Daily Briefs (Nov 2)

State Supreme Court rules family didn’t have right to woman’s brain
LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says an Oakland County family had no legal right to a dead woman’s brain when her body was returned after an autopsy in 2006.

Karen Waeschle  of Waterford filed a lawsuit after becoming alarmed that her mother’s body was cremated without the brain. It was not released with other remains because it had to be hardened before being examined by the medical examiner.

In a 5-2 decision Friday, the Supreme Court said state law in 2006 allowed a medical examiner to keep body parts for as long as necessary. The law was changed this year to require notification.

Justices Robert Young Jr. and Alton Davis dissented because they didn’t believe it was necessary to get involved.

Family Mediation Council-Michigan holds annual program
The 2010 Annual Program of  the Family Mediation Council-Michigan,“Mediating Family Matters in a Multicultural Society”,  will be held from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 13th at the American Spirit Centre, 10590 E. Grand River Avenue, Brighton.

The  panel of speakers includes:
– Ellen Yashinsky Chute, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
– Dr. Jack Tsui, Pastor, and Jan Tsui, Counselor, Oakland Chinese Church
– Carlo Martina, Attorney and Mediator to the Arabic Community
– Judge Betty Widgeon and James Widgeon, African American Culture.

The cost is $40 and includes a continental breakfast.

Make checks payable to FMC and mail to: FCM, 489 Berrypatch Lane, White Lake MI 48386.

Contact Shirley Robertson at 800 827 4390 or shirley@familymediation.com for further details.

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, Dec. 3 at The Detroit Athletic Club. The Winter Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, premium bar, dinner and dessert bar. The event 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.

Be advised that the Wayne County Probate Court is closed today in observance of Election Day and will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 8 a.m.

In observance of Election Day, 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).