U-M president to receive Social Justice award

Noted Constitutional law scholar, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, will be the keynote speaker at the Feb. 23 Wade H. McCree, Jr. Luncheon of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, honoring Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan. Coleman will receive the Chapter's Advancement of Social Justice Award. The event will take place at the Westin Book Cadillac beginning with a reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon program at noon.

"Mary Sue Coleman has advanced the cause of social justice through her tenacity and commitment to make the university and all areas she influences, accountable for results," said Cynthia Haffey, co-chair of the Social Justice Committee. "Her passion for justice and equality make her a remarkable leader, and an excellent choice to receive this prestigious award."

Coleman has led the University of Michigan since 2002. In this position she is regarded as a national spokesperson on the exceptional value of diverse perspectives in the classroom. Her extensive leadership positions in higher education include serving on the association of American Universities Executive Committee and the Internet2 Board of Trustees. A biochemist, Coleman has built a distinguished research career through her research on the immune system and malignancies. At the University she holds appointments of professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School and professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

"Dean Chemerinsky, in addition to his efforts in the classroom, brings a career of experience in pro bono work to assure the constitutional rights of citizens and community institutions," said Haffey. "His insights on social justice issues are important areas for reflection and action."

Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Law School, has written seven books and more than 300 law review articles on a wide range of constitutional topics. He served for two years as chair of the elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission to draft a city charter which was adopted by the voters in 1999. He regularly argues cases, criminal and civil -- virtually always pro bono -- in the Supreme Court of the United States, federal courts of appeals and state supreme courts.

The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association promotes professionalism, continuing legal education and practical opportunities to help advance the sound administration of justice. Among the ways the FBA achieves these goals is by commemorating and recognizing those whose lives serve as a source of inspiration.

Published: Mon, Jan 24, 2011