Daily Briefs (Dec 2)

Judge assigned to hear misconduct case against Judge Justin
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has been assigned to hear an ethics complaint against a judge in Jackson County who’s accused of widespread misconduct, including dismissing his own traffic tickets.

Pamela McCabe of Ingham County will conduct a formal hearing into the allegations against Judge James Justin. The state Judicial Tenure Commission filed an 87-page complaint in November.

The complaint portrays Justin as a District Court judge with an unusual style of justice. The complaint says he dismissed traffic cases after talking to people in the hallway or elsewhere outside court.

Justin is accused of dismissing tickets for himself, his wife, friends and court staff. His lawyer has said he deserves no more than a reprimand. The judge has been suspended with pay since July. He's been on the bench for decades.

Firm launches real property and dispute resolution group
Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C., has formed a new practice group, the Real Property and Mortgage Dispute Resolution Group. Firm shareholders Martin S. Frenkel and David E. Hart will head the group.

Shareholder Brian A. Nettleingham and attorneys Lavinia S. Biasell, Mark E. Plaza, Courtney D. Roschek and Brandon K. Buck are members of the practice group, which will concentrate on title insurance and mortgage litigation defense, two practices that the firm has a long-standing experience in.

“Maddin Hauser determined the need to create this practice group as a value added component to our client services,” said Maddin Hauser President and CEO Steven D. Sallen.

“Our firm has a long tradition of real estate litigation, mortgage defense and dispute resolution,” adds Frenkel. “We are very proud and excited to leverage our existing expertise in order to serve our new and existing clients to the highest quality.”

Catholic Lawyers Society to hold Advent Evening of Reflection
The Catholic Lawyer Society of Detroit will conduct its annual Advent Evening of Reflection on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. The evening will begin with a dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by a presentation from featured speaker, Monsignor Robert McClory.

The monsignor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Oakland University, a Master’s in public policy from Columbia University, a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a License in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

The cost of the evening will be $25. Checks should be made payable to the Catholic Lawyer Society of Detroit and may be collected at the door or sent in advance to: Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit, c/o Patricia Rossi Galvin, 23409 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, 48080.

Register by Friday, Dec. 3, by e-mailing Patricia Rossi Galvin at prgalvin@sbcglobal.net or calling (586) 773-9890.