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Press Release

Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2012

Three Southeast Michigan Attorneys Honored with 2012 Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year Awards


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The 2012 recipients of awards from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (from left) are Ronald D. Keefe, Steude award winner; and Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award winners were Timothy J. Currier, Debra A. Walling, and William B. Beach; along with MAMA President Randall L. Brown.

LANSING, Michigan (Sept. 20, 2012)—-The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has named three recipients for its 2012 Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award: attorneys William B. Beach of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC in Detroit, Timothy J. Currier of Bloomfield Hills-based Beier Howlett PC, and Debra A. Walling of the City of Dearborn Department of Law.

The award is given for outstanding contributions to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan, and acknowledges the highest level of professional accomplishment while also serving their colleagues through professional organizations such as MAMA and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

William B. Beach:
William Beach is city attorney for Rockwood and Milan, and a former city attorney of Southfield and Assistant Corporation Counsel of Detroit. Beach is a longtime active member in the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a past chair. He is a frequent speaker at conferences for the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Beach’s accomplishments include annexation work for the city of Clare. He is the author of the annexation chapter in the most recent Michigan Municipal Law Treatise and is a frequent contributor to the Public Corporation Law Quarterly, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Quarterly, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Timothy J. Currier:
Currier has practiced municipal law for more than 30 years and has served as Birmingham City Attorney for the past two decades. He has represented cities, school districts and municipal cable consortiums, and has been an integral part of local cable and telecommunications law with a solid reputation as an arbitrator and expert witness on various levels.

Currier’s achievements as Birmingham City Attorney have included several high profile cases with favorable outcomes, most notably Pure Waters Inc. v Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which successfully defended a combined sewer overflow basin project resulting in improved water quality of the river.

Debra A. Walling:
Debra Walling, Dearborn Corporation Counsel, has provided legal counsel for the city of Dearborn for nearly 20 years and was the first woman to be elected president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. Walling’s past accomplishments include a three-year appointment by the Michigan Supreme Court to the State Bar Board of Commissioners, 12 years of service on the Michigan Municipal League’s Legal Defense Fund, and an appointment by former Governor Granholm to the State Community Corrections Board. Walling has also served on the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee of the Detroit Bar Association and was a past chair of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where she continues to serve on its board of directors.

As Dearborn Corporation Counsel, Walling successfully directed litigation concerning sewer overflow projects, recovering the largest recorded settlement in the state of Michigan in 2010 for the city.

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About the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys: The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) is a chartered section of the Michigan Municipal League, which is a Michigan non-profit corporation. MAMA was established in 1935 as an affiliated organization of the League. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the member municipal attorneys. Membership consists of every city and village attorney, who represents a member of the Michigan Municipal League, their deputies and assistants, and League staff members duly admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Any attorney admitted to practice law in Michigan who has a substantial interest in municipal law may become an associate member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors. Any student enrolled in a recognized law school may be a law student member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors.


For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or

About the League: The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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