Daily Briefs

2017 Summer Bench-Bar Conference set for July 21

Join the Detroit Bar Association and the Civil Judges of the Third Circuit Court for the 2017 Summer Bench-Bar Conference from 12-3 p.m. Friday, July 21 at the CAYMC Auditorium, 2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor (“City Side”) in Detroit. Lunch will be served from 12:15-1:30 p.m. and the program immediately follows. The agenda includes: Court provided Discovery Mediators during Friday motion calls; Expansion of $25K Mediation Pilot program to all civil courts; and Covenant and related developments. Provide input and share ideas as representatives of the Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ bars discuss the Covenant decision with the Judges of the Third Circuit Court’s Civil Division. The cost is $20 for attorney members of Detroit Bar Association and $25 for non-member attorneys. Judicial officers and law students may attend free if they pre-register. Pre-register at https://www.detroitlawyer.org.


Michigan court tosses murder conviction in brother’s death

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court has thrown out a murder conviction for a young man in the 2014 shooting death of his 20-year-old brother in southern Michigan.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel found that a Jackson County judge improperly admitted both testimony from a detective presented as an expert in “linguistic statement analysis” and statements made by three of the victim’s friends.

Prosecutors are reviewing the decision and can appeal.

Riley Spitler was 17 when he was sentenced last year to 20 to 40 years in prison. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the December 2014 death of Patrick Spitler, but said the death was accidental.

The appeals court judges say Riley Spitler, now 18, should be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter or retried.


Young Lawyers Section: Practice Essentials for New Lawyers July 22

The Young Lawyers Section will host its “So You Have Your P Number, Now What?: Practice Essentials for New Lawyers” seminar from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel in Novi. This half-day training seminar is designed especially for new lawyers and will feature some of the following topics: The Judicial Perspective on Motion Practice and Courtroom Etiquette; Practice Tips from Experienced Lawyers; Building and Financing the Modern Solo Practice; Free and Low Cost Practice Resources; Tips on Avoiding Grievances and Malpractice; Work-Life Balance and Stress Management; Managing Your Law School Debt and Money in General; Using Social Media in Your Job Search and in Your Career; A to Z of Starting a Case; Clients 101; and Launching Your Career with Assistance from the State Bar of Michigan. Law students and law graduates welcome. Resume and cover letter review available and free professional headshots offered. There is no cost to attend, but registration is encouraged as space is limited. RSVP by Friday, July 14 to Shenique A. Moss at sheniquemoss@gmail.com