FBA pays tribute to U-M president

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman will be honored on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Wade H. McCree Jr. luncheon sponsored by the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

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. 

Her 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 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.

Constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will be the keynote speaker at the event.

“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, which drafted a city charter that was adopted by the voters in 1999. He regularly argues
cases, criminal and civil — virtually always pro bono — in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals and state supreme courts.

Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To register, visit www.fbamich.org and click on events. 

For additional information, contact Thomas M. Schehr at (313) 568-6659 or e-mail fbamich@fbamich.org.


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