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SBM Labor Law Section looks at lowering stress

On Friday, Nov. 16 in Detroit, the Labor Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present “How Mindfulness Techniques Can Help with Stress” as part of the Diversity Discussion Series.

The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of Miller Canfield, 150 W. Jefferson Ave.

Organizers say attendees will learn how mindfulness techniques to become a more resilient and less reactive attorney.

The featured presenter is Patti Gaves, a trained facilitator and executive coach who helps individuals and organizations optimize performance.

Registration can be completed by emailing

North Carolina high court orders study of courtroom portraits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has directed a commission to study the portraits hanging inside its courtroom amid a complaint about one of a pro-slavery judge.

The News & Observer reports that the panel has one year to make a recommendation The newspaper published an op-ed from UNC-Chapel Hill law professor Eric Muller and former Chapel Hill Councilmember Sally Greene drawing attention to the courtroom’s portrait of Thomas Ruffin, who served on the court from 1829 to 1852.

He’s best known for his decision in State v. Mann, in which he overturned the assault conviction of a slaveowner who shot a slave in the back for refusing him.

Vermont top court nixes school mascot name lawsuit

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled against South Burlington residents seeking to keep the local high school mascot name in place.

The Burlington Free Press reports the court ruled that the South Burlington School Board was not legally required to consider a petition that would have taken the name change to a citywide vote.

Last year, the school board voted unanimously to drop the “Rebel” school nickname because of connections to the Confederacy. Students later chose to adopt “Wolves” as the new mascot name.

Authorities nab serial diaper dumper

FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve captured a man suspected of dumping his grandson’s soiled diapers along several New Jersey roadways over the past year.

Franklin Township police say an officer acting on a hunch spotted 68-year-old William Friedman leaving a load of diapers during the early morning hours. He was taken into custody after a traffic stop.

Friedman allegedly told police the diapers came from his grandson, adding that leaving them around town without getting caught “almost became a game.”

Authorities say a motorcyclist crashed in June after running over a diaper Friedman had allegedly dropped. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries and his bike was totaled.

Friedman has been charged with interference with transportation. He faces up to $1,000 in fines.