- Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award (2009)
Edward C. King has dedicated his varied legal career to access to justice and use of the law for those with little power or wealth. After graduating from the Law School in 1964, King practiced corporate law in Detroit for six years, and then was director of the Center for Urban Law and Housing at the University of Detroit Law School until 1972. He and his family moved to Micronesia, where he became chief of litigation for Micronesian Legal Services. Returning to the United States, he became director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), which advocates for and promotes independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans. In 1980, he was asked to return to Micronesia to become the first chief justice of the now self-governing Federated States of Micronesia, a position he held until 1992. King eventually returned to the NSCLC in 2002, after serving as a justice in two other Pacific Island jurisdictions and as a Federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for Hawaii. Retired from the NSCLC, King continues to seek ways to serve.