Duly Noted

Judge rejects attempt to have Department of Human Services in contempt

Judge Geoffrey Neithercut refused an attempt to hold the Michigan Department of Human Services in contempt with any court order relative to the case of  Smith, et al. v. Corrigan. Attorneys for the Plaintiffs claimed the Department was not expeditiously processing cases of former cash assistance clients who had reached their federal lifetime limit for collecting benefits.

The decision was made today in the 7th Circuit Court in Genesee County by Judge Neithercut, who presided over the original ruling.

“We are and have been committed to complying with this court’s orders,” said DHS Director Maura Corrigan. “The completion date of August 10th set forth by the court today is well within our internal timeline already in place.”

Clients who closed out of cash assistance due to time limits being reached or exceeded had until June 11, 2012 to apply again per the original court order to receive benefits retroactive to the Court’s ruling of March 27, 2012.



Cooley Law School students meet with middle, high schoolers


Thomas M. Cooley Law School Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator Julie Renbarger, along with five current law school students, hosted 25 students ages 11-16 from Oakdale Neighbors, a community development organization. The students participated in a panel discussion, learned what it is like to be in law school, discussed goals for the future and for college, and had a tour of the Grand Rapids campus.

Shown below: Cooley Law School students Lou Danner, Ellora Roy, George Storms, Nicole Peger.