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Schuette looks forward to arguments over American Indian casino 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is welcoming the chance to argue to the U.S. Supreme Court over the legality of an American Indian casino.
Bill Schuette said Monday the high court’s decision to hear his appeal sets the stage for a discussion about all states’ ability to “halt the unrestrained expansion of off-reservation tribal casino gambling.”
The Bay Mills Indian Community opened a casino in Vanderbilt in the northern Lower Peninsula in 2010 about 125 miles south of its reservation in the Upper Peninsula.
Tribal Chairman Kurt Perron says the tribe is “deeply concerned” with the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case because it appears justices may examine the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity. Perron says he’s confident the Supreme Court will rule in the tribe’s favor.

Crawford elected to the Wolverine Bar Association board

Dickinson Wright announced Monday that attorney Jerome Crawford has been elected to the board of directors for the Wolverine Bar Association and the Wolverine Bar Foundation. He will serve as a director of the organizations during the 2013-2014 bar year.
Crawford is an associate in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation; intellectual property; music, sports and entertainment litigation; real estate and bank litigation; and workouts, restructurings and foreclosures. Crawford advises clients with regards to the formation of LLCs and corporations and drafting and/or amending organizational documents. In the intellectual property arena, he counsels Fortune 500 companies regarding risks associated with potential trademark use and registration on a wide array of retail products. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, and the Straker Bar Association. Crawford received his B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University and his J.D., with honors, from Michigan State University College of Law.

Holiday Hours

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The 36th District Court will be closed, except for felony arraignments, on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.