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The Honorable Nanci J. Grant Receives Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award

Sen. Spencer Abraham

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Mr. President, each year, the Attorney Division of State of Israel Bonds honors two individuals with the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award. Recipients of this award are recognized for their contributions to the legal profession as well as their outstanding service to humanity in the spirit and ideals of Mrs. Roosevelt. I rise today to recognize the Honorable Barry M. Grant and the Honorable Nanci J. Grant, who will both receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award on May 16, 2000, in Southfield, Michigan.

The Honorable Nanci J. Grant is the Presiding Judge of General Jurisdiction for the Oakland County Circuit Court. She was elected to this position in November of 1996 and took office on January 1, 1997. Judge Grant is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. Prior to joining the bench, she was a trial attorney with the law firm of Dickinson, Wright, Moon, VanDusen & Freeman, and served as a researcher, Friend of the Court intern, arbitrator and mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Judge Grant is a member of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Judges Association, and co-chairs the Rules Committee. By gubernatorial appointment, Judge Grant represents all Michigan circuit court judges on the State Community Corrections Board. She is an advisory board member of the Michigan Judicial Institute, the teaching arm of the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Grant is also a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, American Judges Association, and the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

In addition, Judge Grant has dedicated much of her time to the improvement of the Oakland County Community. She is a member of the Michigan Cancer Foundation, and has served as a member of Common Ground Advisory Board, the Rotary Club of Birmingham, and Bloomfield Youth Assistance. She is a board member of the Women's Survival Center, and a Director of the Women's Officials Network. She also has served on the Partners Executive Committee, and was a member of the Citizens Alliance of the Probate Court, where she served as chairperson of the Information and Advocacy Committee.

Judge Grant has often been awarded for her many endeavors, both charitable and professional. The monthly magazine, Hour Detroit, named her as one of the new leaders in the Detroit metropolitan area. She was selected by Crain's Detroit Business magazine as one the ``40 under 40,'' a select group of forty of Metro Detroit's best and brightest residents under the age of forty. In addition, Judge Grant has been elected as an ``Outstanding Young Woman of America.''

Mr. President, I applaud the Honorable Nanci M. Grant on her many achievements, both within the realm of the law and outside of that realm. I am sure that the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award will hold a special place among her many recognitions. On behalf of the entire United States Senate, I congratulate Judge Grant on receiving this award, and wish her continued success in the future.