Duly Noted

In Memoriam
Bruce P. Rissi, 1952-2012

Attorney Bruce P. Rissi, a long-time Grand Rapids Bar Association member, passed away on July 14 at the age of 59.

Rissi was born on Dec. 27, 1952 and was a resident of Whitehall. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Valerie K. Rissi; one daughter, Connie (Dan) Sparrow; two sons, Jacob and James (Mitch) Rissi; three brothers and one sister; and four grandchildren.

Rissi was a member of the Grand Haven firm Scholten and Fant, and had over 29 years of trial practice in Michigan State and Federal Courts in the areas of general civil liability, including commercial, contract, tort claims, personal injury and governmental litigation. He was also a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association and its Litigation Law and Negligence Law sections, the American Bar Association, and the Muskegon and Ottawa County Bar Associations.

He received his bachelors from Western  Michigan University, his MA from State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University.

He served as a community mediator with the West Shore Dispute Resolution Center, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Duck lake Riparia Owners Association and of the Muskegon County Medical Control Authority  Education Advisory Committee.

He was also a drummer who occasionally performed with local bands.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to The Community Foundation for Muskegon County, 425 W. Western Ave., Ste 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 where the “Rissi Glioblastoma” fund has been established to honor Bruce's life.

At the time of his death, Rissi was at the Poppen House, a hospice residence, in the Muskegon area. A memorial tribute was held on July 23 at the Duck Lake Channel on Scenic Dr., in Whitehall.

The Grand Rapids Legal News extends sympathy to Bruce Rissi’s family, friends and colleagues on their loss.

Volunteers Needed for Constitution Day

The GRBA is partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to Celebrate Constitution Day with a goal of pairing each of the district’s 5th grade classrooms with an attorney who will present a one-hour lesson about the U.S. Constitution.

Each volunteer’s time commitment is small. The majority will be needed Monday,  Sept. 17 9-10 a.m., with a few needed Sept. 24 as well. For more details or to  register, visit www.grbar.org/cde.cfm?event=390531 or email karen@