Daily Briefs

Detroit attorney tapped to join federal advisory committee to the EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has recommended the appointment of local civil rights and environmental lawyer Jeremy Orr to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) – a federal advisory committee to the EPA tasked with providing independent recommendations and advice to the EPA Administrator “about broad cross cutting issues related to environmental justice….”

Orr, 31, a Detroit-native and graduate of Henry High School, earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor from Michigan State University where he focused his legal studies on Constitutional Law and Environmental Law. Orr went on to serve as the executive director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council in Lansing before returning home to Detroit to work as the first environmental justice coordinator for the Transnational Environmental
Law Clinic at Wayne State University Law School. As a part of Orr’s work at Wayne State Law School, he also served as the coordinator for the historic Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.


Michigan Supreme Court rules in sex offender registry case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says a Detroit-area man who served probation and community service after being charged with touching a girl's breast when he was 19 can be removed from a sex offender registry.

The court released a ruling Wednesday in Boban Temelkoski's case.

Temelkoski pleaded guilty in 1994 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The case was dismissed under a diversion program for young offenders.

Miriam Aukerman of the American Civil Liberties Union says diversion programs are "designed to give people a second chance." But Temelkoski's name was added to the sex offender registry when it was created.
Temelkoski says potential employers had no access to his sealed court case but could find him on the registry.

Justices Brian Zahra and Kurtis Wilder dissented. The newest justice, Elizabeth Clement, didn't participate.


Ninth Annual Kaye Tertzag Tribute Dinner

Save the date for the Ninth Annual Honorable Kaye Tertzag Tribute Dinner from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park Street in Dearborn. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 per table of eight, and include appetizers, dinner and an open bar. Call, text or email Kara Tertzag Lividini at (313) 645-9511 or ktertzag@tertzagdisputeresolution.com to reserve a ticket or table.