Treasure of Detroit honors alumni, faculty

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PHOTO #1: Wayne State University Law School hosted its 17th Treasure of Detroit reception in the Prentis Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Wednesday, April 22.  Among those speaking at the event were Gary S. Pollard (left) of the WSU Board of Governors and WSU President M. Roy Wilson (left) who was accompanied by his wife Jacqueline Wilson (center).

PHOTO #2: Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson (center) was pleased to honor six WSU alumni and a faculty member at the 17th Treasure of Detroit including (left to right) Bruce A. Miller, Elizabeth Dot Miller, Ann Lydia Miller, E. Powell Miller, Assistant Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson, and Rukia Lumumba who accepted an award in memory of her father, Chokwe Lumumba.  Also honored posthumously was Edna P. Miller.


Nearly 300 alumni, students, faculty, staff, supporters and community leaders helped to recognize seven honorees Wednesday, April 22, at Wayne State University Law School’s 17th Treasure of Detroit.

The event, which was hosted in the Prentis Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts, honored some of the brightest lights in the legal profession and celebrated the growth and success of the Law School.

This year’s honorees were:

• Chokwe Lumumba, Wayne Law Class of 1975, honored posthumously as a longtime civil rights activist who was mayor of Jackson, Miss., at the time of his death in 2014.

• The Miller family—Bruce A. Miller, Wayne Law Class of 1954, general counsel for the Metro AFL-CIO in Detroit and founder of Miller Cohen PLC in Detroit;  E. Powell Miller, Wayne Law Class of 1986, CEO of

The Miller Law Firm PC in Rochester;  Ann Lydia Miller, Wayne Law Class of 1989, partner in The Miller Law Firm; Elizabeth Dot Miller, Class of 1986, bachelor of fine arts, Wayne State College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, bookkeeper at Miller Cohen PLC;  Edna P. Miller, Class of 1958, master of social work, Wayne State School of Social Work, honored posthumously. At the time of her death in 2006, Edna was an associate professor emeritus in the School of Social Work.

Also at the Treasure of Detroit event, Wayne Law Assistant Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson received the 2014 Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Speaking at the event were Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson; Wayne Law Board of Visitors Chair Kathryn J. Humphrey, Wayne Law Class of 1980; WSU Board of Governors Chair Gary S. Pollard; and WSU President M. Roy Wilson.