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Edwards, Fiske, Pogue: First Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

by Becky Freligh

From a pool of more than 20,000 alumni, Michigan Law has chosen three inaugural recipients of the new Distinguished Alumni Award: the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, '65; Robert B. Fiske Jr., '55, HLLD, '97; and Richard W. Pogue, '53.

View a slideshow of the awards ceremony.

"We are thrilled to name these exemplary alumni as the first honorees of this prestigious new award," said Dean Evan Caminker. "Their professional achievements are of the highest order, and their dedication to the Law School is unsurpassed."

The dean presented the awards at a ceremony on September 16 in the new Robert B. Aikens Commons.

Edwards, of Washington, D.C., was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1980 and served as chief judge from 1994–2001. He began his legal career with Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson in Chicago. He was a tenured member of the Michigan Law and Harvard Law faculties, and also taught at the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. Edwards has served as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Amtrak. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Forensics Science Committee at the National Academy of Sciences, which issued a seminal report in 2009 calling for major reform. Edwards is the coauthor of five books and the author of scores of law review articles.

Fiske, of Darien, Connecticut, began his legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in 1955 and is currently a senior counsel in the firm's litigation department. His extensive experience as a government prosecutor includes service as assistant U.S. attorney and U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. He currently serves on the Judicial Compensation Commission established by the New York Legislature to determine the compensation of New York State judges. At Michigan Law, Fiske is the benefactor of the Fiske Fellowship Program for Government Service, now ten years old. He serves on President Mary Sue Coleman's Advisory Group, the Dean's Advisory Council, and the Development and Alumni Relations Committee.

Pogue, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, became managing partner of Jones Day in 1985, guiding the firm in significant growth and entrance to international markets. He specialized in antitrust and corporate takeover defense and currently is a senior advisor at Jones Day. A past chair of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association, Pogue has also been active in many civic leadership roles in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. At Michigan Law, he created and taught a course in "The Business of Law" and endowed a fund to sponsor programming in this area. The inaugural chair (since 2006) of the Dean's Advisory Council, Pogue is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the U-M Alumni Association, its highest award.

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