GRBA Gala: Green honored with public service award


On May 13, during the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s “The Bar Has Talent” gala, WMU-Cooley Law School and the bar awarded the Marion Hilligan Public Service award to Magistrate Judge Phillip J. Green.  

The award is presented to lawyers who reflect greater individual responsibility in promoting public health and welfare through law. It is given in honor of WMU-Cooley Grand Rapids campus’ former Associate Dean Marion Hilligan, who died in 2007.

Green was recognized for the combined 2020 and 2021 award for his contributions to public service through his service with the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan. He began his position as Magistrate Judge on August 4, 2014.  He also teaches Advanced Criminal Procedure for WMU-Cooley Law School.

Green served in the U.S. Navy and earned his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. After law school, Green became a law clerk for the Hon. Theodore McMillian, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was a member of the Honors Program Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch; and an associate with Bryan Cave, LLP.
Green became an assistant United States attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan in 1998, and was promoted to United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan in 2001, where he served various roles through 2014.

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