Daily Briefs

Raising the Bar: The Legal Scholars Program at Work

Drawing from the example of the Nobel Foundation in Sweden and its recognition of creative contributions in important professional and academic subject matter fields, the Detroit Bar Association under the leadership of its President Donn Fresard and the board of directors established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program. It is designed to recognize original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement of the State of Michigan.

The DBA’s 2017 Mega Question addressed the application of creative legal tools to optimize the rebirth of neighborhoods within the City of Detroit: “How could current legal tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to assist in the redevelopment of Detroit’s neighborhoods?”

The association extended thanks to the volunteer committee made up of board members Katherine Fox and Julia A. Perkins and long-time member Christopher J. Webb for their hard work.
The Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for 2017 and their submissions are:

• Helen Marie Berg & Adam Kleven, Litigation Strategies for Blight Remediation in Detroit: Curbing Property Owners’ “Invest and Neglect” Scheme;

• K. Scott Hamilton, Urban Homesteading as a Method of Redeveloping Detroit’s Neighborhoods; and

• Emily Karr, Redeveloping Detroit City Neighborhoods through the Creation of Property Improvement Tax Incentive Zones.

Each of these submissions will be published on the Detroit Bar website for review and comment by our members and the public at large. The submissions will also be formally shared with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the 2017 recipient of the Detroit Bar Foundation Archer Award (November 16, 2017).

The formal request for submissions by Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program will issue in January, 2018 for next year’s Mega Question is: “How could current legal tools and/or new ones be innovatively applied to optimize our healthcare delivery systems for the City of Detroit and provide a model for other urban centers?”

The DBA congratulates its 2017 Detroit Bar Legal Scholars and invites members of the legal community to its Annual Meeting on June 21 at the Detroit Club, 5–8 p.m.


Judge Kenny meeting regarding attorney assignment and fees

Join the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association and Chief Judge Pro Tem Timothy M. Kenny, Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, for a question and answer session regarding new attorney assignment system and attorney compensation. The session will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, June 23 in the Frank Murphy Jury Room, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, 1441 St. Antoine in Detroit. Submit questions in advance to Luther Glenn at mryluglenn@ aol.com.