Daily Briefs

 Cooley offers free training for assisting military personnel

Cooley Law School’s Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program will host a training session for attorneys interested in learning how to best help members of the military with family law matters on Friday, Nov. 22. The session, which is free and open to any interested attorneys, will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Fort Custer in Augusta, Mich. (2501 26th St., Augusta, Mich. 49012). Those interested in attending can register by contacting the director of Cooley’s Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism, Heather Spielmaker, at spielmah@cooley.edu. 

 “Through our Service to Soldiers Program, we hope to prepare attorneys on how to properly deal with civilian legal issues that our military face when they are either deployed or here at home,” said Spielmaker. “Our military put their lives on the line every day for our safety and providing them with legal assistance is the least that we as attorneys can do to show our gratitude for their service.”
Cooley’s Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program offers free legal assistance to Michigan and Florida military personnel who are deploying to, are serving in, or have recently returned from deployment and are experiencing civilian legal concerns. The program is offered state-wide to service members of E5 rank or below and works cooperatively with other veteran and military assistance programs. 

German federal justice to speak at Wayne Law

German Constitutional Court Justice Andreas Paulus will speak Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Wayne State University Law School about how the U.S. response to terrorism differs from that of European nations faced with the same challenges.
The lecture will be from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. It is free and open to the public. Parking will be available for $6.50 in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

Paulus is a justice on the highest court in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court.

“It is a rare privilege to have a justice of a European constitutional court speak at Wayne Law,” said Professor Gregory Fox, director of the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies, which is presenting the lecture as part of its 2013-14 Speaker Series. “But Andreas Paulus is quite at home at a law school, having been a leading professor of international law before his appointment to the German Constitutional Court in 2010. We are honored to have such an esteemed jurist and leading academic to address such a timely topic.”

Many of the legal challenges faced by U.S. courts due to terrorism – the need for intelligence versus privacy concerns, profiling of criminal suspects, detention without trial – also have been addressed in European legal systems, Fox said.

Paulus is a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Program for International Legal Studies, is widely published and consulted on topics of international law, and holds the chair in public and international law at the Georg-August-University Gottingen in Germany.
For more details about the lecture, call (313) 577-3620 or email international.law@wayne.edu.