The Federalist Society is an organization of practicing attorneys, law professors and students dedicated to bringing conservative
and libertarian ideas into law schools and the organized bar. The student and lawyer chapters sponsor debates, speeches and
symposia across the country to advance the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of powers
between the branches and levels of government must be preserved and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary
to say what the law is, not what it should be.
2004 was one of the most successful
years in the history of the Michigan Lawyers Chapter of the
Federalist Society. On behalf of the Chapter's Board of Directors, thank you for helping to make Michigan a model for the
Some of this year's highlights include November's Grano Award Dinner at which Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
was the featured speaker. In October, the Chapter held a "Same Sex Marriage Debate" at Wayne State University. Almost one
hundred people, from all backgrounds and persuasions, attended the panel discussion which made for lively debate on a timely
issue. In April, Dabney Friedrich, Associate Counsel to the President, spoke at the Madison Club Reception. Her remarks on
the inner workings of the White House
Counsel's Office were informative, insightful and timely.
Our Chapter continues
to enjoy one of the largest memberships in the United States with many members serving at the highest levels of the state
judiciaries. Several Chapter members also are awaiting confirmation to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
and the United States District Courts. In 2005, it is expected that the Chapter not only will have a member serving as the
chief law enforcement officer for the State of Michigan but also as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Eastern
District of Michigan.