Daily Briefs, May 13

Drug Court celebrates National Drug Court Month with graduation
In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Third Judicial Circuit - Adult Drug Treatment Court will hold its annual commencement at noon on May 16 at The Salvation Army, Adult Rehabilitation Center, located at 1627 W. Fort St.
Recording artist Kem will deliver the keynote address.
This is the court’s 7th formal ceremony since it was founded in 2003. Twenty-eight participants are expected to be recognized at this year’s graduation.
The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, educational services (including G.E.D. and Relapse Prevention courses) and full accountability.
“National Drug Court Month” is coordinated on a national level by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), which was established in 1994 to assist in the planning, implementation, and operation of Drug Courts.
This year, Drug Courts throughout the nation are celebrating National Drug Court Month with the theme: “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.”
Nationally, Drug Courts provide vast savings to the criminal justice system. A recent study by the Department of Justice found a cost/benefit of $3.36 for every $1 invested in treating drug-addicted offenders under the watchful eye of Drug Court.

Armenian lawyers  to hold networking event May 19 at South Bar
The Armenian American Bar Association of Michigan (AABA), a specialty bar of the State Bar of Michigan is holding a networking event for all lawyers at South Bar in Birmingham on Thursday May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
All lawyers and law students (over 21) are invited to attend.  Cost is $15 at the door and is complimentary to paid AABA members.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.
For more information and to RSVP call Diane Margosian Paulsen at 248-420-8765 or dmp@paulsenlawoffice.com.

OCBA Annual Meeting set June 2 in Pontiac

Thursday, June 2 is the date of the 77th Annual Meeting for the Oakland County Bar Association.
The event, which will feature the swearing in ceremony for incoming president Peter Alter, will take place at the Marriott at Centerpoint, near Square Lake and Opdyke roads in Pontiac. A cocktail reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $65 per person and reservations should be made by May 20. Phone the OCBA at (248) 334-3400 for more information.
OCBA President Jennifer Grieco will be among the honorees that evening, earning recognition for her leadership role with the organization over the past year. A host of other awards also will be presented June 2, including the coveted Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Public Servant Award.
Forty-year honorees in the spotlight that evening will be William Beluzo Jr., Paul Bernhard, Willis Bullard Jr., Marty Burnstein, Victor Coen, James Davey, Joseph Galvin, Marie Garian, Leonard Givens, Gordon Gold, Philip Goodman, Kalman Goren, Thomas Herrmann, James Johnston Jr., Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly, Martin Krohner, Edward Kronk, Charles Lax, Bruce Lazar, Charles Lillie, Russell Martin, Alex Miller, Edgar Pugh Jr., William Sankbeil, Anthony Trogan Jr., Donald Tucker, Miroslav Vlcko, Michael Whiting, Sarah Wildgen, and Richard Worsham.