James W. Bodary

Past President Questionnaire

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

The excited anticipation of putting on two day seminars at up north resorts like Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Grand Travis Resort or Chrystal Mountain. The President’s page allowed me to give attention to the Asbestosis docket in Wayne County Circuit, and Judge Jim Rashid in particular, when the Michigan Supreme Court was waxing critical of his performance in a totally impossible job. The comradery of meeting and socializing with defense counsel from across the state, who became life long friends.

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

John Jacobs who Stalked me until I agreed to serve on the board. John is the best Michigan appellate counsel drawing breath, but at the trial court level his old boss Bill Cooney was correct in wrestling Jacobs to the floor in the midst of a Jacobs cross-examination.

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

Twelve year old single malted scotches.

4. What are you doing now?

After 37 years of DOING, Doing, doing, I am working on Being (Being a better spouse, father, and now grandfather of 10). I’m living on an inland lake, staying active in my church, golfing and providing grand-daddy daycare to a 2 year old grandson.

I’m hoping to get kidnapped by 9-pin playing elves, who get me drunk on meade, so I can sleep for 20 years and come back to see how my grandkids turn out. Growing old is not for wimps. (By the way, who was it that paid Mrs. Rip Van Winkel’s rent for those 20 years, and WHY?

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