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Alumnus Justice Brian K. Zahra To Speak to UDM Law Students

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February 03, 2015

UDM School of Law alumnus and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra '87 will be speaking to law students on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 226 at the Riverfront Campus, 651 Jefferson Avenue, in Detroit.

Zahra, a 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award recipient, has served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners and will discuss with UDM Law students the importance of character and fitness aspects in the Michigan Bar application process.

Zahra received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Wayne State University and graduated with honors in 1987 from the University of Detroit School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and served as Articles Editor of the State Bar of Michigan’s Corporation and Finance Business Law Journal.

Gov. John Engler appointed Zahra to the Wayne County Circuit Court in 1994. Two years later, Zahra was elected to a six-year term on the circuit court. In Dec. 1998, he was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, where he was elected to two consecutive six-year terms, beginning in 2000.

From Dec. 2005 to Jan. 2007, he served as the Court of Appeals’ Chief Judge Pro Tem. Justice Zahra was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court on Jan. 14, 2011 by Gov. Rick Snyder, and he won election to the Court in November 2012.

He has served on many professional and legislative committees, including the Michigan Civil Jury Instructions Committee, the Circuit Court Appellate Rules Committee, the Domestic Violence Legislation Implementation Task Force and the advisory committee for the Michigan Judicial Institute Domestic Violence Benchbook. Zahra also served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners.

The event is hosted by the 3L Day Class and the Student Bar Association.
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