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3 juvenile lifers want  prosecutor disqualified

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers say the Oakland County prosecutor’s office should be disqualified from participating in the resentencing of three men who were convicted of murder as teens.

Attorneys for the men say Jessica Cooper has a conflict because she was the judge who decades ago sentenced them to life without parole. Now as prosecutor, Cooper wants them to be sentenced again to the same punishment.

Donyelle Black, Jessie Hayes and Jemal Tipton are entitled to new hearings under a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says automatic no-parole sentences for teens are unconstitutional.

Black, Hayes and Tipton hope to get new sentences that would give them a chance to be released someday.

The request for disqualification was filed Thursday with Judge Cheryl Matthews. An email seeking comment was sent to the prosecutor’s office.


Brooks Kushman To host 10th anniversary AIPLA Women in IP networking event

To support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property (IP) field, Brooks Kushman is hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association`s (AIPLA) 2017 Women in IP Global Networking Event for Southeast Michigan.

This marks the sixth year that Brooks Kushman has hosted the event. The event will take place Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Cork Wine Pub, and will include a wine tasting, as well as a champagne toast to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the event. The Southeast Michigan reception is part of the annual event occurring simultaneously with other locations in nearly 70 cities around the world. Women at each location will connect with one another via a global video call. The event brings women practicing in the IP legal field together to build comradery with one another.

“I am proud to be a part of a firm that not only recognizes the important role that diversity plays in our field, but actively works to create opportunities for women to advance in their careers,” said Sangeeta G. Shah, shareholder and chief diversity officer at Brooks Kushman. “Each year this event is a great opportunity for women in the IP field to connect with their peers,” said event organizer and Brooks Kushman attorney Rachel Smith. “The amount of momentum that this event has accrued over the past ten years is amazing. The global network of female IP professionals is growing and it is an amazing opportunity to be an integral part in fostering the development and support of women in this specialized practice area.”

The AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee works to facilitate the practice of IP law by women through educational events, networking and mentoring. The annual, global networking event for women in IP law is key to helping connect women in key geographic areas, and empower and foster successful professional relationships.


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