Appointments announced by state Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the following appointments to the Attorney Discipline Board and the Attorney Grievance Commission. 

Named to the Attorney Discipline Board were:

• Michael Murray, attorney and legal counsel/chief of staff for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing,  appointed for a term ending Oct. 1, 2016. Murray is a former chief commissioner of the Michigan Supreme Court and former chair of the Attorney Grievance Commission.

• Rosalind E. Griffin, M.D., psychiatrist practicing in the field of adult and adolescent psychotherapy with special qualifications in forensic psychiatry, reappointed for a term ending Oct. 1, 2016.

• James M. Cameron Jr., attorney and member in the law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC,  appointed chairperson for a term ending Oct. 1, 2014.

• Craig H. Lubben, attorney and member in the law firm of Miller Johnson, appointed vice-chairperson for a term ending Oct. 1, 2014.

The Attorney Discipline Board consists of six attorneys and three non-attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court; appointees serve on a volunteer basis.

The Attorney Discipline Board is the adjudicative arm of the attorney discipline system in Michigan.

The board oversees panels that hear attorney misconduct cases and also imposes sanctions, subject to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Named to the Attorney Grievance Commission were:

• Victor A. Fitz of Cassopolis, attorney and Cass County prosecutor, appointed for a term ending October 1, 2016.

• Reverend Douglas Ward Gallager of Beverly Hills, senior minister emeritus of the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, reappointed for term ending October 1, 2016.

• Barbara B. Smith of Bloomfield Hills, attorney and principal in the law offices of Barbara B. Smith PLLC and Smith Mediation Center, reappointed for a term ending October 1, 2016. Smith is also appointed chairperson for a term
ending October 1, 2014.

• Charles S. Kennedy III of Royal Oak, attorney and member in the law firm of Fildew Hinks, PLLC, is appointed vice-chairperson for term ending October 1, 2014.

The Attorney Grievance Commission, which was established in 1978 by order of the Michigan Supreme Court, investigates and prosecutes attorney misconduct cases.

The nine members of the AGC serve on a voluntary basis. The AGC also employs a staff that includes attorneys and investigators.
 

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