Daily Briefs (Sept. 9)

High court throws out child-neglect charge
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says criminal activity in a home with a child present cannot automatically lead to an additional charge of neglecting the minor.

The court says that would have significant consequences, including the possible termination of parental rights and intervention by state child-welfare enforcers.

In an opinion released Wednesday, the justices overturned a decision of the state appeals court in a case from Wayne County. They said there was no evidence that the 10-year-old stepson of George Tennyson knew there were drugs and firearms in the home in 2006.

The 4-2 decision was written by Justice Stephen Markman.

Zack named ‘Lawyer of the Year by Hispanic  Bar Association
Stephen N. Zack, president of the American Bar Association, will be recognized tonight by the Hispanic National Bar Association for his achievement as first Hispanic in that post, and for rolling out ABA projects focused on the needs of Hispanics in the United States.

“Hispanics are now over 20 percent of our population and the largest minority in our country, but make up only three percent of our profession. Hispanics must be fully integrated into our profession and our society,” said Zack, who is the administrative partner in the Miami office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.

“We need to move quickly,” he continued.  “Unless our profession mirrors our population, ultimately society will lose respect for the rule of law. This is our responsibility, and our obligation, and it is the goal of the newly formed ABA Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities.”

For his presidential year, Zack created a Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Within the next eight weeks the Commission will begin holding public hearings in cities across the country. Through these hearings, America’s lawyers can hear directly from the Latino community about its legal needs, and respond.

Zack took office as ABA president four weeks ago and will serve a one-year term. As a teenager, he fled to America as a Cuban refugee. His family was detained prior to being allowed to leave Cuba, and Zack was held separately from his family.

WBA and ABJ of Michigan hold annual membership roundup
The Wolverine Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan will present their annual Membership Roundup event Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rattlesnake, located at 300 River Place, in Detroit. There is no charge for the event.

Notice to bail bond agencies
The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan is updating the list for acting and approved bail bond agencies for Wayne County. The closing date to apply is Friday, Sept. 17. Visit www.3rdcc.org for the necessary requirements.