The Court Historical Society is a proud auxiliary of the District Court.  It was established in 1991 as a follow-up to the creation of the history office of the Federal Judicial Center.  The Judicial Conference of the United States encouraged its organization when it said:

Knowing how things came to be the way they are contributes substantially to any assessment of current effectiveness and of appreciating the promise of proposals for change.

The Society does very well in fulfilling these expectations.

The avern cohn award

This award is named in honor of United States District Judge Avern Cohn, in recognition of his immeasurable contributions to the cause of legal scholarship and the study of legal history.  As an active, prolific and thoughtful writer, Judge Cohn has led by example throughout his distinguished legal career spanning more than sixty years.  As a notable collector of historic legal documents and artifacts, Judge Cohn has served to inspire others through his generous support and guidance of worthwhile organizations that promote the study of Michigan’s rich legal history, bestowing upon future generations the legacies of curiosity, scholarship and wisdom.

 

Recipients:

2013 David Gardner Chardavoyne

2014 Judith Knudsen Christie

2015 Peter J. Hammer & Trevor W. Coleman

2016 Michael J. Lavoie

2017 Kevin M.Ball

2018 S. Martin Lindenauer & Elizabeth Oneal

 

 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Board of trustees and officers

 


President

MATTHEW J. LUND

Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Vice President

DEBRA A. GEROUX

Butzel Long, PC

Executive Director

JUDITH K. CHRISTIE

Secretary

KEVIN BALL

Baker College

Treasurer

JEFFREY G. RAPHELSON

Bodman PLC

 


 

HON. TERRENCE G. BERG

U.S. District Court

HON. AVERN COHN

U.S. District Court

HON. MARK A. GOLDSMITH

U.S. District Court

HON. WALTER SHAPERO (RETIRED)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

HON. ARTHUR J. TARNOW

U.S. District Court

CHARLES D. BULLOCK

Stevenson & Bullock, PLC

DAVID G. CHARDAVOYNE

KIMBERLY ALTMAN

U.S. District Court

THOMAS W. CRANMER

Miller Canfield

JENNIFER BOURI CHILSON

Dykema Gossett PLLC

ELLEN DENNIS

Law Offices of Ellen Dennis

GREGORY V. MURRAY

Murray Law Group

ELISA ANGELI PALIZZI

Miller Canfield

JEFFREY A. SADOWSKI

Howard & Howard Attorneys PC

DAVID J. WEAVER.

U.S. District Court

I.W. WINSTEN

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

DAVID ASHENFELTER

U.S. District Court

PETER HENNING

Wayne State University