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Portrait unveiling planned October 10 at 3rd Circuit Court

A portrait unveiling ceremony for the late Judge Harry Keidan will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 2-3 p.m. at the 3rd Circuit Court in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in downtown Detroit.

The first elected Jewish judge to the Wayne County Circuit Court, Keidan served for 16 years on the Circuit Court bench before his death in 1943 at the age of 60. He began his legal career in 1904, eventually becoming chief assistant prosecuting attorney. In 1920, he was appointed to a judgeship on the Recorder’s Court, later serving as the first presiding judge of that court. According to reports in The Detroit Free Press, Keidan “assisted in the establishment of the Psychopathic Clinic and the reorganization of the Probation Department.” He also served as a one-man grand jury to examine the reasons behind the Detroit banking crisis of 1933, which claimed First National Bank of Detroit and Guardian Bank of Commerce.

The portrait ceremony will be held in the courtroom of Circuit Judge David Groner. The guest speaker will be U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn, a member of the federal bench for nearly four decades. As a child, Cohn attended the same synagogue as Keidan.


DBA to hold 2018 Night Out with Bench and Bar

The Detroit Bar Association will host its 2018 Night Out with Bench and Bar at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1218 Randolf St. Detroit on October 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. for post-work happy hour. Relax and connect with fellow lawyers and jurists outside of the courtroom; no programs, no briefs, no motions — only friendly debates. Appetizers included. A cash bar will be available. Sign up a new member that evening and each receive a complimentary drink ticket.

The cost is $40 for DBA members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for law students. Member judges are complimentary guests. Register at detroitlawyer.org.

For more information contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org.


Michigan Defense Trial Counsel to host ‘Meet the Judges’ Oct. 4

Registration is open for Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Meet the Judges event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd. in Novi. Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of the Court of Appeals, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County Circuit Courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts, Tribal Appellate Court Justices, Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Commissioners have been invited to attend.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served and an open bar will be provided. Capacity is limited. The cost to attend is $85 for members and $135 for non-members (which includes membership). Member rates will apply to staff of MDTC members. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/.

For more information call (517) 627-3745.


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