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Wayne Law student awarded Mark A. Miller memorial scholarship

Katelyn Young, who will start her second year at Wayne State University Law School this fall, has been awarded the Mark A. Miller Memorial Fund Scholarship.

The award is given each year by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to a summer intern of a judicial officer at the court. The scholarship honors the memory of Miller, who was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh. Miller of Milford died in 2010 at age 53.

“Receiving this scholarship is such an honor, and I am proud to represent Wayne Law as an awardee,” said Young, who lives in Detroit. “I am truly grateful that the Judges’ Committee saw that my passions – for the law, legal research and writing, collegiality among colleagues and professionalism – paralleled those demonstrated by Mr. Miller during his time as a clerk for Judge Steeh.”

Young is serving as a judicial intern for Judge Sean Cox.

“My experience this summer has not only allowed for the opportunity to apply for this award but has affirmed my interest in pursuing a judicial clerkship after graduation where I can hopefully make an impact like Mr. Miller,” Young said.

Previously, Young worked as a summer intern for the U.S. Marshals Service in the Detroit field office. At Wayne Law, she is a member of the Student Bar Association Board of Governors and a student ambassador. She is also active in Moot Court and the Medical and Health Law Society.

Young earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.


Viviano to help mark milestone graduation in juvenile drug court

 Michigan Supreme Court Justice David F. Viviano will attend the 3rd Circuit Court’s ceremony Aug. 10 to honor seven graduates’ successful completion of the S.T.A.N.D. (Supervised Treatment for Alcohol & Narcotics Dependency) juvenile drug court program. The program’s total number of graduates will reach 200.

The S.T.A.N.D. Juvenile Drug Court program was established in 2000 to provide treatment for juvenile substance abuse through a four-phase specialized treatment regimen under the supervision of the court. In addition to the seven graduates to be honored at the ceremony, 193 previous participants have successfully completed the S.T.A.N.D. program to pursue healthy, substance-abuse-free lives.

Problem-solving courts are non-traditional courts that focus on nonviolent offenders whose underlying medical and social problems have contributed to recurring contacts with the criminal justice system. According to the 2015 MSC Problem-Solving Court Annual Report “Solving Problems, Saving Lives,” 93 percent of juvenile graduates of drug and sobriety courts between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015 improved their education level during their time in the program.