Dennis W. Archer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Burton Awards Ceremony

Dennis Archer
Courtesy of Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright, a law firm based in Michigan, announced that Dennis Archer, chairman emeritus of the firm, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Burton Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Library of Congress on June 13.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the Burton Foundation and its partners. This year’s list of honorees exemplify the best in the legal profession and it is my privilege to be among them,” says Archer.

Archer served two four-year terms as mayor of the city of Detroit from 1994-2001 and earned national and international respect for his success in changing Detroit’s image and direction. He is past president of the American Bar Association, breaking the color barrier as the first Black ABA president in 2003. He eventually served as president of the State Bar of Michigan, the Wolverine Bar Association, and the National Bar Association.

In addition to his service to the legal profession, Archer serves on the Board of Directors for Alix Partners Inc. and has served on numerous charitable and civic boards, including the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan.

The Burton Awards program, annually held at the Library of Congress, recognizes jurists, outstanding general counsel, legal writers, lawyers in the military, attorneys in the executive branch of government, legal journalists, law firm and law school writers, managing partners in the nation’s finest law firms and public service recipients.

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