Mr. Shonkwiler was also a driving force behind the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, editing and writing for the section's monthly newsletter, summarizing developments in state and national law. Jim served on the Standing Committee for State Bar Character and Fitness, and in retirement was able to see one of his longstanding dreams come to fruition, the establishment of an Indigent Criminal Defense Commission to reform Michigan’s indigent criminal defendant system.
Mr. Shonkwiler is survived by his wife Dotti, sons Daniel and John, five grandchildren, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be Sunday March 1, 3:00-6:00 PM, at Palmer Bush and Jensen, 6020 West Saginaw Highway (west side of Lansing). A memorial service will take place Monday, March 2, 11:00 AM at, University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison, East Lansing.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials to University United Methodist Church or the Refugee Development Center, 122 South Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI.