Dennis W. Archer to Receive ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Liberty Achievement Award

TIPS Liberty Achievement Award recipient Dennis W. Archer

TIPS Liberty Achievement Award recipient Dennis W. Archer (click for high-resolution image)

CHICAGO, May 12, 2011 — The _ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Detroit attorney Dennis W. Archer as the 2011 recipient of the TIPS Liberty Achievement Award.  The award will be presented to Archer during the TIPS Spring CLE & Leadership Forum on May 20 at the section’s Leadership in Action Luncheon. The event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla., at 12:15 p.m.

“TIPS is honored to present the Honorable Archer with our Liberty Achievement Award. Throughout his career, Dennis has promoted diversity both personally and professionally. His dedication to diversity in academia, various professional organizations, his legal practice and interactions generally are prime examples of why he is so deserving of this honor,” said section Chair Jennifer “Ginger” Busby of Birmingham, Ala.

The TIPS Liberty Achievement Award was created in 2008 to honor those lawyers and judges who take a leadership role in promoting diversity in the legal profession by demonstrating, through choices made in their careers and work done in private and/or public sector positions, that they have actively promoted diversity.

Archer currently serves as chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm with more than 270 attorneys.  He also sits on the corporate boards of Johnson Controls Inc., Compuware Corp. and Masco Corp.

Previously, Archer served two four-year terms as mayor of the City of Detroit (1994-2001) and earned national and international respect for his success in changing Detroit’s image and direction.  He also served on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Board of Trustees and was president of the National League of Cities from 2000-2001.

In 1985, Gov. James Blanchard appointed Archer an associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  He was elected to an eight-year term the following year.  In his final year on the bench in 1990, Archer was named the most respected judge in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Archer has received many significant honors and awards. In 2000, he was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine.  Archer received an Award of Excellence and was named 1998 Newsmaker of the Year by Engineering News-Record magazine, a sister publication of Business Week.  He has also been named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine; and one of the 100 Most Powerful Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal.  Archer was named one of the 25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America by Newsweek magazine.

Archer has long been active in the organized bar.  He was the first person of color elected president of the ABA (2003-2004) and also served as president of the State Bar of Michigan, the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Bar Association.  Archer is a Life Member of the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation and the National Bar Association, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a Fellow of the College of Law Office Management and Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Archer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Western Michigan University, which enabled him to teach learning disabled students in the Detroit Public Schools. He received his Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law in 1970.  Archer began practicing law thereafter, working as a trial lawyer and a partner in several Detroit firms, serving as associate professor of the Detroit College of Law and adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the TIPS Spring CLE & Leadership Forum.

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