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New state law will allow electronic eviction notices

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan landlords could send eviction notices to tenants through email or social media under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder signed the bill Thursday that requires consent from tenants for electronic notices. Landlords can't refuse leases to people who do not consent to electronic notices.

Snyder also signed two bills that allow people who aren't licensed elevator contractors to install residential stairway lifts if they're certified by the manufacturer. The bills also remove certain regulations on residential lifts that were written for commercial versions.

Snyder says the new laws will expand the pool of contractors who can install residential stair lifts, which will ease the burden on Michigan residents.


LAD to conduct free outreach clinic in Ferndale June 12

Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. (LAD) will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income-eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, on Friday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, 1956 Hilton Road in Ferndale.

Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m. as a LAD attorney will assist only those persons who have done so by that time.

For additional information, contact Stacey Felder, paralegal at LAD’s Oakland County office in Pontiac, at 248-253-1548, ext. 4005.


Junior high school  students to focus on bullying in mock trial

Putting the stop to bullying has become a priority in schools everywhere.

One group of junior high students, with the help of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School student mentors, is taking their message of anti-bullying to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

On Thursday, May 28, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Riordan will preside over a mock trial which will be based on the topic of bullying and the harm it causes.

The trial will involve a scenario of one child taking another to court for emotional distress, defamation, and other causes.

Sixth, seventh, and eight graders from Cornerstone Charter Schools’ Washington-Parks Academy (WPA) in Redford will play the various courtroom roles such as defendant, plaintiff, lawyers, and witnesses. 

Eight months ago, Erin McNeil, partner program administrator for Cornerstone, invited members of WMU-Cooley Law School’s Black Law Students Association to mentor the junior high students and prepare them for the mock trial.

The WPA students participating in the court case belong to the school’s Judge Michael Riordan Law Club.