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Bodman lawyer named vice chair of SBM Real Property Law Section

Nicholas P. Scavone, Jr., chair of Bodman PLC’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed vice chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

With more than 3,500 members, the Real Property Law Section is one of the largest groups within the State Bar of Michigan. The section provides education and information on real property law issues through seminars, publications, and networking events, as well as advocacy in the legislature and in precedential cases involving real property law.

Scavone represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial real estate transactions, including purchases and sales, leasing, construction, real estate secured financings and mortgage warehousing facilities.

The position of vice chair is another leadership role for Scavone, who previously served as treasurer of the Real Property Law Section Council. He is also a long time member of the section's Michigan Land Title Standards Committee, which publishes Michigan land title standards, an authoritative reference on the law of land titles and other aspects of Michigan real property law.

Scavone is listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 under Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 under Michigan — Real Estate, and in Michigan Super Lawyers
Magazine. He has been selected as a 2016 “Top Lawyer” by dBusiness Magazine.


Parole rejected for prisoner who won Supreme Court case

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan parole board again has declined to release a prison inmate who won a state Supreme Court case over a shorter sentence.

Matthew Makowski was notified this week that his request for parole was turned down.

Makowski has been in prison for 27 years for the death of a co-worker at a Dearborn health club. There’s no dispute that he arranged for Pete Puma to be robbed, but he insists he didn’t know Puma’s attacker would have a knife. He wasn’t present.

In 2010, Gov. Jennifer Granholm changed Makowski’s no-parole sentence, making him eligible for release, but she changed her mind a few days later after criticism. The Supreme Court unanimously said Granholm’s about-face was illegal.

Nonetheless, the parole board refuses to release Makowski, who is 49.


Wayne Law hosts State of the International Criminal Court Sept. 27

Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies will host Dr. Sara Wharton, assistant professor, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. This special event will be held at Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit. Wharton will discuss the International Criminal Court, principles and rules of jurisdiction under which it operates, cases that have come before it in its first 15 years and the challenges and critiques it faces. Lunch will be served. For more information about this event, please contact Greg Fox at gfox@wayne.edu.