Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2012
Ronald D. Keefe Wins Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys 2012 Steude Award
The 2012 recipients of awards from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (from left) are Ronald D. Keefe, Steude award winner; and Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award winners were Timothy J. Currier, Debra A. Walling, and William B. Beach; along with MAMA President Randall L. Brown.
LANSING, Michigan (Sept. 20, 2012)—-The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys has awarded Marquette City Attorney Ronald D. Keefe with the 2012 William L. Steude Ethics and Civility in Local Government Award.
The William L. Steude Award honors individuals for significant and tangible achievement in the field of local government ethics and civility. It is bestowed upon those who have earned the highest level of respect among colleagues.
Keefe has served as the city attorney for Marquette since 2005 and is a certified Voluntary Facilitative Mediator. He is the lead negotiator on all the city’s labor union contracts and mediates on behalf of the city in damage cases. He was a key partner in developing the Committee Boot Camp, a voluntary training in ethics and parliamentary procedure for public officials, providing a valuable education resource for the city’s 26 boards and commissions. He was also involved in a major revision of the Marquette City Charter and the recodification of the city’s Code of Ordinances.
Keefe was nominated for the award by Marquette Mayor John P. Kivela, City Clerk David J. Bleau, and City Manager William E. Vajda. According to these public officials, Keefe’s legal expertise, professionalism, integrity, and grace under pressure provided direction and advice to the city of Marquette during a period of great administrative change in 2005. All three praised his handling of legal and public relations issues on the city’s behalf during this time.
Keefe is of Counsel at Kendricks Bordeau Adamini Chilman & Greenlee PC and is a former president of the State Bar of Michigan.
Steude Award nominees are an official or employee of a member municipality of the Michigan Municipal League, a member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, or associated with local government. Recipients are selected by an awards committee comprised of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and the president and the executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. The award is dedicated to the memory of William L. Steude, former general counsel of the Michigan Municipal League and a good friend of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.
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.
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For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the League: 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.