Daily Briefs

DMBA Night Out with the Bench and Bar scheduled for October 13

Join the DMBA on Thursday Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. for a post-work happy hour at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1218 Randolph St. in Detroit. No program, no briefs, no arguments (except for the occasional friendly debate!). This is a purely social evening that will allow everyone a chance to connect with members of the judiciary, friends and colleagues in a relaxed setting. Cost: $40 for DMBA members; $50 for non-members.

Judicial registration is complimentary. Registration includes appetizers.

A cash bar will be available.  Sign up a new member that evening and both of you will receive complimentary drink tickets. Register online at www.detroitlawyer.org. For more information, contact Darlene Trudell at 313-961-6120 x201 or dtrudell@detroitlawyer.org.


3 ½ years in prison for man  who defrauded philanthropist

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who defrauded the matriarch of a prominent Michigan family out of $16 million has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison.

Robert Haveman's sentence Tuesday is significantly below the guidelines of six to seven years, although the guidelines aren't mandatory. Prosecutors were seeking a "significant" period behind bars.

Haveman for years handled money for Elsa Prince-Broekhuizen. She's the widow of businessman Edgar Prince and mother of Republican activist Betsy DeVos and Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince.

Haveman pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering and so far has repaid $5 million. Defense attorney Chip Chamberlain says many losses were based on false hopes that some investments would cover his mistakes.

Chamberlain says Haveman sometimes was "duped" into opportunities and lost some of his own money.


Men’s divorce law firm Cordell & Cordell opens Southfield office

Cordell & Cordell has announced the opening of its first office in Southfield. The law firm has more than 200 attorneys working in more than 100 offices across the United States. The new Southfield office (2000 Town Center, Suite 1900) will broaden the opportunities for divorcing dads to gain information and counsel, according to Joseph Cordell. 


Holiday Hours

All divisions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in celebration of Columbus Day.