Daily Briefs (Aug 4)

35th Circuit Criminal Law Update
The 35th Circuit Court is hosting a Criminal Law Update Aug. 9 featuring Professor Ronald Bretz and criminal defense attorney Matthew Abel. Bretz will provide the same yearly Criminal Law update that he provides to Michigan judges. Abel will discuss the Medical Marihuana Act. The seminar is free to Shiawassee County Bar Association Members. The 35th Circuit Court is requesting a $25 donation to the Shiawassee County Bar Association for non-members. The seminar will be heLd at the 35th Circuit Court in Corunna from 9 a.m. to noon. Register by sending name, address, telephone number and check made out to the Shiawassee County Bar Association to Christina K. Lichty, 208 N. Shiawassee St., Corunna, 48817.

Basic training on acting guardian
The Probate Court and Citizens Alliance announce the upcoming training session. On Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attorney Thomas B. Fraser will provide practical information on acting as a guardian (for adults). The seminar will be held in courtroom W3, located in the west wing extension of the Oakland County courthouse at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac. Additional information may be obtained at www.oakgov.com/probate/program_service/ or by contacting the Probate Court at (248) 858-5603.

MDTC Young Lawyers Breakfast
The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel will present its Young Lawyers Section Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Plunkett Cooney, 38505 Woodward Ave., Suite 2000, in Bloomfield Hills. Cost is $20 for MDTC members, $25 for non-members, or $50 for non-members with new one-year membership. Register at www.mdtc.org. For additional information, contact David L. Campbell of Bowman and Brooke LLP at (248) 687-5300 or david.campbell@det.bowmanandbrooke.com.

McCormick teleconference
The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel will host its first teleconference seminar, “McCormick v Carrier: Has the course and trajectory of Kreiner and the serious impairment of body function threshold been altered?,”  on Thursday, Aug. 5, at noon. This seminar, produced by the MDTC’s General Liability Section, will provide in-depth analysis of the much-anticipated decision in McCormick v Carrier. The teleconference is sponsored by Jacobs  & Diemer P.C. and Garan Lucow Miller P.C. Presenters are Daniel S. Saylor, of Garan Lucow Miller, Detroit, who argued for the defense in Kreiner and filed an amicus brief in McCormick; Michael P. McDonald, of Grzanka Grit McDonald, Grand Rapids, who argued for the defense in McCormick; and Barry R. Conybeare, of Conybeare Law Office, St. Joseph, who will offer the perspective of the plaintiff’s bar. Member fee is $35; non-members, $50, or $195, which includes a one-year membership in MDTC. The lawfirm rate is $200.  Registration forms may be downloaded at MDTC.org. An e-mail will be sent providing the call in information and pass code. Call MDTC at (517) 627-3745 with any questions.

Fundraiser for Judge Miller
The Lawyers Committee for Judge Cylenthia Miller of the 36th District Court will hold a fundraiser on Aug. 5 at Finn & Porter Restaurant, 525 W. Lafayette, in the DoubleTree Guest Fort Shelby Hotel.  Checks are payable to “Committee to Re-elect Judge Cylenthia Miller.”  For tickets, contact co-chair attorney Jermaine Wyrick at  (313) 964-8950 or Attyjaw1@Ameritech.net.