Butzel Long’s Robin Luce Herrmann elected to Board of Directors of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been elected to the Executive Committee of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). The MLRC Executive Committee oversees activities of MLRC’s law firm members.

The MLRC, founded in 1980, is the leading professional association for media organizations and their lawyers. It provides its members with a wide-range of resources, including: daily updates on legal, regulatory and legislative developments; numerous publications; legal and policy analysis; media litigation practice guides; and national and international media law conferences. MLRC has more than 110 media company members. The MLRC Defense Counsel Section includes over 200 law firms which represent media clients.

Herrmann leads Butzel Long’s media team and concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation; and civil rights.

At the same time, Herrmann serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 300 members throughout the State.

She previously taught Law of the Press in the Journalism Department at Oakland University. Herrmann has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.

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Brinks Shareholder Reappointed to Chair of Michigan Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was reappointed to serve as chair of the Michigan Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This is Mr. Almeda’s second, two-year term as Chair. He was first appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2007.

Mr. Almeda is a longstanding leader in Michigan’s Asian American community. He has served as a Commissioner of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and Secretary for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He is also Past President of American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), an organization that was formed in response to the 1982 murder of Detroiter Vincent Chin. The Vincent Chin case ultimately led to national legal milestone change on issues dealing with hate crimes, minimum sentence guidelines and victims’ rights.

Mr. Almeda was recently appointed by the Trustees of Central Michigan University to serve as a school board member for Summit Academy in Flat Rock, Michigan. The school is operated by The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University.

At Brinks, Mr. Almeda is Chair of the Nanotechnology Group and the Brazil task force and focuses his practice on patent opinions and prosecution in the medical, chemical, nanotechnology and mechanical arts, with an emphasis on medical devices, nanomaterials, micro and nanodevices, petroleum and chemical processes, polymers, fuel cells, hybrid engines and polycarbonate glazing systems. He has significant experience in counseling clients on patent infringement and validity evaluations.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.