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Edward H. Rakow Luncheon with the Barbara J. Rom Award and Historical Society Presentation

November 27, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


We invite you to the annual Edward H. Rakow Luncheon with the Barbara J. Rom Award and Historical Society Presentation


The Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will host its second luncheon in our annual Luncheon Series with the Rom/Rakow luncheon.

Cost: FBA Members — $45; Non-members — $60; Law Clerks and Students — $35


Please join The Federal Bar Foundation, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter and the Historical Society for their annual luncheon which include a very special presentation by the Court Historical Society with speaker Professor Robert Ackerman (bio below) on Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 11:30 a.m. at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in the Mackinac Ballroom on the 5th Floor.

The program will also feature the presentation of the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence.  The chapter established this award in 2012 to honor individuals who, like Barbara, have exhibited the highest level of overall  excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law.  This year, the award will be presented to EARLE I. ERMAN from Maddin Hauser.  Please see some additional information regarding Mr. Erman below.

Additionally, five Edward H. Rakow Scholarships will be awarded to a student from each of Michigan’s five law schools who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement in securities, corporation or business law. Awarded annually since 1969, the Federal Bar Foundation presents the Edward H. Rakow Scholarship Awards to honor the contributions of Edward H. Rakow, one of the original three founders of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter.

The keynote speaker will be Craig B. Glidden.  Mr. Glidden is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at General Motors Company. Before joining GM in March 2015, Mr. Glidden was the chief legal officer at both LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (2009-2015) and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC (2000-2009). Mr. Glidden began his career in private practice. Upon graduating from Tulane University (1980, magna cum laude) and the Florida State University Law School (1983, high honors, Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review), he joined Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans in Tampa, Florida. In 1988, he joined Beirne, Maynard & Parsons LLP, where he became a partner specializing in energy and commercial litigation. In 1996, Mr. Glidden founded his own law firm, Glidden Partners LLP, where he focused on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Florida and has authored two multi-volume treatises on commercial litigation in Texas.


Robert Ackerman

Robert M. Ackerman was appointed director of the Levin Center at Wayne Law in August 2017. He previously served as dean of the law school from 2008 to 2012.

As dean, he led the Law School in the development of a new Environmental Law Clinic, an Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, and a Program for International Legal Studies. He secured funding for Public Interest Law Fellowships, and assisted in strengthening the Law School’s dynamic faculty by hiring a number of outstanding legal scholars and practitioners. In October 2011, Ackerman welcomed more than 600 guests to campus for the dedication of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, a project he and a number of Wayne Law faculty members, alumni and friends helped to make a reality.

Ackerman teaches courses in torts and dispute resolution. He serves on Labor@Wayne’s internal advisory board and as Wayne State University’s faculty athletic representative. Previously, he served on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s executive committee, chairing that committee from 2009-2010.

Prior to coming to Wayne Law, Ackerman served as a professor at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, where he taught torts, dispute resolution, conflict resolution theory, negotiation and mediation. He also served as director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, at the time the nation’s seventh-ranked law school dispute resolution program.

Ackerman, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University, served as dean and professor of law at Willamette University College of Law from July 1996 to May 1999. While he was dean, the law school experienced a 60 percent increase in financial aid to law students, a revitalization of the alumni organization and annual giving, enhanced visibility of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Law and Government program, and an increase in the diversity of the faculty and student body.

Ackerman has lectured at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the University of Vienna School of Law, the Penn State University College of Medicine and Leicester Polytechnic School of Law (now deMontfort University). He has also been employed by the Denver firm of Holme Roberts & Owen and the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.

He has written extensively in the fields of torts, dispute resolution, communitarian theory and civic responsibility, and his scholarship has appeared in a wide variety of high profile publications. His essay, “Taking Responsibility,” was a winner of the international Communitarian Essay Contest and was published in the German social science journal Leviathan. His co-authored book (with Robert F. Cochran Jr.), Law and Community: The Case of Torts, was published early in 2004.

Ackerman is an active participant in professional groups related to conflict resolution. He is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, and has worked on development projects in Tanzania with Penn State’s InterInstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge. He also has served as chair of the AALS Section on Law and Communitarian Studies and is chair-elect of the AALS Section on Socioeconomics.

Click here for more on Mr. Ackerman

The Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan is very pleased to present this years Barbara J. Rom award to Mr. Earle Erman:
EARLE I. ERMAN is a shareholder in Maddin Hauser’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Widely recognized as one of Michigan’s top bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers, Mr. Erman’s practice focuses on insolvency-related matters inside and outside of bankruptcy.
Mr. Erman has successfully handled a wide range of creditor-related matters, contract disputes, mediations, receiverships, representation of debtors, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters.
From 1975 through 1991, Mr. Erman served as a member and bankruptcy trustee of the Panel of United States Trustees for the Eastern District of Michigan. In that capacity, he acted as a liquidating and operating trustee in a broad range of business bankruptcy matters.
With his significant litigation experience in bankruptcy and commercial matters, Mr. Erman possesses particular expertise as a mediator, facilitator and arbitrator in a wide range of contract disputes and has facilitated settlements in many complex commercial cases. Mr. Erman has acted as counsel for receivers and as the receiver on numerous occasions at the request of various institutional parties and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In 2006, 2013 and 2015, Mr. Erman was appointed as a member of the Judicial Selection Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In this role, he made recommendations for the selection of bankruptcy judges for the Eastern District of Michigan. Additionally, Mr. Erman co-chaired the panel in 2013.
Mr. Erman is AV rated in Martindale Hubbell. He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy since 1995, and has been recognized in the Michigan edition of Super Lawyers® in the practice areas of business bankruptcy, business litigation and creditor/debtor rights. He is also board certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.


November 27, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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