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 Rhoades McKee welcomes Catherine A. Brainerd

Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Catherine A. Brainerd has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Environmental Law Teams.  Brainerd concentrates her practice helping corporate and individual clients coordinate real estate and construction projects.  She represents a wide variety of clients, including developers, national retailers, title insurance companies and lenders.

Prior to joining Rhoades McKee, Brainerd spent several years practicing with a national law firm as well as several years advising Chief Judge Donald Johnston of the 17th Circuit Court.
“We are excited to welcome Catherine to our firm.   With her prior experience both in corporate real estate and in the court system, Catherine offers our clients a unique advantage for both transactional and litigation matters,” stated Pamela J. Cross, Vice President, Practice Development.

Brainerd graduated in the top ten of her class from Wayne State Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wayne Law Review.  She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Damon J. Keith Center initiative earns $1.3 million from Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to Wayne State University to launch the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a groundbreaking new initiative through which nonprofit organizations working in the areas of racial equity, health care, education, food security, safety and housing will address issues of structural racism in Detroit. Housed within the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law, the new initiative will be led by the center’s director, Peter Hammer. The project will begin in the summer of 2014 and is funded for three years.
“There is great need for a resource of this nature in our city,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “The Keith Center is committed to promoting equality and justice. Local nonprofit organizations  can be key drivers in the discussion and mitigation of civil rights challenges, and we are fortunate to have found an ally in this project with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”