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NACUA's Life Membership Award

Roderick K. Daane - 1997

Roderick K. Daane, of Michigan. Dick Daane retired this past year after more than 40 years of practicing law -- 25 of them as an active member of NACUA. He served for 16 years as General Counsel at the University of Michigan. Both before and after his tenure at the University, he was engaged in private law practice, most recently as a partner in the law firm Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace.

Mr. Daane was first elected to the NACUA Board of Directors in 1976 and served as President of the Association in 1984-1985. His service to the organization includes participation on nearly every committee, including Honors and Awards, Membership, Nominations, Program, Site Selection, Finance, CLE, Publications, Member Services, and Arrangements. Mr. Daane has been a frequent speaker at NACUA CLE Workshops and Annual Conferences, and is the author of the widely-respected and oft-quoted article, "The Role of University Legal Counsel," in the Silver Anniversary edition of The Journal of College and University Law.

While at the University of Michigan, Mr. Daane won, on behalf of the University, the celebrated case of Ewing v. University of Michigan before the Supreme Court of the United States. Those who were present when the case was argued have called his advocacy "masterful." NACUA awarded Mr. Daane the Distinguished Service Award in 1995, in recognition of his many contributions to higher education and the legal profession. NACUA is again pleased to acknowledge those same attributes in bestowing upon Mr. Daane life membership.