Daily Briefs (Jan 25)

Supreme Court to look at Michigan case over Miranda rights in jail
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether investigators must give a jail inmate his Miranda rights before questioning him on matters unrelated to what landed him behind bars.

The justices on Monday said they will hear Michigan’s appeal of a court ruling in favor of Randall Fields, who acknowledged to sheriff's deputies that he had sexual contact with a minor. The admission took place during an interview in the same building where Fields was jailed on unrelated charges.

The deputies never advised Fields he could be silent or have a lawyer, hallmarks of the Miranda warning for criminal suspects. They did tell him he could leave when he wanted.

Arguments will take place later this year.

The case is Howes v. Fields, 10-680.

Cooley looking for attorneys to serve as interviewers
The Career and Professional Development Department at Thomas M. Cooley Law School - Ann Arbor is in need of volunteer attorneys to conduct mock interviews with the students any time during February and the first two weeks of March. 

The time commitment is two hours during which time the attorney will conduct four mock interviews of 30 minutes each. 

Cooley will provide the interview questions.  Twenty minutes will be spent interviewing, with 10 minutes for feedback.

If interested, contact Karen Poole at poolek@cooley.edu. 

Blanchard to be keynote speaker at Tertzag Tribute Dinner
In a fitting gesture, former Gov. James Blanchard, who appointed Kaye Tertzag to the Wayne County Circuit Court in 1987, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Park Place Banquet Hall in Dearborn.

Attorney Joseph G. Lujan will be honored with the Purple Sportcoat award. The tribute dinner will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and an open bar. Checks should be made payable to Tertzag Tribute Dinner LLC, and sent to 26815 Winslow Drive, Flat Rock, 48134. For additional information, contact Kara Tertzag Lividini at (313) 645-9511 or ktertzag@gmail.com.

ABJM to hold annual worship service Feb. 13 at Baptist church
The Association of Black Judges of Michigan’s (ABJM) Annual Worship Service will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit located at 9000 Woodward.

Judges should report to the church at 9 a.m. For additional information, contact Erica Williams at (313) 972-5723.