Daily Briefs

WMU-Cooley Law Review to host discussion on redistricting Oct. 22

The WMU-Cooley Law Review will host some of Michigan’s top legal professionals and voting strategists to explore whether redistricting protects or destroys democracy. Panelists will also review the impact of redistricting on Michigan voters in the 2020 election and beyond during the Oct. 22 conversation “A Discussion on Redistricting & Its Effects on Michigan Voters,” at the law school’s Lansing campus.

Panelists include:

• Mark Brewer, attorney, Goodman Akers P.C.

• Matthew J. Levin, legislative policy manager for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

• Nancy Wang, executive director, Voters Not Politicians

• Sharon Dolente, voting rights strategist, ACLU of Michigan

• Devin Schindler, professor of Constitutional Law professor, WMU-Cooley

The event is free, but seating is limited. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP at lawreview@cooley.edu.


State ends pension contract over investor’s comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan’s retirement systems have ended a contract with an investment company that managed more than $600 million in pension funds after the CEO made “completely unacceptable” comments at a conference.

The Michigan Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Investments fired Fisher Investments last week. The decision came two days after the Camas, Washington-based company’s founder and CEO Ken Fisher spoke at the Tiburon CEO Summit in San Francisco.

CNBC obtained audio of Fisher referencing genitalia. The Washington Post reported that he spoke of doing acid and his belief that charities are immoral.

The retirement system’s chief investment officer, Jon Braeutigam, notified Michigan’s investment board of the move Thursday. He said, “There is no excuse to not treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

Michigan’s retirement systems have more than $70 billion in assets.


FBA Eastern District of Michigan 2019 Judicial Family Reunion Oct. 17

Current and former law clerks to the 6th Circuit, District, Magistrate and Bankruptcy judges are invited to join judges at the sixth FBA Judicial Family Reunion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17 at Honigman’s Detroit office, 660 Woodward Ave., Suite 2290 in Detroit. This event is hosted by Honigman and sponsored by Bush Seyferth & Paige, Darrow Musafa, Dickinson Wright, Foley & Lardner, Jones Day, Howard and Howard and Miller Canfield. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and parking is provided.

The cost to attend is $20 for members and $30 for non-members and guests. Register at https://fba mich.org/. Judges should contact Kim Altman at Kimberly_Altman@mied.uscourts.gov or (313) 234-5163.