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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2010

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org

Stephen K. Postema Re-Elected as MAMA President
Ann Arbor City Attorney to Focus on Pro-Active Role in Michigan Community Legal Issues

Ann Arbor, Michigan (July 20, 2010) – Stephen K. Postema, the Ann Arbor City Attorney, has been re-elected by his peers to lead municipal attorneys across Michigan.

Postema, Ann Arbor City Attorney since 2003, was unanimously re-elected as President of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) during the group’s annual meeting June 26, 2010. Postema was the 2009-2010 MAMA president and was re-elected to lead the group for a second year, said Bill Mathewson, secretary/treasurer for MAMA and General Counsel for the Michigan Municipal League.

"In these challenging times facing Michigan cities, Stephen brings vitality and a wealth of experience to our organization, along with his absolute dedication to the City of Ann Arbor, " said immediate past president of MAMA, Andrew Mulder, City Attorney of Holland Michigan.

As President, Postema also chairs the Michigan Municipal League’s Legal Defense Fund, which provides support to Michigan communities involved in significant litigation or other forms of controversy which could affect the organization, operation, powers, duties or financial obligations of Michigan municipalities. In the next year, Postema said he plans to continue the work of his prior year as president. That work includes reviewing legal briefs (also called amicus curiae briefs) on various cases to the Michigan Supreme Court and re-activating MAMA’s legislative action committee. The legislative committee forms strategies on tackling potential legal issues facing Michigan communities.

“Stephen has done an excellent job leading the organization for the past year and it was an easy decision for the membership to give him a second term,” Mathewson said. “Stephen has provided important perspective in the analysis of legal issues and the filing our Friend of the Court briefs in high-impact cases, such as property taxation, governmental immunity, and land use."

Postema,  a 1977 Ann Arbor Pioneer High School graduate with degrees from Harvard University and University of Wisconsin Law School, said he was honored to be re-elected to the organization.

“It’s a great honor to be selected by my peers  to help lead this organization,” Postema said. “This group is leveraging the collective knowledge of municipal attorneys throughout the state to make real changes for Michigan communities.”

An energetic and thoughtful public servant, Postema has  also been recognized for the past several years by "Super Lawyer" magazine for his litigation expertise and legal reputation in the state of Michigan. Postema began his legal career as a judicial clerk to then Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Feikens in Detroit. Prior to serving as the Ann Arbor City Attorney, Postema was a partner at Bodman LLP in Ann Arbor,  where he specialized in commercial and employment litigation and practiced regularly in both federal and state courts.  Postema has served as a mediator,  facilitator, and arbitrator in numerous employment, commercial, and negligence cases.  He has also taught and written about a wide variety of legal issues. He received the Distinguished Supreme Court Brief Award in 1998.

Related links:
·         Ann Arbor City Attorney bio
·         Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) home page
·         Michigan Municipal League home page
·         Michigan Municipal League Legal Defense Fund

About the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys:
The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) is a chartered section of the Michigan Municipal League, which is a Michigan non-profit corporation. MAMA was established in 1935 as an affiliated organization of the League. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the member municipal attorneys. Membership consists of every city and village attorney, who represents a member of the Michigan Municipal League, their deputies and assistants, and League staff members duly admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Any attorney admitted to practice law in Michigan who has a substantial interest in municipal law may become an associate member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors. Any student enrolled in a recognized law school may be a law student member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors.

For more information please contact Matt Bach at the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or Bill Mathewson, secretary/treasurer for MAMA and general counsel for the League, at (734) 669-6305.

 

 


For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org.

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.


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