Daily Briefs

Dykema lawyer Wayne Roberts elected chair of Taxation Section
Dykema is pleased to announce that Wayne D. Roberts, member and assistant leader of the firm’s Tax Practice Group, was recently elected chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Roberts, who just completed a one-year term as vice-chair of the Section, is a long-time contributor to the organization, having served in a variety of leadership positions—including as vice-chair, secretary and treasurer—and as chair of the Tax Section’s State and Local Tax Committee.
With 1332 members, the Taxation Section is one of the largest groups within the State Bar of Michigan. Its mission is to improve public understanding of, confidence in and respect for federal, state and local tax systems, and to lead efforts to simplify and improve those tax systems.
Roberts notes, “Issues of taxation have a significant impact on everyone:  individuals, small businesses, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies. One ambition of the Tax Section is to serve as the voice of Michigan’s tax lawyers as they work to promote a tax system that’s equitable, efficient and workable for all.”
At Dykema, Roberts concentrates his practice in all aspects of federal and state tax planning and tax litigation matters. He has represented both closely held and Fortune 500 companies in tax matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, the Michigan Department of Treasury, the Ohio Department of Taxation and many other state and local taxing jurisdictions. Roberts, who is also a registered CPA, is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and is currently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America ®2013 for Litigation & Controversy: Tax and Tax Law.

Appeals court to hear case on how to apply parole ruling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court is hearing arguments in a case that could determine whether prisoners locked up for murder when they were teens will be given a shot at parole.
The issue is whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision should apply retroactively to more than 350 people serving mandatory life sentences with no chance of parole. The Supreme Court says that such punishments for minors are unconstitutional.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says the ruling shouldn't benefit people already in prison. The state appeals court hears arguments Tuesday in the case of a St. Clair County man, Raymond Carp, who was convicted of murder committed when he was 15.
Separately, a federal judge in Ann Arbor is handling a similar case. His decision could trump what happens in state court.