ICB Foundation names Fellows

Congratulations to the five most recently named Fellows of the Ingham County Bar Foundation:

  • Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Laura Baird
  • Peter Houk, a former Ingham County Circuit Court judge and current member of Fraiser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap
  • Thad Morgan and Mike Perry, also of Fraiser, Trebilcock
  • Iris Linder of Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith

Fellowship in the ICBF is limited to no more than 5% of actively practicing lawyers in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties who have demonstrated leadership, character and professionalism.

Attorneys are nominated for fellowship by current Fellows and elected to Fellowship by the ICBF’s Board of Directors.


Former Ingham County prosecutor Donald Martin dead at 71

Former Ingham County prosecutor Donald Martin has died from leukemia. He was 71.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Martin was hired as an assistant Ingham prosecutor in 1967:

In 1970, he was promoted to chief assistant prosecutor. He resigned in 1973 and went into private practice. In 1986, Martin was appointed interim county prosecutor after Peter Houk was named to the circuit court. Later that year, Martin was elected to serve the last two years of Houk’s term. Martin won re-election in 1988 and 1992, and ended up serving as prosecutor for 10 years.

In 1996, Martin lost his bid for a third term to Stuart Dunnings III, the current Ingham County prosecutor, shortly after Martin’s unsuccessful manslaughter prosecution of a Lansing doctor who removed his premature child from life support.

Martin then joined the Lansing law firm of Foster, Swift Collins and Smith, where he practiced in the areas of criminal law, white-collar crime and domestic relations.

He earned his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1967, and was a 1964 graduate of Capital University.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and three sons.