Distinguished Visiting Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226-4349
2010 to date
Specialty Programs Director
Institute of Continuing Legal Education
1020 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
2005 to 2010
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor
September 1, 1999 to 2005
Stark and Gordon, Royal Oak
Law Office of Sheldon J. Stark, Detroit
Attorney and Partner
Kelman, Loria, Downing, Schneider & Simpson, Detroit
Employment discrimination, civil rights, personal injury law.
Education J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1973, Magna Cum Laude.
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1966.
American Bar Association
Labor and Employment Law Section; Individual Rights Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
Metropolitan Detroit Branch, Vice President, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-2000; Executive Board Member from 1982; Delegate to State Board 1994-1997; Alternate, 1998-1999; member 2004; Co-Chair, Lawyer’s Committee, Detroit Metropolitan Branch, 1995-99; member, Lawyer’s Committee, ACLU of Michigan.
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, Employment Section Advisory Committee 1990 to date; Chair, Employment Law Section, 1990-91; Publications Committee, 1996 to 1999.
Attorney Grievance Commission
Chair, Attorney Discipline Panel #84.
Detroit Bar Association
Employment Panel Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Member, Advisory Board Mediation Program, Detroit District Office 1997 to date.
Federal Bar Association
Fund for Equal Justice
1977 to date; Secretary 1980-1995; Chair, 1995 to 2003.
Institute of Continuing Legal Education
3-year term appointment in 1997, Labor and Employment Advisory Board.
Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions
Chair, Intentional Tort and Employment Law Subcommittee 1985 to date; full member of Committee 1996 to 2002.
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Executive Board 1996 to 1999; member, Employment Discrimination Committee; Co-Chair: Education Committee 1997 to 1999, Treasurer, 1999.
National Lawyers Guild
Detroit Chapter, President, 1992-94; Executive Board member 1980 to 1996.
National Employment Lawyers Association
Member, 1990 to date.
State Bar of Michigan
Member, Labor & Employment Law Section Council, 1987-93; Treasurer, 1995; Secretary, 1996; Vice-Chairman, 1997; Chairman, 1997-98; member, Constitutional Law Committee, 1997 to 1999.
Employment Discrimination in Michigan, Volume 2, co-author, published by Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.
Employee Discovery, Employee Dismissal Law: Forms and Procedures, Chapter 4, author, published by Wiley & Sons.
Employment Litigation in Michigan, Chapter Author, published by ICLE.
Experts, Proofs and Problems in Establishing Emotional Distress Damages, author, published by ICLE.
Michigan Causes of Action Form Book, Chapter Author, published by ICLE.
Michigan Causes of Action Form Book, 1998 Supplement, Chapter Author.
Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: 1999 Supplement
Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: 1996 Cumulative Supplement
Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: Revision
Publications & Presentations
Papers for various legal publications (author and/or co-author) Partial:
What Did The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearings Teach Us About Sexual
Harassment?, TRIAL Magazine
Emotional Distress Damages In Employment Discrimination Cases
Should Discrimination Be A Misdemeanor?, ATLA Section newsletter
The “After-Acquired Evidence” Doctrine Is Under Attack in the Supreme Court,
The “After-Acquired Evidence” Doctrine Since McKennon, TRIAL magazine
Responsible Rainmaking, TRIAL magazine
Employment Law After Rowe v Montgomery Ward
Employment Lawyers and Computer Technology
Review: Weeks v Baker McKenzie, TRIAL magazine
Evaluating and Handling Employment Discrimination Cases--A Primer, Michigan
State Bar Journal
Handling Universal Employer Defenses In Civil Rights Litigation
The Treatment of Visual Trial Aids Under The Federal Rules Of Evidence
How I Became a Computer Dweeb, TRIAL magazine
When the Trial Judge Is A Defendant, co-author, Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney
Fees Annual Handbook, Volume 5, Clark Boardman, publisher.
Trying Discrimination Cases To The Jury, TRIAL magazine.
Teaching Harvard Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop, since January 1988.
National College of Advocacy, participant, Litigating Employment Law Cases seminar, October 1997.
Oakland County Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus: Trial Preparation for Legal Assistant, 1991-1995; Policy Advisory Council, Legal Assistants Program, 1996 to 1999.
Frequent speaker and presenter to various groups, including ATLA, NELA, MTLA and ICLE.
American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, Employment Panel
Annual Advocacy Institute, Ann Arbor: Participant, 38th (1987), 42nd (1991), 47th (1996).
Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Hearing Referee, 1985 to date.
National Center for Dispute Settlement, ADR Panelist, 1995 to 1999.
National Employment Mediation Services, ADR Panelist, and member, Advisory
Oakland County Bar Association, Case Evaluator, 1996 to date
Wayne County Mediation Tribunal, Case Evaluator, 1983 to date
Very Special Arts Michigan, Executive Board Member, 1994-1998
Approved Circuit Court Mediator, Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw & Kent Counties, 2002.
Mediation Trainer, ICLE 40-hour hands-on mediation training, 2001 to date
Completed 40-hour Facilitative Mediation Training, Oakland Mediation Center, October 29, 2000. Completed 20 hour Training for Mediator Training, Community Dispute Resolution Program, October 12-14, 2000, State Court Administrative Office.
Honors and Awards:
Recipient, The Bernard Gottfried Bill of Rights Day Award
Metropolitan Detroit Branch, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, December 15, 1999
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Reader’s Poll, voted 1 of 25 most influential lawyers in Michigan.
The Best Lawyers in America, listed 1987 - 2000.
National Registry of “Who’s Who”, Life Member, 1999 Edition.
Distinguished Service Award, Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, January 2009
The Michael Franck Award, Representative Assembly, State Bar of Michigan, 2010
dBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2012
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