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MAMA
Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Press Release


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2016

West Michigan Attorney Randall Kraker Honored by Peers

Grandville City Attorney Receives Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award from Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

GRANDVILLE, Michigan - The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to long-time Grandville City Attorney Randall W. Kraker.

Kraker has served with distinction as Grandville’s City Attorney since 1977 and he has an extensive and impressive resume of service to the City of Grandville, to municipal interests in general and to the legal profession, said MAMA President Clyde Robinson, Kalamazoo city attorney.

“His primary practice areas are municipal law, municipal finance law and land use and zoning law but, truly, we have yet to find an area where Mr. Kraker is not gifted,” said Grandville City Manager Kenneth D. Krombeen, in a letter nominating Kraker for the award. “I have worked with Randall Kraker for over 30 years and have found him to be a clearly superior municipal attorney.”

Kraker was presented the award by Robinson during the Sept. 12 Grandville City Council meeting. Joining Kraker at the awards event were his wife, Cathy and sons Andrew and Matthew. Also present were colleagues from the Varnum law firm including Matt Zimmerman, Sue Wyngaarden, J. Pat White, Paul Greenwald and Barbara Smith.

In giving the award, Robinson listed Kraker’s many accomplishments in serving the community continuously for nearly 40 years. He also served as municipal attorney for the City of Belding for about 30 years. He formerly represented the City of Plainwell as well as several townships. He has provided specialized municipal service to several others cities including Big Rapids, Chelsea, and Walker. He is routinely consulted by city attorneys of many units of government on issues of joint importance.

He is also a member of or affiliated with numerous organizations in his field including the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys; American Planning Association; State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation and Real Property Law Sections; and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He drafted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the cities of Bay City, Charlevoix, Chelsea, Hart, Holland, Lowell, Petoskey, Portland, Traverse City and Zeeland in support of Lansing and its Board of Water and Light in Eby v Board of Water and Light upholding a Michigan electric’s right to enter into power purchase agreement with the Michigan Public Power Agency without first having to submit them to a vote of the City’s electorate.

“It has been my privilege to work with a large number of outstanding public officials, both elected and appointed, during my career,” Kraker said. “My family has been understanding of the hundreds of evening meetings I have attended. I have had the support of many excellent lawyers and staff at my firm and have worked with many great municipal lawyers across Michigan. It is truly a special honor to receive the award from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys recognizing my work over time with all of these individuals and I share it with them.”

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. View past recipients here: http://www.mama-online.org/awards.

For photos of Kraker receiving the award go to this album on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/albums/72157673841560575.

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.

 

 

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