Judge Dorene Allen wins Wright Award
A Midland judge who is leading the state’s effort to end the “school to prison pipeline” is the recipient of this year’s Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services to recognize exceptional work on behalf of Michigan children and families.
Judge Dorene S. Allen, presiding judge of Midland’s family and probate courts, is being honored for exceptional work on behalf of Michigan children and families, including successful programs for young offenders.
Allen received the award at the Supreme Court’s Michigan Adoption Day ceremony on Nov. 26 at the Lansing Hall of Justice.
Attorneys join SHRR
Two previous summer associates, Charles J. Pike and Anders J. Gillis, have joined Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge.
Charles Pike, who will work in the Grand Rapids office, represents companies and individuals in the areas of commercial litigation, legal malpractice, professional liability and transportation/
no-fault law. Pike earned a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from Grand Valley State University, where he played for the 2005 Division 2 Football National Championship team. He also was a Student Attorney and Litigation Supervisor for the Free Legal Aid Clinic and intern for State Rep. Jeff Mayes.
Anders Gillis joins the Traverse City office as an associate. He represents and defends an array of individuals and companies practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate and trusts and estate planning. He earned a J.D. cum laude from Michigan State University, where he was Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, editor of Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law, and earned the Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy. Gillis received his B.A. and B.S. from Northern Michigan University graduating summa cum laude.
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