MLaw alumni recognized as U-M volunteer leaders


By Linda Laderman
Legal News

University of Michigan Law School alumni John Nannes, of Washington, D.C., and Irving Stenn Jr., of Chicago, are among the recipients of the 2017 Hermelin Awards for their exceptional volunteerism on behalf of the university.

Nannes, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is perhaps best known around the Quad as architect of one of the Law School’s most successful development initiatives—the Nannes 3L Challenge. Its goal is to encourage students to think about giving back to Michigan Law even before they graduate. Since 1999, more than 3,000 students have taken the 3L Challenge, in which they commit to making a gift to the Law School in each of their first four years after graduation. For each commitment, Nannes makes a $250 gift to the Law School organization(s) of the student’s choosing. Gifts from Challenge participants total more than $1.2 million, to date.

Nannes has served on numerous fundraising and advisory committees and currently chairs the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. He also is a guide and mentor to the next generation of MLaw alumni and supporters.

Stenn, a major patron of the University’s Museum of Art, also has been a tremendous supporter of Michigan Law. In 1976, with his father, Irving Stenn Sr., he endowed a fund to honor law students who demonstrate leadership, community engagement, and academic success. The Stenn Award, established in 2011, is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon graduating law students each year.

In 2014, Stenn contributed an additional $1 million to the scholarship, enabling him to help even more students reach their goals.

Established in 2004, the Hermelin Award honors the memory of alumnus David Hermelin.