The friends and family of the Honorable Kaye Tertzag will host the Fifth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Judge Tertzag passed away on February 4, 2009, having established a great legacy of integrity and service to the State of Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends.
To preserve and honor his memory, the Fifth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner will be held at the Park Place Banquet Hall in Dearborn from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Park Place is located at the corner of Park and Outer Drive, just south of Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $40.00 and include dinner and an open bar.
The Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of the Purple Sport Coat Award is attorney Anthony S. Guerriero. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack, last year’s recipient, will present the award. Guerriero and Judge Tertzag were dear friends for decades. Tony worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Company Truck Plant while studying for his Bachelor’s Degree. He earned his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 1979. He is married to Elizabeth and they are the proud parents of daughter Gina. He currently owns his own practice, Anthony S. Guerriero, Attorney at Law, in Allen Park.
Tony has served as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, mediator, arbitrator, receiver, magistrate, and judge. Tony has demonstrated a commitment to his community as an active member of the Dearborn Exchange Club, Amicus Club of Dearborn, the Dearborn Italian American Fraternal Club, and the Knights of Columbus. Guerriero spoke at Judge Tertzag’s memorial, and is honored to receive the award. Guerriero exemplifies Judge Tertzag's motto: Be Prompt. Be Prepared. Be Polite.
The committee is honoredto have Debbie Dingell as keynote speaker. Debbie is currently the President of D2 Strategies and the Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative, American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C. She recently completed a more than 30-year career at General Motors as a senior executive, where she was the President of the GM Foundation and headed public affairs. Ms. Dingell is also a national Democratic strategist, and a member of the Democratic National Committee. We are excited to hear her message.
The Committee will also make a special presentation to honor the late James L. Borin, who passed away on July 2, 2013.
Jim Borin was recognized, for more than a generation, as Michigan’s leading expert on the state’s No-Fault Law. In addition to writing many treatises and practice manuals on the subject, he served as a professor and lecturer at the University of Detroit Mercy’s law school, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the Michigan Judicial Institute and Lawrence Technological University.
Jim worked with the Garan, Lucow Miller firm for nearly his entire legal career. Among many honors, he received the 2012 Earl Cline Award for Excellence in Negligence Law from the State Bar of Michigan’s Negligence Section.
In a 2009 Michigan Lawyers Weekly article recognizing him as one of 2009’s “Leaders in the Law”, Jim commented on role of civility in the legal profession: “Am I practicing the Golden Rule and am I treating people the way I would want to be treated. It takes a long time to develop that type of mutual trust, and it does work both ways.” Members of the bench and bar would agree that Jim Borin followed the Golden Rule admirably during his distinguished career.
We will end the evening by continuing the tradition started by Kaye's daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini--the Sambuca toast.
Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event. Those wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.
Checks should be made payable to: Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 412 Berwyn, Birmingham, MI 48009. Spouses and/or significant others are welcome. This event will sell out and space is limited, so please buy your tickets now. Please direct questions to Kara Tertzag Lividini at 313.645.9511 or [email protected]. Please feel free to send this message to anyone you think would be interested in attending the event. This is not a political fundraiser.