Born in Montreal, Mike graduated from high school in Elizabeth, N.J. At Princeton he majored in religion, wrote a thesis on Martin Buber, played soccer for four years, ate at Cap & Gown, and went on to Yale Law School.
In 1968 he made national news as a teacher at the University of Mississippi’s law school when he was forced out of his job because of his legal-aid work to end discrimination. He had been among several young teachers hired as the law school underwent change after James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at Ole Miss. An appellate court ordered him reinstated.
After moving to the Children’s Defense Fund and private practice in Washington, D.C., in 1988, Mike founded Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, representing foundations, charities, trade associations, and labor unions. He chaired the D.C. bar’s ethics committee and was an adjunct teacher at American University Law School.
The class shares its sadness with his wife, Nancy Duff Campbell; daughter Karen Trister Grace; son Noah ’01; and grandchildren Jeremy Grace and Mara Grace.