Daily Briefs (March 18)

UDM School of Law host open house and two other events today

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law presents an Open House today, in conjunction with the ABA Student Lawyer Division’s Diversity Day, to promote the importance of the legal profession reflecting the diversity of society. The event provides an opportunity to learn about the advantages of a legal education and offers insight on how to become a competitive law school candidate. The highlight is an interactive panel discussion and networking reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law, hosted with the Career Services Office, with esteemed local practitioners from varied backgrounds. Complimentary and open to the public, Discovering Diversity begins at noon.  However, guests may drop in throughout the day and elect to attend the components that most suit their needs and schedule. 

On March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court, in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright, established that indigent criminal defendants have a Sixth Amendment right to court-appointed counsel. In celebrating the anniversary of this historic decision, a compelling panel will discuss the state of public defense delivery in Michigan and the current burgeoning reform movements. The panelists are:  Donald L. Johnson, Chief Counsel, State Defender Office; Mark Fancher, Racial Justice Staff Attorney, ACLU of Michigan; and Amit Weitzer, Organizer, Campaign for Justice. The panel discussion will be held today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law.  The event is hosted by the Michigan Campaign for Justice; the National Lawyers Guild - University of Detroit Mercy, Student Chapter; and the American Constitution Society - University of Detroit Mercy, Student Chapter.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Wayne County Chapter will host a recruitment reception in the faculty lounge of the School of Law.

State Supreme Court urged to take tax case

DETROIT (AP) — Assessors and local governments in Michigan are urging the state Supreme Court to take a case that limits their ability to collect more property tax revenue.

In December, the Michigan Court of Appeals said it was illegal to uncap the taxable value of a property after the death of a joint owner. Local governments say a loophole is now on the books, and they claim critical public services will be at risk if the decision stands and tax revenue falls.

The case centers on a Charlevoix home that was owned by James Klooster (KLOW'-ster) and his son, Nathan.

After the elder Klooster died in 2005, Charlevoix uncapped the taxable value, although the son remained on the deed. The appeals court reversed, saying death did not trigger a transfer of ownership.

Sports Law conference April 16 in Ann Arbor

Registration is now open for the 2010 Sports Law Conference: “Recent Developments in Sports Law Careers and Practice.”  The Conference will be held Friday, April 16 at the Marriott Courtyard, Park Place Ballroom, in Ann Arbor.

Presenters include expert practitioners in all aspects of Sports Law, including agents, in-house league counsel, front office management, NCAA rules compliance, Title IX litigation, and sports law teaching.  A cocktail reception will follow for all presenters and attendees. Discounted fees are available for all early registrants through March 19.

Online registration is immediately available at www.regonline.com/misportslawconference.

For further information, contact 2010 Sports Law Conference Program Coordinator at mpollick@umich.edu.