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Gov. Snyder appoints Bob Bennet to 34th Circuit Court bench

Gov. Rick Snyder last week announced the appointment of Bob Bennett, of Roscommon, to the 34th Circuit Court for the counties of Ogemaw and Roscommon.

“Bob has served the citizens of Roscommon County well as an assistant prosecutor for the past decade,” Snyder said. “His experience and integrity among his peers and judges gives me great confidence that he will continue to provide exceptional service to both Roscommon and Ogemaw Counties.”

Bennett currently serves as the chief assistant prosecutor in Roscommon County, managing a diverse caseload of criminal felony cases to civil cases involving property disputes. He began his legal career in 1991 as a partner of the law office of Deamud & Bennett, litigating hundreds of civil and criminal cases, until he then joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2005.  Bennett is currently a member of the Roscommon County Community Corrections Board and has been a case evaluator for three Michigan Circuit Courts.  He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, the Roscommon County Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the Roscommon County United Way.Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University.

Bennett’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Michael J. Baumgartner. He will have to stand for election in 2016 for a full six-year term.


Jaffe attorney elected to ACES council of State Bar section

 Lawrence R. Jordan, managing partner of the Ann Arbor, Mich. office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., has been elected to the council of the Arts, Communication, Entertainment & Sports (ACES) Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

As coordinator of the Intellectual Property Practice Group and managing partner of the firm’s Ann Arbor office, Jordan focuses his practice on intellectual property, information technology, Internet, domain names, technology transfers, biotech, publishing and entertainment law. Over his 30 years of practice, Jordan has represented companies, foundations and creative individuals in a broad range of intellectual property matters. This includes trademark and copyrights, and counseling on strategies to protect and commercialize inventions, creations and ideas.

In addition to his position with ACES, Jordan is a frequent author and speaker at industry forums, and an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He sits on the Technology Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Board of Directors for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, is a lifetime member of the Friends of Ann Arbor Library, and a pro bono attorney for Jazzistry. His past chair positions include ACES and the Computer Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (now known as the Information Technology Section).

Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, where he received the Bureau of National Affairs Award for graduating seniors.


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