Daily Briefs (Nov 29)

Michigan soldier in Kuwait takes oath as attorney via video
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An Army sergeant serving in Kuwait with the Michigan National Guard has been sworn in as an attorney.

Christopher Horvath is a recent graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was sworn in as a new attorney during a video conference ceremony held Wednesday in Lansing.

Horvath was notified in October that he had passed the bar. He recently shipped out to Kuwait.

His deployment orders precluded his participation in a traditional swearing-in ceremony with his graduating class.

The video conference was arranged by the Michigan Army National Guard, Michigan Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the law school.

Horvath drew laughs both in Lansing and Kuwait when he said boot camp seemed easier than his freshman year of law school.

Straker Bar to host panel discussion on immigration law
The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will hold a membership meeting and a panel discussion on “Immigration Law and Process” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, at the law offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss in Southfield. The featured speakers included Aaron Todd, chief counsel of the Department of Homeland Security/ICE; Professor David Koelsch, director of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Immigration Law Clinic; attorney Lolita Dimovski; and attorney Ron Walker. This experienced panel will be prepared to discuss a host of immigration law topics including: representing businesses, employer enforcement, family law, citizenship, deportation, criminal law, and how other areas of law are affected by immigration issues. This is a fantastic opportunity for attorneys to engage in a substantive discussion about immigration law, as well as obtain information about maintaining a successful immigration law practice. Refreshments will be provided. Register by sending an email to info@strakerlaw.org. For more information, contact Erica Bell at (248) 497-7557 or visit www.strakerlaw.org.

WLA of Michigan’s Wayne Region holds ‘rockin’ holiday party
The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s Wayne Region (WLAM) will celebrate its “Rockin’ the Holiday Party” on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Café at the Compuware Building in Detroit. The cost to attend is $5 for WLAM members and $10 for non-WLAM members. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. To make reservations, send an e-mail to hrohn-dave@bsdd.com by Monday, Dec. 13.

Polish American Legal Society to hold annual Christmas party
The Polish American Legal Society (PALS) will celebrate its annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy. The evening will feature a premium open bar, full Polish dinner, and dancing. Cost is $50 per person. For reservations, contact Wayne County 20th District Court Judge Mark Plawecki at (313) 277-7143.

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