2020 LEONARD R. GILMAN AWARD LUNCHEON postponed/cancelled – tbd which one
However, the award will still be presented – either at a rescheduled Gilman Luncheon, the Annual Dinner, or another event.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the ideals of excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service embodied by Len Gilman and this year’s award recipient and also to join us in the fellowship and camaraderie of other members and guests of the Eastern District of Michigan’s Federal Bar.
You don’t want to miss this luncheon! Also, please note the location of this event, below.
GILMAN AWARD KEYNOTE SPEAKER: tbd
GILMAN AWARD HONOREE: tbd
11:30 a.m. Reception / 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
The Gilman Award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law who exemplifies the excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service of Len Gilman, who was U.S. Attorney. Alan Gershel wrote of him, “As the United States Attorney (Len) instilled a level of excellence, professionalism and commitment to public service that exists to his day… (and) his presence is felt everyday in numerous, often subtle ways. Whether it be in the recognition that depriving a person of his liberty is an awesome responsibility that requires the utmost care or in the treating of others with respect, his influence is never far. Lenny was the paradigm of what a prosecutor should be. He balanced aggressive advocacy with compassion. Trumanesque in his language and passion, his guiding principle to many a young prosecutor was to do the right thing. In a time when respect is becoming harder to find, he demanded it from those who worked for him. While he always took his work seriously he never took himself too seriously. A smile and self-deprecating sense of humor could disarm the most strong-willed adversary.