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Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Press Release


Contact:

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 13, 2017

John Schrier and Robert Jamo to Lead Statewide Municipal Attorney Organization

HOLLAND, Michigan (Sept. 13, 2017) – The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has elected its president and vice president for 2017-18 and re-elected members to its board of directors.

The association elected Muskegon City Attorney John Schrier as president and Menominee City Attorney Robert J. Jamo as vice president. The elections to one-year terms were made during the organization’s Sept. 13 annual meeting in Holland. The group also re-elected two members to its board of directors (details below).

Schrier was elected to a one-year term as president after serving the past two years as MAMA vice president. He succeeds Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson.

Schrier has served on the MAMA Board of Directors since 2009. Schrier has been a city and village attorney for more than 20 years (Muskegon since 2002, Montague since 1993, North Muskegon since 1995, Village of Shelby since 2006 and Roosevelt Park since 2012). Prior to becoming an attorney, Schrier provided assistance to various public sector entities and worked on various public policy issues for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (1978-1983) and public sector retirement issues for the Michigan House of Representatives (1983). 

In addition to his involvement with MAMA, Schrier is a member of the HealthWest Board (formerly County of Muskegon Community Health); the Muskegon Heights School District Receivership Transition Advisory Board; past president of the Muskegon County Bar Association; past president of the United Way of the Lakeshore; past board member of Pioneer Resources; and past president of ARC. Schrier has been designated a “Super Lawyer” in the area of State, Local & Municipal Law.

Schrier is a Muskegon native. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College (1978), a master of public administration from Wayne State University (1980), and a juris doctorate degree from University of Detroit (1984). 

Jamo has served on the MAMA/LDF Board of Directors since 2009. Jamo was appointed the full-time city attorney for the City of Menominee in 1999. He moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1985 to begin his legal career in Menominee and its twin city Marinette, Wisconsin. His practice before becoming city attorney included civil matters ranging from personal injury and disability cases to real estate transactions and family law cases. He also has experience in criminal defense work and probate court matters both as appointed counsel and retained counsel. For six years Jamo worked in a firm that specialized in insurance defense, handling a wide range of defense and subrogation cases for insurance companies and self-insured companies.

In addition to his involvement with MAMA, Jamo is a member and past president of the Menominee County Bar Association and a member of the Marinette County Bar Association; a member and vice president of the Spies Public Library Foundation board; a former member of the board and past president of both the Marinette-Menominee Diabetes Association and M & M Hospice/Respite Care; a past board member of the DAR Boys & Girls Club; a past member of the Menominee D.A.R.E. board; and a past member of the Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce Communications Committee.

Jamo has twice served as interim city manager for Menominee during his tenure as City Attorney. He is a Grand Rapids native and has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan (1981) and juris doctorate degree from Valparaiso University School of Law (1984).

In related action, the board of directors also re-elected to another term of office: Thomas R. Schultz, Johnson, Rosati, Schultz and Joppich, and city attorney of Farmington and Novi; and James J. Murray, Plunkett Cooney, and city attorney of Petoskey and Boyne City.

Download photos of the new boards members and officers in this photo album on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157686251824434/.

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 nonprofit 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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