1994 – Franklin, Michigan
Harriet Band Rotter has long championed the rights of women and children in the courts and the community. An attorney specializing in family law, she also has been an educator, media consultant and political activist, serving the State of Michigan Consumer’s Council, the Governor’s Council on Higher Education and the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees. She is a nationally recognized expert on domestic issues and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has participated in setting legal precedents in child custody cases, developed formulas for equitable division of property and lobbied for arbitration as a means to preserve the privacy and dignity of divorcing couples. A community activist, she is a supporter of the HAVEN, a shelter for abused women, and has been a key political strategist for the Republican Party, focusing her attention on practical solutions to real people’s problems. She has written for legal journals and lectured at many seminars for attorneys and judges. She appears on television frequently and has been a popular speaker on Northwood’s Michigan campus. She is married to Norman J. Rotter, M.D. and is the mother of three adult children.