Daily Briefs

Felony arraignments to be held twice a day

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, 36th District Court Felony Arraignments will be conducted twice per day. The morning session will be held at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon session will be 2:30 p.m.

Michigan high court appoints Aloia to jury instructions committee

Attorney Benjamin J. Aloia of Shelby Township has been appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. Aloia will serve the remainder of the term of Hon. Patricia J. Boyle, former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, who resigned from the committee. His term will end on December 31, 2015.
Aloia is founder and president of the Mount Clemens based law firm of Aloia & Associates, P.C. Previously, Aloia worked as an associate attorney with Beeding Legal Group and Joseph P. Ciaramitaro, P.C. He also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The 21-member Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions is composed of attorneys and judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court. Members are appointed for three-year terms and may be reappointed for two additional terms. The committee’s duty is to ensure that the Model Civil Jury Instructions are concise, understandable, conversational, unslanted, and not argumentative.
The Model Civil Jury Instructions are online at http://www.courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/mcji/pages/home.aspx. The website also includes information on how to contact the committee to comment on existing or proposed jury instructions or to suggest new instructions.

Domestic Violence Committee offers free pro bono training

The State Bar of Michigan Domestic Violence Committee will offer an in-person training on how to handle pro bono family law cases with domestic violence components from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Lansing Campus. It will be simultaneously broadcast to Cooley’s three other campuses in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids.
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. Register online at http://www.michbar.org/generalinfo/domesticviolence_reg.cfm. For additional information, contact SBM Pro Bono Counsel Robert Mathis at 517-346-6412 or rmathis@mail.michbar.org.