Mike worked at Northwestern University for 28 years, serving as the University's chief legal officer for twenty of those years and retiring as vice president and general counsel in 2001. Mike was very active in the National Association of College and University Attorneys; he was that organization's president in 1995-96, was accorded Life Membership, and is a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his JD from the University of Michigan.
Mike's other community activities include being vice president for governance of the Evanston History Center, and a member of the ETHS School Improvement Team. Mike has also volunteered with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, reflecting his long-held passion for the music.
Mike and his family have lived in Evanston since 1973. His wife Mary Ann, now retired, taught at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of the Evanston League of Women Voters, and of the Alumnae of Northwestern, which conducts extensive community continuing education programs. Mary Ann and Mike’s sons Christopher and Matthew went to school in Evanston at Willard, Haven and ETHS.