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Michigan Judges Association Accepting Nominations for Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award

The Michigan Judges Association (“MJA”) announces that it is accepting nominations for its Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award. In 2010, MJA created the Hilda Gage Award to recognize judicial excellence, in honor of the late Judge Hilda Gage who served on the Court of Appeals and Oakland Circuit Bench before passing away in 2010.
She was renowned for her courage and scholarship. Judge Gage was the first female President of MJA and the first woman to chair the Judicial Tenure Commission.
MJA seeks judges who have followed in Judge Gage’s footsteps by “serving their state and their communities with integrity, skill, and courage every day.” The Award recognizes current or former Circuit or Court of Appeals Judges who have demonstrated exemplary service.

Past recipients include: Hon. J. Richardson Johnson (2010); Hon. James Ryan 2011; Hon. James Kingsley 2012; Hon. Barry Howard 2013; and Hon. Joan Young 2014.
The deadline is July 15. For a nomination form, contact Sarah Wenzlick, Law Clerk to the Hon. Pamela L. Lightvoet, at srwenz@kalcounty.com, or visit  the MJA website, http://mijudge.org/judicial-excellence-award-nominations/


Darnley joins Honigman’s growing IP practice

James D. (Dan) Darnley, Jr. joins Honigman as a partner in the firm’s growing Intellectual Property Department and member of Honigman’s Patent Practice Group. He is in the Kalamazoo office. The firm’s IP practice, which has added 12 attorneys this year, serves clients nationally and internationally.

Darnley’s more than 28 years of experience as counsel for several global corporations handling complex legal issues related to pharmaceutical and biologic products brings a unique industry perspective that will complement Honigman’s strong Life Sciences practice. His practice will focus on advising clients on licensing and acquisitions, and strategic implementation of worldwide patent procurement, enforcement and related regulatory issues. Darnley joins Honigman from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company/Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.  Darnley earned a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, a B.A. in biology from Indiana University and a B.A. in history from University of Notre Dame.