Daily Briefs July 26

City council confirms Elhasan as magistrate for 20th District Court
Zenna Faraj Elhasan, a partner with the law firm Allen Brothers, Attorneys & Counselors,  has been appointed magistrate and probation director of the 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Elhasan was appointed by the court to the position and confirmed by the Dearborn Heights City Council.

In her new role as magistrate, Elhasan will handle traffic violations and other small crimes.  She will also serve as probation director, where she will oversee the 20th District Court’s probation department and play an active role in preparing recommendations for sentencing of offenders placed under the court’s supervision. 

Elhasan, 34, has been practicing law since 2004 and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree in 2000 from the University of Michigan and is working toward her master’s from Wayne State University. 

Elhasan is an active member of the Arab American community and serves on the advisory board of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and as secretary for the Arab American Political Action Committee. She also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Child’s Hope, a child abuse prevention council in Wayne County, and the Arab-American Women’s Business Council.

In 2006, Elhasan was appointed assistant corporation counsel in the City of Dearborn Heights. Her appointment to the district court came in May 2011.

WSU Law Alumni Association announces new board officers
Wayne State University Law School and its Law Alumni Association (LAA) this week announced the newly elected LAA board officers and members.

The officers for 2011-12 are: President Suzanne Johnson, ’84; President-elect Rob Kent, ’08; Vice President for Planning Kim Yapchai, ’93; Vice President for Finance June Lee, ’01; Vice President for Membership Michael Fayz, ’91; Treasurer Cesare Sclafani, ’08; and Secretary Stefania Gismondi, ’10.

Board members who were elected or re-elected are: Kevin Bartlett, ’97; Sarah Biedron, ’11; Michelle Burns, ’10; Meghan Curavo, ’10; Carlos Escurel, ’01; Kevin Kalczynski, ’00; David Michael, ’03; Stephen Ravas, ’05; Hayley Rohn-Davé, ’07; Jami Statham, ’06; Sara VanderWerff, ’91; and Margaret VanMeter, ’87. They join the following veteran board members: David Belanger,’86; Sean Blume, ’02; Jehan Crump-Gibson, ’09; Christopher Darrow, ’00; Gerald Gleeson, ’95; Kara Hart-Negrich, ’09; Diane Hutcherson, ’86; Lorena Jaquet, ’03; Andrew Kandrevas, ’01; Jeff Klenner, ’07; Eric Kociba, ’01; Megan McGown, ’09; Joe Richotte, ’07; K.C. Rucker, ’06; Bruce Segal, ’84; Daniel Simjanovski, ’02; and Erin Springer, ’08.

The above LAA board members serve three-year terms expiring in 2012, 2013 and 2014, while officers serve one-year terms.

For more information on the LAA, see http://law.wayne.edu/alumni/index.php. Contact Koehler at (313) 577-6199 or klkoehler@wayne.edu with questions.