Daily Briefs (May 4)

RESTORE Foundation schedules fund-raiser

The RESTORE Foundation (RESTORE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to privately funding the Oakland County Drug Treatment Courts, will host a fund-raising event in honor of the Oakland County Bar Foundation on Monday, May 10. 
 
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts, president of RESTORE, said the event, titled RESTORE Connection 2010, will be held at the Moose Preserve Bar & Grill, located at 43034 N. Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about RESTORE, its programs and mission, as well as enjoy food underwritten by First Michigan Bank. A graduate of the Juvenile Treatment Court program is scheduled to deliver brief remarks to the gathering of Foundation supporters, according to Judge Potts.
 
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $20 in advance or at the door and the event will contain a cash bar. All proceeds will benefit RESTORE. Checks can be made payable to The RESTORE Foundation and can be mailed to 5413 Pleasant Lake Drive, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. For more information, please visit www.therestorefoundation.org. 
 
Founded in 2008, The RESTORE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring hope and dignity by helping individuals overcome substance abuse. The aim of the Oakland County Juvenile Drug Court and Adult Treatment Court is to reduce recidivism rates, decrease substance abuse in the community, prevent the overcrowding of Oakland County jails, and result in long-term savings to taxpayers. 
 
Third Judicial Circuit hosts annual Law Day celebration May 7
The Wayne County Third Circuit Court will host its 23rd annual Law Day program Friday, May 7. The program is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. The national theme for Law Day 2010 is “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.”
 
Presiding Judge Timothy M. Kenny will lead the program. Students from schools throughout Wayne County will attend the annual event and have the opportunity to observe hearings in various courtrooms throughout the Criminal Division. Charlie Langton of Fox 2 Detroit will also participate in this year’s activities as the guest speaker. 
 
Supreme Court closing iconic front entrance
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is closing its iconic front entrance beneath the words “Equal Justice Under Law.”
 
Beginning today, visitors no longer will ascend the wide marble steps to enter the 75-year-old building. Instead, they will be directed to a central screening facility to the side of and beneath the central steps that was built to improve the court’s security as part of a $122 million renovation.
 
Two justices, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called the change unfortunate and unjustified.
 
Breyer said no other high court in the world, not even Israel’s, has closed its front entrance over security concerns.
 
He said the main entrance and front steps “are not only a means to, but also a metaphor for, access to the court itself.”
 
The court said the new entrance grew out of two independent security studies in 2001 and 2009.
 
It also noted that visitors still may exit through the central doors and walk down the 44 steps to the street.