Daily Briefs

Affinity Bar Challenge taking place March 7

The 2024 Affinity Bar Charity Challenge will take place Thursday, March 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North End Tap Room, 111 S. Main St. in Royal Oak, for a fun night of giving back.

The Oakland County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association (Oakland County region of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan), Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, Jewish Bar Association of Michigan, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Michigan, Italian American Bar Association of Michigan, and Chaldean American Bar Association will all take part in the challenge.

Each partner bar association is representing a charity. Attendees will vote for their favorite bar association by donating cash “tips” to the association’s “tip jar” of their choice. All tips will go to the charities selected by each respective bar association.

The bar association that receives the most tips 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. The OCBA’s charity is the Ruth Ellis Center.

Tickets cost $40 for members of any partner organization, $60 for non-members, and $30 for law students.  To register, visit www.ocba.org and click on “events.”  

‘Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country’ focus of webinar

The National Center for State Courts will present a webinar on “Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country” Wednesday, February 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom.

Melody McCoy—staff attorney, Native American Rights Fund (NARF) & former co-chair, Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference—will present a timely program about criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country. This webinar is sponsored and moderated by the Tribal Relations Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA).

McCoy will discuss the state of the law after two landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions: Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta and McGirt v. Oklahoma. She will discuss the Supreme Court holdings, subsequent state and federal cases and commentary, and implications for the future.

Other webinar panelists include South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven L. Jensen and Corey R. Steele, state court administrator, Nebraska Judicial Branch.

To register for the webinar, visit www.ncsc.org and click on “webinars.”

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