Daily Briefs

Court says icy lot couldn’t be avoided at Upper Peninsula lodge
MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who was just days away from leaving a job at an Upper Peninsula lodge can sue her former employer over her broken leg in an icy parking lot.

An Alger County judge dismissed the case after the Cherrywood Lodge in Munising argued that the ice was obvious, especially in the U.P. But Angela Sabatos has persuaded the state appeals court to reopen the case.

The court says there was no way for Sabatos to avoid the icy lot in March 2009. One witness said it was like a big skating rink.

Sabatos ended her shift late at night but stayed in the lounge to visit with co-workers, a few days before ending her job. She didn’t drink alcohol while she socialized but ate a sandwich.

Association hosts 16th Annual MDTC Open Golf Tournament

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel will host its 16th Annual MDTC Open Golf Tournament on Friday, Sep.14, at the Mystic Creek Golf Club and Banquet Center.  The Open will be in a modified scramble format with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. 
Golfers may create their own twosome or foursome, or choose to be paired randomly by MDTC. Cost for the outing is $175.  Fee includes: Practice Range Balls, Greens Fees, Cart, Deli Sandwich Lunch at registration and a Tenderloin / Chicken Breast Combo Plate Dinner at 5 p.m.  Dinner costs $45.  Payment must be received on or before date of event.

Mystic Creek Golf Club is in Camp Dearborn located at One Champions Circle in Milford.  For additional information, call the MDTC at 517-627-3745. To register, visit www.mdtc.org.

Domestic Violence Committee offers free pro bono training
The State Bar of Michigan Domestic Violence Committee will host an introductory training on how to handle pro bono domestic violence family law cases from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills Campus. It will be simultaneously broadcast to Cooley’s three other campuses in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.

The training, provided by attorneys with many years of hands-on family law experience, will cover initial client interviews, substantive legal issues, pleadings, and pretrial and trial practices as they relate to family law cases with domestic violence components. It will offer a comprehensive introduction to family and domestic violence law for attorneys new to this area of practice, and will also serve as a great refresher for more experienced attorneys.

The training is free of charge for attorneys who commit to take on a pro bono family law case within six months. To register visit www.michbar.org/generalinfo/domesticviolence.cfm. For additional information contact SBM Pro Bono Counsel Robert Mathis at 517-346-6412 or rmathis@mail.michbar.org.