Jack Neal

Past President Questionnaire

1. What do you remember most about your MDTC Presidency?

Through the State Bar of Michigan, MDTC participated in a Task Force on Civility. As President, I felt it was important for the defense bar to have a voice in any rule changes that would come out of these proceedings.

2. Which past president(s) influenced you the most or made the biggest impact on your involvement in MDTC?

David M. Tyler was a giant in our profession. He tried many high-stakes jury trials to conclusion with successful outcomes. Above all else, David Tyler was the model of decorum.

3. What have you enjoyed most about your involvement in MDTC?

I had the opportunity to serve as a Director and Officer of MDTC during its infancy. I have enjoyed seeing the organization grow over time into what it has become today. Working with a group of defense lawyers from around the state afforded me the chance to work alongside many hugely talented individuals.

4. What are you doing now?

Since retiring from my law practice, my wife and I take advantage of the arts and cultural and recreational amenities that Grand Rapids, Michigan has to offer. I regularly pursue educational opportunities at Aquinas College’s lifelong learning center. I continue to travel. I have been to all of the counties in Michigan, all of the 50 states in the United States and travel internationally. During my travels I like to drop in at the local courthouse and watch a proceeding. My vigorous exercise program is a ‘must’ 7 days a week. Reading a print copy of a newspaper each day is a treat, along with solving crossword puzzles. I also enjoy reading fiction and watching the nightly news. Movie going is a favorite pastime. I serve on a board of local government; the focus of my board service is zoning appeals.

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