AJC Detroit Honors Rozanne and Robert Sedler


American Jewish Committee-Detroit Regional Office is pleased to present its 2011 Community Service Award to Rozanne and Robert Sedler on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

AJC is an international think-tank and human relations agency dedicated to the pursuit of pluralism and democracy. The Community Service Award is presented to leaders, who, through their skills, influence and dedication, have demonstrated a profound commitment to improving our community The awardees exemplify humanitarian idealism combined with pragmatic engagement on significant issues facing our community and nation. With these criteria, AJC Detroit is especially pleased to honor Rozanne and Robert Sedler who both together and individually have shown life-long leadership on issues related to community development, equality, bridge building, geriatrics and education.

Rozanne Sedler has long been an advocate for the rights and needs of the elderly at the local, state and federal level, and has given legislative testimony on conditions in nursing homes. She currently serves on the Board of Citizens for Better Care and is a past president of the ACLU of Oakland County. Rozanne has also served on the Commission on Senior Activities of the City of Southfield and in 2009 was appointed as a layperson member of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. She has been a clinical social worker at Jewish Family Service since 1986 and works in the area of geriatrics.

Robert Sedler is distinguished professor of law at Wayne State University Law School where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. In 2005 he was elected to the WSU Academy of Scholars, which is the highest academic honor that can be conferred on a faculty member at the university. Published extensively in both of his fields, in 1994 Sedler published a book on American Constitutional Law for the International Encyclopedia of Laws and which been updated and will be republished in 2011. He has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases, mostly as a volunteer lawyer for the ACLU of Michigan and has lectured on American Constitutional Law at universities in Russia and the Netherlands and has participated in Roundtables at Oxford University in England. He frequently speaks to community groups in the Detroit Metro area on constitutional and public policy issues. This year marks his 50th year as a law professor.

Rozanne and Robert have two grown children, are residents of Southfield, and members of Temple Emanu-el Congregation.

The evening will include special guest speaker Marc Stern, AJC's associate general counsel. The evening's dinner chairs are AJC Detroit board member Judy Kotzen and head of Wayne State University's Law School, Dean Robert M. Ackerman. Individual tickets for the event are available at $175. Sponsorships begin at $250. For additional information about AJC and the tribute to the Sedlers, call 248-646-7686 or email detroit@ajc.org.

Published: Wed, Nov 23, 2011


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