The Grano Award is presented to a Michigander of note who, like Professor Grano, has exhibited a great respect for the rule of law, a deep appreciation of the separation of powers, and a dedication to the principle that ours is a government of laws, and not of men.

Past recipients are Professor Grano himself; his wife, Maura D. Corrigan, former Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services and a former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court; Michigan Governor John M. Engler; Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley; Lucille S. Taylor, Legal Counsel to Governor John Engler; United States Congressman Mike Rogers; Senior United States District Court Judges Paul V. Gadola, Robert H. Cleland, and Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen; former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor; former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.; Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman; Dan and Colleen Pero; former United States Senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham; Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra; Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael F. Gadola, the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Kurtis T. Wilder.