Daily Briefs

Third Circuit highlights social workers’ contributions to society

March is National Professional Social Work Month, which celebrates social workers across the country. The Third Circuit Court employs social workers and other related professionals throughout the court. Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo Jr.  is turning the spotlight on the profession and highlighting some of the important contributions they make to society.

Dr. Amorie Robinson is a contributing author to “Black LGBT Health in the United States.” In the book, Robinson explores Black LGBT and gender nonconforming youth in the Juvenile Justice System in the United States. Robinson is a PHD fully licensed psychologist and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion. She started at the Third Circuit’s Court Clinic for Child Study in July 2005 and works in the Clinic Treatment Unit. Prior to that, she had also worked at the Third Circuit Court’s Psychiatric Clinic in the Criminal Division. Robinson is well respected and acclaimed in the mental health community as the National Secretary of the Association of Black Psychologists and the winner of the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award by the Association of Women in Psychology 2018.


Former director of Michigan animal shelter faces cruelty charge

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A former director of a nonprofit Michigan pet rescue shelter has been charged with animal cruelty several months after about 120 animals were seized by authorities.

Seventy-year-old Sharen Kizer of Howell is scheduled for arraignment April 11 after being charged last week with one felony count.

Livingston County Animal Control in December seized about 120 dogs and cats as well as a few birds from Last Chance Rescue in Howell Township, about 45 miles (73 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, and two other sites. The seizure followed complaints about the rescue’s conditions and care of animals.

Kizer’s ex-husband and Howell attorney Tom Kizer says a lawyer from his firm will defend her. He says she’s dedicated over 20 years to rescuing animals and he’d “be shocked if she ever abused animals.”