Federal Bar Association to Honor Cooley Professor Florise Neville-Ewille for Advancement of Social Justice

Florise Neville-Ewille
Florise Neville-Ewell

February 22, 2013 - Cooley Law School Professor Florise Neville-Ewell will be honored on March 1 by the Federal Bar Association (FBA)-Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, with the 2013 Wade H. McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. The award, named for former Solicitor General of the United States, Wade Hampton McCree Jr. (1920-1987), honors individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice.

Neville-Ewell will receive the award during the annual Wade Hampton McCree Jr. Award Luncheon at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice in areas involving poverty, promoting economic or educational opportunity, or fighting discrimination involving race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or economic status. Past recipients include Dennis Archer, Damon Keith, William Milliken, Saul Green, Mary Sue Coleman, and Father William Cunningham.

In addition to teaching Contracts and Ethics at Cooley, Neville-Ewell serves as Cooley's faculty advisor for the Ten Commandments of Real Estate (10CORE®) Law Society, a student organization dedicated to educating the public through community outreach. As part of the group's efforts, Professor Neville-Ewell and Cooley students visit community centers, faith groups, senior citizen homes and other venues, educating audiences on their rights and responsibilities when it comes to property ownership. 

"This is a well-deserved honor for Professor Neville-Ewell," said John Nussbaumer, Cooley Law School associate dean. "She has been a tireless advocate for underserved populations on the brink of foreclosure, especially populations of color, by promoting financial and legal literacy." 

10CORE®'s outreach began in Southeast Michigan and, through partnerships with the American Bar Association, National Bar Association and the National Hispanic Bar, has provided programming in Georgia, Florida and Maryland. 10CORE® is an "Innovating Justice" award nominee, having received recognition from the HAGUE Institute (in the Netherlands) for the Internationalization of Law.

Neville-Ewell has seen firsthand the destruction foreclosures have taken on neighborhoods. She is a former general counsel for the Detroit Housing Commission and Chief of Contracts for the City of Detroit Law Department. In private practice, she provided real estate counsel to multiple nonprofits, churches, private entities, and municipalities. 

Maintaining the strong tradition of presenting McCree Award Luncheon speakers on matters of vital current interest in the area of social justice, the chapter will host Congressman Keith Ellison (D. Minn.), a native Detroiter, who represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the city of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota.

Rep. Ellison's guiding philosophy is based on "generosity and inclusion" and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights.   In support of those goals, Rep. Ellison has, among other notable actions, written the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights of 2009 and the 2008 Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days' notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.

The event and a reception will be held at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. Tickets are $25 for FBA members and $35 for non-members and are available on-line at the chapter website www.fbamich.org.  For more information, contact Program Chair Susan Gillooly, by email at susan.gillooly@usdoj.gov, or by calling her at (313) 226-9577.

About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.



Professor Florise Neville-Ewell will be honored on March 1 at the FBA- Eastern District of Michigan Chapter annual Wade Hampton McCree Jr. Award Luncheon.

Professor Neville-Ewell to receive award for work on Foreclosure issues.

The lunchoeon will feature keynote speaker Congressman Keith Ellison (D. Minn.), a native Detroiter.

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