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Cooley Law to honor Judge Switalski with its Integrity Award
WMU-Cooley Law School will honor Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski with the Integrity Award at the Integrity in our Communities event at noon on Tuesday, March 31. Debbrecht Switalski is a judge with the 51st District Court in Waterford, Michigan. WMU-Cooley chose her for this award because of the integrity she has displays both on the bench and in her professional contributions to the fight against interpersonal violence, substance abuse, addiction and more. She co-founded the Regional Anti-Drug Education Outreach (RADEO) organization, as well as organized numerous town hall forums and seminars to educate the community on synthetic drugs and opioids. 

ABA supports approaches to curb gun violence
The American Bar Association has joined eight national health care organizations to produce a joint statement that outlines measures aimed at reducing firearm injuries and deaths in the United States. The group recommends taking a public health approach to reducing gun violence.

The statement provides specific recommendations for reducing firearm-related injuries and deaths from a group of leaders that include legal, medical and public health professionals. The recommendations include:

• Universal background checks of gun purchasers;

• Elimination of physician “gag laws” that prohibit doctors from discussing a patient’s gun ownership or safe use of firearms, and warning of the dangers of firearms;

• Restriction on the manufacture and sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines for civilian use;

• Increased research to support the reduction of firearm-related injuries and deaths;

The ABA Standing Committee on Gun Violence confirmed that the recommendations are permissible under the recent Second Amendment cases of the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts.

In addition, the ABA Standing Committee on Gun Violence developed a report entitled Gun Violence Laws and the Second Amendment: A Report of the American Bar Association. The report provides an examination into the Second Amendment and addresses gun violence as a public health crisis.

“The ABA has joined with eight national health care organizations to address the public health crisis of gun violence in this country and to apply public health approaches to curtailing gun violence. A significant part of the ABA’s role was to help make it clear that there are several ways to reduce gun violence that are constitutional and are safely within the law,” said ABA President William C. Hubbard.



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