DW Chairman First African American to be American Bar Association President

Dickinson Wright Chairman Dennis W. Archer Elected President of the American Bar Association

8/12/2003
"DETROIT, MICHIGAN, Dennis W. Archer was elected president of the American Bar Association at the association's annual meeting in San Francisco yesterday. Archer, an African-American, is the first person of color elected to the highest office of the association. Archer is Chairman of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm with more than 200 attorneys and offices in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. He sits on the corporate boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Compuware Corporation and Covisint. Archer served two four-year terms as Mayor of the City of Detroit (1994-2001), and during the last year was president of the National League of Cities. Archer earned his Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law, now Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, in 1970. He began practicing law thereafter, working as a trial lawyer and a partner in several Detroit firms, and serving as associate professor of the Detroit College of Law and adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School. Archer was appointed to Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1985 by then governor James Blanchard. He was elected to an eight-year term the following year. In his final year on the bench, Archer was named the most respected judge in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Archer has long been active in the organized bar, as president of the Wolverine Bar Association in 1979-80, the National Bar Association in 1983-84, and the State Bar of Michigan in 1984-85. He is a Life Member of the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation and the National Bar Association; a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; and Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. Archer is married to Trudy DunCombe Archer, judge of Michigan's 36th District Court. They have two sons, Dennis W. Archer, Jr., and Vincent DunCombe Archer, both of whom are graduates of the University of Michigan. Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, is celebrating 125 years of serving its clients and efficiently and creatively meeting their legal and business needs. The firm recently was recognized by Corporate Board Member magazine as one of Michigan's leading corporate firms."
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