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Jaffe partner elected chair of Detroit Historical Society

John Decker, a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., has been elected as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Historical Society. Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement on behalf of the firm.

The Detroit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization located in Midtown, the heart of Detroit’s cultural center. Founded in 1921, its mission is to tell Detroit’s stories and why they matter.
Today, the Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. In addition, the Society is responsible for the conservation and preservation of more than 250,000 artifacts that represent three centuries of our region’s rich history.Through its museum exhibits, school tour programs, community-based programs and history-themed outreach efforts, the Society serves more than 150,000 people annually.

Decker has served on the Society’s Board since 2011, most recently serving on its executive committee and chairing the governance committee.

Decker is a member Jaffe’s mergers & acquisitions and emerging & growth business practice groups. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Business School and the London Business School.


Panel to parse foreign policy and presidential election 

DETROIT (AP) — Former presidential advisers and administration officials are expected to gather in Detroit next week to discuss the foreign policy challenges that will face whomever wins this year’s U.S. presidential election.

The Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum is scheduled for next Monday at Wayne State University. The event will be presented by the school and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Those confirmed to attend include Richard Haass, the Council on Foreign Relations’ president and a former adviser to President George H.W. Bush; Stephen Hadley, who advised President George W. Bush; Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under former President Barack Obama; and Penny Pritzker, who had been Secretary of Commerce during the Obama administration.

The issues expected to be discuss during what’s billed as a nonpartisan conversation include the new North American trade agreement and the U.S. trade dispute with China.

The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is encouraged.


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