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Judge Tim Connors honored with Judicial Excellence Award

The Michigan Judges Association has announced that Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Timothy P. Connors is the 2015 winner of the Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award.  Judge Connors has served on the bench since 1991, serving as chief judge for more than a decade, and also serving by appointment as Judge Pro Tem for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

“Judge Connors has led groundbreaking efforts to strengthen the juvenile court in Washtenaw County and he has been an instrumental collaborator in developing strong state-tribal court relations,” said Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack. “Because of his efforts, Washtenaw’s juvenile court system looks dramatically different in the six short months he has presided over this docket.”

“His impact on child welfare cases transcends the systemic reform efforts he has undertaken,” Justice McCormack said. “On each individual case, he carefully listens to each family’s story. 
According to the lawyers who regularly appear before him, no matter the result in the particular hearing or case, the parties all leave feeling that they have been heard. The community’s respect for the juvenile court has grown because of his approach.”

This award is named after the late Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Hilda Gage and recognizes Circuit and Court of Appeals judges who have excelled in trial and docket management, legal scholarship, and contributions to the profession and the community. The award honors current or former judges who serve their profession and their communities with integrity, skill, and courage every day.


Wayne Law panel to discuss safe drinking water on November 4

Two student groups at Wayne State University Law School will present a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 4, about safe drinking water in Michigan.

The event, “Water as a Human Right: The Water Crisis in Michigan,” will look at why residents of the state surrounded by the largest freshwater sources in the world are experiencing such difficulties accessing safe drinking water.

The Wayne Law student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and Wayne Law’s American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter will host advocates on this issue. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Parking is available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law.

Panelists will be:

• Bill Goodman, an attorney who won an injunction preventing the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from shutting off water to the city of Highland Park.

• Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

• Trachelle Young, an attorney who represents the Coalition for Clean Water regarding the water issues in Flint.