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Luncheon Limine program planned by OCBA Nov. 12

The Oakland County Bar Association will hold a “Luncheon Limine: Civil Court” program on Thursday, Nov. 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

“In our continuing efforts to foster collegiality between the Oakland County bench and bar, the OCBA presents ‘Luncheon Limine,’ a brown bag lunch series between judges and attorneys,” said a spokesperson for the OCBA. “Bring your questions (and your lunch) and join us for an informal discussion of legal topics and practice issues.”

The November 12 luncheon program will feature Judge Denise Langford Morris from the Civil Court. Judge Langford Morris, a member of the Circuit Court bench since 1992, has won a host of honors during her distinguished judicial career, including the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan in 2007. A former assistant prosecuting attorney at the county and federal levels, Langford Morris is a founding member of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and currently serves on the Detroit Mercy Law Board of Trustees.

The program will take place via Zoom. The event is free, but space is limited. To register, call the OCBA at (248) 334-3400.

Detroit developing plan for easier traverse of city streets

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit is developing a transportation plan to make it easier and safer for residents to walk, bike, drive or ride along city streets.

Public input is being sought for the plan dubbed "Streets for People."

The plan is expected to be completed within the next 12 months. It seeks to knit together diverse neighborhoods, prioritize safety of the most vulnerable road users, and identify clear implementation and design strategies for roadway improvement, according to the city.

A series of virtual community engagement meetings, a text campaign and surveys will be held over the next several months.


Some Michigan sheriffs won't enforce open carry ban at polls

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Some sheriffs have said they won't enforce Michigan's top election official's ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day.

Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel called Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's guidance "illegal," according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

"She doesn't have the authority to make laws," Schendel said.

Benson sent the guidance to clerks earlier this month, days after members of two anti-government paramilitary groups were charged with taking part in plotting the kidnapping of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The rule doesn't apply to in-person early voting and concealed guns will still be allowed, except if the polling place is at a church or school, where firearms are banned.

Election workers have been told to contact the authorities if the ban is violated.

The Michigan Sheriff's Association has asked sheriffs to consult local prosecutors. Schendel is among several law enforcement officers statewide who say they won't enforce the ban.


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