Daily Briefs (March 11)

Longtime Detroit trial attorney Jack Heaphy dies at age 83
John M. “Jack” Heaphy, 83.  Beloved husband and best friend of Martha (nee Knowles) for 60 years; wonderful, loving father of John M. (Colette) Heaphy III, Catherine (Raymond) DeThorne, and Barbara (Richard) Murphy; ever proud grandfather to Patrick and Lindsay DeThorne, Madeline, Matthew, Michelle and Maureen Heaphy, Richie, Catie and Betsy Murphy; doting elder brother of Bill, Joan, and Ann.  Devoted master to his golden retriever Bailey and many dogs who came before. Jack was born in Escanaba, Michigan and moved to Detroit at a young age. He lived in the Detroit area for most of his life and in 1945 enlisted in the Navy against his parents’ wishes where he served until late 1946. Upon returning home Jack enrolled at The University of Michigan where he graduated in 1950. He then attended Wayne State Law School where he earned his juris doctorate in 1953. After working in Washington D.C. for several years, Jack returned to Detroit and ultimately joined the firm that became Vandeveer, Garzia, Tonkin, Kerr and Heaphy where he worked for nearly thirty-five years as an active trial lawyer and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. During the last several years of his career he served as president of the firm.  According to his nephew William Heaphy, who is presently a practicing attorney in Detroit, “I've been a lawyer in this city for 19 years now, and I’m sure that a week hasn’t gone by where some lawyer or judge didn’t have something nice to say about him.” Upon retirement, he moved to Tucson, Ariz., with his wife where they lived until a few years ago when they moved to Illinois to be closer to family. Wherever he went, Jack attracted many friends with his generous nature, warm manner, infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park Il. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025.

Pope named to ABA’s Board of Governors

Harold D. Pope, a partner with Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., was recently appointed to the Board of Governors as Minority Member-at-Large for the American Bar Association (ABA).
The Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board usually meets four times a year and oversees the general operation of the Association by developing specific plans of action. It is composed of 40 members from the Association: 18 district representatives, 13 members-at-large, six officers who serve as ex officio, a Secretary-Elect and a Treasurer-Elect, each serving three-year-terms.
Pope is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group, focusing his practice in personal injury, products liability, construction, professional malpractice, directors’ and officers’ liability, employment and problem loan litigation. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia College and a graduate of Duke University School of Law.