Daily Briefs

54-B District Court seeks temporary court-appointed attorney

The 54-B District Court seeks an attorney licensed in the State of Michigan to provide legal representation in criminal misdemeanor cases to individuals identified as indigent or partially indigent by the court. This is a temporary assignment expected to end March 2019.

Qualified attorneys must have a minimum of 5 years of experience (or related experience) representing clients in criminal misdemeanor matters in a district court, be able to provide a copy of their professional liability insurance and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

Those interested in the position are required to submit a letter of interest to:

Nicole Evans, Court Administrator
54-B District Court
101 Linden Street
East Lansing, Ml 48823

Letters of interest must be received by the court before the end of the business day on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Dept. of Federal Housing investigates town for religious discrimination
PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Federal housing authorities are investigating religious discrimination complaints against a Michigan resort community that requires homeowners to be of “ Christian persuasion.”
The Petoskey News-Review reports that the U.S. Department of Federal Housing notified the Bay View Association last month that the community failed to prove it’s exempt from a law prohibiting discriminatory practices. The community near Petoskey requires cottage owners to have a pastor or church leader attest to their church membership or attendance.
Some residents have filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the rule. Attorney Sarah Prescott filed the lawsuit on behalf of the residents. She tells Michigan Radio it’s a First Amendment issue. A hearing is scheduled for July 30.
Dick Crossland is a longtime Bay View resident. He says residents joined the community knowing the Christian mission and bylaws.


2018 Presidents Dinner at Detroit Athletic Club June 27

The Wolverine Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan will host the 2018 Presidents Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison St. in Detroit. This year’s keynote speaker will be Terry Wiley, vice president of the National Bar Association. Outgoing presidents being honored are Alex Simpson, WBA; Vassal Johnson, Straker; and the Hon. Michael Wagner, ABJM.

The cost for advance tickets is $35 for dues-paid members and $40 for non-members. At the door price is $40 for dues-paid members and $45 for non-members. A cash bar and valet parking are available.

Register at strakerlaw.org.