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36th District Court Rescinds Ban on Writing Instruments

The 36th District Court has rescinded the controversial prohibition on writing instruments that was instituted in May of 2017.

Recognizing that the policy had placed an unnecessary hardship on the public, Chief Judge William C. McConico has issued an order that stated, “All restrictions banning members of the public from entering the 36th District Court with pens and pencils are henceforth rescinded.”

While pens and pencils will continue to be made available for public use throughout the court, security will no longer confiscate these items at the entrance.

“Many concerns have been voiced in the years since this policy was put into place,” said McConico. “I have listened carefully to all comments and suggestions while considering them against the potential security risks that were cited by the court’s previous administration when this ban was enacted. I have not found any justification that outweighs the extraordinary hinderance that such a policy places on the public. It is my hope that our users will now be able to move through security more expeditiously, and appreciate the increased access to resources while conducting business within the building.”

For more information on the court’s list of prohibited items, please visit https://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.


WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus to host Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus has organized MLK Day of Service activities. On Friday, Jan. 17, students will volunteer at Salvation Army Pontiac Corps and Community Center beginning at noon.

On MLK Day, Jan. 20, events at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus begin at 10 a.m. featuring a brunch, a scholarship award presentation, and the discussion “Assessing the Dream: A Progress Report” with attorneys and WMU-Cooley graduates Aaron Burrell, Michael Lamb, and LaToya Palmer as keynote speakers.

Burrell practices complex litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law, and minority business enterprises at Dickinson Wright. He has defended clients in a wide range of discrimination and unfair labor practice claims in state and federal court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the National Labor Relations Board.

Lamb is a criminal defense attorney at his private practice, Lamb Legal and Consulting Services in Southfield. He graduated from WMU-Cooley in 2014. After graduation, Lamb worked at a popular Detroit business incubator. In 2015, he opened his own firm where he focuses on serving those in metro Detroit with quality, affordable, and effective criminal defense counsel.

Palmer is the head of human resources and operations at Umlaut Company in Southfield. Prior to joining Umlaut, she served as the managing attorney at Palmer Law Group PLCC, attorney and counselor at Pilchak & Cohen, and a law clerk at the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. A 2012, graduate of WMU-Cooley, Palmer was the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Student Award.


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