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Wayne County Probate Court 2017 Attorney Training set for Sept. 28

The Wayne County Probate Court will conduct its 2017 Attorney Training session on Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Auditorium at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor (city side). Two sessions will be held: Attorney Training from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  

Attendance at one or both seminars is mandatory to become eligible to receive assignments from the Wayne County Probate Court (additional requirements must be met). All attorneys must attend the afternoon Attorney Training session (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Attorneys who did not attend any of the attorney training programs from 1996-2016 must also attend the morning Attorney Training session (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).

Note that the 2017 Attorney Training program will be paperless. Registrants will receive their materials via e-mail with a link to the Court’s website (www.wcpc.us – Attorney Training – 2017 Attorney Training Materials). Items can be printed out and brought to the seminar. Also, attorneys are welcome to bring laptops to the program to pull up the handouts during the training sessions from the Court’s website, and to following the PowerPoint presentations by the speakers. Only a limited number of power plugs are available on site.

The cost is $75 whether you attend one or both sessions. Registration forms may be obtained from the Chief Deputy Probate Register’s Office of the Wayne County Probate Court, 1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (use elevators closest to Woodward Ave.) or from the Court’s website at www.wcpc.us. On-site registration will also be available. For additional information, call Michael J. McClory, Chief Deputy Probate Register for Wayne County Probate Court, at (313) 224-5685 or his administrative assistant at (313) 224-5578, or visit the Court’s web page.

Note: If you do not obtain eligibility to receive appointments through this program, payment vouchers for any Probate Court assignments will not be honored by Wayne County.


Split Senate approves super PAC legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Political candidates could solicit unlimited contributions for independent committees supporting them under Republican-sponsored bills advancing in Michigan's Legislature.

Supporters of the legislation approved 23-12 Thursday by a divided Senate say it would codify into Michigan law unfettered political spending by independent committees that's legal under the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and other rulings. But opponents note it goes further, imposing no limits on candidates' ability to direct supporters to their own super PACs.

Backers say independent expenditures from corporations, labor unions and others still couldn't be coordinated with candidates. Yet Craig Mauger with Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a watchdog group, questions how "independent" the spending would be if candidates could solicit unlimited funds for a super PAC supporting them.

The bills go to the Republican-led House for consideration.