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Federal prosecutor quits to run for Michigan Attorney General

BERKLY, Mich. (AP) — A federal prosecutor has quit his job to launch an independent candidacy for Michigan attorney general.

Christopher Graveline headed the violent crime unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, prosecuting gang members and drug traffickers. He faces a July 19 deadline to collect 30,000 signatures from voters to get on the November ballot.

Graveline has support from Barbara McQuade, his former boss and a University of Michigan law professor. McQuade was U.S. attorney for eastern Michigan under President Barack Obama.

McQuade says she's backing Graveline because of his skills as a prosecutor. Graveline believes the job of attorney general should be nonpartisan.

If he gets on the ballot, he would face other candid


Wayne Law alumna awarded prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship

DETROIT — Erin Mette, a 2018 graduate of Wayne State University Law School, is the recipient of a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

During her two-year fellowship, Mette is working for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center to provide legal counseling and representation to families affected by home-based environmental health hazards in Detroit and Flint. She also will advocate for policy that advances environmental justice. Mette’s fellowship is supported by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and an anonymous sponsor.

Mette is one of 67 fellows selected this year from 446 applications. The Equal Justice Works Fellowship class of 2018 includes graduates from 40 law schools serving 64 nonprofit legal services organizations sponsored by law firms, corporate and foundation sponsors, as well as individual supporters.

In the first six months of her fellowship, Mette will survey city, county and state agencies, community organizations and legal service providers to document the legal needs of families facing home-based environmental health hazards; identify families in need of immediate legal assistance accessing in-home lead testing, enrolling in water bill financial assistance programs and filing appeals of water bills and service shutoffs; and begin developing educational materials for compliance assistance workshops and legal services clinics.

Before attending law school, Mette worked with children and families in Detroit and Flint as an environmental educator. She earned her bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College and master’s from the University of Michigan.



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