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    News Release November 2002: American Bar Association president-elect to visit Milwaukee

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Jason Westphal
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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    American Bar Association president-elect to visit Milwaukee

    MADISON, November 18, 2002 - Dennis Archer, the next president of the American Bar Association (ABA), will be in Milwaukee on Tuesday to make a luncheon presentation at the Wisconsin Club. The event, "Diversity Leadership Development," will begin at 1 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association.

    "The events of the recent past - the war on terrorism, corporate accounting scandals and other uncertainties surrounding our country's future - have tested the public's trust and confidence in our national institutions," stated Archer. "As individuals now look to the law to restore a sense of justice, we as lawyers are charged with an even greater responsibility to provide legal direction to ensure that the freedoms we all enjoy are preserved."

    Born in Detroit, Archer earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University's Detroit College of Law in 1970. In 1985 he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Archer then went on to serve two terms as mayor of the city of Detroit (1994-2001). Since leaving the mayor's post last year, he has been elected chairman of the Detroit-based law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC. Additionally, Archer currently sits on the corporate boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Compuware Corporation and Covisiant.

    In 2000, Archer was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. In addition, he has been named one of the 25 most dynamic mayors in America by Newsweek magazine; one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine; and one of the 100 Most Powerful Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal. In his final year on the bench, Archer was named the most respected judge in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

    Archer will "officially" take over the top leadership position of the ABA in August during the association's annual meeting in San Francisco. He will become the first person of color elected to head the organization.

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