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Charles Russman Elected Co-Chair of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS Detroit Region

By: Bodman PLC

07/12/13

Charles M. Russman has been elected co-chair of the Michigan American Jewish Committee (AJC) ACCESS Detroit region for a two-year term.

Established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews, AJC was founded to enhance the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. Today, it serves as an international think tank and advocacy organization that focuses on problems such as anti-Semitism and bigotry, promotes pluralism, and works to advance human rights in the United States and abroad.

ACCESS was launched in 2005 as an AJC national initiative to empower young Jewish professionals to be active in global issues. ACCESS has recently piloted a “community service engagement” where members work alongside other ethnic groups to strengthen intergroup relations and promote cultural cooperation.

Russman, of Bodman’s Troy office, is a member of the firm’s Enterprise Procurement, Workplace Law, and Tax groups. He assists clients with employee benefit plans and executive compensation matters. He also assists clients with matters involving health care reform, HIPAA, fiduciary duty, withholding, and COBRA compliance. He negotiates agreements necessary to create, maintain, and terminate employee benefit and executive compensation plans.

He is the co-chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Glass-Sills Leadership Program. Similar to the AJC, ADL’s mission is to fight anti-Semitism and discrimination, while improving relations between people of different backgrounds.