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Judge, 36th District Court

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters



As a 36th District Court judge and as the City of Detroit's First Lady, you personify the definition of public service. An elected official, you daily demonstrate your concern for the welfare of Detroit citizens. This regard for our community is also reflected in your longtime involvement in community and professional organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of African American History, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Association of Black Judges in Michigan. You perform numerous leadership roles for the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, the Children's Center, the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan and the Greening of Detroit. And as Detroit's First Lady, you have contributed countless hours to projects and events that benefit the city and state, such as co-chairing the 1994 Michigan International Year of the Family. Much of your community involvement demonstrates your interest and concern for Detroit-area children--not just from the perspective of an elected official but as a wife and mother. You have become a role model for women today as you balance career, family and community responsibilities. For your efforts, you have received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wolverine Student Bar Association. In recognition of your years of distinguished community service, the University of Detroit Mercy is proud to confer upon you an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree. Commencement, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law, May 14, 1995.

University of Detroit Mercy

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