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WLAM-Wayne Region to hold annual luncheon May 15
The Wayne Region of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan will be holding its Annual Luncheon at the Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will feature a panel of four distinguished females that have helped effectuate change in the legal profession: the Hon. Connie Marie Kelley of the Wayne County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division; Margaret Costello, clinical assistant professor at UDM School of Law; Sherry D.O. Taylor, chair of Pro Bono Committee at Dickinson Wright; and Sarida Scott Montgomery, chief program officer of Community Legal Resources. Lunch and beverages will also be provided.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Alena Clark at Alena.Clark@3rdcc.org by May 9.

Society plans Annual Tiger Baseball Outing
The Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers will host its 13th Annual Tiger Baseball Outing as the Detroit Tigers take on the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 15, at 7:05 p.m. at Comerica Park. 

Tickets are $20 and are available on a limited basis—first come, first served.  Reservations and payment must be made by Monday, May 7.

For a ticket order form or for additional information, e-mail Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael Riordan at mriordan2011@gmail.com.

Snyder signs bill to better protect children from sex offenders
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation to protect children from all sex offenders, including their parents.

Senate Bill 1005, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Emmons, amends the Juvenile Code to comply with federal guidelines. It allows the family court to terminate the parental rights of a parent required to register as a sex offender. To ensure the proper care of children, the duties of legal guardians are expanded to include early childhood, child and adolescent development training.

“Our children deserve a safe, nurturing environment in which to grow and develop,” Snyder said. “Protecting them from any type of abuse is a key priority.”

The bill now is Public Act 115 of 2012.

Snyder also signed S.B. 349, sponsored by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, which changes the deadline for a property owner to file an affidavit claiming an exemption for a principal residence. It also allows lending institutions that own foreclosed properties to retain the principal residency exemption. The bill is now P.A. 114 of 2012.

Detailed descriptions of the bills may be found online at www.legislature.mi.gov.

FBA Leonard A. Gilman Award Luncheon May 9
Keynote speaker will be Judge Michael Mukasey, who served as a district judge  in the Southern District of New York from 1988-2006, becoming chief judge in 2000.  During his tenure on the bench, Judge Mukasey presided over significant cases including the terrorism trial of Omar Abdel  Rahman (the “Blind Sheik”) and Padilla v. Rumsfeld.  From 2007 to 2009, he then served as Attorney General of the United States. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Woodward Ballroom. Cost is members $25, non-members $30. For more information or to register call Kimberly Altman at 313-234-5163.

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