News Spotlight - Michigan Civil Rights Director Dies Unexpectedly
Monday, February 22, 2010

LANSING, MI - Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Matthew Wesaw

comments  regarding the untimely death of Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott on Saturday, February 20, 2010.



“It greatly saddens me to announce the unfortunate passing of Director

Scott on Saturday morning following his courageous battle with cancer. 

As a fellow Commissioner for many years, and then as Director since

February 2009, Kelvin displayed an uncommon sense of justice and

fairness.  I believe I speak for all current and former Commissioners,

Department staff and our civil and human rights partners around the

state when I say that Kelvin’s leadership and commitment will be missed.

 Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”



Kelvin W. Scott was first appointed by Governor Granholm to the Civil

Rights Commission in September 2004.  He served as a Commissioner until

February 2009, when he was appointed by his fellow Commissioners as

Director of the Department.  In his brief time as Director, Kelvin

oversaw the launch of the statewide investigation into the conditions of

migrant and seasonal farmworkers and the successful series of Root Beer

Summits on Race and Diversity held in November 2009.  


In his professional life outside of Civil Rights, Kelvin was most

recently Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for

Plastech Engineered Products, Inc. He also worked as Associate Corporate

Counsel for MASCO Corporation, litigator with the firm of Kienbaum

Opperwall Hardy and Pelton, Assistant United States Attorney with the

U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan, and

associate attorney and partner with the law firm Dickinson Wright. 


Kelvin was recently elected chair of the Board of Legal Aid and Defender

of Detroit, a was past president of the Wolverine Bar Association and

former Chairman of the Board of the Eastside Emergency Center.   He also

served on the Board of Directors for the Barristers of the Detroit

Metropolitan Bar Association and received its Distinguished Service

Award. He was a past president and former state representative of the

Detroit chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association. He is

also a former executive board member for the 15th Democratic

Congressional District (now the 13th District).


Kelvin received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law

Center in 1987 and a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1984. 

Kelvin, who was 47, is survived by his wife Ursula Henry and his parents

Herman and Helen Scott.


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