A LEADER for U of M
Mark Bernstein is a grateful product of Michigan’s public education system - from kindergarten to earning three degrees from the University of Michigan (BA, JD and MBA).
His long commitment to public service, work in government, business and the law makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the U of M Board of Regents.
Mark Bernstein is the longest serving member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He was appointed to serve on the Commission by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2004.
In his work on the Commission, Mark is a strong voice for inclusion and diversity in Michigan. He aggressively investigated the conduct of Michigan Civil Rights Initiative sponsors, organized the Michigan Civil Rights Summit, and examined migrant worker living conditions. Mark has led the Commission to advocate for contraceptive equity, hate crime legislation, and equality for all Michigan citizens. The Commission is currently holding forums across the state regarding bullying.
Mark served as Director of Press Pool Operations in the White House during the Clinton administration. At the White House, he helped to promote an agenda that produced the longest economic expansion in American history and the largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill.
Mark is the President of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, PLLC, a leading plaintiff’s trial firm based in Michigan. In courtrooms and communities across Michigan, he puts his Michigan law degree to work fighting to make sure everyone gets a fair shake. Not just powerful corporations and insurance companies. The firm’s Public Service Division has fought and won landmark civil rights claims for the disabled.
He serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice, and was elected by both defense and plaintiff attorneys to serve on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Council. He was recently honored as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
In the classroom, Mark helps educate future lawyers and leaders. He has lectured at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan College of LS&A on tort and civil rights law.
Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice a national public foundation working for a more fair, just and compassionate America. He also served as a Trustee of the Isaiah Fund, the nation’s largest inter-faith disaster recovery fund.
Mark has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor and on the Advisory Board of Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Mark has also served on both the Governing Board and Board of Trustees of the University of Michigan Hillel.
His commitment to public service and professional success has been celebrated across Michigan. Mark recently received the Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Public Official Award from The ARC Detroit. He is the 2011 recipient of the Washtenaw Association for Justice Outstanding Attorney Award. Mark and his wife, Rachel Bendit, were also honored to receive the Claire and Isadore Bernstein Award from Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.