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DBA 2019 Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party set for July 24

It’s almost time for the 32nd Annual Barristers’ Summer Breeze and Law Clerk Party. This year’s Summer Breeze will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St. in Detroit. Summer Breeze is an ideal opportunity for new attorneys, summer associates and law clerks to meet and mingle with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals in a relaxed and informal setting. In addition, Summer Breeze provides a fitting backdrop to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of the best and brightest young attorneys who have, in the early stages of their career, demonstrated great potential as future leaders of the legal community. The cost to attend is $35 for Detroit Bar members and $40 for non-members. Detroit Bar law student members and members of the judiciary may attend at no cost.

Register at https://www.detroitlawyer.org. For more information contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120.

2 charged in Gerald Ford grave vandalism could clear records

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two young people who were charged after the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford in western Michigan was defaced could see their records wiped clean.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Tuesday that 19-year-old Christian Johnson and 18-year-old Alexis Brinkert would receive alternative sentences that will include visiting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and learning about the legacy of the Fords.

Becker says if they successfully complete the diversion program they won't have convictions on their records.

Johnson and Brinkert turned themselves in after the March incident . Johnson earlier apologized , saying he didn't know what the gravesite was, and returned a letter that was broken off a wall at the memorial site. The Fords are buried outside the Ford Presidential Museum.

Utility, prisons start tree-trimming job program for inmates

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy and Michigan's prison system have launched a tree-trimming program that aims to fill open jobs and find full-time employment for released inmates.

State, utility and union officials announced the program Tuesday at the Parnall Correctional Facility's Vocational Village in Jackson. The first class of 24 started there last month.

Prisoners who complete the training program will be eligible to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 and take an open job with a local tree-trimming supplier.

Creators say the prisoners gain experience and get a job upon release — a challenge for many parolees. A stable job also reduces the chance they will return to prison.

Officials add the new pool of eligible workers also will ease a shortage of trained people for the tree-trimming work.


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