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John Chau appointed chair of SBM Section

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s John Chau has been appointed Chair of the Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Chau will serve a one year term.

As Chair, Chau will provide education and information regarding issues of concern during meetings, in seminars, public service programs, and through a public newsletter.

“I’m excited and humbled for the opportunity to chair the Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators Section. We look forward to providing education to our members and the legal community as a whole through our programs and newsletter.” Chau said.

Chau is a member of Dinsmore’s Intellectual Property Department where he advises clients on a full range of intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, freedom to operate, intellectual property rights enforcement, licensing and research projects between private companies and government agencies.

Chau earned his B.S. in Control Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and his J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law.


Attorney general:  Weak schools may be shut in coming year

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state may close persistently low-performing public schools in Detroit before the end of this academic year if they were among the lowest-achieving for the preceding three years, Michigan’s attorney general said Wednesday.

GOP legislative leaders earlier this month asked Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette to weigh in because Republican Gov. Rick Snyder interpreted a law that rescues the district from debt to mean the State School Reform/Redesign Officer cannot close any Detroit public school until 2019.

Schuette’s opinion, which is legally binding unless reversed by a court, said any school currently operated by the Detroit Public Schools Community District that was on the list of lowest-achieving 5 percent of schools for the 2015-2016, 2014-2015, and 2013-2014 school years is subject to closure.

“The law is clear: Michigan parents and their children do not have to be stuck indefinitely in a failing school,” Schuette said in a statement.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said the governor’s office “needs time to review (the opinion) once it is received.”

Michigan’s latest list of low-performing schools has 124 schools, including 116 that are still open. Of those, 47 are in the Detroit district and 11 are Detroit schools being run by the Education Achievement Authority — a turnaround entity that Snyder created.

In addition, Schuette’s opinion clarifies that school closures are required in accordance with state law unless closure would result in an unreasonable hardship because there are insufficient other public school options. In the event of a closure, students will be re-assigned to another school.


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