Duly Noted

Nominations sought for Judicial Excellence Award

The Michigan Judges Association is accepting nominations for its Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award.
Given annually, the award recognizes current or former Circuit or Court of Appeals judges who have demonstrated exemplary service by excelling in trial and docket management, legal scholarship, and contributions to the profession and the community.
This is the fourth year MJA has given the award, named in honor of the late Hilda Gage. Judge Gage served with honor on the Court of Appeals and Oakland Circuit Bench before passing away in 2010. She was renowned for her courage and scholarship. She was the first female President of MJA and the first woman to chair the Judicial Tenure Commission.
The Hon. J. Richardson Johnson, of the Ninth Circuit Court in Kalamazoo, received the award in its inaugural year. Other honorees have been the Hon. James L. Ryan, formerly of the Third Circuit Court in Wayne County, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Hon. James C. Kingsley, of the 37th Circuit Court in Calhoun County.
MJA seeks nominees who follow in Judge Gage’s footsteps by “serving their state and their communities with integrity, skill, and courage every day.”
Anyone can nominate a judge for the award. The deadline is July 19. Nominating forms can be obtained on the Michigan Judges Association website at www.
michiganjudgesassociation.org, or by calling MJA Past-President Timothy G. Hicks, 231-724-6337.

Enslen elected chair of Gryphon Place board

Miller Canfield principal Pamela C. Enslen, resident director of the Kalamazoo office, has been elected to a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Kalamazoo-based nonprofit, Gryphon Place.
Gryphon Place provides a free 211 helpline, suicide prevention services, and free or low cost dispute resolution services for Southwest Michigan. Enslen has served on the 12-member volunteer board since 2007.
Enslen is a lawyer in Miller Canfield’s Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
She is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and earned both her B.M and M.M. from the University of Michigan. She resides in Kalamazoo with her husband, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Enslen, and their son, Gennady.

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