Diane Akers Receives Section's Schulman Award
Diane Akers, a longtime associate and partner with the Detroit office of Bodman PLC, has been named the recipient of the ninth Annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the Business Law Section.
Akers, a West Bloomfield resident, is currently of counsel to Bodman. She retired from full-time practice in 2010 but is still involved in business courts and other business law issues.
Akers has been involved in several important business law efforts that have had a significant impact on business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the state of Michigan. One is the push to establish Business Courts in Michigan, through the Business Law Section and as part of the State Bar Judicial Crossroads Task Force. Business Courts are now operating in all circuits that have three or more circuit court judges.
Akers was also involved in an effort to lessen the pressure that law enforcement officials at the federal and state levels were putting on businesses to waive the attorney client privilege in criminal investigations in order to gain favor with investigators. This effort was led by the Attorney Client Task Force that was part of the Business Law Section.
The award will be presented to Akers at the Section's Annual Meeting to be held September 11 in Novi.
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