ICBA honors local attorneys at 115th anniversary annual dinner


By Roberta M. Gubbins

Legal News

Members of the Ingham County Bar Association came together at the Country Club of Lansing on the evening of November 13th to recognize and honor outstanding attorneys in the local legal community. "This is a special night for lawyers, judges and honored guests," said David Lick, President. "We have an opportunity to remember those that have come before us and honor those who set high standards. Your presence is here tonight is evidence of your commitment to your profession and the high esteem in which you hold it."

"Bestowing awards on individuals who you have chosen as outstanding lawyers raises the dignity of our legal profession. Tonight we are setting a new tradition. Tonight we will bestow the life-time achievement award," Lick said.

Scott L. Mandel was the recipient of the Theodore W. Swift Civility Award, which recognizes skill and success in practicing law and exhibiting that civility and collegiality may co-exist and contribute to overall and long-term success. Mandel is business commercial litigator. He was honored for his ability to be successful while still being a nice guy. It was noted that "He uses his skill and legal expertise to achieve his client's objective and still permit them to improve their business relationship with their adversary." Mandel joined Foster Swift in 1980 following his graduation from Wayne State University. He is a member of several legal organizations including the Federal Bar Association of Western Michigan, the American Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the ICBA. He is involved in the community, serving on the board of directors Legal Aid of Central Michigan and Shaarey Zedek. He and his wife, Maureen, live in East Lansing with their tow children, Cassandra a junior at MSU and Noah, a junior at East Lansing High School.

The Camille S. Abood Distinguished Volunteer Award was presented to David S. Marvin. Michael Cavanaugh presented the award. Marvin has donated his time and energy to the Ingham Intermediate School District, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the East Lansing Education Foundation, the Friends of Michigan History, Michigan State University, the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Impression Five Science Center and Boy Scouts of America. In 1989 Marvin was instrumental in securing Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), a telephone message relay service for individuals with hearing impairment for which he received the Distinguished Service Award form the Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services. He received the State Bar of Michigan's John W. Cummiskey Award for his work providing significant pro bono legal services to the poor in Michigan. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. He and his wife are the proud parents of John.

Larry P. Nolan received the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney award. Nolan is a highly skilled trial attorney whose reputation for winning is statewide. He has successfully defended major felony cases and has won awards and settlements that total over forty-nine million dollars to date. He has brought two cases before the United States Supreme Court. He is a fellow of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Foundation where membership is by invitation only. He is past President of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Foundation. He is Treasurer of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and a current member of the State Bar Board of Commissioners. He and his wife, Laurel Blasi, have a daughter, Bridget, and a son, Patrick.

Thomas E. Brennan received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Brennan is the first to receive this award. Brennan began his legal career at the law firm of Waldron, Brennan, Brennan and Maher. He was elected to a seat on the Common Pleas Bench in 1961. He went on to the Wayne County Circuit Bench and finally sat on the Michigan Supreme Court. He had a vision of a new, private, law school in Lansing. In 1972, he incorporated the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The law school was provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association in 1975, gaining complete accreditation in 1978. Today, the school is the largest law school in the United States with almost 4,000 students. There are four campuses in Michigan, located in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor.

The Brennan Law Library, named after the school's founder, is a Congressionally-designated depository for U. S. Government documents. The multi-million dollar expansion of the library will make the Brennan Law Library the second largest academic law library in the country.

Justice Brennan and his wife, Polly, have five children, Tom, twins Margaret Ann and John Seamus, Billy and Marybeth. He attended the University of Detroit and earned an LL.B. from the University of Detroit Law School in 1952.

Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2009


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