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Rockind invited to serve on National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Advisory Board

Neil Rockind, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Rockind Law, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board for the Washington, D.C.-based National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA).

 The Advisory Board of NACDA includes one criminal defense attorney from each state and considers issues such as continuing legal education and best practices in the criminal defense field.  The invitation to serve on the advisory board was determined by member votes, with Rockind receiving the highest number of votes for Michigan.

36th District Court celebrates July as Juror Appreciation Month

The 36th District Court is celebrating Juror Appreciation Month during the month of July to recognize those residents of the City of Detroit who have completed jury duty, and to highlight the honor and importance of serving on a jury.

In addition to light morning refreshments, each juror will receive special juror pens, wristbands, and bags, as well as a certificate of appreciation.

According to Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount, the objective of Juror Appreciation Month is to show past and prospective jurors that their contributions are greatly appreciated by the Court. A member of the Bench will greet the jurors daily and thank them for serving.

The 36th District Court would like to thank each and every person who was called to serve as a juror, and to salute all of those who have served in years past.
Honigman attorney elected to Detroit Center for Family board

Robert M. Riley, an associate in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn’s Litigation Department, was elected president by the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy's recently formed board of directors. The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy (CFA) is an evidence-based program that improves outcomes for children by safely reducing the need for them to enter or remain in foster care. CFA uses legal and social work advocacy to empower families to overcome the underlying problems they are facing that put the children in their care at risk for out of home placements.

Riley has served as pro bono counsel for Legal Services of Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, the Michigan State Planning Body for Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Riley earned a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, an MBA, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.