Daily Briefs

Inaugural Shapero Cup Regional Moot Court Competition Feb. 18

The inaugural Shapero Cup Regional Moot Court Competition will be held all day on Monday, February 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 211 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan. Local Bankruptcy Court judges from Michigan and Ohio are participating along with attorneys from the Detroit Metropolitan area, as well as eight teams of law students from law schools in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.  There will be a reception and award presentation held at the U.S. District Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Street, Detroit, Michigan, Room 115 following the competition after 5 p.m. 

For more details contact David Lerner at dlerner @plunkettcooney.com.


36th District Court warns of warrant scam

The 36th District Court has been made aware of a scam in which individuals posing as court employees are calling members of the public from a ghost number being displayed as the court’s listed telephone number of 313-965-8700. Scammers are contacting individuals and demanding payment from those who have an active warrant. They are also being given instructions on how and where to send payment.

The court has regular telephone contact with members of the public for valid purposes. However, staff would never contact individuals by telephone to demand payment for an active warrant.  Warrants may only be cancelled by the following: 

• Posting the required bond amount and appearing on a scheduled court date.

• Appearing in Court on the Walk-In Docket, if eligible.

Additionally, the only valid payment methods for fines and costs are as follows:

• Online – Pay Your Tickets Online and enter the applicable information.

• DivDat Kiosks – Click here for locations throughout the Metro Detroit area.

• By Mail – Do not mail cash. Place the citation number on the check or money order and make payable to: 36th District Court, 421 Madison, Attn. Finance Unit, Detroit, MI 48226.

• 24-Hour Drop Box – Located in the Court Lobby – Do not deposit cash. Place the citation number on the check or money order and make payable to: 36th District Court.

• Kiosks – Located throughout the Court Building. Accepts cash or credit card. 

• Cashier’s Window – Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday

If you are contacted by anyone demanding payment for 36th District Court, contact your local authorities.
For more information, please visit the Court’s website at http://www.36thdistrictcourt.org/.

Motion Call at Detroit Mercy Law February 13
The Rise Committee has organized a Motion Day before Judge Terrence G. Berg, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School Atrium, 651 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. This offers opportunity for future and new lawyers to come to motion call in a less traditional setting. Attendance is free for law students.