Short Takes (Feb. 24)

Straker Bar presents 2010 Lawyer’s Toolkit

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will conducts the 2010 Lawyer’s Toolkit during its March Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Suite 1751 of the Bingham Office Center, 30800 Telegraph Road in Bingham Farms.

Straker is providing a folder full of new materials to supplement a practice. This meeting will provide guidance and tips for new and experienced attorneys.  There will also be a drawing for a free “Basic Practice Handbook” from ICLE.

Presenting at the program will be:
—Erica Bell, New Lawyer’s Toolkit.
—Erika Akinyemi, Solo Practitioner Tips.
—Martha Moore, Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls.

Materials will be provided. Register at  For additional information, contact Lavonda Jackson at (313) 224-8469 or Stanley Pitts at (313) 465-7516.


British-American Business Council of Mich. presents awards

The British-American Business Council (BABC) of Michigan is hosting the 2010 Recognition & Awards Ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 11,  at Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. 

The event will honor the Company of the Year: TRW Automotive.  In addition, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Stephen R. Polk, chairman, president, CEO, R.L. Polk & Co.

“The British-American Business Council is pleased to recognize the 2010 Company of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients,” said  Nicholas Stasevich, chairman of the British-American Business Council of Michigan and shareholder with Butzel Long.  “Our Recognition & Awards Ceremony is an excellent opportunity to network and learn more about the British-American Business Council.”

The program features strolling hors d’oeuvres and hors d’oeuvres stations.  The cost for BABC members is $65 and $75 for non-members.  Seating is limited.  To register, visit or call (313) 570-1632.


Riddle’s lawyers off the case; new trial in July

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit political consultant will get a new legal team for a second trial on corruption charges.

A federal judge on Monday granted a request by Sam Riddle’s lawyers to drop out of the case.

Riddle had no objection, saying he wants attorneys who are “bare-knuckled fighters” when he goes to trial July 12 on charges of conspiracy and extortion. A mistrial was declared last week when a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Riddle is accused of working with Monica Conyers to collect bribes when she was on the Detroit City Council.

He faces trial in a separate federal corruption case on June 1. Riddle is accused of arranging bribes to pave the way for a pawn shop in Southfield.