Mr. Booth, a senior partner at Plunkett Cooney, received the Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by the Council of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Council of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan selects the Outstanding Achievement Award winner in recognition of the individual's distinguished service to the legal community. Booth, who was on the firm's Executive Committee from 1975-1982 and was managing partner of Plunkett Cooney from 1982 to 1987, joined the firm in 1961. He focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, architects' and engineers' liability, product liability and alternative dispute resolution. Recognized as one of the most accomplished attorneys in the nation, Booth has numerous honors and awards to his credit. He is also a member of numerous prestigious legal organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow) and the International Society of Barristers (Fellow).
Joseph A. Golden 67
Mr. Golden, of law firm Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden, PC, was named the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Award is presented to individuals who have made major contributions to the practice of labor and/or employment law, and reflect the highest ethical principles, among other requirements. Golden has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. on a variety of employment rights issues; is a founding member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, serving as its president from 1991 to 1993; has served on the governing Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law; and is currently on the Executive Board of the Michigan Employment Lawyers Association, an organization Golden founded in 1992. He is also a member of the American and Michigan Associations of Justice. In 2012, he became Chair of the Macomb County Bar Association's Masters Section and was inducted as a fellow to the State Bar of Michigan Foundation.
Frederick W. Lauck 69
Mr. Lauck has penned a memoir, Children of the Greatest Generation: An Emotional History. Born and raised in Detroit, the trial lawyer and author writes in a lyrical story format about the events of his life. The book’s press release reads, “Turn to any chapter, any page and you land in the middle of an entertaining story where you see yourself, someone you know now, or someone you knew when. Jump on the author’s magic carpet ride and be transported through the compelling ‘lives and times’ of that most fortunate generation . . . Children of the Greatest Generation.”
Robert H. Martin 66
Mr. Martin is now serving as a mediator in the practice of law, with a preference for the areas of construction and employment mediation. He served on the Board of Directors of the UDM Law Alumni Association for 25 years and was instrumental in establishing the criteria for the Alumnus of the Year award. Mr. Martin has received glowing recommendations from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh (’66) and Former Justice Maura D. Corrigan (’73). When asked to comment, Mr. Martin stated, “Success as a mediator comes in many different forms. In this instance, it’s bringing about the agreement between Justice Cavanagh and Justice Corrigan regarding myself as a mediator.”
Hon. John G. Cummings 63
The St. Clair County Bar Association recently honored retired District Judge John G. Cummings by naming the annual Professionalism Trophy Award in his name to the winning school in the Association-sponsored St. Clair County High School Mock Trial Program. Students were encouraged to emulate all the criteria used in the naming of this trophy (professionalism and integrity being a way of life in the member's career, promoting professionalism by creating an awareness and greater understanding of member responsibility in the Bar and community, and acting in both private and professional life in furtherance of the highest ideals of the legal profession).