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Affinity Bar Charity Challenge scheduled

The Third Annual Affinity Bar Charity Challenge will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Otus Supply Co. in Ferndale.

Among the organizations taking part in the event are the Oakland County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association (Oakland County region of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan), WLAM-Wayne, WLAM-Macomb, WLAM, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Arab American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan and the Hellenic Bar Association.

Each participating bar association is representing a charity. Attendees will vote for their favorite bar association by donating cash (“tips”) to each group’s “tip jar.”

All tips will go to the charities selected by each respective bar association.

The association that receives the most votes will win the challenge and receive an additional donation to its charity.

All net proceeds from the event will also be split between all of the charities.

Registration can be completed by visiting  Anyone with questions can email

University of Michigan to pay $300K to settle employee lawsuit

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former employee who claims she was wrongly terminated. reports Tuesday that the school, through its attorney, signed a settlement on Dec. 3.

It was released following a public records request by the news organization.

Amy J. Wang alleged that she was asked by her boss to lie to federal immigration officials about the duties of another employee, whom she says shouldn’t have been working in a permanent managerial job.

The other employee was a non-U.S. resident.

Spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the university “categorically denies” the allegation that Wang was asked to lie.

He says the university discovered the visa issues on its own.

The university didn’t admit liability in the settlement with Wang.

Man convicted in double slaying wins new trial

BRIGHTON (AP) — A Michigan man convicted of killing his brother and sister-in-law in 2008 has won a new trial following allegations of misconduct against the judge who presided over his 2013 trial.

A Shiawassee County judge signed an order Tuesday vacating Jerome Kowalski’s convictions. His lawyer calls it a victory.

A report last month by a retired judge appointed to oversee misconduct complaints against Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan found violations. The report said Brennan’s concealment of a relationship with a detective who was a key investigator in Kowalski’s case was “gross misconduct.”

After the report’s release, Livingston County’s prosecutor said he’d seek an order to vacate Kowalski’s convictions.

Brennan was charged last month with perjury and destroying evidence in her divorce case. She’s not expected to face additional charges.


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