Thursday, October 18, 2007

In Memoriam: Kathleen McCree Lewis

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

A good friend, a great lawyer, and an exceptional human being, Kathleen McCree Lewis, passed away on Lewis Tuesday after a long bout with cancer.  She was the head of the appellate litigation section at Dykema Gossett in Detroit.  President Clinton twice nominated her to the Sixth Circuit, but the nomination stalled in the partisan clash over federal judicial nominations at the end of his term.

She was one of the finest thinkers and writers I ever met, and she and her husband, David, truly one of the most elegant couples ever to walk the earth, but most of all, she was a person who cared very deeply about everybody around her.  After I had left Dykema and become the general counsel at AlliedSignal, I hired away from Dykema one of its star lawyers, and one of Kathleen's proteges.  I called her a few days later, and there was long silence.  It was clear she was very angry at me.  Finally she said, "you better be very, very good to him, or you will have me to deal with."

This is the world's loss.

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