McCormack to be bestowed purple coat

The friends and family of the Hon. Kaye Tertzag will host the Fourth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28. Judge Tertzag passed away on Feb. 4, 2009, having established a legacy of integrity and service to the State of Michigan, as well as an example of love and devotion to his family and friends.

To preserve and honor his memory, the Fourth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner will be held at the Park Place Banquet Hall in Dearborn from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Park Place is located at the corner of Park and Outer Drive, just south of Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $40.00 and include dinner and an open bar.

The Tertzag Tribute Dinner Committee announced this week that the 2013 recipient of the Purple Sport Coat Award is Michigan Supreme Court Justice-Elect Bridget Mary McCormack.  Hon. David J. Allen (last year’s recipient) will present her the award.  Justice-Elect McCormack shares Tertzag’s passion for education. A former Yale professor, she has served as the clinical director for the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Project before her election to the Michigan Supreme Court this November. McCormack exemplifies Judge Tertzag’s motto: Be Prompt. Be Prepared. Be Polite.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra will be the keynote speaker. Tertzag and Zahra were great friends and once served together on the Wayne County Circuit Court. Zahra served four years on the Wayne County Circuit Court and 12 years on the Michigan Court of Appeals before Gov. Rick Snyder appointed him to the Michigan Supreme Court in 2011. 
The evening will end with the continuation of the tradition started by Kaye’s daughter, Kara Tertzag Lividini — the Sambuca toast.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the event, which is not a political fund-raiser. Those wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

Checks should be made payable to Tertzag Tribute Dinner, LLC and sent to 997 Henrietta, Birmingham, MI 48009. Spouses and/or significant others are welcome.  The event will sell out and space is limited, so people are encouraged to buy tickets now.  For more information, contact Kara Tertzag Lividini at (313) 645-9511 or


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