MSC announces appointments to jury instruction committee, AGC and ADB

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia J. Boyle has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.

Boyle’s appointment, announced yesterday by the Michigan Supreme Court, will end Dec. 31, 2012.

Boyle, who served on the Supreme Court from 1983 through 1998, is of counsel to the law firm of Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy & Pelton, PLC, in its Birmingham office.

From 1978 to 1983, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was a judge of Detroit Recorder?s Court from 1976 to 1978.

The Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions is comprised of attorneys and judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court. The committee is charged with ensuring that the Model Civil Jury Instructions are concise, understandable, conversational, unslanted, and not argumentative.

In other appointments:

  • The MSC appointed Jeffrey T. Neilson and Charles S. Kennedy III as attorney members of the Attorney Grievance Commission for terms ending October 1, 2014. Pastor R.B. Ouelette was appointed as a layperson member of the Attorney Grievance Commission for a term ending October 1, 2014. Martha D. Moore was appointed chairperson of the commission and David L. Porteous was appointed vice-chairperson of the commission for terms ending October 1, 2012.
  • Lawrence G. Campbell was appointed as an attorney member and Dulce M. Fuller was appointed as a layperson member of the Attorney Discipline Board for terms expiring October 1, 2014. Carl E. Ver Beek and Craig H. Lubben were reappointed as attorney members of the Attorney Discipline Board for second full terms expiring October 1, 2014. Thomas G. Kienbaum was appointed chairperson of the board and James M. Cameron was appointed vice-chairperson of the board for terms ending October 1, 2012.

Information from the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Three reappointed to ADB

The Michigan Supreme Court has reappointed three members to the Attorney Discipline Board.

  • William J. Danhof of Lansing, attorney and principal in the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. Danhof is reappointed as the ADB’s chair for a term ending Oct. 1, 2011.
  • ADB vice-chair Thomas G. Kienbaum of Birmingham, attorney and member of the law firm of Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy & Pelton, PLC. Kienbaum is reappointed to a second full term as a member of the ADB for a term ending Oct. 1, 2013. He is also reappointed vice-chairperson for a term ending Oct. 1, 2011.
  • ADB member Rosalind E. Griffin, M.D., of Farmington Hills, psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Griffin is appointed to a first full term as a member of the ADB for a term ending Oct. 1, 2013.

The ADB appoints three-attorney panels, composed of volunteers, which hear attorney misconduct matters and recommend sanctions against attorneys who violate ethics rules. The ADB also may review a hearing panel’s decision and can affirm or alter the level of discipline.

The ADB consists of six attorneys and three non-attorneys appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court; the appointees serve on a volunteer basis.