Daily Briefs July 28

Detroit judge orders Conyers to attend civil trial scheduled for Nov.
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers will temporarily leave a prison in West Virginia to attend a civil trial in Detroit in November.

Conyers is accused of pressuring a nonprofit group to fire a man who wanted to recall her from office in 2009. Theodis Collins worked for an organization that receives grants from the city of Detroit.

Federal Judge Victoria Roberts has ordered U.S. marshals to ensure that Conyers is in Detroit on Nov. 14. She's serving a three-year prison sentence for corruption. When not in the courtroom, Conyers will be in custody.

Conyers is being sued along with the city and Mariners Inn. She denies a role in Collins' dismissal. Conyers is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

Miller Canfield lawyer named to Local Rules Advisory Committee
Matthew P. Allen, a principal in the Troy, Mich. office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, has been appointed by the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to the Court’s Local Rules Advisory Committee for a three-year term effective July 1, 2011.
Allen is a business, securities, and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer with Miller Canfield.

“I am honored to have been appointed by the Judges of the Eastern District of Michigan to this important Committee, and I look forward to serving the Court and the bar in this capacity,” said Allen.

He received his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wayne Law Review, and his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He also served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

MDTC accepting nominations for Golden Gavel Award
The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel is currently accepting nominations for the Seventh Annual Young Lawyers Section Golden Gavel Award, which will be presented on Friday May 11, 2012, during the MDTC Awards Banquet at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

Lawyers are invited to submit a nomination. Nomination forms are available at www.mdtc.org.

Past recipients include:
• Brittany M. Schultz, Dykema Gossett PLLC
• Andrew Blodgett, Smith Haughey, Rice and Roegge
• Emily M. Ballenberger, Plunkett Cooney
• Nicole L. Proulx, Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap PC
• Nicholas G. Even, Bowman and Brooke
• David C. Anderson, Collins, Einhorn, Farrel & Ulanoff
• Jana M. Berger, Foley & Mansfield PLLP
• Lincoln G. Herweyer, Lincoln G. Herweyer PC