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MCBA celebrates law school graduates who passed bar exam

A virtual admission ceremony is scheduled Wednesday, May 26 for law school graduates with ties to Macomb County who passed the February state bar examination.

Macomb County Circuit Courty Chief Judge James Biernat Jr. will preside over the Zoom ceremony that starts at 3 p.m.

Registration can be completed by contacting Rick Troy, MCBA executive director, at or (586) 321-4565.

The list of those who passed the bar exam is published on Page 3.

Volunteers sought for virtual Face of Justice event on June 1

The State Bar of Michigan is seeking volunteer attorneys for an upcoming virtual Face of Justice event, which is designed to teach high school students about the legal profession and to pique their interest as they consider their future.

The program’s primary focus is a “jet-mentoring” component, aimed at giving  students the opportunity to interact with a variety of legal professionals.

Mentors are needed for the June 1 program with Southfield Public Schools. Since the event is being held virtually, attorneys from across the state are encouraged to participate.

Those interested in taking part in this event are encouraged to visit and fill out the appropriate form.

For more information, visit

Supreme Court ends appeal in notorious abduction case

EASTPOINTE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week turned down an appeal from a man who was a teenager when he was involved in a notorious kidnapping and murder that began at a Macomb County sandwich shop.

Ihab Masalmani has been challenging his no-parole sentence, especially since trial judges now are required to consider life experiences and other factors when teens are convicted of murder. But the Supreme Court on Monday said it wouldn't take his case.

In 2009, Matt Landry, 21, was abducted from a fast-food parking lot in Eastpointe. His body was found days later in a burned-out Detroit house.

Masalmani, now 29, was 17 at the time. He was convicted and twice given a life sentence, the second time after a Macomb County judge held a new hearing to consider mitigating issues that could have led to a chance for parole.

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments about the sentence in 2020 but let an appeals court ruling against Masalmani stand.

Three justices who dissented said they were troubled by a Macomb County judge's analysis of Masalmani’s potential for rehabilitation in prison.


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