Graduate and Board Chair Lawrence Nolan Assumes Presidency of the State Bar of Michigan

Lori A. Buiteweg, Lawrence P. Nolan

Lori A. Buiteweg, who served as State Bar of Michigan President from 2015-2016 passes the gavel to Lawrence Nolan during the bar’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids on Sept. 22. Nolan is the organization’s 82nd president.

WMU-Cooley Law School board chair and graduate Lawrence P. Nolan of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, was sworn in as the State Bar of Michigan’s 82nd president during the organization’s annual meeting, on Sept. 22 in Grand Rapids. Nolan is the third WMU-Cooley graduate to hold the post, following Thomas Rombach who served from 2014-2015, and Charles R. Toy who served from 2009-2010.

Nolan practices law at the firm of Nolan Thomsen & Villas PC, in Eaton Rapids. He graduated from WMU-Cooley in 1976 and has been active with the SBM, serving on several committees, and is a member of the General Practice – Solo & Small Firm Section, Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section, and Master Lawyers Section. He has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president-elect. He has also served on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly.

Other SBM officers sworn in to lead the 45,000 member organization that works to improve the administration of justice, promote the legal profession, and build a public understanding of the legal system include President-Elect Donald G. Rockwell, of Flint; Vice President Jennifer M. Grieco, of Birmingham; Secretary Dennis M. Barnes, of Detroit; and Treasurer Robert J. Buchanan, of Grand Rapids.

About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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