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Alumna to speak about Business Court on March 3 at Wayne Law

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn A. Viviano will speak Thursday, March 3, as part of Wayne State University Law School’s Alumni Speaker Series.

Viviano will talk about the Business Court, to which she was appointed in February 2015. Professor Peter J. Henning will moderate the discussion.

The event will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required. Register at law.wayne. edu/alumnispeakers2016. Parking will be available for $7 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

Viviano was elected to the bench in November 2010 and assigned to the Family Division. She served as the presiding judge of the Family Division from April 2013 until her appointment to the Business Court. She also sits for the Macomb County Juvenile Drug Court.

She previously worked for Detroit law firm Barris Sott Denn & Driker before forming Viviano & Viviano PLLC. She also served as city attorney for Centerline.

A 1999 graduate of Wayne Law, she also holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hillsdale College and a master of business administration degree from Wayne State University.


WMU-Cooley Law School to host open house in Auburn Hills

The Auburn Hills campus of WMU-Cooley Law School will host an open house for prospective students and their guests on March 10, beginning at 4 p.m. at 2630 Featherstone Road in Auburn Hills. The open house will include a discussion with staff and students, information about academic programs and scholarships, and campus tours.

 More information about the open house, including sign up information, is available at wmich.edu/law.


Partnership seeks  to spur innovation at simulated city

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials at the University of Michigan are partnering on an effort to spur collaboration among university researchers, advanced transportation startups and student innovators.

The University of Michigan College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship and the school's Mobility Transformation Center on Thursday announced TechLab at Mcity, the simulated city on the school’s Ann Arbor campus that’s used for testing autonomous vehicles.

TechLab was created to boost educational opportunities and replicate many of the attributes of startup incubators. Thomas Frank, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, says in a statement that it's "a model that will create a winning opportunity for all involved."

TechLab's pilot program launches with Zendrive, which taps mobile sensors to measure driver safety through actions such as acceleration, braking, swerving and phone use.