Daily Briefs

 MJA seeking nominees for Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award 

The Michigan Judges Association (“MJA”) announces that it is accepting nominations for its Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award. 

Given annually, the award recognizes current or former Circuit or Court of Appeals Judges who have demonstrated exemplary service by excelling in trial and docket management, legal scholarship, and contributions to the profession and the community. 
This is the fifth year MJA has given out the award, named in honor of the late Hilda Gage. Judge Gage served with honor on the Oakland Circuit and Court of Appeals benches before passing away in 2010. She was renowned for her courage and scholarship. She was the first female President of MJA and the first woman to chair the Judicial Tenure Commission. 

The Hon. J. Richardson Johnson, of the Ninth Circuit Court in Kalamazoo, received the award in its inaugural year. Other honorees include the Hon. James L. Ryan, formerly of the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Hon. James C. Kingsley of the Thirty-Seventh Circuit Court in Calhoun County, and the Hon. Barry L. Howard, formerly of the Sixth Circuit Court in Oakland County. 

MJA seeks nominees following Judge Gage’s footsteps by “serving their state and their communities with integrity, skill, and courage every day.” 

Anyone can nominate a judge for the award. The deadline is July 11, 2014. For a nomination form, please contact Jason Blevins at blevinsja@co.muskegon.mi.us or (231) 724-6452. 

McCormack to speak at 29th annual Distinguished Brief Award Banquet

The 29th Annual Distinguished Brief Award, presented by the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, will be given in recognition of the most scholarly briefs filed with the Michigan Supreme Court. A panel of judges and Cooley professors evaluate these briefs in seven categories: the question presented, point headings, statement of the case, argument and analysis, style, mechanics, and best overall brief.  
The evening’s guest speaker will be the Honorable Bridget McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. June 25 at Country Club of Lansing, 2200 Moores River Dr., Lansing.

Legal Aid and Defender to conduct free outreach clinic 7

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 Monday, July 7 at Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, 196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Pontiac.
Attendees are asked to bring copies of their documents and register before 10 a.m., as a LAD  attorney will assist only those persons who have done so by that time.
 For further information, contact Stacey Felder, paralegal at LAD's Oakland County office in Pontiac, at (248) 253-1548, ext. 4005.