Daily Briefs

 Free lecture and book signing on the young Thurgood Marshall 

Professor and scholar Dr. Larry S. Gibson will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, “Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice,” the only biography on the celebrated jurist Thurgood Marshall to be endorsed by his family. This free event takes place Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

“Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice is an exhaustively researched and engagingly written work that will be of interest to any everyone interested in law, civil rights, and American history. Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century. He transformed the nation's legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship. He won twenty-nine of thirty-three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the U.S. solicitor general, and, for twenty-four years, sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall's personality, attitudes, priorities, and work habits had crystallized duringearlier years in Maryland. 
Young Thurgood is the first close examination of the formative period in Marshall's life. Dr. Gibson presents fresh information about Marshall's family, youth, and education. He describes Marshall's key mentors, the special impact of his high school and college competitive debating, his struggles to establish a law practice during the Great Depression, and his first civil rights cases. The author also sheds new light on the NAACP and its first lawsuits in the campaign that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, and corrects some of the often-repeated stories about Marshall that are inaccurate. 

LAD to host free clinic on civil legal services 

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 on Friday, March 7, at Southfield Human Services, 26080 Berg Road in 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 additional information, contact Stacey Felder, paralegal at LAD’s Oakland County office in Pontiac, at 248-253-1548, ext. 4005.

Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner set for Feb. 27

The friends and family of the Honorable Kaye Tertzag will host the Fifth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Park Place Banquet Hall in Dearborn from 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event.  Those wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize. 
Tickets are $40 and include dinner and an open bar.  Checks should be made payable to: Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 412 Berwyn, Birmingham,  48009. For additional information, contact Kara Tertzag Lividini at 313-645-9511 or ktertzag@gmail.com.