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Law firm partners with Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Miller Canfield has announced that it will be the first Detroit law firm to sponsor the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which partners with allied corporate and nonprofit members to promote workplace and corporate diversity and inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business community. The announcement was made by Miller Canfield CEO Michael McGee.

“We are proud to sponsor and participate in the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce,” McGee said. “Our communities are stronger and richer when we support not only local business partners, but businesses that are inclusive. We want to make it very clear that we are a firm that values diversity and makes room at the table, and in the top ranks of leadership, for all of our attorneys.”

In August, Miller Canfield became the only Michigan-based law firm to be named among 41 major law firms nationwide to earn Mansfield Certification from Diversity Lab, the national incubator for innovative ideas and solutions to boost diversity and inclusion of women and minority attorneys in law. Firms earned certification by affirmatively considering women and attorneys of color—at least 30 percent of the candidate pool—for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions and lateral positions. The firm announced that it is expanding the requirements to include LGBTQ candidates in hiring and promotion decisions.


Portrait unveiling of Judge?Harry B. Keidan set for October 10

Third Circuit Court Judge David Groner will host the unveiling of Judge Harry B. Keidan’s portrait on October 10 at 2 p.m. in his courtroom. U.S. Eastern District Judge Avery Cohn will share the history of Judge Keidan whose accomplishment include sitting as a one-man jury inquiring in the Detroit banking crisis of 1933.


Michigan AG launches priest probe after Pennsylvania report

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan attorney general is asking the public to share confidential tips about possible sexual abuse by priests in the state.

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s website says a “full and complete investigation” is necessary, weeks after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania said an estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests there molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s.

Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said Friday the Michigan probe was prompted by the Pennsylvania report. Many states have taken similar steps . Schuette also is a Republican candidate for governor.

In a letter to WOOD-TV, Schuette’s office says it’s investigating allegations that could go back to 1950, including any cover-up by church officials.

The Archdiocese of Detroit says it welcomes the investigation. It says it has worked closely with authorities since 2002.