Daily Briefs (Nov 1)

IABAM to host annual Winter Gala Dec. 3 at Detroit Athletic Club
The Italian American Bar Association of Michigan (IABAM) is hosting its annual Winter Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at The Detroit Athletic Club, located at 241 Madison in Detroit. The Winter Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, premium bar, dinner and dessert bar. The event also will feature live music and entertainment. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of scholarships and awards. The ticket price is $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten. The ticket price for students is $50 per person. The event is black tie optional. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Clara DeMatteis Mager at (313) 225-7077 or e-mail: mager@butzel.com or Anthony Viviani at (586) 630-4006.

Friend of the Court’s For Our Children training seminar
Community leaders and representatives of several Wayne County social service agencies convened at Detroit’s Little Rock Baptist Church on September 23 for the seminar “Breaking Economic Barriers to Effective Parenting.” This third annual “train the trainer” program was organized by members of the Friend of the Court’s outreach consortium, Friend of the Court For Our Children (FOC FOC).

Launched in September 2006, FOC FOC seeks to bring community agencies, faith-based organizations, local leaders, government representatives, and the media together at the same table. The mission of this outreach program is to raise awareness and understanding of the court and Friend of the Court systems, as well as to better identify and address issues relating to family law and the needs of the public.

Participants in the training were taught not only how members of the public can best utilize the court resources available to them, but also what the public should expect from different types of court proceedings.

Third Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Pro Tem, the Honorable Lita M. Popke, welcomed participants and answered questions regarding family court policies and operations. Friend of the Court directors provided information on parenting time, modifying support, and support compliance to prevent adverse enforcement.

Legal Aid and Defender Association Attorney Hulen Simpson demonstrated how to fill out FOC motion forms and explained how parties should determine which form would apply to their individual situation.

Participants said the training was not only informative but that it contained valuable information they could bring back and share with their customers and clients. The consortium will continue with its regular quarterly meeting in November, and welcomes new participants. Anyone interested in attending, should contact the FOC at 313-224-6639.

Please be advised that the Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in obsevance of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m.

In observance of Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Wayne County Clerk’s Office will be operating as follows:
Closed: Assumed Names, Birth and Death Records, Concealed Weapons Permits, Notary Public, Passport Acceptance, Marriage License Application/Certification
Open: Elections, Circuit Court, Civil Filings (Room 201 CAYMC), Family/Domestic/PPO Filing (Room 928 CAYMC), Records, Criminal (FMHJ), and Juvenile (LHJ).