Daily Briefs

Ficano loses comeback bid in race for judge

DETROIT (AP) — Former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has finished far behind in his bid to return to public office as a judge.

Eight candidates were running for four seats Tuesday on the Wayne County Circuit Court. Ficano was in last place with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting.

In the 2014 Democratic primary, Ficano was defeated as he sought another term as leader of Michigan’s largest county. The loss followed months of unflattering news about county government, especially a disastrous jail project and corruption by members of his administration.

Ficano was sheriff before becoming county executive.


Larsen and Viviano win new terms on top court

Michigan Supreme Court Justices Joan Larsen and David Viviano won new terms Tuesday, which ensures Republican nominees a continued 5-2 majority on the bench.

Larsen was appointed to the court in 2015 and now will serve the two years remaining in the term of a justice who resigned.

Viviano, who won a full eight-year term, was appointed to Michigan’s highest court in 2013 and won a partial two-year term a year later.


Bloomfield Hills  lawyer earns national Professionalism Award

Nationally known family law attorney and author Richard S. Victor was selected to receive the first annual Professionalism Award in the practice of family law presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at its annual meeting in Chicago on Nov. 4.

Victor, who is Of Counsel with Hertz Schram in Bloomfield Hills, was honored by the Academy in 2006 with the AAML’s Fellow of the Year Award. A past president of the Michigan chapter of the AAML, Victor served on the Board of Governors of the Academy, as well as national CLE chair from 2003-07. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar. He is the founder of the Grandparents Rights Organization and co-founder of the state and national SMILE (Start Making It Livable) parent education program. He has authored more than 75 articles and two books dealing with family law during his career. Victor also is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States selected to be a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.

 Sixteen national fellows were nominated for the award and were reviewed by the national Professionalism Committee of the AAML, while five were selected as finalists. The Academy will hold a special dinner dance at its mid-year meeting in March in Phoenix, where Victor will be honored for his commitment and work toward professionalism in the practice of law.