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October 19, 2004
Michigan State Bar Foundation Elects 2004-2005 Officers and Trustees
The Michigan State Bar Foundation has elected Officers and Trustees
for 2004-2005. The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, founded by Michigan judges and lawyers
in 1947 to support law-related charitable programs. It awarded nearly 8.5 million dollars in grants this
year to improve the administration of justice and further the delivery of legal services to the poor.
See www.msbf.org for more information on Foundation programs.
Margaret J. Nichols was elected President of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. She is a
shareholder in the Ann Arbor firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank & Sendelbach and recipient of the 2002
Michael Franck Award for outstanding contributions to the profession and the public. Nichols
currently serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust
Accounts) and is a past chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, past Chair of the State Bar
Family Law Section and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
The Honorable Alfred M. Butzbaugh of St. Joseph was elected Vice President and to a new
term as Trustee. Judge Butzbaugh is Chair of the Foundation’s Legal Services Grants Committee
which oversees the Foundation’s largest grant program of more than 7 million dollars annually to
support civil legal aid for low-income families in Michigan. While President of the State Bar of
Michigan in 1999-2000, Judge Butzbaugh helped launch the Access to Justice Campaign to raise
additional funds for civil legal aid services. Judge Butzbaugh is also a past recipient of the State
Bar’s highest honor, the Roberts P. Hudson award.
Lamont E. Buffington, a senior shareholder in the Detroit firm of Garan Lucow Miller, was
elected Treasurer and to a new term as Trustee. Mr. Buffington chairs the Foundation’s Finance and
Audit Committee and serves on