Daily Briefs (May 21)

Jaffe attorney Parks honored by Oakland County Bar Association
Jim Parks, a partner with Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., has been named the 2010 recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) Professionalism Award.

The Professionalism Award is presented annually to an individual who consistently demonstrates the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and excellence in the practice of law.

An awards ceremony commemorating Parks will take place immediately preceding this year’s OCBA Annual Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on June 3 at the Marriot at Centerpoint in Pontiac. The event is open to all and will include a dinner and reception following the ceremony.

A member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Parks concentrates his practice on various facets of complex commercial litigation within state and federal courts. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Arizona and a 1981 graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Bing: All of Detroit must come together to stop rash of slayings 
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — A particularly violent May has Detroit on edge and officials scratching their heads over how to quell the bloodshed, Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday.

Bing said the recent spate of slayings has been “very demoralizing,” and Detroit doesn’t know “how to stop it.”

The Wayne County medical examiner has investigated about a dozen killings in the past couple of weeks, including the fatal shootings of two teenage boys, a 69-year-old grandmother and a police officer. Early Sunday, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed during a raid by Detroit police officers at her east side home.

“You’ve got individuals all over the city that are frustrated, that are angry, that have given up hope, and we’ve got a culture where it’s like it’s OK to do whatever you want to do, and it’s not, and we’ve got to change that and that’s not going to happen overnight,” Bing said at a meeting of area leaders in Birmingham, Mich.

“It can’t happen just from the administration or the police department. All of us (have) got to come to the table and try to solve this problem,” he said.

Bing also commented on U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers’ request to have the Justice Department review Stanley-Jones’ death, saying his fellow Detroit Democrat’s call “may be an overreaction,” and that he would rather keep the investigation local.

Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting.

ISIAL to celebrate annual dinner dance

The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (ISIAL) will celebrate its Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club. For more information, visit www.irish-lawyers.org.

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