Dickinson Wright Chairman Emeritus Dennis Archer Receives the Peter Perlman Service Award

January 15, 2014
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chairman Emeritus Dennis Archer has received the Peter Perlman Service Award from the Litigation Counsel of America.

Dennis W. Archer is Chairman Emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC. He sits on the corporate boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Compuware Corporation and MASCO Corporation. He is a former chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber and continues on their Board. Mr. Archer served two four-year terms as mayor of the city of Detroit (1994-2001) and earned national and international respect for his success in changing Detroit’s image and direction. He continues his support of the city and most recently attended a meeting at the White House and a White House Summit meeting in Detroit with members of President Obama’s cabinet and their staff as they outlined how they would help Detroit deal with its fiscal crisis. Mr. Archer has long been active in the organized bar. He was the first person of color elected president of the American Bar Association (2003-2004) as well as the State Bar of Michigan. In 1985, Governor James Blanchard appointed Mr. Archer as an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was elected to an eight-year term the following year. Mr. Archer remains actively on call to the State Bar of Michigan and has testified before a United States House Judiciary Subcommittee regarding the under-funding in Michigan of the indigent defense program. He is an outspoken advocate to promote the proper funding for the Michigan courts system and for long overdue pay increases for judges. In 2013, Dennis Archer was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Michigan Corporate Counsel of America for his advocacy for diversity and inclusion. Last September, Mr. Archer announced that his Dennis W. Archer Foundation has surpassed $1 million dollar in scholarships for students attending Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. Mr. Archer is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

The Litigation Counsel of America is pleased to announce the inaugural Peter Perlman Service Awards. The award recognizes LCA Fellows and others within the legal profession who contribute in meaningful ways to society by giving back their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others. Peter Perlman Service Awards are presented throughout the year whenever the efforts and contributions of recipients are noted by the LCA or its membership. To learn more about the LCA’s Peter Perlman Service Awards, please click here.
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