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  Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell named a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Induction is the highest honor bestowed on lawyers by the elected membership of the Michigan State Bar

DETROIT - Melvin Butch Hollowell, Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit, has been named a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Association.

The honor is bestowed on lawyers for outstanding legal ability, devotion to the public and support of the public service ideals of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. It is the highest honor that can be given by the elected board of the Michigan State Bar. Only five percent of Michigan lawyers are eligible state-wide.

Fellows are part of an elite, invitation-only group and only a limited number of attorneys are selected each year. The group supports The Michigan State Bar Foundation, which provides leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system, including support for civil legal aid to the poor, law-related education, and conflict resolution. The Michigan State Bar Foundation was established in 1947 by lawyers and judges to help the legal profession meet its responsibilities to the public.

As Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit, Hollowell has been a leader on a number of transformative projects. He helped guide the city through the legal cases related to the citys emergence from bankruptcy, and has reduced the citys litigation payouts by nearly 50%. His work includes having won the federal court case ending Department of Justice oversight of the Detroit Police Department after 11 years. And hes proud of his work in creating Project Clean Slate, a program that assists Detroit residents expunge nonviolent criminal records, while also helping them with job readiness.

I am incredibly grateful to the State Bar for this prestigious honor, said Hollowell. I look forward to being an active participant in supporting the worthy mission of the Fellows.

Immediately prior to his appointment as Corporation Counsel in January 2014, Hollowell served as general counsel for the Detroit Branch NAACP. In his over thirty years of legal practice he has worked in the private sector, specializing in municipal law and complex commercial litigation. He has also served in key positions in state and county government.


 

 

 

 

 

   




 
 
 

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