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Alumni Notes

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Timothy Miller,
retired from the L.A. Unified School District after 33 years of distinguished service as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Middle Schools. A native of Flint Michigan, Dr. Miller attended Michigan and received his doctorate degree from Wayne State University. While at Michigan he participated in the Michigan-Sheffield England Exchange Program. He was also an active participant in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. while attending Michigan. A retirement celebration will be held at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Sunday March6, 2005 at noon.

Dr. Darrell H. Beach,
retired from the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, after teaching there for 35 years. He is presently an associate professor of chemistry at Indiana University South Bend.

James K. Cleland,
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, today announced that James K. Cleland has joined the firm as an Associate in the Ann Arbor office. Mr. Cleland will concentrate his practice on patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade secret litigation, as well as on patent prosecution in the chemical and mechanical fields. Prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Cleland was a senior associate at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago, Illinois. He was also a summer associate at David Lundy & Associates, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and McGinty, Jakubiak & Hitch, East Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Cleland received a B.S., cum laude, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1994, and a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1997, where he was a semi-finalist and won the Best Brief Award in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. Mr. Cleland is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione provides intellectual property legal services worldwide. The firm is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, with approximately 150 attorneys who specialize in IP litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, Internet, unfair competition and related licensing matters. Brinks may be found on the Web at www.usebrinks.com.

Robert Litwin,
United States Tennis Association 70 West Red Oak Lane White Plains, NY 10604-3602 #2 World Ranked Litwin to Lead USA Senior Tennis International Cup Team The United States Tennis Association has announced that mental training coach Bob Litwin, Glenwood Landing, NY, has been picked for the 2005 United States Men’s 55 Tennis Team. The US will compete in this year’s Austria Cup international tennis competition in Perth, Australia March 27-April 1. Litwin, a nine time USTA National Champion, is currently ranked #2 in the World by the ITF. Last September he helped the team win a silver medal by winning all five of his matches when the competition took place in Philadelphia. Additionally, he was a finalist in the ITF World Championships at the same site. Due to the Yom Kippur holiday he defaulted the finals to Thomas Koch of Brazil costing himself a chance to achieve the World’s #1 ranking. He has been selected to the team on the basis of his 2004 record which included winning the USTA National Grass Singles and Doubles Championships, this, for the second year in a row and in amassing a 40-3 singles record. Litwin is undefeated in Eastern play in his age group since 1998. He is looking to help bring the Cup back to the US when the team competes against some of the world’s top men’s tennis teams on the grass in Perth. This prestigious Cup determines the World Team Champions, similar to the Davis Cup. He will be joined on this year’s Cup team by Brian Cheney, Arizona, Larry Turville and Neal Newman, both of Ohio. He graduated in 1970 from the University of Michigan with a BA in English. Not a serious player when he got to Ann Arbor, he attempted to play for the team but was not good enough. He took up competing seriously when he was in his 30s. Mr. Litwin is a tennis professional and mental training coach who teaches athletes how to get and stay focused. He is the Senior Professional at Port Washington Yacht Club and a USTA High Performance Coach at Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training in Glen Cove.

Maile M. Hirota,
is an attorney and Director/Shareholder of Lynch Ichida Thompson Kim & Hirota in Honolulu. She concentrates her practice in immigration and nationality law and has been elected the Hawaii Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for 2003-2005. She married Raymond Sandla, also of Honolulu, in July 2004.

Gerald M. Griffith,
a partner and chair of the Health Care department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP, will participate in a panel discussion at the 11th Annual Health Law Institute taking place March 3-4, 2005, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. Griffith’s panel discussion, “Billing the Uninsured at Charitable Institutions,” will discuss a series of class action lawsuits filed around the country, including in Michigan, that argue that the poor and uninsured are paying more for health care than the insured. The 11th Annual Institute is co-sponsored by the Institute of Continual Legal Education and the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Griffith has practiced extensively in the health care area and is the author of numerous publications as well as a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. He is also a past chair of the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Tax and Finance Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Donald F. Baty, Jr.,
a partner in the bankruptcy, reorganization and commercial law department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006. He was recognized as a top practitioner in creditors’ rights and commercial law. Baty resides with his family in Grosse Pointe Park.

Daniel J. Demlow,
a partner and chair of the regulatory department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006. Demlow practices in the firm’s Lansing office and resides with his family in Okemos, Michigan. He was listed as a top practitioner in the area of public utility law.

David Ettinger,
a partner and chair of the antitrust and trade regulation department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006. Ettinger was recognized as a top practitioner in the area of antitrust law. He resides with his family in Franklin, Michigan.

David Foltyn,
a partner in the corporate and securities law department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Foltyn has been recognized in the past five published editions as a top practitioner in the area of corporate, mergers & acquisitions and securities law. He resides with his family in Birmingham, Michigan..

Mary Jo Larson,
a partner in the employee benefits law department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Larson has been recognized in the past three published editions as a top practitioner in the area of employee benefits law. She resides with her family in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.

Stuart M. Lockman,
a partner in the health care law department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Lockman is also licensed in Florida and recognized there as a board-certified health law specialist. He has been recognized in the past eight published editions as a top practitioner in the area of health care law. He resides with his family in Birmingham, Michigan.

Jeffrey H. Miro,
a partner in the corporate and securities department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Miro was recognized as a top practitioner in the areas of corporate, mergers & acquisitions and securities law and tax law. He resides with his family in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP leads all Michigan law firms with 48 attorneys listed.

Cyril Moscow,
a partner in the corporate and securities law department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Moscow has been recognized in every edition since the book was first published in 1983. A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Moscow was listed as a top practitioner in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, in particular financial institutions and transactions law. Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP leads all Michigan law firms with 48 attorneys listed.

Marsha Luchtman Harrison,
is re-opening her own management consulting firm, Elder Care Management Consultants, PC, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The firm’s focus will be on helping administrators and nurses in assisted living homes implement safe and cost effective quality improvement strategies. She will build on her practical experiences in achieving successful “aging in place’ strategies and high staff retention as Administrator of one 46-bed home through application of quality management concepts. She welcomes hearing from UM alumni, particularly nurses or quality professionals at marsha@elderconsultants.com.

Linda R Cooperstock,
After years of wandering, often successful at experiences in wet bench research, information technology, family medicine research, and market research I have returned "home" to public health. I now hold the public health planner position at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department in Columbia, Missouri.

Stephen Desmond,
1987 BA Communication Studies Dublin City University, has been appointed programme leader for the MA in Video Production & Film Studies at the London College of Music & Media (LCMM). Stephen has been employed by LCMM as senior lecturer in Video Production since September 2001. He has 15 years of teaching experience in a wide range of courses focusing on creative, technical and theoretical approaches to digital video production. Stephen has just completed a short documentary film entitled: Peace or Patriotism - Journalism, War and the Search for Truth. It includes interviews with award winning journalist Martin Bell OBE and peace prize winner Professor Monica McWilliams. Along with John Hume, Stephen is a member of the Board of the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism in Northern Ireland. EMAIL: stephen.desmond@tvu.ac.uk

Joel S. Adelman,
a partner in the real estate law department and vice-chair of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Adelman, a 1967 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, resides with his family in Birmingham. Adelman has been recognized in the last five published editions as a top practitioner in the area of real estate law. Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP leads all Michigan law firms with 48 attorneys listed. The attorneys featured in Best Lawyers are selected through a confidential peer-evaluation process consisting of in-depth and open-ended phone interviews and surveys with 16,000 lawyers nationwide.

Linn Hynds,

Miriam Z. Wolock,
has joined the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the Litigation department in the firm’s Oakland County office. Wolock focuses her practice on domestic relations.

Prior to joining the firm, Wolock was a partner with Miro Weiner & Kramer, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills. She is admitted to practice in Michigan.


Sadanand V. Deshpande,
is working in the field of Microelectronics at the state-of-the-art development center in East Fishkill, NY for IBM Corporation. "I am managing a diverse group of highly technical and motivated individuals that are interested in application of new materials for development of novel processes in production of high-performance electronic devices," he reports.

Teresa Grant (nee Somerfield),
has opened a literary agency, Leona Literary Agency, Inc., in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park where she lives with fellow U of M grad Rob (91 BA Economics) and three little Wolverine fans (Cameron (6), Drew (3) and Michael (1)). She recently announced the release of the young adult novel CLABBERNAPPERS by Len Bailey.

Chris Younghoon Kim,
has joined the faculty of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as director of orchestras. He will continue his role as artistic director of Brave New Works, a group he founded with fellow Michigan alums in 1997. He will also continue as conductor of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. This season he will guest conduct the Firebird Ensemble with performances in Newport, RI, and Boston, in performances of Jon Deak's Passion of Scrooge. He will conduct Kristine Kuster's (another UM alum) Ando with Ensemble X in February. In May, he will conduct Kalistos Chamebr Orchestra (with yet another U-M alum--Leo Eguchi)in a New York City debut at Merkin Hall.

W. Keith Sloan,
has just published "Scammed! The Frankel Victims," a true crime story, through Cork Hill Press. It is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble at present, but I hope to reach more stores soon. I have been listed in the last five editions of Marques Who's Who in America and other Who's Who series.

Linda K. Boose,
says that obtaining a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration at the University of Michigan Flint was "very rewarding. I had the opportunity to work in the Flint and Beecher school districts, teaching abstinence education, using the Michigan Teen Outreach Program (MTOP) Curriculum. Students were taught how to abstain from sex, alcohol, drugs and violence.

"I currently am employed by the State of Michigan Family Independent Agency and will continue to work with youth in some capacity."


Jodi S. Eligberg,
(nee) Abramson, and Rabbi David M. Eligberg are thrilled to announce the birth of their third Wolverine-in-training, Miriam Chana, on November 2, 2004. Miriam joins her big sister Sarah Aliza (April 7, 1999) and big brother Yonatan Efraim (March 15, 2001) in rooting for U-M!

Daniel Young,
is raising money to travel to Portugal to have olfactory mucosa transplantation surgery performed in April 2005. Dan was paralyzed in a sledding accident in January 2004, and has spent the last 11 undergoing physical and occupational therapy.

OMT surgery is a relatively new type of procedure that can help people with spinal cord injuries regain much needed function and sensation below the level of their injuries. However, most procedures of this type are not covered by traditional health insurance.

Financial contributions may be sent to: The Daniel M. Young Revocable Trust, 489 Talon Drive #2, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Linda A. Wasserman,
has joined the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the Tax, Estate Planning and Probate department in the firm’s Oakland County office.

Prior to joining the firm, Wasserman was a partner with Miro Weiner & Kramer PC in Bloomfield Hills. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. Wasserman is active in the Detroit community and currently is a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a trustee of the Detroit Zoological Society, and Vice Chair of the Cranbrook Schools’ Board of Governors. She is also active with the Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, serving on the Steering Committee of the Professional Advisory Committee and the Endowment Steering Committee.


Wayne D. Hillyard,
has joined the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the Real Estate department in the firm’s Oakland County office. Prior to joining the firm, Hillyard was a partner with Miro Weiner & Kramer, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills. He is a member of the American Bar Association and its section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan and its Real Property section.

Hillyard has been a faculty member for a number of Commercial Lease Negotiation Seminars presented by Georgetown University Law Center. He has also been a roundtable discussion leader and presenter at US Law Conference functions sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers


Susan M. John (fka Friedland),
has joined the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the Tax, Estate Planning and Probate department in the firm’s Oakland County office.

Prior to joining the firm, John was a partner with Miro Weiner & Kramer PC in Bloomfield Hills. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and belongs to its Estate Planning and Probate Section.


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