The Attorney Discipline Board has selected deputy executive director Mark Armitage to succeed the agency's longtime executive director, John Van Bolt, when he retires at the end of September.
Mr. Armitage is a graduate of Albion College and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Prior to joining the Board's staff in 1994, he clerked for the Michigan Court of Appeals, was in private practice, was a volunteer hearing panelist and served on the State Bar's Standing Committee on Grievance. He is a fellow of the Michigan and American Bar Foundations and has taught professional responsibility at Wayne State Law School, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
A former president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), Mr. Armitage has regularly lectured on legal ethics and professional responsibility at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (lCLE) and at national conferences conducted by the NOBC and the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards (NCLDB). He currently serves on councils of the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility and the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division of the ABA, and has been invited to serve on ABA consulting teams to review the operation of the discipline systems and present recommendations to the Supreme Courts of New Mexico and Tennessee.