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 Foster Care Review Board presents awards

The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Child Welfare Awards, which recognize exceptional services to children and families in the state’s child welfare system. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly and Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura D. Corrigan presented the awards during a lunchtime ceremony in Troy on Nov. 6.

Christina Pudvan of the Michigan Department of Human Services, Otsego County, was named Foster Care Worker of the Year. Pudvan is described as a “stellar example of sincerity, sensitivity, service and humility,” qualities that have helped her excel in her role of caring for children and families.
The Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem of the Year Award went to attorney Fred Gruber, of the Michigan Children’s Law Center in Wayne County, for his diligent efforts in assuring that his child clients’ best interests are represented before the court and that they have the services and support they need while in foster care.

Members of the Overmyer/Ahola Family of Marquette were named Foster Parents of the Year. The family includes Don Overmyer and wife Jana Ahola as well as second generation family members Tim and Marti Overmyer, Tom and Dawn Marie Andrews, and Josh and Trisha Emery. They have lovingly cared for over 300 foster children combined,.

The Parent Attorney of the Year will be presented to Paula A. Aylward of Allegiant Legal Services in Marshall, a strong advocate for parents impacted by the child welfare system who performs significant pro bono work.

Judge Timothy Connors, who serves in the Family Division of the 22nd Circuit Court, Washtenaw County, was honored with the Jurist of the Year Award. He was nominated by Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, who noted Judge Connors’ outstanding and tireless work on cases involving Indian children.

State Bar offers member directory mobile app

Do you need to locate information about a State Bar member and all you have handy is your smartphone? The new mobile directory includes direct access to the SBM online member directory, a directory of Michigan and U.S. legislators, and links to the latest digital issues of the Michigan Bar Journal, e-Journal, and SBMBlog. The app also has a text alert feature allowing members to sign up for member alerts, dues notice information, special event news, and e-Journal alerts (get the holding and a link to the full text of major court decisions within hours of the decision).
Download the new app for your iPhone or Android device by searching in iTunes or GooglePlay for State Bar of Michigan. The app is also available for the iPad.
More information at http://www.michbar.org/eBlasts/directoryapp.cfm. 

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