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February 26, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm




Location: Atheneum Hotel and Conference Center

February 26th, 2020

Registration and Networking @ 11:30a.m
Event begins at Noon.    


McCree Award Recipient:

Hon. Avern Cohn

Special Keynote Speaker: Jim Harbaugh!

We are extremely pleased to have as our Keynote Speaker Jim Harbaugh

About our Keynote Speaker:

Jim Harbaugh was named the 20th coach in University of Michigan football history on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. He is the sixth former Michigan football player to be named the leader of college football’s winningest program.

Harbaugh is one of four Big Ten coaches to win 10-plus games in each of his first two seasons directing a conference school. He joined Fielding Yost (1901-02) as the only head coaches to collect back-to-back 10-win seasons in their first two seasons at U-M. Harbaugh is the second-fastest coach to 20 wins at Michigan, trailing only Yost; Harbaugh accomplished the feat in 24 games and Yost won the first 29 games of his U-M career before tying Minnesota (6-6) in 1903.

In three of his four seasons as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh has guided the Wolverines to 10-win seasons. U-M has appeared in a bowl game in all four seasons, including two New Year’s Six Bowls with the 2017 Orange Bowl and 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, and two other bowls played on New Year’s Day (2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; 2018 Outback Bowl).

Seven Wolverines have secured 11 All-American honors under Harbaugh, including consensus honorees Devin Bush, Jake Butt, Maurice Hurst, Jourdan Lewis, and Jabrill Peppers.

Additionally, Butt won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end in 2016 while Peppers received the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Paul Hornung Award and was a fifth-place finisher in the Heisman Trophy race that same season. Several other athletes have been national award finalists under Harbaugh, including Lewis (Jim Thorpe Award) and Bush (Butkus Award).

A total of 21 athletes have earned All-Big Ten recognition in each of Harbaugh’s four seasons, including 13 first-team honorees (four in 2015, six in 2016, three in 2017, eight in 2018). Ten of 11 defensive starters have earned the honor in three consecutive seasons (2016-17-18). Those accolades have extended to the classroom as well, with Wolverines accruing 137 Academic All-Big Ten honors during his tenure, including a program-record 48 in 2017.

In his first year as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to a 10-3 record, including a 41-7 win over No. 19 Florida in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The Wolverines posted a 10-win season for the 27th time in the 136-year history of the program and finished in the top 12 of the national polls for the first time since 2011, finishing 11th in the Amway Coaches poll and 12th in the Associated Press media poll.

In 2016, the Wolverines took another step forward, coming within inches of claiming their first Big Ten East Division title and a spot in the conference championship game. U-M finished 10-3 and listed 10th in both polls at year’s end.

In 2018, U-M’s season included a 10-game win streak, and the fifth-highest single-season offensive output in program history. Led by another top-3 national defense, U-M finished No. 14 in both polls and tied for first place in the Big Ten East Division.

Harbaugh came to Ann Arbor after an impressive four-year run in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the franchise to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, winning the George Halas Trophy as NFC champions in 2012. Harbaugh tallied a 49-22-1 overall record that included a 5-3 mark in the postseason as 49ers head coach.

Harbaugh led the Niners to a 13-3 regular-season record and to the NFC Championship Game during his first season in 2011, earning the AP NFL Coach of the Year award. He followed up with an 11-4-1 regular-season mark in 2012, culminating with an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII. Harbaugh’s 49ers lost a back-and-forth affair, 34-31, to the Baltimore Ravens and his brother, John, in the only matchup of brothers as head coaches in NFL history. He helped guide San Francisco back to the NFC title game after a 12-4 regular-season record in 2013 and posted an 8-8 mark during the 2014 season.

Prior to making the jump to the 49ers, Harbaugh established himself as a leader of young men at the college level. He turned around a Stanford program that went 1-11 prior to his arrival. The Cardinal improved each of his four seasons, culminating with a 12-1 campaign and FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in 2010. Harbaugh finished his tenure at Stanford with a 29-21 overall record (.580) and 21-15 mark in Pac-10 Conference play.

After 4-8 and 5-7 records his first two seasons at the helm, Harbaugh led the Cardinal to an 8-5 record and a tie for second place in the Pac-10. The appearance in the Sun Bowl following the season was Stanford’s first bowl game since the 2001 season. The program continued its ascension in 2010, posting a 12-1 overall record and 8-1 mark in the Pac-10. Stanford was selected for a BCS bowl game and proceeded to defeat Virginia Tech, 40-12, in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Harbaugh’s final game with the program. The Cardinal finished the 2010 season ranked fifth in the national polls, and Harbaugh was named the Woody Hayes Award as the nation’s top coach by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He accepted the 49ers head coaching position on Jan. 7, 2011.

In his first head coaching experience, Harbaugh led the University of San Diego to a 29-6 record during his three seasons directing the program (2004-06). In his first year, the Toreros posted a 7-4 record after winning their final five games of the season. The team proceeded to post 11-1 marks during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, claiming the Pioneer Football League championship each season.

Harbaugh spent the 2002 and 2003 NFL seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders. He worked with the quarterbacks, helping quarterback Rich Gannon lead the organization to Super Bowl XXXVII after posting an 11-5 regular-season record and the AFC Western Division title. Gannon won the 2002 AP NFL MVP award and was selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl.

He began preparing for a career as a coach during his professional playing days. Harbaugh spent eight years as an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach for his father, Jack, at Western Kentucky (1994-2001). He worked as an offensive consultant and recruited for the Hilltoppers during that time. Harbaugh’s effort helped his father’s team capture the 2002 Division I-AA national championship.

Harbaugh played for five different organizations during his 15-year NFL career (1987-2001). He completed 2,305-of-3,918 passes for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns in 177 games. Harbaugh made 140 career starts. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection after leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. He was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2005.

As a collegiate player, Harbaugh was one of the most efficient passers in NCAA history. In 1985, he led the nation in pass efficiency and finished as the runner-up in 1986. His career pass efficiency rating was the NCAA’s top mark for more than 12 years. Harbaugh won the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Most Valuable Player award, earned first team All-America honors and finished third in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy following the 1986 season.

He completed 387-of-620 passes for 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns during his career, with all four statistical categories still listing among the top 12 in school history. He also added 12 rushing touchdowns during his career, including eight scores as a senior. Harbaugh became the first Michigan quarterback to ever throw for more than 300 yards in a single game (310 vs. Wisconsin) and eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark 12 times. He led the Wolverines to a 21-3-1 record as a full-time starter during his final two seasons, including a pair of victories against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State.

Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Addison and Katherine, and a two sons, Jack and John. He also has three children, Jay, James Jr., and Grace.

He is the son of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh. Jack was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1973-79. Harbaugh’s brother, John, is head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and his sister, Joani, is married to Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.

The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice honors individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice.

It is named in memory and honor of Wade H. McCree, Jr.,  Judge McCree was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Fisk University and his law degree at Harvard Law School, where he finished twelfth in his class. He began his legal career at the Detroit firm of Bledsoe and Taylor in 1948. In 1952, he was appointed by Governor G. Mennen Williams to the Workmen’s Compensation Commission, where he served until 1954, when Governor Williams appointed him to the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge McCree was then appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1961, and by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1966. Judge McCree resigned from the Sixth Circuit in March 1977 to accept appointment by President Jimmy Carter as Solicitor General of the United States.

Wade McCree served as Solicitor General until June 1981, when he was appointed the Lewis M. Simes Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, where he taught until his death. While a member of the University of Michigan Law School faculty, Professor McCree was appointed by the United States Supreme Court to hear three cases as a Special Master.

Judge McCree cared deeply about education. A founder of the Higher Education Opportunities Committee at Wayne State University and a founding trustee of Friends School in Detroit, he was a Trustee at Fisk University and a member of the Visiting School Committees of Harvard Law School and Mercer University Law School. He also served as an Overseer of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and on the Visiting Committees of the Law Schools at Wayne State University, the University of Chicago, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Miami.

Judge McCree’s service to the legal profession and the community included active membership on more than 50 committees, councils and boards. He also was a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and served on the Board of the Detroit Round Table of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, as well as on the boards of numerous charitable and cultural organizations.

The Chapter’s McCree Award for the Advancement of Social Justice is nationally acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards in recognition of contribution to the community.


And we are extremely pleased to present this year’s award to:   TBD

1990 George W. Crockett & Dennis W. Archer

1991 Ernest Goodman

1992 Mildred Jeffrey

1995 Damon J. Keith

1996 George W. Romney

1997 Fr. William Cunningham

1998 William G. Milliken

1999 Maryann Mahaffey

2001 Alternatives for Girls

2002 Saul A. Green

2003 Eleanor M. Josaitis

2004 Friends School of Detroit

2005 Eugene Driker

2006 Freedom House

2007 Father Norman P. Thomas

2008 Jack Kresnak

2009 The “Neal Legal Team”

2010 Mary Sue Coleman

2011 Kathleen Straus

2012 Martin I. Reisig

2013 Florise Neville-Ewell & PBJ Outreach

2014 Dr. Daniel H. Krichbaum

2015 John Van Camp

2016 Former United States Senator Carl Levin

2017 Mark Davidoff

2018 Faith Fowler

2019 Kary L. Moss

The Criteria: Significant Contributions to the Advancement of Social Justice.
These contributions may include advancing social justice in areas involving poverty, promoting economic or educational opportunity, or fighting discrimination involving race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or economic status. The recipient may be selected from any field of endeavor including law, social service, community organization, volunteer activities, journalism, academics or the like.

Nominations for the 2019 McCree Award will remain open until February 16, 2018. and submitted to Chapter Executive Director Mindy Herrmann at and Committee Chair Cynthia Haffey at using the below nomination form.

Additional tables of 8 seats may be purchased for $800 and will have table “Reserved For” sign.


February 26, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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