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Governor appoints Bennet to Juvenile Justice committee


Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday announced the appointment of Nancy Becker Bennett, of Okemos, to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice.
Created by Executive Order 2012-1, the 15-member committee advises the governor on juvenile justice issues and guides effective implementation of juvenile justice policies and programs.
Becker Bennett is the grants and community services division director for the Michigan Department of State Police. She previously worked as the department’s grants management section manager and grants coordinator. She also served seven years as manager of the law enforcement section within the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Office of Drug Control Policy. Becker Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in justice and law enforcement from American University. She will serve as a representative of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies and fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Kari Kusmierz.
Becker Bennett will serve the remainder of a three-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2014, and her appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Carras appointed judge of 42nd Circuit Court in Midland County

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed 75th District Court Judge Stephen Carras as the new 42nd Circuit Court Judge in Midland County. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Jonathan Lauderbach.
Carras, a lifelong resident of Midland, was elected to the district court bench in 2006. He previously was an attorney in private practice at Carras Law Office, PLLC. He is also active in a number of community organizations, including the Midland Center for the Arts and Greater Midland Community Centers.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Carras will serve out the remainder of Lauderbach’s term through Jan. 1, 2015. He will need to seek election for a full six-year term in November 2014.


LAD to conduct free outreach clinic June 7

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 7 at Southfield Human Services, 26080 Berg Road, Southfield.
Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m., as a LAD attorney will assist only those persons who have done so by that time.
For further information, contact Stacey Felder, paralegal at LAD’s Oakland County office in Pontiac, at (248) 253-1548, ext. 4005.

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