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The Honorable Barry M. 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 Barry M. Grant has been an Oakland County Probate Judge since 1977, currently serving as the Chief Judge Pro Tem for the county's probate court. He received his graduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University, with postgraduate work at Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. Prior to becoming a Judge, he was a practicing attorney, having started his career as a clerk in the Probate Court and later serving as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Judge Grant is President of the National College of Probate Judges and Editor of their national publication. He serves as the Secretary of the Judicial Tenure Commission and was the Chairman of that organization in 1992 and 1993. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Michigan Judges Association and was President of the Oakland County Judges Association. Judge Grant has been on several gubernatorial commissions including the Governor's Traffic Safety Commission and the Strategic Planning Commission for programs for the mentally ill. In addition, Judge Grant authors a weekly column in The Detroit News, helping to keep many Michigan residents abreast of current issues involving the law.

In addition, Judge Grant dedicates much of his time to the Oakland County Community. He has served as Treasurer of the Southfield Board of Education, was a member of the Parent Youth Guidance Commission, is on the Board of Trustees of William Beaumont Hospital, and is a Director of the Boys Scouts of America, Clinton Valley Council. He has served as a Director of the Oakland County Chapters of the American Cancer Association, the Michigan Cancer Foundation and the March of Dimes. He is also on the board of the YMCA of Oakland County and is a Director of the Oakland County Youth Assistance Advisory Council.

Mr. President, I applaud the Honorable Barry M. Grant on his many personal achievements within the realm of the law and his many charitable endeavors outside of that realm. Not only Oakland County, but the entire State of Michigan, has benefitted from his great works. On behalf of the entire United States Senate, I congratulate Judge Grant on receiving the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award. He is certainly deserving of the honor.