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Lawyer Trust Accounts seminar scheduled

The State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar, titled “Management Principles and Recordkeeping Resources,” will take place Tuesday, Feb.26 at the State Bar of Michigan offices, 306 Townsend St. in Lansing.

The seminar, scheduled from 1:15 to 4:45 p.m., will feature presentations on how to manage lawyer trust accounts, including how to effectively use forms, checklists, and other recordkeeping resources.

The event, which is open to lawyers and their staff, offers a way to learn how to comply with Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.15A.

Presenters include: SBM Professional Standards Division Director Danon Goodrum-Garland, SBM Assistant General Counsel Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn, Professional Standards
Assistant Counsel Alecia Ruswinckel, and Attorney Grievance Commission Senior Associate Counsel Rhonda Pozehl.

The cost to attend is $50 for lawyers and $25 for non-lawyers, law students and unlicensed graduates.

Registration, needed by Feb. 22 can be completed by visiting

No walk-in registrations will be accepted.


Family of man killed by police seeks $10M

DETROIT (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot by police outside a baby shower in suburban Detroit has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against police.
The federal lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of the family of 29-year-old Theoddeus Gray of Detroit.

The suit says Gray was shot while unarmed and after surrendering to police in St. Clair Shores.

Police Chief Todd Woodcox disputed that Gray had surrendered to officers, telling The Macomb Daily that the lawsuit was "the first I've heard of any allegation that he had surrendered."

Gray was fatally shot Nov. 4 outside a Lakeland Manor banquet hall after police got a report about a man with a gun.

 Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says Gray was armed and his office's investigation determined that the shooting was justified.

A police dog also was killed during the gunfire.

Man found guilty of murder in shooting, mutilation of friend

MT. CLEMENS (AP) — A man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death and mutilation of his childhood friend three years ago in a Macomb County field.

A Macomb County jury on Thursday found 21-year-old Andrew Fiacco guilty in the killing of 19-year-old Stephen McAfee.

The jury also found Fiacco guilty of a felony firearm offense, dismemberment and lying to a police officer.

His sentencing is set for March 21. He could face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Fiacco shot McAfee twice in the head in a remote Bruce Township field in March 2016 then dismembered his body and buried some remains on family property.
Fiacco's ex-girlfriend 20-year-old Eevette MacDonald pleaded guilty in December to being an accessary and to exhumation and mutilation of a body.

For additional information, contact Karen Spohn at 517.346.6309 or by email to