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Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library announces LinkedIn page

The Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library announced this week the creation of its new LinkedIn page to promote awareness of its collections and services.

The law library’s LinkedIn page provides an avenue for legal practitioners to stay current on law library resources, services, and upcoming events, as well as read engaging articles relevant to the profession.

The debut of the LinkedIn page marks a further expansion of the law library’s social media presence. The law library launched its Facebook page in 2015.

“Social media allows the law library to engage with the legal community in an entirely new way. Instead of an attorney having to come directly to the library to learn how it can assist them with their work, the law library can now come to them via their electronic devices,” explains Laura Mancini, director-library services.

 Attorneys and paralegals can visit and connect with the new Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library LinkedIn page at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adams-pratt-oakland-county-law-library?trk=biz-companies-cym


Bill to ban local regulation  of plastic bags advances

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Efforts to rid Michigan communities of plastic shopping bags would be banned under legislation close to final approval in the Republican-led Legislature.

The House Commerce and Trade Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote Tuesday. The measure, which won Senate passage in May, next moves to the full House.

The bill would prohibit local governments from regulating, prohibiting or imposing a fee on the use or sale of "auxiliary containers" — which are defined as reusable or single-use bags, cups, bottles or other packaging from stores and restaurants.

More than 150 municipalities across the country have banned the environmentally unfriendly plastic bags or charged a fee.

None are in Michigan, though at least two counties — Washtenaw and Muskegon — have considered whether to limit the bags.


Teen charged in half-sister’s  slaying to get mental exam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old western Michigan boy who is charged in the strangulation death of his 18-year-old half-sister will get a mental examination.

The Grand Rapids Press reports a judge on Tuesday says Savon Schmus will be evaluated for competency and criminal responsibility before a hearing to determine if the case goes to trial. He's charged as an adult with open murder.

Defense attorney Charles Clapp had filed a motion seeking an examination. He said he's concerned about his client's competency.