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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI MAGAZINE | WINTER 2016

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WMU-Cooley Benchmark EDITOR Terry Carella CO-EDITOR Sharon Matchette CONTRIBUTING WRITERS SeyferthPR seyferthpr.com DESIGN Image Creative Group imagecreativegroup.com PHOTOGRAPHY Tom Gennara, Boardman Mike Shuster, PricewaterhouseCoopers Terry Carella, Hudson and Farah SUBMISSIONS Benchmark seeks story ideas from graduates on a variety of subjects such as graduate achievements, international experiences, cultural diversity, legal information helpful to practitioners, unique law practices, advice to prospective law students, and special events. If you would like to share a story idea, please write, call, or e-mail: Communications Office WMU-Cooley Law School 300 S. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 371-5140 ext. 2916 Fax: (517) 334-5780 communications@cooley.edu cooley.edu Benchmark is published twice a year by the administrative offices of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, 300 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48933 ALUMNI DATABASE The user name will always remain the word alumni. The password changes are disclosed in Benchmark on the inside front cover. Please call the Alumni Relations Office at 517-371-5140, ext. 2038, or e-mail alumni@cooley.edu if you have any problems. The current password for this term is practice.

A Beautiful Gift This issue of Benchmark prominently features our dear friend, alumnus and nationally renowned artist Gordon Boardman, who has made a monumental gift commitment to the Law School. Through his estate plan, Gordon is leaving one of the largest gifts the Law School has ever received. But the financial value of the gift is not its most gratifying part. What moves us is the fact that Gordon is entrusting to our Law School much of his life’s work – a collection of more than 400 paintings. The Boardman Collection will make the Law School’s already outstanding art collection even more formidable. We will catalog, preserve, house, and proudly display these beautiful paintings to be enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and guests at each of our campuses. President LeDuc has appointed Pamela Heos as curator of the Boardman Collection. Many of you know Pamela from her work as Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, manager of our Cooley Society donor recognition organization, executive secretary of the WMU-Cooley Law School Alumni Association, and organizer of dozens of alumni events around the nation annually. Adding to that assignment, Pamela will now employ her background in art, art history, and museum practice to ensure that the Boardman Collection becomes a vital part of the beauty of our campuses. Sincerely,

James D. Robb Associate Dean of External Affairs and Senior Counsel

WMU-COOLEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lawrence P. Nolan Chairman of the Board Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C. Eaton Rapids, Michigan Hon. Louise Alderson Vice Chairman of the Board 54A District Court Lansing, Michigan James W. Butler, III Urban Revitalization Division Mich. State Housing Development Auth. Lansing, Michigan Thomas W. Cranmer Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC Troy, Michigan

Scott A. Dienes Foster Swift Collins & Smith St. Joseph, Michigan

Ho​n.​Stephen J. Markman Michigan Supreme Court Lansing, Michigan

Hon. Bart Stupak Venable, LLP Washington, D.C.

Sharon M. Hanlon Zelman & Hanlon, PA Naples, Florida

Kenneth V. Miller Millennium Restaurant Group, LLC Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dennis A. Swan Sparrow Hospital & Health System Lansing, Michigan

Don LeDuc President and Dean Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Lansing, Michigan ​ on​.​Jane E. Markey H Michigan Court of Appeals Grand Rapids, Michigan

James C. Morton Morton Karrass LLP Toronto, Ontario, Canada Edward H. Pappas Dickinson Wright PLLC Troy, Michigan Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Lansing, Michigan


Benchmark | Winter 2016