Dick Daane, b. 1931, was chief legal counsel for the Anglers and served on the Executive Board for the over 10 years. Before he semi-retired in 1997, he was Of Counsel at the Ann Arbor firm Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace P.C. (1991-1997). Before that Dick served 16 years as General Counsel at the University of Michigan in addition to several posts with Detroit and Ann Arbor law firms. During his distinguished 40-year career in the legal profession, Dick has practiced in numerous specialties, including Civil Litigation, Education Law, State and Federal Constitutional Law, “Sunshine Laws” (Freedom Of Information Act, Open Meetings Act), Construction Law, State and Federal Civil Rights Legislation, and Environmental Law. He was a frequent contributor to the literature of the law of higher education and a frequent speaker and participant at seminars and other programs. He has also been a regular contributor to The RIVERWATCH, both for the River Law section and the annual birding issue, as well as numerous reports on Anglers projects.
Dick’s focus on environmental issues and his long track record in successful litigation were two reasons for his appointment to counsel (in addition to his son, Mark) by Michigan Environmental Trust Ltd. (METL, 1993) to check the rising and expansive Antrim play natural gas exploration and production activities in Montmorency and surrounding counties by companies belonging to the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. (The Anglers were a party to this litigation, which ended with a favorable decision from the courts.) For his substantive work with METL and the Antrim suit—most of which was performed pro bono—Dick was recognized as Riverkeeper of the Year in 1995. Dick has and continues to advise the board on numerous legal issues of concern to the Anglers.
In addition to his service to the Anglers, Dick Daane has been active in numerous professional societies: member, American Bar Association (Administrative Law Section); member, House of Delegates (1986-1987); State Bar of Michigan; Washtenaw County Bar Association; National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA – Past President 1984-1985) Honorary Consul of the Netherlands (1962-1970); Knight of the Order Of Orange, Nassau (1971); Au Sable Manistee Action Counsel Director (1990-1995); National Association of College and University Attorneys Life Membership (1997); Washtenaw County Bar Association Life Membership (1995). Among his numerous accolades includes the National Association of College and University Attorneys Distinguished Service Award (1995). He holds a B.A., University of Michigan (1952), and a J.D., University of Michigan (1954).
Dick is an avid outdoorsman, including hunting and skiing among his hobbies in addition to fly fishing. He and his wife Mary Ann have homes in Ann Arbor and on the North Branch of the Au Sable River. They have three grown children, including Mark Daane, who is also a director of the Anglers.