As part of The University of Toledo’s Cannon Lecture Series, Dennis Archer, former mayor of Detroit and president-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA), will speak at the UT Law Center Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Archer served as mayor of Detroit from 1994 until 2001 and associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986 through 1990. He became the first person of color to become president-elect of the ABA in August.
Upon his retirement from the Detroit Mayor’s Office, the Detroit Free Press called Archer a man who would be remembered as a “peacemaking bridge builder to the suburbs and as a mayor who got people to reinvest in the city through the business community and foundations. He helped attract millions of dollars in investments to Detroit’s core. And the results now loom in a reshaped skyline.”
Archer is the past president of the Wolverine Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the National League of Cities, and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. He is a past member of the United States Conference of Mayors’ board of trustees and the National Conference of Black Mayors’ board of directors. He currently serves on the American Bar Association's board of governors and is chairman of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit.
The University of Toledo College of Law Cannon Lecture Series, established in 1980 in memory of Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon, is intended to provide an opportunity for the College of Law to host nationally prominent individuals who will emphasize the humanistic as well as the limitations of the legal system.
A reception at the College of Law will follow Archer’s talk. For more information on the free, public event, call Linda Packo, director of law alumni affairs and communication, at 419.530.2712.