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WSU awarded $200K grant to support Levin Center at Wayne Law

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of Menlo Park, California, has awarded Wayne State University a two-year, $200,000 grant to support the Levin Center at Wayne Law.

The grant was awarded under the foundation’s Madison Initiative, which seeks to help create the conditions in which Congress and its members can deliberate, negotiate and compromise in ways that work for most Americans. The foundation is joining with leaders in and outside of government, nonprofit advocates, academic researchers and other funders to address the problems of political polarization and hyper-partisanship.

Launched in March 2015, the Levin Center at Wayne Law strives to educate future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change. The center is named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, who retired at the beginning of 2015 after 36 years in the Senate. Levin serves as chair of the Levin Center and on the law school’s faculty as distinguished legislator in residence.

The Levin Center will use the grant funds for general operating support to educate legislators, their staffs, public servants, law students and attorneys on effective techniques to conduct bipartisan, indepth, fact-based oversight of public and private sector activities. Through training workshops and videos, internships, academic programming and research, the center will equip future leaders on federal, state, local and international levels with the oversight skills needed to produce meaningful bipartisan public policy outcomes.

“The tremendous response to the training sessions the Levin Center already has conducted at the local, state and federal levels, as well as the programs we’ve presented for law students, shows the great interest in how bipartisan, indepth oversight can have an impact on policy,” Levin said. “We are grateful to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for its support as we continue to expand our work.”


‘What to do When Stopped by the Police’ program June 2

The Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association, Mentor 2 Youth and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department are co-sponsoring a presentation on “Black Youth Matter and All Youth Matter: What To Do When Stopped by the Police” on Thursday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College, Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building, Room 275, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. in Ann Arbor. Panelists will include Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson; Criminal Defense Attorney Rita White; Washtenaw County Interim Public Defender Delphia Simpson; Sergeant Thomas Hickey of the City of Ann Arbor Police Department; Ypsilanti?Police Department Lieutenant Deric Gress; Judge Kirk Tabbey of the 14A-2 District Court of Ypsilanti and Judge Deborah Thomas of the Third Circuit Court of Wayne County.

The program is the seventh of its kind planned, organized and facilitated by Attorney Robyn L. McCoy, who is a partner with the law firm of McCoy and Associates, PLLC based in Ann Arbor, and an attorney with the Michigan Children’s Law Center, based in Detroit,

This event is free and open to the public. 


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