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Detroit Lions legal counsel to speak at Cooley event Feb. 8

Jay Colvin, Detroit Lions senior vice president of legal affairs; and Jon Dykema, Detroit Lions lead counsel and manager of football administration, will be the featured speakers during a sports and entertainment law discussion at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus. The Feb. 8 event, which is hosted by the law school’s Student Bar Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, is free and open to the public.

Colvin and Dykema will discuss their backgrounds, experiences, legal issues, and responsibilities that come with being legal counsel and advocate for a National Football League team.

Colvin joined the Lions in May 2016.  He manages all legal matters pertaining to the corporate and business activities of the Lions and serves as corporate secretary for the Lions and the Detroit Lions Charities.
Previously, Colvin was a partner at Bodman, PLC and was an adviser and attorney to the Ford family for 25 years. Colvin has extensive experience consulting with high-net-worth families and professional athletes on legal and wealth planning throughout their careers. Colvin earned his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Wayne State University.

Dykema has been with the Detroit Lions organization for seven years. Before being named the team’s lead counsel and manager of football administration, Dykema served as general counsel and staff counsel. His current responsibilities include overseeing legal aspects of football operations, contact negotiation, assisting with salary cap management, and directing analytic initiatives with the league regarding player contracts and grievances. Dykema earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and both his juris doctor and MBA from The University of Akron.


Justice Sotomayor says  University of Michigan needs more blacks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has challenged the University of Michigan to get more black students as she received an honorary degree from the school.

Asked Monday about what public universities will look like in the decades ahead, Sotomayor said they’re going to “look a lot like” the University of Michigan but more diverse — a remark that drew applause. She says the number of black students at the Ann Arbor school is a “real problem.”

Sotomayor says the U.S. can’t “reach equality in a larger society” without equality in education. She made her comments during a forum with German Justice Susanne Baer.

The percentage of black undergraduate students at the University of Michigan has been pretty steady at less than 5 percent since 2012.


Comerica to invest $3M in Detroit, reshape its presence

DETROIT (AP) — Comerica Bank plans to reshape its presence in and around downtown Detroit as part of a $3 million investment in the area.

The bank says Monday it’s opening new locations, relocating offices and selling some offices to make way for new developments.

Comerica is working with Henry Ford Health System on the development of a new cancer center, for example, and Comerica’s location there is being sold to Henry Ford.

Other plans include the relocation of Comerica’s Fort-Washington office and the installment of ATMs and the opening of a new banking center in the District Detroit development.