May 1, 2009

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Frederick D. Dilley elected to MSU College of Law Board of Trustees

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees has elected Frederick Dilley of Grand Rapids to its Board.

Dilley, who will serve a three-year term on the board, is a Grand Rapids attorney specializing in litigation and mediation.

"I look forward to promoting a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between MSU Law and West Michigan's law firms, courts and the larger community," Dilley said. "I think the synergy between the Law College and West Michigan can have the same positive benefits that we are seeing develop with the MSU Medical School."

The medical school is in the process of moving its primary operations from East Lansing to Grand Rapids in 2010.

"Fred Dilley is one of our distinguished graduates, a highly accomplished member of the legal profession and a dedicated leader in the Grand Rapids community," said Joan Howarth, dean of the Law College. "We are honored to have him join the Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees."

Clif Haley, president of the MSU College of Law, agreed.

"He is a great addition to the Law College Board of Trustees and brings to the Board an impressive legal background and a welcome perspective of Western Michigan," Haley said. "He has expressed a keen interest in working with his two alma maters: MSU and the Law College. The Board of Trustees enthusiastically welcomes him."

Dilley graduated from the James Madison College at MSU in 1971 and from the Detroit College of Law in 1975. He has served as an adjunct professor of environmental law at Grand Valley State University and as chairperson of the Environmental Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Dilley has 30 years of experience handling legal problems in state and federal courts, various regulatory agencies and in private settings outside litigation.


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