Legal People in the News

Outstanding Trio

Staff members at the East Lansing firm of Chartier & Nyamfukudza, P.L.C., continue to be acknowledged for outstanding contributions. Tony Palmer-Peterson received the Unsung Hero Award from Michigan Lawyers Weekly for being one of the top firm administrators in the State of Michigan. Kim Thelen (left) received the Shining Star Award from the State Bar of Michigan's Paralegal and Legal Assistant Section for her exceptional work;and paralegal Lizzy Cary was elected to the Council for the State Bar of Michigan's Paralegal and Legal Assistant Section. Cary also serves as chairperson of the Section's Technology and Practice Management Committee and recently published an article on “Credential Crimes: Are you committing password misconduct?”

Photo courtesy of Chartier & Nyamfukudza, P.L.C.

‘Defending the Notorious Client’

Defense Attorney Matthew Newburg, of Newburg Law, gave a Feb. 20 presentation, “Defending the Notorious Client,” at WMU-Cooley’s Lansing campus, hosted by the Career and Professional Development Department and the Criminal Law Society.
Newburg shared his experience as defense counsel for Larry Nassar, former Michigan State University sports physician and USA Gymnastics national team doctor, who pleaded guilty to child pornography and 10 counts of sexual assault. Newburg said that. sometimes, the attorney is the only friend an unpopular client may have. He also spoke about the importance of the jury selection process for high-profile cases, especially when there are strong feelings about the client; social media is the first place Newburg looks when reviewing jurors.

Photo courtesy of WMU-Cooley Law


Tribal Meeting

Several alumni from the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law recently met up at the state Capitol with Wenona Singel, State of Michigan tribal liaison to Governor Whitmer. (l-r) Whitney Gravelle, Bay Mills Indian Community in-house counsel; Elise Mcgowan, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in-house counsel; Wenona Singel; Karrie Wichtman, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in-house counsel; and Bryan Newland, president of Bay Mills Indian Community.

Photo courtesy of MSU Law