Attorney John M. Dempsey Appointed to Michigan Historical Commission

Dickinson Wright Attorney John M. Dempsey Appointed to Michigan Historical Commission

Detroit, Mich., June 8, 2007 - Dickinson Wright attorney John M. Dempsey has been appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to the Michigan Historical Commission. The Commission is charged with advising the director of the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries, approving Michigan historical markers, and working to preserve and protect Michigan's history. Dempsey is appointed to represent the general public for a term expiring May 21, 2010. He succeeds Douglas B. Roberts, whose term has expired. Other appointees to the Commission are James A. McConnell of Livonia, a history education consultant; Judith L. Tappero of Bloomfield Hills, an associate at Phoenix Homes; and Samuel Logan of Detroit, publisher and part owner of the Michigan Chronicle. The appointments are subject to Article V, Section 6 of the Michigan State Constitution of 1963, and stand confirmed unless disapproved by the Michigan Senate within 60 days. Dempsey, who lives in Plymouth, is a member of Dickinson Wright based in the firm's Ann Arbor office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications, energy and public utilities, regulatory and administrative law and appellate litigation. He has litigated numerous state and federal cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission and the utility commissions of the other five Great Lakes states, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and all levels of state and federal courts including the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has extensive experience in legislative matters in Michigan relating to telecommunications and other regulated industries, including the providing of expert testimony. Before joining Dickinson Wright. Dempsey held positions as Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Matters, Ameritech Corporation, General Counsel, Michigan Bell Telephone Company, and Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan. He earned a bachelor's degree with high honors from Michigan State University and a J.D. degree with honors from the National Law Center, George Washington University, where he was editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Administrative Law Section); a member of the American Bar Association (Public Utility Section); Adjunct Professor, Communications Program, Michigan State University; a Life member of the NAACP; a member of the Plymouth Township Compensation Commission; and a Life member of the Plymouth Historical Society. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 240 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit
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