James F. Schoener of Sarasota, Florida died May 10, at the age of 89. He was a 1953 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He was appointed to the circuit bench in Muskegon by Gov. William Milliken in 1971. In 1974 he was appointed chief minority council for the United States Senate Rules Committee on Elections and Privileges in Washington DC. He then joined the Washington office of Miller Canfield, followed by service as vice director of the Legal Services Corporation. Upon retirement to Sarasota in 1995, Mr. Schoener continued to practice pro bono law for Legal Aid of Manasota and taught a class in Contemporary Supreme Court opinions for 16 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances; daughter Mary McCrumb of Kalamazoo; son James Schoener of St Clair Shores; grandchildren Kristin Swanson and Michael (Erin) Swanson of Chicago; and great granddaughters, Eleri and Cora Swanson. A memorial celebration was held June 15 in Pelican Cove, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his memory to Legal Aid of Manasota, 1900 Main St. Suite 302, Sarasota, FL 34236.