Daily Briefs

LAD to sponsor employer workshop on hiring ex-offenders
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will sponsor a free informational workshop for employers on hiring former criminal offenders Thursday, March 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village.

Speakers will include representatives of LAD, the Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; experienced employers; and former offenders recently released from incarceration.

Employers will learn about the advantages of hiring former offenders, including tax credits; potential liability for refusing to hire them; prisoner re-entry programs; and community safety.

Employers can register for the workshop onsite March 26 at 1:00 p.m. or in advance by calling LAD’s Oakland County office in Pontiac at (248) 253-1548, ext. 4009.

Volunteers needed for Michigan’s Foster Care Review Boards

The Foster Care Review Board Program, administered by the State Court Administrative Office of the Michigan Supreme Court, is seeking 25 citizen volunteers for membership on review boards located throughout the state.

Recruitment for board membership is year-round, but volunteers are encouraged to submit their applications by March 15. Interviews and background checks are required for all applicants.

A training session will take place in Lansing April 30 – May 1.

Responsibilities include reviewing selected cases of children in foster care, reading written case materials and surveys, and interviewing interested parties to the case.

Volunteers selected must reside within the county of their local board, are appointed to a three-year term, and are required to attend regularly scheduled review meetings one day each month, in addition to occasional foster parent appeals.

Citizen volunteers should demonstrate an interest in children and their welfare. Younger volunteers are encouraged to apply. The program would like to have as diverse a board as possible representing the county.

Michigan’s Foster Care Review Board Program helps ensure safe and timely permanency for children in the state foster care system.

Documentary ‘Seeking Truth in the Balkans’ to be screened Feb. 25
A documentary screening about the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a panel discussion on the topic will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Wayne State University Law School.  The award-winning film, “Seeking Truth in the Balkans,” offers insights from more than 100 people who were involved with the tribunal, which was created by the United Nations in 1993, after the former state of Yugoslavia devolved into chaos and age-old ethnic tensions led to atrocities. The free event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Register at international.law@wayne.edu.


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