Daily Briefs

Gov. Snyder names prosecuting attorney to 27th Circuit Court

Gov. Rick Snyder last week announced that he will appoint Robert Springstead to the 27th Circuit Court, covering Newaygo and Oceana Counties.

“As the Newaygo County Prosecutor, Robert Springstead earned a reputation as being a fair, knowledgeable and hard-working attorney” Snyder said.  “I am confident he will continue to provide excellent public service in his new position.”

Springstead, of White Cloud, has served as the prosecuting attorney in Newaygo County since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he was in private practice as a partner at Springstead Law Offices where he served as defense counsel in misdemeanor and felony cases.  He also represented clients in domestic relations matters, real estate, and civil litigation.  He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Springstead & Bostic, PC, in Hart, Michigan.

Springstead is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Newaygo County Bar Association, the Oceana County Bar Association, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in 1990 and his law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1993.  He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Anthony Monton.

Springstead must seek election in November 2018 for a full six-year term.


Jackson County to appeal decision on meeting prayers

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A county in southern Michigan says it will ask a full appeals court to consider a decision that halted a tradition of Christian-only prayers at public meetings.

Jackson County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to try to overturn the Feb. 15 decision by a three-judge panel at the appeals court. The county hopes the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will take the case, which would be a rare step.

The panel last week said Jackson County commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution by promoting one faith over others. Meetings typically began with Christian-only prayers offered by a commissioner.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot says a group that specializes in legal disputes over religion has agreed to represent the county for free.


Detroit Metropolitan Bar hosts ‘Mardi Gras in the D’ February 28

Join the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association for a Detroit celebration of Mardi Gras and an evening of socializing and networking, featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a raffle. The event takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Fishbones, 400 Monroe Ave. in Detroit. The cost for DMBA members is $15; non-members $25. (First time members may sign up and attend at no cost.)

Register at http://www.detroitlawyer.org/