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Appointments made to Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions

The Michigan Supreme Court has announced its appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, which drafts standard instructions for juries in civil cases.

The 21-member Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, created under Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2001-6, is composed of judges and attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court. Members are appointed for three-year terms and may be reappointed for two additional terms.

The Court appointed Judge Elizabeth M. Pezzetti, Oakland County Probate Court, to succeed Judge John A. Hohman, Jr., Monroe County Probate Court. Also appointed was Farmington Hills attorney Donald J. Gasiorek of Gasiorek Morgan Greco & McCauley P.C., to succeed Southfield attorney Joseph C. Smith of Smith & Gibson P.C.

The Court also reappointed the following committee members:

Judge Douglas B. Shapiro, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing

Hon. Patricia J. Boyle, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton P.L.C., Birmingham

Daniel J. McCarthy, Lippitt O’Keefe P.L.L.C., Birmingham

Noreen L. Slank, Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff P.C., Southfield

Gary P. Gordon, Dykema Gossett P.L.L.C., Lansing

Each will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.

The Committee is composed of attorneys and judges whose duty is to ensure that the Model Civil Jury Instructions are concise, understandable, conversational, unslanted, and not
argumentative.

The Model Civil Jury Instructions are online at www.courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/mcji/pages/home.aspx. The web site also includes information on how to contact the committee to comment on existing or proposed jury instructions or to suggest new instructions.
 

 

Young Lawyers Section seeks nominations for Golden Gavel Award

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel is currently accepting nominations for the Seventh Annual Young Lawyers Section Golden Gavel Award, which will be presented on Saturday, June 22, 2013 during the MDTC Awards Banquet at the Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan.

Attorneys are invited to submit a nomination, with particular emphasis on the enumerated criteria. Letters of recommendation from any source the supports the candidate are welcome.
Candidates need not be a current member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. However, each must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan, and serve as defense counsel.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.  For a nomination form, visit www.mdtc.org or e-mail info@mdtc.org.

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