Daily Briefs

Sensible bonds will be part of new project in 5 courts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan courts, from the Detroit area to the Upper Peninsula, will participate in a program to try to reduce jail costs by setting reasonable bonds for people awaiting trial.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack says no one should sit in jail just because they can't afford to pay bail. She wants judges to set bail amounts that protect rights and public safety as well as save money for local governments.

Courts in Hamtramck, Clinton Township, Mount Pleasant, Flint and Escanaba will participate in the program. Judges will set bonds based on statistical models of risk. The state Supreme Court says more than 7,500 jail inmates are awaiting trial, and many have been charged with non-violent crimes.


Nemeth Law partner Susan Koval named  to NAMWOLF board

Susan D. Koval of Nemeth Law, P.C., has been named to the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) board of directors. As a board member, Koval will help guide decisions on policies and procedures of the organization and assist in the recruitment of corporate sponsors, corporate and public entity partners, and affiliate members and advisory council members.

Koval is a management-side employment litigator with more than 30 years of legal experience. She has defended employers against claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, FMLA and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including class action lawsuits. In addition to an accomplished trial practice, Koval conducts workplace investigations and trains employers’ workforces on discrimination and harassment in the workplace and other employment issues.

Koval is a member of the American Bar Association–Labor and Employment Law Section Litigation Section and Law Practice Management Section; a member of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan Legal Advisory Committee; a member of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan; and a member of the State Bar of Michigan–Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section. 

Koval is a presenter and guest lecturer on a variety of employment topics and has published articles on employment law matters, including an article about employers’ obligations to transgender employees, which was published nationally by Employment Law360. 

Koval holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from West Liberty State College in West Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law. She is a resident of Northville.