Federal judge to receive Purple Sport Coat Award

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Family and friends of Judge Kaye Tertzag will host the tenth annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park Street in Dearborn. Tickets are $50 each or $350 per table of eight and include appetizers, dinner and an open bar. 

Judge Tertzag passed away on February 4, 2009, having established a legacy of integrity and service to Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends.  The Tertzag Tribute Dinner preserves and honors his memory. 

The recipient of this year’s Purple Sport Coat Award is U.S. District Court Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, Eastern District of Michigan. Hood completed her undergraduate work at Yale and received her law degree from Columbia.  She started her legal career as an attorney in the City of Detroit Law Department, then became a judge in three different state courts—36th District Court, Recorder’s Court, and Wayne County Circuit Court (where she served with Judge Tertzag) before being appointed to the federal bench
in 1994. She was appointed chief judge in 2015 and oversees courts in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Port Huron, and Bay City.  Well-known throughout the community as a longtime crusader of equal justice for all under the law and dedicating her professional career to public service, the award committee said Hood is the perfect choice for this year’s award.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Lita Popke will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.  Popke completed her undergraduate work at Saint Mary’s College and received her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She started her legal career practicing commercial litigation and fidelity and surety law. Popke served with Judge Tertzag on the Wayne County Circuit Court when she became a judge in 2000. She currently serves on the Business Court, where she oversees both civil and commercial cases and previously served in the family division. She has performed dedicated service on several committees and associations, including as Business Court representative for the American Bar Association, President of the Michigan Judges Association and currently on Schoolcraft College’s Development Board Authority.

For tickets to the dinner, send checks made payable to Tertzag Tribute Dinner LLC to Kara Tertzag Lividini at 412 Berwyn, Birmingham, 48009. Spouses and significant others are welcome. This event will sell out and space is limited. Direct any questions via phone, text or email to Kara Tertzag Lividini at 313-645-9511 or ktertzag@tertzagdisputeresolution.com.