Daily Briefs

Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference set May 3 in Waterford

 Attorney Peter Wright from Wrightslaw.com will speak at the Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, at the Oakland County Schools Building, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford.

The event, hosted by Centria Healthcare Autism Services in Novi, is for parents, attorneys, and professionals that work with children with special needs and disabilities. Parents will learn what the law says schools are required to provide (and what they’re not required to do) and what their role as partners in the process is.

Wright, who won one of the landmark special education cases in front of the Supreme Court, will discuss key laws regarding special education and what a child’s rights are under the law; and teach advocacy skills regarding how to communicate and work most effectively with schools.

An attorney based in Virginia who represents children with special educational needs, Wright struggled with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD and his determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wrightslaw-mi-special-education-law-parent-advocacy-conference-tickets-32173609131.


Ex-Spartan football player held in Indiana jail in sex case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson has been jailed in Indiana on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge filed in Michigan.

Deputy U.S. Marshall Steve Heatherington says a police task force arrested the 19-year-old Robertson on Saturday at a relative's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Robertson is accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her Meridian Township apartment on April 8. Shortly after prosecutors announced the charge on Friday, Michigan State said Robertson had been dismissed from the football team.

Robertson comes from Fort Wayne. He is being held without bond in the Allen County Jail.

Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick says authorities don't yet know if Robertson will fight or waive extradition to Michigan.

She says he doesn't yet have a lawyer.


WSU Law School  Treasure of Detroit

Wayne Law alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2017 Wayne State University Law School Treasure of Detroit event from 5:30-8:30 pm. on Thursday, April 27, in the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The evening will include a strolling buffet, cash bar and awards program. Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required. Business attire is requested. Parking is at the discretion and expense of the driver. For more information contact Desirnai' Hicks, Leadership Annual Giving Officer at dhicks@ wayne.edu or (313) 577-9763.