think it's time to go in a new direction," he said. Whitmer left the call. Her chief legal counsel Mark Totten offered him an opportunity to resign, "and I did," Gordon said.

He said he was serving at an appointee and "it's important that the governor is comfortable with you in that role."

The House Oversight Committee hearing was ongoing. The governor has not said why she replaced Gordon.

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