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Retired 36th District Court Judge Norma Y. Dotson-Sales, 79, dies

Detroit mourns the loss of one if its beloved treasures, the Hon. Norma Y. Dotson-Sales; retired 36th District Court Judge, former educator, community activist, and supporter of the arts.  Born Norma Yvonne Dotson in Chicago, Illinois on July 16, 1937, and was baptized on March 9, 1945 at St. Benedict the Moor. In 1961, Norma and her husband moved to Detroit and raised five children, all of whom attended and graduated from the Detroit Public School system. Later in life she married Dr. Joseph Sales, a former Wayne State University dean and Science Education professor.

Norma earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University.  Before pursuing a career in law, she taught at Cooper Elementary, Ralph E. Bunche Elementary, and Guest Elementary schools in Detroit.  While attending law school, she became a proud, loyal, very active and Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Norma made her transition on Friday, June 9, 2017, and leaves behind to cherish her memory her devoted and loving husband Dr. Joseph Sales, Sr.; sister Denise LaMonte; five children, Leslie Holland Pryor (Edward), Victoria Gray (Stoner), ReBecca Holland, Sharon Poindexter (Michael), son Steven Holland (Deirdre). Her seven grandchildren, LaMonte Holland (Luz), Nicholas, Devin, Yemko, Gji-Mi-Ya, Michael and Ora; four great-grandchildren Kaya, Dogon, Anwar, and Norma Niani; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and an abundance of extended family, including step-son Joseph Sales, Jr. and friends from all walks of life.  Visitation for Norma will be at Swanson Funeral Home North West Chapel 14751 West McNichols, Detroit, Michigan, 48235. Homegoing services will be held at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5151 W. Chicago Blvd. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Family Hour beginning at 10:00 am, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Omega Ceremony at 11:00 am and Service at 11:30 am.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that her memory be honored with donations to the Norma Dotson-Sales HBCU Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to DSTDFI, P.O. Box 441921, Detroit, MI 48244-1921. (on memo line add Norma Dotson-Sales HBCU Scholarship).


Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association hosts ‘Raising the Bar’

Don’t miss your chance to be part of Raising the Bar 2017, an evening of celebration and recognition, including the installation of Detroit Bar officers. It will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at the Detroit Club, 712 Cass Avenue in Detroit. For more information, visit https://www.detroitlawyer.org/raising-the-bar/ or contact Darlene Trudell at (313) 961-6120, Ext. 201 or at dtrudell@detroitlawyer.org.


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