Attorney Lisa Gretchko Named to Two-Year Term as Vice President-Publications of the American Bankruptcy Institute

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Lisa Gretchko was recently named to a two-year term as Vice President-Publications of the American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”).  With headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the ABI is the country’s premier bankruptcy organization with more than 12,000 members from various professions including lawyers, judges, financial advisors, lenders, auctioneers, turnaround specialists, and claims agents.  Since 2014, Lisa has been an Executive Editor of the ABI Journal, the organization’s monthly publication of scholarly articles on a wide range of bankruptcy-related topics. She has been an ABI member since 1992 and was co-chair of its Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee in 2013-2015; Lisa was honored as the ABI’s 2014 “Committee Person of the Year” for that service.

Lisa is a shareholder in Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC and works in the firm’s Royal Oak, Michigan office, where she focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.  She has represented nearly every constituency in bankruptcy cases both locally and nationally.  Lisa has lectured and written extensively for several organizations and publications on a variety of creditors’ rights issues. She taught bankruptcy and creditors’ rights as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School from 2001-2003. Lisa also served as a council member, then secretary (September 2001- September 2002) of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.  She has been designated a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2006, and named in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012. In 2011, Michigan Lawyers Weekly recognized her as a “Woman in the Law” honoree.


Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Thirty Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Leading Lawyers 2018

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that 30 of our attorneys have been named to Michigan Leading Lawyers 2018.

Leading Lawyers is a rating service of top lawyers from more than 100 practice areas who have been recommended by their peers. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, research and review by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. Less than five percent of the attorneys in each state are named Leading Lawyers.

The Howard & Howard attorneys who are listed in Michigan Leading Lawyers 2018 are as follows:

Gustaf R. Andreasen; Michael J. Beals; Michael M. Bell; Daniel H. Bliss; Brandon J. Booth; Henry J. Brennan, III; Mark A. Davis, President & CEO; Joseph J. DeVito; Robert E. Graziani; Lisa S. Gretchko; Andrew (Jake) Grove; Sam J. Haidle; Jeffrey A. Hoover; Wayne C. Inman; Michael V. Kell; Rodger A. Kershner; Bradley J. Knickerbocker; Henry P. Lee; Patrick M. McCarthy; Gerald E. McGlynn, III; Richard M. Miettinen; Susan E. Padley; Gary A. Peters; Mark W. Peyser; Brad A. Rayle; Jeffrey A. Sadowski; Michael F. Wais; Thomas H. Walters; John A. Wise; and Timothy M. Wittebort.  


Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast featured during the 2018 Sustainable U! Women Girls’ Development Leadership Empowerment Institute

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast will be a featured speaker during the 2018 Sustainable U! Women & Girls’ Development & Leadership Empowerment Institute on June 30 at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills.

The topic for her presentation is, “Cyber Security: Sustaining U & UR Enterprise.” Participants will discover the impact of cyber threats, the risks these threats pose, and the security measures needed to implement to keep businesses and personal information safe and sustainable.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Rast blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events in recent years, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable in working with clients to both defend against and respond to pervasive cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions. Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, to address security, privacy, IP ownership, and new and potential regulations.

Most recently, Rast is completing an American Bar Association (ABA) Presidential appointment to a one-year term on the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and has been re-appointed to serve another one-year term. To date, Rast has served five one-year terms. Task Force members are charged with examining risks posed by criminals, terrorists and nations that seek to steal personal and financial information, disrupt critical infrastructure, and wage cyberwar.

Notably, Rast co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook that was published in 2017.

Rast also is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project.

Rast is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, data breach, eDiscovery, and social media. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online course for CPE credit, CPA’s Guide to Privacy (Bisk Education 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018), a chapter on Privacy & Data Breach for Thompson Reuters’ “Inside the Minds” Aspatore Book series (April 2013), a chapter entitled “Confidentiality and Security in a Modern World” in the ABA publication Ethics and Environmental Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide (July 2017), and co-authored a chapter in the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, Second Edition (November 2017), entitled “Best Practices for Incident Response: Achieving Preparedness through Alignment with Voluntary Consensus Standards.”

Her memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long attorneys featured during Startup Week; Geaneen M. Arends, Mark R. Lezotte and Paul M. Mersino will highlight organizational and tax considerations during June 19 panel program

Butzel Long attorneys Geaneen M. Arends, Mark R. Lezotte and Paul M. Mersino will be among several attorneys participating in the fourth Small Business Legal Academy Detroit in conjunction with Startup Week June 18-19. Mersino will moderate a panel on June 19 featuring Arends and Lezotte discussing organizational and tax considerations for small businesses.

Geaneen Arends
Arends concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate. She assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. She also has advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties throughout the United States.

Mark Lezotte
Lezotte has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including start up tax and legal issues, corporate and nonprofit governance, board duties and responsibilities, regulatory investigations, tax aspects of business acquisitions and dispositions, and a wide range of business and commercial transactions.

Paul Mersino
Mersino is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group where he represents companies in a number of areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, and non-competition and trade secret disputes. He also represents and advises a number of Startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding, and has represented and been on the Board of Advisors for a Venture Capital fund.


About Butzel Long
Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for U.S. House of Representatives

DETROIT, June 22, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“As we did with the bipartisan gubernatorial debate, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”

“The Chamber PAC’s Board of Directors regularly meet to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities,” said Hank Cooney, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “After careful consideration, the Board made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members, and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.”

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st Congressional District: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet)
“Rep. Bergman has served with distinction in his first term. His advocacy on behalf of a modernized Soo Locks will benefit Michigan and the entire Great Lakes Region,” said Williams.

2nd Congressional District: Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland)
“Rep. Huizenga is a powerful voice for his constituents on the west side of the state and his advocacy for Michigan as a leader on the Financial Services Committee benefits all Michigan businesses,” said Williams.

4th Congressional District: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland)
“Michigan is fortunate to have a leader like John Moolenaar representing our interests on the Appropriations Committee. His willingness to collaborate with his Michigan colleagues creates a cohesive Michigan delegation that delivers for the state,” said Williams.

5th Congressional District: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township)
“Rep. Kildee is a passionate voice for his district, particularly the city of Flint, and has helped bring needed resources to help the city recover,” said Williams.

6th Congressional District: Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph)
“Michigan benefits from having members of the House like Rep. Upton, who has the respect on both sides of the aisle and is in a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which strengthens Michigan’s voice in the national dialogue,” said Williams.

7th Congressional District: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton)
“Rep. Walberg’s position on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee, have allowed him to have a laser focus on the issues most pressing to business in our region,” said Williams.

8th Congressional District: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester Hills)
“From his position on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Bishop promoted Michigan’s priorities and delivered for our region’s businesses when passing tax reform legislation,” said Williams.

9th Congressional District:
Democratic Primary: Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township)
“The Levin family has served our region with distinction for decades. Andy Levin’s experience as an entrepreneur who reinvented Michigan’s workforce development system makes him uniquely qualified to continue his family’s long tradition of honorable public service,” said Cooney. “Businesses and residents will be well served by his ability to bring private and public-sector experience to Capitol Hill.”

10th Congressional District: Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Township)
“Rep. Mitchell is working hard on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to build and repair the infrastructure upon which Michigan businesses depend,” said Williams.

11th Congressional District:
Democratic Primary: Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)
“Michigan needs proven leaders who can reach across the aisle to create policies that grow our economy. Rep. Greimel has proven during his six years in the Michigan House of Representatives that he works for common sense solutions to the state’s biggest challenges,” said Williams.

Republican Primary: Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)
“As a leader of the Michigan Automotive Caucus, Sen. Kowall understands our state’s unique value and assets for the industry’s future. He will be an important voice in Congress as Michigan and the United States continue to lead in connected and automated vehicle research and development,” said Cooney.

12th Congressional District: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)
“As a former member of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors, Rep. Dingell has embraced the bipartisan ethos of the Chamber to bring the Michigan delegation together on issues ranging from opioids, to the Soo Locks and immigration reform. We are fortunate to have her as a member of Congress,” said Williams.

13th Congressional District: Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit)
“Sen. Conyers’ grasp of the complex issues that face the 13th District will serve him well in Congress,” said Williams. “As a professional in urban planning and transportation prior to his service in the Legislature, we look forward to partnering with Sen. Conyers to solve the transportation and mobility needs that have been troubling our region for far too long.”

14th Congressional District: Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield)
“Rep. Lawrence has a strong voice on behalf of her constituents and the region. The Chamber is grateful for her work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to address the transportation and mobility needs of our region,” said Williams.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for Michigan Elections

Michigan’s Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and Macomb and Wayne County Executive races included.

DETROIT, June 21, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements in several key races at the state and federal level.

“As we did with the bipartisan gubernatorial debate, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”

“The Chamber PAC’s Board of Directors regularly meet to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities,” said Hank Cooney, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “After careful consideration, the Board made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members, and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.”

MICHIGAN GUBERNATORIAL

Republican Primary: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

“Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is in the best position to carry on the legacy and continuity of Gov. Rick Snyder,” said Williams. “He has been a leader on causes that matter to business such as Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy and properly funding our dreadful roads, earning the confidence of the Chamber PAC.”

Democratic Primary: Gretchen Whitmer

“Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer has a proven track record of convening leaders to solve tough problems for Michigan communities. Her support and understanding of infrastructure investment, growing the Michigan economy by ensuring Michiganders have a good job, and advocating for improved education make her the best Democratic option,” said Cooney.

U.S. SENATE 

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

“Sen. Stabenow has been a tremendous champion for Michigan in Congress,” said Williams. “The Chamber is endorsing Sen. Stabenow because of her strong support of key business priorities such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge, small business growth, and as a champion for Michigan’s agriculture industry. Sen. Stabenow’s leadership and willingness to work across the aisle in Washington has helped move Michigan in a positive direction.”

MACOMB COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Executive Mark Hackel
The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Mark Hackel. Executive Hackel is a longtime friend of the Chamber and a regional team player. He has taken a leadership role on issues important to the Chamber such as road funding and being a proponent for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Executive Warren Evans

The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Warren Evans. Executive Evans remains a transformational leader in the county, from restructuring Wayne County’s finances to rebuilding facilities, talent and infrastructure. The Chamber appreciates Evans steadfast leadership in addressing the region’s longstanding transit challenges.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

Historic alliance of diverse organizations comes together to improve Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes; focus on student needs, future

Unprecedented group of business, education, labor, philanthropy, and state and community leaders join forces as ‘Launch Michigan,’ to become a top 10 education state

Lansing, Mich. – A strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone for helping Michigan’s children succeed in school, careers and life as well as building robust communities and an economy that works for everyone. It also must be a top state priority, today said “Launch Michigan,” a diverse, never-before assembled group of business, education, labor, philanthropic, and state and community leaders.

Unveiled at the Impression 5 Science Center in the state’s capital city, that was the loud and clear message from the unlikely group of allies who have pledged to work together to turn Michigan into a leader in educational excellence with lasting, research-driven strategies that transcend politics and election cycles.

Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, noted that the effort was a perfect illustration of the collaboration essential to addressing some of the state’s most pressing issues. “From the state capital of Lansing to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a strong K-12 education system that prepares our kids for all that’s next is one of the keys to ensuring Michigan’s comeback continues and truly ensuring sustained prosperity for all. We are more than committed to supporting this historic effort,” Daman said.

For Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable comprised of the chairpersons, CEOs, or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities, this work is essential. “Robust public education is essential for thriving economies, creating opportunities for everyone and for Michigan companies to fulfill their wishes for hiring top homegrown talent,” said BLM President and CEO Doug Rothwell. “This work is critical to Michigan being a place that we can all live, work, raise a family and call home. BLM is ‘all in’ to make this vision and effort a reality.”

Paula Herbart, president of the Michigan Education Association, representing 140,000 of the state’s teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees, said the Great Lakes State’s largest public employee union has joined the effort to find shared solutions for our students and state. She was joined at the announcement by David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan, a union representing another 35,000 educators working in K-12 and intermediate school districts, community colleges and universities across the state.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” Herbart said. “We are 100 percent committed and proud to be part of this effort to help front-line educators who are experts at teaching and learning provide answers and inform this partnership about what’s needed to help every student learn and succeed, regardless of the zip code they live in.”

The group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis and can’t afford to get stuck re-defining the problem over and over again. Instead, it’s about working and moving forward together to improve the system for every child, every school and our state.

For example, Oakland Schools Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson, representative for the School Finance Research Collaborative and numerous Michigan education management associations, said that “educators go into this field for one reason and one reason only – to help kids and be part of helping them learn and grow. Too often, education goals and policies shift beneath our feet. We need shared strategies that work, that we can stick with and that shouldn’t change depending on who is in office. We are excited to roll up our sleeves and work together to best serve all students.”

“I can’t think of anything more important for our kids and our state’s collective future,” said Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, which represents 26,000 small businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries across Michigan. “We are stronger together. This unique collaboration will help us find meaningful, shared solutions for addressing K-12 achievement and generating the kind of outcomes that fuel innovative spirits, inspire future entrepreneurs and more – regardless of political affiliations. It’s a new day and a new way forward, together.”

“We know that the most effective way for our state to boost the short and long-term wellbeing of its people is to invest in improvements in education,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for Education Trust-Midwest, a leading nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization. “This new partnership can make a big difference in advancing the pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all Michigan students, and can be a tremendous resource in 2019 when our state has a new governor and many new state lawmakers.”

 For Derek Shinska, chair of the Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders and its Career Readiness Academy, the need for and timing of Launch Michigan couldn’t be better. “The world and jobs are changing fast. It’s imperative for Michigan kids everywhere to have the most up-to-date skills and training, and to be able to apply or adapt them. We’re excited about this partnership and what it can mean for students and our state’s future.”

“This collaboration provides a platform for Michigan’s philanthropic community to get behind,” said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. “If we provide equitable opportunity through our state’s education system, we can produce equitable outcomes and a prosperous future for all. To do so, we must put politics aside and work together to effectively serve children in every corner of our state.”

Initial areas of agreement and focus include:

  1. Supporting educators by leveraging existing research and using a statewide educator survey, among other activities, to guide our work.
  2. Supporting shared, statewide, research-driven strategies for delivering effective education to all students and sticking to those strategies beyond politics and election cycles, to determine what really works.
  3. Supporting a fair and comprehensive accountability system that includes everyone who influences education—not just teachers.
  4. Working together to ensure that resources are available to provide for an equitable, student-centered education system and funding model.
  5. Elevating public awareness and inspiring action about the current state of education in Michigan.

Next steps include fleshing out a shared agenda this summer and getting it in front of candidates and elected officials in the fall.

The list of participating organizations is growing. As of June 20, 2018, it includes:

  • AFT Michigan
  • Business Leaders for Michigan
  • Center for Michigan
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Board
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Valley State Univ. Charter Schools Office
  • Kent ISD
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of Public School Academies
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • Michigan PreK-12 Literacy Commission
  • Michigan School Business Officials
  • Michigan’s Children
  • Middle Cities Education Association
  • School Finance Research Collaborative
  • Skillman Foundation
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Steelcase Foundation
  • Talent 2025
  • Teach for America-Detroit
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Wayne RESA
  • Tom Haas, Grand Valley State University President & Chair, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission
  • Doug Ross, Commissioner, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission

The effort is expected to grow and expand over the next several months. More information can be found online at www.LaunchMichigan.org.

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Sara M. Moore joins Nemeth Law as Senior Attorney

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Sara M. Moore has joined the firm as a senior attorney. Moore’s diverse background as a litigator and general practitioner encompasses the areas of employment, whistle blowing, contract matters, municipal and family law. At Nemeth Law, Moore will focus on labor and employment and commercial/contract issues for employers.

Prior to joining Nemeth Law, Moore was an associate attorney at two Metro Detroit law firms. While a legal clerk in the City of Dearborn’s Corporation Counsel, Moore played a leading role in the litigation of two significant Whistleblower Protection Act cases. Her legal experience also includes negotiated settlements for clients on collection matters, employment contracts and professional malpractice defense.

Moore holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. with distinction in Communication Studies also from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is licensed to practice in the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Michigan. Moore also served as a Wayne County Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2012-2013.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

 

Prof. David Dieterle’s Work Receives National Recognition

Walsh faculty member David A. Dieterle, Ph.D.’s recently completed work Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice has been named one of Booklist’s Top 10 Reference Books of 2018. Booklist is published by the American Library Association and is renowned for providing the most reliable reviews of reference materials for libraries. Dieterle’s work was published by ABC-CLIO, LLC.

The four-volume work took four years to complete. “It was a labor of love,” said Dieterle, “I couldn’t take more than two days off or it would be too difficult to pick up where I was in the process.”

Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice had nearly 200 contributors, including Walsh faculty member John Moore, Ph.D., CPA and two Walsh graduate students. “My name is on it, but without the contributors and editors from ABC-CLIO, it never would have happened. It truly was a team effort,” said Dieterle.

Dr. Dieterle is a Professor in the Finance & Economics Department at Walsh. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous articles and reference books including Economic Thinkers, A Biographical Encyclopedia in 2013 and co-edited Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia in 2014, both also published by ABC-CLIO. Dieterle has consulted for the Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska departments of education and presented to the Zambian Ministry of Education and the Malawi Ministry of Education, proposing a national curriculum including economic and entrepreneurship education in both countries. For more information about Walsh’s Finance and other programs, please visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-degree-programs.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Theory and application are integrated to prepare graduates for successful careers.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. The faculty includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Learn What You Can Do to Help Save the Soo Locks

One of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Priorities is focused on increasing dedicated infrastructure funding. Arguably one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in Michigan, the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula, are in dire need of repair.

The locks are one of the world’s busiest waterway crossings, handling 75 million tons of commerce annually and saving the Great Lakes region $3.5 billion a year on transportation costs. If they were to fall into disrepair, there would be an immediate negative impact on Michigan’s economic stability.

Within weeks, a shutdown of the Soo Locks would halt 100 percent of North American automotive production, and within 30 days it would cause a $160 million economic impact.

In April, the Locks received national attention when President Trump declared his support for fixing the Soo Locks. This month, at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a budget agreement to provide $50 million in state funding toward construction of a new lock.

The Chamber is calling on Southeast Michigan business leaders to get involved in this critical conversation. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Send an email to Gov. Snyder, your legislative leaders, and the White House.
  2. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #fixthesoolocks.
  3. Post any of the key facts on social media to raise statewide awareness of the Soo Locks’ importance.

Did you know?

  • More than 7,000 freighters cross through the Soo Locks each year, connecting the Great Lakes with the St. Lawrence Seaway. Just one freighter carries the cargo of 2,000 semi-trucks.
  • $500.4 billion of iron ore passes through the Soo Locks annually.
  • The Soo Locks rank first in economic significance (out of 196 locks).
  • A six-month shutdown of the Soo Locks would result in 11 million jobs lost nationwide.
  • The gross dometic product would decrease by $1.3 trillion as a result of the Soo Locks closing.

To learn more, visit michigan.gov/fixthesoolocks.