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Schneidewind Named President of AARP

June 13, 2016

Varnum attorney Eric Schneidewind was recently named president of the Board of Directors of AARP, the national nonprofit organization that advocates for people 50 years and older.

The all-volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. Directors’ responsibilities include approving AARP’s strategic plan, approving the budget and monitoring AARP’s finances

Schneidewind, who has practiced energy law in Varnum's Lansing office for the past 30 years, has been active in AARP for many years, including serving president of AARP Michigan from 2006 to 2012. He began serving at the national level in 2012, including as president-elect for the past two years.

Prior to joining Varnum in 1986, Schneidewind had an extensive career in state government, culminating with a six-year term as commissioner, then chairman, of the Michigan Public Service Commission from 1979-1985. For many years, he served as counsel to Energy Michigan, the trade group of Michigan businesses and end users advocating competition in the electric sector.

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Schneidewind has been recognized for more than ten years by The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2013, American Lawyer Media named him a "Top Rated Lawyer" in the category of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources. He has obtained an AV® Preeminent™ rating - the highest possible – by Martindale-Hubbell.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 38 million.  With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as health care security, financial security and personal fulfillment.

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