Daily Briefs

 Michigan Hearing on Voting Rights to be held Jan. 9

The National Commission on Voting Rights is hosting its Michigan hearing on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium of the Wayne State University Law School, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit. The commission is holding hearings across the country to learn more about the current landscape of elections. Over the past few years, numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, while many others continue to grapple with recurring election administration and electoral reform challenges. Sue Smith, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, will be speaking as a panelist. The public is invited to attend and speak. Register online at MIHearing.lawyerscommittee.org. For more information, contact Alan Martinson at amartinson@lawyerscommittee.org.


Drink’n’Learn: ‘Handling Political Hot Potatoes’ set for Jan. 9

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, in cooperation with the Wolverine Bar Association, presents Drink’n’Learn: “Handling Political Hot Potatoes” on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Firebird Tavern, 419 Monroe Street in Detroit. No better way to start the New Year after a midterm election, including a contentious mayoral race, than having a heated discussion about the lessons learned in litigating high profile/politically controversial cases. Tom Bruetsch (Bodman) and Herb Sanders (The Sanders Law Firm) will share some of their best practices and practical advice for handling high-visibility cases that seem to attract all of the attention — whether you want them to or not. DMBA and WBA members attend free of charge; all others pay $5. Cash Bar. For questions, contact Mitzy Sharp Futro at 313-961-6120 x201 or msharpfutro@detroitlawyer.org.

DMBA Budding Barristers Day

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers School Partnership Program “Budding Barristers Day” will be held Saturday Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. Due to popular demand, this year’s program will once again be offered to students in the Detroit Public Schools and beyond to foster their interests in the law and their own career development. This year, on a single day, students and area attorneys will come together to participate in workshops on essay writing, resume writing and interview skills. During this special event, high school students will have the opportunity to meet with attorney mentors and brainstorm for their essay contest entries. After the event, attorneys will stay in touch with their student mentors to help them finish their essays, which the students will submit as part of the program’s essay contest. DMBA needs volunteers to serve as essay mentors and to assist with the job interview portion of the program.  If you can spare half of a Saturday to share with area “budding barristers,” please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QRXJJNL and share some information about your availability and interests.  Lunch will be provided.


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