In addition to clinical work in law school and an early career in litigation through Legal Aid, I have continued to support and perform pro bono work in three ways.
Pro Bono Representation
I will consider representing a client without charge, and recently completed a one-year representation in two related prisoner rights cases in federal and state court actions.
Pro Bono Dispute Resolution
In appropriate matters, I will, without fee, facilitate settlement through mediation or serve as an arbitrator.
I donate annually an amount recommended by the State Bar Association to an organization that provides legal services to those who need but cannot afford it.
COMMUNITY BOARDS & ORGANIZATIONS
- Chair, Board of Directors, Traverse Area Community Rowing
- Past President and multi-year Board Member, Peninsular Club of Grand Rapids
- Past President and Board Member, the Children’s Law Center of Grand Rapids
- Founding Member, West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association
- Member of the West Michigan Environmental Action Network
- Past Board Member, Grand Rapids Rowing Association
I have long served in leadership positions in local, state and national bar associations.
Multi-year Vice-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources;
Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.
Member of the State Bar of Michigan;
Chair of the SBM's Environmental Law Section (2012-13);
Secretary-Treasurer and Chair-Elect of the SBM's Environmental Law Section (2010-2012);
Council Member and Chair of the Environmental Law Section Membership Committee for several years;
Member of State Bar Association of New York.
Member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association;
Founder and Second Chair of the Grand Rapids Bar's Environmental Law Section;
Past Chair of the Grand Rapids Bar's ADR Section;
Member of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association;
Member of the GTLA Bar's ADR Committee.