Short Takes (Feb. 17)

Association plans next meeting at Detroit Red Wings game, March 9

The Association of Defense Trial Counsel (ADTC) will host its March 2010 meeting as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Seats will be in sections 214 and 215. The price is $40 per ticket.

To order tickets, send name, address, telephone number, number of tickets being ordered along with amount enclosed in a check made payable to Association of Defense Trial Counsel and send to ADTC, 4315 Kiefer, Warren  48091-5003.

For additional information, contact Chuck Trickey at (586) 465-8203 or Diane Hirshey at (313) 237-0610.


School district on trial in harassment case

PORT HURON (AP) — A trial is starting in a lawsuit against a Michigan school district accused of not doing enough to prevent the harassment of a student. Hudson Area Schools, in Lenawee County near the Ohio border, is being sued by the parents of a young man identified in court documents as DP. The trial starts Tuesday in federal court in Port Huron.

The lawsuit says DP was the victim of bullying, starting in sixth grade in 2002. By his freshman year, his parents say it escalated to sexual assault.

The Hudson district punished and expelled students who committed the offenses. But DP’s parents can try to show the district was “deliberately indifferent” to years of abuse.

A judge ruled in favor of Hudson in 2007, but an appeals court reversed that decision.


Former Reagan attorney general to speak at Hillsdale commencement

HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — Former Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese will speak to graduating Hillsdale College students at the Michigan school’s May 8 commencement.

The college announced the appearance last month.

Meese heads the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Meese served as chief of staff to then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1969-74 and helped lead his 1980 presidential campaign. He was counselor to then-President Reagan in 1981-85 and attorney general in 1985-88.

The 78-year-old Oakland, Calif., native lives in McLean, Va.

Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 and has about 1,300 students.

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