Daily Briefs

Cooley panel to discuss Affordable Health Care Act open to the public
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus will host an Affordable Health Care Act Panel from noon to 1 p.m. in room AH 145.

This free event, which is open to the public, is designed to help law students, new lawyers and those interested in health care law and is presented by Cooley’s Health Law Society.

According to Cooley Law Associate Professor Monica Navarro, “The panel seeks to educate law students about the impact that the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), now upheld by the Supreme Court, will have on society at large and them individually.

“We have a great line-up of experts on the topic representing all stakeholder categories, consisting of Julea Ferrara, a health care consultant; Saif Kasmikha, general counsel for Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan; State Representative Mark Corriveau; Bruce Henderson, general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Health Care Value; Steven Hernandez, southeast Michigan coordinator and fund development officer for Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a coalition working to coordinate strategy for PPACA’s implementation.”

Although there is no cost to attend and no pre-registration required, an RSVP would be appreciated.

Those with additional questions may contact Mohsin Khan, Cooley Health Law Society president, at khanmoh@cooley.edu.

Snyder appoints James Erhart to 90th District Court to fill vacancy
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday announced the appointment of James Erhart, of Harbor Springs, to the 90th District Court covering Emmet and Charlevoix counties. His appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Richard May.

“James Erhart has a distinguished record of service in both his community and to his profession, and he will make an outstanding judge for citizens in northern Michigan,” Snyder said.

Erhart was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1979 and has practiced law in the Petoskey area for many years. He is currently a partner and shareholder with the Stroup, Erhart & Lyons law firm. In addition to practicing law, he previously worked as an adjunct professor in the paralegal program at North Central Michigan College from 2000-2009. Erhart serves on the state bar’s board of commissioners and is chairman of the bar’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute. He is active in his community and is a past president and current member of the Petoskey Rotary Club. He also is president of the board of directors of the St. Francis Credit Union. Erhart received a bachelor’s in political science from the College of the Holy Cross and a degree from the Detroit College of Law.

Erhart will serve through Jan. 1, 2015, and must seek election in November 2014 to serve a full six-year term.