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Online training to focus on child witness cases

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Child Abuse Prosecution Resources will present free online training Tuesday, December 20 on “Building a Case for Court-Rules of Evidence in Child Witness Cases.”  

The webinar will explore the rules of evidence that commonly come up in such cases and how they can help build a child abuse or child sexual assault case.

The training will be hosted on the Zoom platform from noon to 1:30 p.m. The session satisfies 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for purposes of PAAM’s Best Practices Recommendation.

To register, visit https://michiganprosecutor.org and click on “trainings.”

Questions can be directed to Pamela Maas at maasp@michigan.gov.


‘Lawyers Behaving Badly’ discussed at December 29 webinar

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education in collaboration with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers will present the webcast “Lawyers Behaving Badly: How to Respond to Uncivil and Unprofessional Conduct” on Thursday, December 29, from noon to 1 p.m.

The program will help participants learn how to deal with an opponent engaging in uncivil behavior that crosses the professional line.

The panel — including a federal judge, practitioners and a behavioral science expert — will share personal experiences and practical recommendations.

Registrants will receive a set of downloadable course materials to accompany the program.

Cost for the webcast is $199.  

To register, visit www.ali-cle.org.


MSU must disclose deals with two big sports donors

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered Michigan State University to release donor agreements with two alumni who gave or pledged millions of dollars to the athletic department.

MSU has acknowledged that some of the money will help pay for a 10-year, $95 million contract with football coach Mel Tucker, who got a new deal in 2021 while leading the Spartans to an 11-2 record.

But the school has refused to release the agreements with Mat Ishbia and Steve St. Andre, citing a privacy exemption in the state’s public records law. Judge Brock Swartzle rejected that argument this week.

“The privacy exemption does not apply to the gift agreements, with the limited exceptions of home addresses and estate-planning provisions,” Swartzle said in ruling in favor of the Detroit Free Press.

MSU argued that disclosing the agreements would discourage others from donating.