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Wayne Law professor named among most influential corporate board directors

Wayne State University Law School Professor Katherine White has been named among WomenInc. Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors for her service on the Board of Directors for Old National Bancorp.

White joins leading corporate board directors from across the country, including Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors.

WomenInc.’s winter edition features a directory of more than 700 directors serving on the boards of S&P 1000/Mid-Cap publicly held companies and is the most comprehensive listing of women executives, influencers and achievers contributing leadership to corporate boards.

White joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1996. She was appointed by the secretary of commerce to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Public Advisory Committee (2000-02) and is also currently a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Variety Protection Office Advisory Board. In addition, she has been a member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents since 1999. She joined the Old National Bancorp Board of Directors in 2015.

White is a Fulbright senior scholar (Germany), a White House fellow (2001-02), and a registered patent attorney.


A fresh start for youth justice advocates   

A 64-year-old nonprofit agency focused on youh justice advocacy and reform is now operating under a new name.

The Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency has changed its name to the Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ).

The change, announced last week, is designed to better reflect the organization’s vision of creating a fair and effective justice system for the state’s children, youth and young adults, while moving away from outdated, stigmatizing language.

Mary King, the executive director of MCYJ, explains the name change: “We have the deepest and most profound respect for all that was accomplished by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency and we are honored by the legacy. It's challenging to move away from our history, but we feel that there is a deeper understanding now about the impact of language on how we think. As an organization, we’ve realized we can't talk about reducing stigma for kids while holding onto a name that paints them in a negative light.”

MCYJ’s priorities are to prevent crime and reduce youth involvement in the justice system, promote the use of diversion, assure equal access to justice in the courts, expand community-based services for justice-involved youth, remove all youth from adult jails and prisons, improve safety in juvenile residential/detention facilities, and increase confidentiality and expungement regarding youth records.


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