Ronni Tischler, of Farmington Hills, died March 14, at the age of 59. She was a 1996 graduate of Wayne State Law School where she served as editor-in-chief of the Wayne Law Review. She was a law clerk to Justice Conrad Mallett of the Michigan Supreme Court, and a recipient of the Women's Bar Association (Oakland County Chapter of WLAM) annual award. She is survived by her children, Michael Robinson and Rachel Robinson.
Joseph L. Sax, a renowned scholar of environmental law who pioneered the public trust doctrine during his tenure at the University of Michigan Law School, died March 9 in San Francisco. Prof. Sax taught at the law school from 1966 to 1986, during which time he wrote Michigan's Environmental Protection Act. The New York Times obituary is here; an appreciation by a Berkeley Law colleague is here.
Chokwe Lumumba, of Jackson, Mississippi, died Feb. 25, at the age of 66. He was mayor of Jackson, Mississippi at the time of his death. Born Edwin Finley Taliaferro in Detroit, Mr. Lumumba was a graduate of Kalamazoo College and a 1975 graduate of Wayne State Law School. His extensive history as a civil rights lawyer is described in this obituary in yesterday's New York Times.
Patricia J. Boyle ("Judge Patty"), the 94th justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and the third female justice, died January 13 in Florida at the age of 76. Justice Boyle served as assistant United States attorney, director of research training and appeals of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and judge in the Recorders’ Court in the city of Detroit before being appointed in 1978 to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1983 she was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court, elected to the Court in 1986, and re-elected in 1990 to serve an eight-year term. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan, 7310 Woodward Ave, Suite 701, Detroit, MI 48202.
Thomas J. Trzcinski, of Livonia, died Dec. 24, at the age of 58. Mr. Trzcinski was an assistant Wayne County prosecutor. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and children Leah, Brett, Ryan, and grand-niece Riley. Visitation is at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia, from 1-9 on Saturday, and from noon on Sunday until a service at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.
TRZCINSKI THOMAS JOSEPH age 58. Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father to Leah, Brett, Ryan and grand-niece Riley. Dear brother of Suzanne White (Robert) and Kenneth Trzcinski. Son-in-law of Joan Murdock. Brother-in-law of Susan Murdock, Sue Anne Messineo, Anne Vrooman-Curry (Terry), Laurie Stigura, Beth Lambert and Robert Murdock (Brenda). Predeceased by parents William and Mary Trzcinski and sister Patricia. Survived by many appreciated cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 1-9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. until the time of Service at 1 p.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross. - See more at: http://deathnotices.michigan.com/view-single.php?id=332844&token=f08f6308cdab756309425ddc8282f3eaee2a07717b9af6f555509de5c6e1dbe0#book
Professor Harold Norris, a long-time educator at the Michigan State University College of Law (formerly the Detroit College of Law), died Oct. 14.
He was one of Michigan's most celebrated advocates of civil liberties, well known for his breadth of knowledge on constitutional law and the role he played in writing Michigan's current constitution. He was directly responsible for the creation of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the freedom of expression provision in Michigan's Declaration of Rights.
Professor Norris received two major awards from the State Bar of Michigan: The Champion of Justice Award in 1988, and in 2011 the first ever John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award, for being an educator whose influence on lawyers elevated the quality of legal practice in Michigan. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Wayne State University for his outstanding contribution to the professions of teaching and the law. And he received the Distinguished Warrior Award from the Detroit Urban League for being a champion of civil liberties.
Professor Norris served as a statistical control officer in the United States Air Force during World War II. He earned his BA from the University of Michigan in 1939, his Masters Degree in Economics in 1941, and his law degree from Columbia University in 1948. He worked in private practice for 13 years before embarking on his teaching career at the Detroit College of Law, where he taught for 37 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances. Professor Norris is survived by his daughter Barbara Shawn, son Victor Norris, grandchildren Rebecca Krainig, Max Norris, and Jessica Norris, great-grandchildren Mitchell Krainig and Conner Krainig, cousins, nephews, nieces, and other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 17 at Ira Kaufman Chapel, 18325 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield. Contributions may be made by check to the Harold Norris Endowment at Michigan State University College of Law online at www.law.msu.edu/donate or mailed to Law College Building, Room 400, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Roy C. Hayes, of Charlevoix, died October 11, at the age of 73. Mr. Hayes, who headed the Wayne County Organized Crime Task Force in the mid-70's, was a 1965 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. Mr Hayes was also editor of the Detroit Lawyer, served as Charlovoix County prosecutor, and was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan by President Reagan. He is survived by his wife Jackie, son Roy, and six grandchildren. Visitation is 4 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church in Charlevoix, followed by a rosary at 6:30 and an Irish wake. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, October 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.
Francile Anderson, widow of Oakland County circuit judge Robert Anderson and an indefatigable champion of access to justice and civic education, died September 22 at the age of 86. She is survived by four
children, Sally Quick, Sue Anderson, Robert Anderson Jr., and Russell
Family visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 25 at Sparks-Griffin
Funderal Home at 46 Williams Street in Pontiac. The funeral service is at
11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Community Presbyterian Church, 4301
Monroe St., in Waterford.
John M. Dillon, of Redford Township, died September 18 at the age of 86. He was a graduate of the University of Detroit Law School, and was the longest-serving district judge in Redford Township history. He is survived by his wife Janet; daughters Marybeth Dillon Butler and Maureen Dillon Egan; sons John Jr. and Andrew; and 14 grandchildren. His son Andrew (Andy), also a member of the State Bar, is the Michigan State treasurer and former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m.. Friday at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 302000 Five Mile, in Livonia. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Valentine Catholic Church, 14841 Beech Daly.
Dean S. Lewis, of Kalamazoo, died August 26 at the age of 79. He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Lewis practiced in the area of estate planning and probate, business and real estate, with the law firm Lewis, Reed & Allen in Kalamazoo. He served as President of the State Bar of Michigan in 1980-81.
Lewis was known for his large physical stature, which was matched only by his big sense of humor. He became SBM president at age 46, and was known and loved for being the "every-day lawyer's lawyer." Lewis was a big believer in sacrificing something in return for what you've been given. He famously said, "Put something of yourself back into society . . . . Never forget to put some of what you take back into the profession . . . . Where, you may ask, 'do the time and energy come for this task?' There is no easy answer. They simply must be found."
State Bar President Bruce A. Courtade expressed deep sadness at his passing. "The legal community has lost a larger-than-life leader who was passionate about the profession and about giving back," he said." Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lewis family."
Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St., Kalamazoo. Visitation will precede the services from 12:30–2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations can be made to Olivet College Alumni Scholarship Fund or First Presbyterian Church. For more information about Mr. Lewis' life and his funeral arrangements, visit www.lifestorynet.com.