Daily Briefs (Feb 17)

Trial or $3,000? Deal offered in dispute over diamond disappearance
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A jeweler is offering $3,000 to a Saginaw woman to try to settle a lawsuit over the disputed disappearance of a diamond.

Victoria Harris says she’s not biting and is preparing for trial March 1 against J.B. Robinson Jewelers in Bay City federal court.

Harris says the Saginaw jewelry store replaced a 2.35-karat pink diamond with a cheaper one when her wedding ring was enlarged in 2002. J.B. Robinson denies the allegation but offered a deal Monday after more than five years of litigation.

Harris says $3,000 doesn’t cover the value of her diamond and the time she’s put into the case. The 64-year-old substitute teacher is acting as her own lawyer.

The lawsuit was dismissed in 2009, but Harris persuaded an appeals court to reinstate it last year.

SBM launches new online career center
The State Bar of Michigan has launched a new online career center to connect employers in the legal profession to eligible and qualified candidates looking for job opportunities.

The State Bar partnered with JobTarget, an industry leader in job board development, to build a unique SBM employment marketplace with features that are different from generalist job boards in a number of ways, including:
• A highly targeted focus on employment opportunities in a certain sector, location, or demographic.
• Anonymous résumé posting and job application—enabling job candidates to stay connected to the employment market while maintaining full control over their confidential information.
• An advanced “Job Alert” system that notifies candidates of new opportunities matching their own pre-selected criteria.
• Access to industry-specific jobs—and top-quality candidates.
• Employer access to a large number of job seekers.

“This new online center is built with the latest technology in career development and will give our members the most effective job searching and recruiting capabilities that exist today,” said SBM President W. Anthony Jenkins.  “It’s a valuable member benefit. We realize how difficult it can be to match quality employees with job opportunities — the new online career center will help address that problem.”

The career center is free for job seekers. Employers will pay a fee to post jobs. For additional information visit the online center at http://jobs.michbar.org.

Holiday Hours
The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Division will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, in observance of President’s Day.

The 36th District Court will be closed to the public on Monday Feb. 21 in observance of President’s Day.

All offices of the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of President’s Day. In case of emergency, call (313) 234-5656.

The Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and State Court Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in  observance of President’s Day.