Daily Briefs (March 1)

Summer law programs for teens at Learning Center in Lansing

Junior high and high school students can learn more about Michigan courts, and explore legal careers, during two week-long sessions offered by the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center this summer.

The two student programs, entitled “Exploring Careers in the Law,” will be offered at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing. The high school program, for students entering grades 10 through 12 in fall 2010, is scheduled for June 21 - 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Students entering grades 7 through 9 in fall 2010 are eligible for the junior high program, which is scheduled for July 19 - 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon daily.

Students in the junior high program will explore a range of law-related careers through tours and activities. Participants will meet with judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals, and observe proceedings at Lansing’s 54A District Court.

Participants in the high school program will prepare for and participate in a “moot court,” similar to arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court. Participants will hear from justices, lawyers, and other legal professionals.

Registration for each program is limited to 20 students, selected on a first-come, first-served basis; the application deadline is May 14, 2010. The registration fee is a $75 donation to the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Learning Center Fund.

All sessions will meet at the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 West Ottawa Street, Lansing. Contact Rachael L. Drenovsky at drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov or (517) 373-5027. Applications and additional information are available at www.courts.mi.gov/plc/.

Law firm helps raise thousands for Red Cross Haiti relief fund

Trott & Trott, P.C., a Farmington Hills, Michigan-based law firm serving the mortgage banking industry, joined with Michigan-based NDeX, a leading provider of technology and processing services to law firms nationwide, to support the Haiti Relief and Development Program of the American Red Cross. Trott & Trott President and Managing Partner David A. Trott made the announcement.

“Millions of Haitian families are faced with injury, death and abject poverty. We feel that it is crucial to support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross,” said Trott. “The employees of Trott & Trott and NDeX are eager to assist in any way possible.”

Employees were invited to dress casually for the months of January and February in exchange for a monetary donation. The joint effort of the two companies raised a grand total of $6,045.

‘Call for Action’ seeks volunteer attorneys

Volunteer attorneys are being sought by WXYZ-TV Channel 7’s Call for Action.

Every Thursday volunteer attorneys come to the Channel 7 offices to answer incoming calls regarding legal matters.  The phones are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The attorneys remain anonymous to callers and do not take cases for themselves.  They refer callers to bar associations and give general legal information.

Call for Action provides a light lunch to the volunteer attorneys.  The Channel 7 offices are located at 20777 W. Ten Mile Road in Southfield.  Anyone interested in volunteering should call (248) 827-1108.