Postema re-elected as president of municipal attorney group

Stephen Postema, the Ann Arbor City Attorney, has been re-elected by his peers to lead municipal attorneys across Michigan.

Postema, Ann Arbor City Attorney since 2003, was unanimously re-elected as president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) during the group's annual meeting on June 26.

Postema was the 2009-2010 MAMA president and was re-elected to lead the group for a second year, said William Mathewson, secretary/treasurer for MAMA and General Counsel for the Michigan Municipal League.

"In these challenging times facing Michigan cities, Stephen brings vitality and a wealth of experience to our organization, along with his absolute dedication to the City of Ann Arbor," said immediate past President of MAMA, Andrew Mulder, City Attorney of Holland, Michigan.

As president, Postema also chairs the Michigan Municipal League's Legal Defense Fund.

This Fund provides support to Michigan communities involved in significant litigation or other forms of controversy which could affect the organization, operation, powers, duties or financial obligations of Michigan municipalities.

In the next year, Postema said he plans to continue the work of his prior year as president. That work includes reviewing legal briefs (also called amicus curiae briefs) on various cases to the Michigan Supreme County and re-activating MAMA's legislative action committee.

The legislative committee forms strategies on tackling potential legal issues facing Michigan communities.

"Stephen has done an excellent job leading the organization for the past year and it was an easy decision for the membership to give him a second term," Mathewson said.

"Stephen has provided important perspective in the analysis of legal issues and the filing of our Friend of the Court briefs in high-impact cases, such as property taxation, governmental immunity, and land use."

Postema, a 1977 Ann Arbor Pioneer High School graduate with degrees from Harvard University and University of Wisconsin Law School, said he was honored to be re-elected to the organization.

"It's a great honor to be selected by my peers to help lead this organization," Postema said.

"This group is leveraging the collective knowledge of municipal attorneys throughout the state to make real changes for Michigan communities."

Postema began his legal career as a judicial clerk to then Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Feikens in Detroit. Prior to serving as the Ann Arbor City Attorney, Postema was a partner at Bodman LLP in Ann Arbor, where he specialized in commercial and employment litigation and practiced regularly in both federal and state courts.

Postema has served as a mediator, facilitator, and arbitrator in numerous employment, commercial and negligence cases.

He has also taught and written about a wide variety of legal issues. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Supreme Court Brief Award.

Published: Thu, Jul 29, 2010

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