Seventh Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner planned for February 25

Family and friends of Juge Kaye Tertzag will host the seventh annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25. Tertzag passed away on February 4, 2009, having established a legacy of integrity and service to the State of Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends.

To preserve and honor his memory, the Seventh Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner will be held at the Park Place Banquet Hall in Dearborn from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Park Place is located at the corner of Park and Outer Drive, just south of Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and an open bar.

The Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 recipient of the Purple Sport Coat Award is attorney Dana Nessel. 

Nessel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. She spent over a decade working as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County, serving much of her tenure in special assignment units.  Nessel specialized in domestic homicides, child physical and sexual abuse cases, and investigations into police shootings and in-custody deaths of civilians.  She is currently managing partner at Nessel and Kessel in Detroit where she specializes in criminal defense and family law.  She assembled the team of attorneys who initiated the DeBoer v. Snyder case in 2012, challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex second party adoption. DeBoer was later consolidated with its affiliated Sixth Circuit cases into the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Nessel exemplifies Tertzag’s motto: Be Prompt. Be Prepared. Be Polite.

The committee is honored to have U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox as this year’s keynote speaker.  Cox and Tertzag were dear friends and served as judges together on the Wayne County Circuit Court.  Cox is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Detroit College of Law.  He was a partner with the law firm Cummings, McClorey, Davis, and Acho prior to his appointment to the Wayne County Circuit Court. He also served as a visiting judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Cox was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2006 and immediately assumed duty.

The evening will end with the Sambuca toast, a tradition started at Tertzag’s memorial by his daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event.  Attendees wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

Checks should be made payable to: Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 412 Berwyn, Birmingham, 48009. Spouses and/or significant others are welcome. 

This event will sell out and space is limited.  Direct questions to Kara Tertzag Lividini at 313-645-9511 or


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