Duly Noted

Summer associates join Rhoades McKee

Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce Jacqueline M. Appleman, Rose P.  Kleff and Patrick E. Sweeney have joined the firm as Summer Associates.
Appleman attends The University of Iowa College of Law where she anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in May 2014.  Kleff is attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she is slated to receive a Juris Doctor in May 2015.  Sweeney is expected to receive his Juris Doctor in May 2014 from the law school he is currently attending, Washington and Lee University School of Law.
The summer associate program is designed to provide law students challenging opportunities for professional growth. Throughout the summer, Rhoades McKee assigns projects to ensure that the summer associates work within various practice areas while also taking the opportunity to explore the West Michigan community.

Royster named Clerk of the Michigan Supreme Court

Attorney Larry Royster, Chief Clerk and Research Director for the Michigan Court of Appeals, has been named Clerk of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. announced the appointment today. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Larry’s caliber fill these very important roles for the Court,” Young said. “Larry’s experience, legal expertise, and proven leadership skills make him the clear choice.”
Young also praised outgoing Clerk Corbin R. Davis, who has served in that position since 1983. “Corbin is well known throughout the legal community for his dedication, integrity, work ethics, and good judgment,” Young added. “It says a great deal about Larry that the Court found him to be a worthy successor to Corbin.”
Royster joined the Court of Appeals Prehearing Division in 1985; he then served as a law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Richard Maher. From 1989 to 1998, Royster served as supervisor of the Court of Appeals’ new Senior Research Division, which prepares research reports for the court’s longer, more complex cases. In 1999, he was named Court of Appeals Deputy Research Director, becoming Research Director two years later. In January 2011, Royster began serving as both Chief Clerk and Research Director for the Court of Appeals.
Royster graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Archi-
tecture degree; he earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.