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Clark Hill PLC Attorneys Joel D. Applebaum and Reginald M. Turner Participated in the “Professionalism in Action Program” – Jan. 25

January 31, 2013


Clark Hill PLC members Joel D. Applebaum and Reginald M. Turner participated in the State Bar of Michigan’s “Professionalism in Action” Orientation Program on Friday, January 25, 2013. Applebaum and Turner served as small group discussion leaders, sharing guidance and experience with new law students and impressing upon them the importance of ethics in the legal profession. The program was held at Wayne State University Law School.

State Bar of Michigan Past President Edward H. Pappas initiated one of the most quickly popular programs in State Bar history: the Professionalism in Action Orientation Program. During law school orientations, new students are divided into small groups and paired with experienced attorneys to explore ethical issues. The first two programs took place in May 2009 at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Auburn Hills campus and in August 2009 at the Michigan State University College of Law. Students rated both programs as outstanding. The professionalism orientation program has now been replicated at all four Cooley campuses and at Wayne State University Law School. All Michigan law schools plan to offer some form of the professionalism orientation program.

Applebaum is a member of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals, and general commercial law. Applebaum received his J.D., with from Wayne State University Law School and his B.A. from Michigan State University.

Turner is a skilled litigator and lobbyist based in Clark Hill’s Detroit office. He also is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor & Employment Group. Turner is the former president of the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, and he currently serves as chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and the ABA House of Delegates Credentials and Admissions Committee. In addition, Turner is among the less than one percent of lawyers in each state to be named a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Turner regularly counsels clients and is an advocate for them on important matters of public policy and he has government experience at the federal, state and local levels.

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