The Law College gave us so much. It’s time for us to give back to help today’s students and programs.
Amy Slameka, ’99, and Matthew Fedor, ’00
Husband-and-wife MSU College of Law graduates Amy Slameka, ’99, and Matthew Fedor, ’00, are passionate about supporting the school’s current students and programs.
By becoming members of the President’s Club through a $10,000 pledge, the couple joined the first lifetime giving level in the Circle of Friends donor societies.
“The Law College gave us so much, and now it’s time for us to give back to help today’s students and programs,” said Fedor.
Fedor, who graduated in 2000, recently started Fedor, Camargo & Weston, a general practice firm in Birmingham, Michigan. Slameka began working with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, where she had spent her summer internships, shortly after graduating in 1999. Both have mentored MSU Law students and have hired them as clerks.
“Every single one of our professors had real-world experience and would incorporate it into the class,” Fedor says. “It wasn’t just the law they taught, but the practice of the law. They don’t tell you in a book how to get your motion filed. The professors would say, ‘You have to go to the second floor to the clerk’s office, and don’t forget you have to bring three copies.’ It was stuff like that that allowed us to hit the ground immediately. It’s also what allows us to hire alumni, because it continues.”
Fedor co-founded his new firm with two other MSU law graduates; their wives are also alumni. After law school, he worked with Duffy and Robertson, a firm in Bloomfield Hills, and then with Beztak Properties, a real estate development firm. In 2004, he struck out on his own.
Meanwhile, Slameka was building her career in Wayne County’s felony trial division. In 2008, she co-founded an animal protection unit with a colleague, allowing her to formalize her long-standing commitment to prosecuting animal cruelty cases. She also works on cases of utility theft.
Slameka’s work has led her to cross paths with MSU Professor David Favre, one of the country’s foremost experts on animal law. She says she’s “incredibly proud” that MSU offers a joint program between its colleges of law and veterinary medicine.
The couple met in law school but didn’t date until after they both graduated. They married in 2003 and now have a family.
The couple also shares a commitment to community service. Slameka serves on the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee; is a member of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association; and sits on the Legislative Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section. Fedor is a team member of Oakland County’s Sobriety Court and is past president of the MSU College of Law Alumni Association. Both serve as legal advisors to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.
“One of the nice things about being a lawyer is you can really give back to people’s lives,” Fedor says. “That’s something MSU Law always has been great at—community outreach. From my perspective, that’s invaluable. That’s why I like to stay involved.”
A version of this profile originally appeared in the summer 2012 issue of Amicus, published by the MSU College of Law.