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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.



This year’s annual meeting was a tremendous success. Almost 200 members crowded into the ballroom at the Hotel Baronette to listen to former Governor John Engler’s keynote address and to congratulate this year’s Grano Award recipients.

During his remarks, Governor Engler reminisced about his three terms as Governor of this great state, and how he had gained so much respect for the Grano Award recipients, Dan and Colleen Pero. Governor Engler reemphasized – as he did during the course of his twelve years as governor –the importance of judicial restraint and ensuring the election of rule-of-law judges. To emphasize the point, he noted that even though he had appointed many judges to the bench, the vast majority of them had been elected and re-elected since then by Michigan voters – proof that Michigan residents want a conservative judiciary respectful of the separation of powers.

Dan and Colleen Pero were presented with the Grano Award by former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan (now DHS Director) and her son, outgoing Federalist Society Chapter President Dan Grano. Both Dan and Colleen were very gracious in their remarks while emphasizing the value of public service and the importance of judicial elections to the integrity of the judiciary. All in all it was another fantastic event enjoyed by all who attended.