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Peter Beeching Spivak

Peter Beeching Spivak, American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1958, United States Supreme Court 1962.


  • Spivak, Peter Beeching was born on January 9, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Alexander Avery and Marguerite Elizabeth (Beeching) Spivak.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1955. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1957.


    • Assistant United States attorney Eastern District Michigan, 1958—1960. Law clerk to judge United States District Court Eastern District Michigan, 1960—1962. Member firm Dyer, Meek, Ruegsegger & Bullard, Detroit, 1963—1964.

      Chairman Michigan Public Service Commission, 1964—1968. Public administrator Wayne County, 1963—1964. Judge Wayne County Common Pleas Court, Michigan, 1968—1972, presiding judge, 1971.

      Judge Wayne County 3d Judicial Circuit Court, 1972—1981, executive committee, 1978—1981. Of counsel Jaffe, Snider, Raitt & Huer, Detroit, 1982—1984, Fitzgerald Young Peters Dakmak & Bruno, Detroit, since 1984. President Michigan Panthers Professional Football Club, 1981—1983.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Michigan 1958, United States Supreme Court 1962.


    • Contributor articles to legal publications, book reviews to Detroit Free Press.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Trustee, executive committee New Detroit, Inc, since 1971. Executive committee, director Music Hall Center Performing Arts, Detroit, since 1972, chairman board, 1972—1974. Trustee Detroit City Theatre, since 1981, University Washington Institute Study Contemporary Social Problems, 1981, International Association Metropolitan Research and Development Toronto, since 1981.

    Director Detroit Public Library. Film Council, since 1973. Chairman owners, acting commissioner United States Football League, 1980—1982.

    Chairman Associates Detroit Institute Arts, since 1981. Member of American Bar Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Michigan Bar Association, Detroit Bar Association.



    Sports, theater, films, art.


    • Married Anne Dorothy Markley, January 3, 1974. Children: Frank, Jeffery, Michelle, Peter Junior.
    • father: Alexander Avery Spivak
    • mother: Marguerite Elizabeth (Beeching) Spivak
    • spouse: Anne Dorothy Markley
    • children: Frank Spivak
    • Jeffery Spivak
    • Michelle Spivak
    • Peter Junior Spivak
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