SBM past president off to Milwaukee, not DisneyWorld

There was a different spirit of 76 present at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, as W. Anthony Jenkins was sworn in today by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly as 76th president of the State Bar of Michigan.

As we reported in the Aug. 30, 2010, edition, he is going to make diversity and inclusion part of his platform for his 2010-11 term. In fact, he’ll do his best to put words into action this evening at the Bar’s Diversity Pledge reception, where attorneys of all backgrounds are being asked to sign a pledge saying they will promote a diverse workplace.

His immediate predecessor, Charles R. Toy, however, is still going be a fixture at the Bar. Not only is he on the Past Presidents Advisory Council, he’s going to work with the soon-to-premiere Master Lawyers Section in matching up members of the section (attorneys who are age 60 and older or have 30 or more years’ Bar membership) with new members of the Bar and law school students as part of the seasoned attorneys’ pro bono work.

And he’ll be going on tour in the next few months to Milwaukee and Washington, D.C., among other cities, as part of his day job as associate dean of career and professional development at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

“I’m not going to DisneyWorld,” he quipped after Jenkins’ swearing-in ceremony.

Considering, however, that as Bar president he got to travel across the state to meet with bar groups, judges, attorneys and legal organizations, it’s likely been just as thrilling as a run on Space Mountain.

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