MSU College of Law



December 21, 2007


Trustee Linda Orlans, ’87, Delivers Fall 2007 Commencement Address

Forty MSU Law Students Awarded Juris Doctor Degrees


Trustee Linda Orlans, ’87

East Lansing, MI – Trustee Linda M. Orlans, a 1987 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law), delivered the commencement address to the Michigan State University College of Law Fall Class of 2007. Her address was delivered Thursday evening at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

Orlans is the founding shareholder of Orlans Associates P.C., Orlans Moran PLLC, and e-Title Agency, Inc. She serves as assistant treasurer on the Law College’s Board of Trustees and is active in numerous charitable groups including Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, serving on the Executive Board and as Fundraising Chair. She is a founding member of the Beaumont Hospital Foundation’s First Words Society and serves as legal counsel and on the Board of Directors for Beyond Basics, a community support group for underserved school children and their families in Detroit and Pontiac. She worked to bring HOPE: Home Ownership Preservation Enterprise to Detroit, an organization that preserves homeownership.

Orlans holds degrees from Wayne State University and Michigan State University College of Law.

Also during the ceremony, Acting Dean Cliff Thompson welcomed the graduates and their guests and introduced student speaker Ryan Doherty. Forty MSU Law students graduated along with two Masters of Law candidates and one Masters of Jurisprudence candidate.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit