Duly Noted

Santa Brings a Lawsuit donation drive continues

Now through Dec. 18, men’s or women’s suits or other business attire is being collected for those in need seeking employment through Goodwill’s job training and placement programs. Drop them off at the GR Bar Association office, 161 Ottawa St. N.W., Suite 203-B; at MVP?Metro, 33 Fountain St. N.W.; or at Schnelker, Rassi and  McDonnell, 44 Grandville Ave. S.W., Suite 200.


Judge Murphy elected president of Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal

Judge William B. Murphy, of the Michigan Court of Appeals, has been elected president of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA), a national association. He will serve a one-year term, which commenced during the 37th annual meeting in Cary, N.C. in November.

(Judge Murphy’s path to the presidency was the subject of a Grand Rapids Legal News article in January 2014.)

Judge Murphy has served as judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA) since 1988. He has been an adjunct professor at Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School since 2011. 

Among Judge Murphy’s judicial duties, he was elected to: the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners (2001-10); the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission (1995-2003); and the Board of Trustees of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He was selected by the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) to the Michigan delegation to the National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Bias (1995); chosen by the MSC for the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project; elected chief judge pro tem for the COA 1992-1996; and was appointed Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals by the MSC (2009-2015) on three occasions. 

Judge Murphy has received numerous awards, including the Michigan Association for Justice Judicial Excellence Award and the National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, both in 2015.

Judge Murphy was an adjunct professor at Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law from 1997-98. He was the founding partner at Murphy, Burns and McInerney, P.C., a Grand Rapids civil and criminal trial practice firm, from 1973-88. Shortly after graduating with a juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School (1970), he served as a law clerk for the COA (1970-71) and was an attorney at Rhoades, McKee and Boer 1971-77).