The Theodore W. Swift Civility Award shall be presented to a member of the Ingham County Bar Association who has distinguished himself or herself by manifesting civility in his or her relations with the Bench, Bar, clients, and the public, while adhering to and advancing the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.
The award recognizes skill and success in practicing one’s profession while at the same time exhibiting that civility and collegiality may co-exist and contribute to overall and long-term success.
Long-term service to the profession and practice is an influential factor, but is not a prerequisite to receipt of the award. Assistance to and support of other members of the bar may also be considered. Special consideration may be given to those members who have made an extraordinary commitment to bench and/or bar activities at the local, state, or national levels.
The Committee may consider a broad range of factors within the meaning of civility. While not intended to be an exhaustive list, such qualities as promptness, temperament, common courtesy, sense of humor, fairness in scheduling events, fairness in taking depositions, and treatment of witnesses, judges, court personnel, adversaries, and subordinates may be considered.
Previous Award Recipients
2000 Theodore W. Swift (posthumously) 2001 Susan L. Mallory 2002 Maurice E. Schoenberger 2003 Everett R. Zack 2004 Thomas H. Hay 2005 James L. Dalton 2006 M. Dale McKay (posthumously) 2007 Charles D. Hackney 2008 Thomas A. Bengtson 2009 Scott L. Mandel 2010 R. Bruce Carruthers 2011 Shauna L. Dunnings 2012 Richard C. Kraus 2013 Karl L. Gotting 2014 Alecia M Ruswinckel 2015 George Zulakis 2016 William F. Young 2017 Stuart R. Shafer 2018 Michael D. Sanders 2019 Stephen A. Milks 2020 G. Alan Wallace (Posthumously) 2021 Scott Storey 2022 Thomas R. Meagher