Daily Briefs, December 13

Jaffe attorney named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
Community Legal Resources (CLR) recently named Jennifer M. Oertel, a partner with Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., as its Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.

Oertel was presented with the prestigious award at the organization’s 13th annual Anniversary and Recognition Event, which recognizes the generous efforts of the attorneys who tirelessly donated thousands of volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations across the state.

“The contributions that Ms. Oertel made throughout the year to CLR’s programs and operations were critical to our ability to serve clients,” said Heidi Alcock Mucherie, CEO of CLR. “Her continued willingness to serve is greatly appreciated and we are proud to recognize her as our Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.”

One of Oertel’s significant accomplishments was helping CLR negotiate an agreement that allowed the non-profit organization to make important contributions to the City of Detroit’s public planning efforts.

Oertel currently serves as leader of the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice, specializing in all aspects of nonprofit organizations, corporate law and finance, with a focus on start-up and emerging growth companies, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions and advising broker dealers and investment advisors.

Community Legal Resources delivers free legal services to nonprofit organizations building neighborhoods in Detroit and throughout Michigan. Its mission is to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. The program began in 1998 as an initiative of Michigan Legal Services to connect business lawyers to nonprofit organizations.

Holiday Hours
The Wayne County Probate Court will close for the holiday season at noon on Thursday, Dec. 22 and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. The Wayne County Probate Court will be open Dec. 27, 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accept pleadings and to conduct mental health emergency hearings.
The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 29, the Court will be open for essential services only, including criminal arraignments, probation violation, failure to appear warrants, personal protection orders, parental waivers, and other emergency civil and family division matters. The County Clerk’s office will be open to accept civil and domestic relations pleadings and new case filing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days.

The Court will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Even and New Year’s Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The emergency procedure that is posted in the Detroit Legal News every Friday should be followed for any after-hour emergency matter.