ADRIAN — The Adrian College Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy invites the public to attend the Ninth Annual Phillip J. Prygoski Constitution Day Address on Monday, Sept. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium.
The speaker will be the Honorable Dennis W. Archer, a former member of the Michigan Supreme Court and former mayor of the City of Detroit. He has titled his speech “Integrity Doesn’t Go Out of Style.”
Archer served two four-year terms as mayor of the city of Detroit (1994-2001), earning national and international respect for his success in changing Detroit’s image and direction.
In 2000, Mayor Archer was named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine; served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; was president of the National League of Cities from 2000-2001; received an Award of Excellence and named 1998 Newsmaker of the Year by Engineering News-Record Magazine; named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine; named one of the 100 Most Powerful Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal; and named one of the 25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America by Newsweek Magazine.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Michigan University and taught students with learning disabilities in Detroit Public Schools.
Archer earned his Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law in 1970. He began practicing law thereafter, working as a trial lawyer and a partner in several Detroit firms, as well as associate professor of the Detroit College of Law and adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School.
In 1985, Governor James Blanchard appointed Archer an associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was elected to an eight-year term the following year. In his final year on the bench in 1990, Archer was named the most respected judge in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Archer has long been active in the organized bar. He was the first person of color elected president of the American Bar Association (2003-2004) as well as the State Bar of Michigan. He has also served as president of the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Archer is a life member of the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation and the National Bar Association, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a fellow of the College of Law Office Management and life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Archer is currently chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm with more than 400 attorneys. He sits on the corporate board of Masco Corporation.
The Constitution Day Address is free and open to the public. For more information, call Adrian College at 265-5161 or go online to adrian.edu.