Daily Briefs (July 19)

Court of Appeals overturns contempt citation of APA Kowal
In an order issued on July 15, 2010, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned Judge Michael Hathaway's  contempt citation against Wayne CountyAssistant Prosecutor Christine Kowal that was issued at  a sentence hearing  held on April 15, 2009 in the case of Antione Bailey.  The Court found that Judge Hathaway abused his discretion in holding APA Kowal in contempt of court.

The Court of Appeals stated: "… the court overreacted by refusing to let appellant speak at all, even after she attempted to turn her remarks to considerations relevant to sentencing, and by holding her in contempt when she insisted on exercising her right to allocute." 

“It has been our position that Assistant Prosecutor Christine Kowal was advocating on behalf of a murder victim’s family when she was cited for contempt,” said Prosecutor Worthy. “We appealed the judge’s ruling because she was thrown in jail for attempting to do her job.”

New immigration rules focus of Butzel Long program July 28
Mexico’s immigration rules have changed dramatically in the past couple of months. These new rules impact employers who send their employees to Mexico on business. Butzel Long is hosting a free Breakfast Briefing program from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at its Bloomfield Hills office located at Stoneridge West, 41000 Woodward Avenue.

Featured speakers will include:
—Marie Galindo, International Practice advisor, Butzel Long.  Galindo is the only licensed-in-Mexico attorney in Michigan certified by the State Bar to advise on Mexican law. 
—Clara DeMatteis Mager, Practice Group manager, Immigration Group, Butzel Long.  Mager focuses her practice on business and family immigration issues including all aspects of the international movement of personnel, inbound and outbound work-authorized nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) status, immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits (e.g. labor condition applications and I-9).
—Maria Amparo Escalante of the Immigration Practice of Butzel Long’s Alliance firm in Mexico City. 
—Vicente Sánchez Ventura,  Consul of Mexico in Detroit, will participate in the program as well.

The speakers will discuss these new immigration rules along with the subsequent labor and tax implications that employers may not know about. 
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register online at www.butzel.com.

LAD offers basic family law training Aug. 24
Legal Aid and Defender Association will present “Basic Family Law Training  for New Practicing Attorneys in Wayne County” Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the LAD offices, 613 Abbott St. in Detroit.

Featured speakers will include Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan Judge Richard B. Halloran, Family Division; attorney Henry Baskin; Barbara Glasson, LegalProgram coordinator for First Step; and David March, retired attorney - Wayne County Friend of the Court.

Free training and materials in exchange for attorney’s agreement to accept one (1) pro bono case from LAD.

For additional information or to register, contact Mary Novrocki at mnovrocki@ladadetroit.org; (313) 967-5882.

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