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Nominations sought for Wright Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are open for the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, jointly sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Department of Human Services, to honor exceptional service to Michigan’s children.

The award was established in honor of the late Daniel J. Wright of Grand Ledge, an attorney and longtime leader in child support and child welfare reform. He was credited with the “Michigan Miracle” in 2002 when, as special assistant to then-Chief Justice Maura D. Corrigan, he led the state’s efforts to upgrade Michigan’s child support enforcement system by federally mandated deadlines. By meeting the deadlines, Wright saved the state $142 million in federal fines and earned the state a $36 million refund for fines it had already paid. Later, as director of the Friend of the Court Bureau and Child Welfare Services divisions of the State Court Administrative Office, Wright helped create the state’s “Adoption Forums” to deal with adoption barriers that were stranding children in foster care. He worked on legislation to give foster children a greater voice in decisions about their lives; among other things, the law now
requires courts to consult the child’s wishes when holding a hearing about placing the child in a permanent home.

Nominations are open to attorneys, judges, caseworkers, court employees, employees of public and private agencies, employees and members of non-profits, and others who have a significant record of helping Michigan families and children. To be eligible, a nominee must have 10 years or more experience in his or her field and must have a record of achievements with demonstrable impact.

To nominate a candidate for the Wright Award, complete the attached form and return it according to the instruction on the form; the deadline is September 27, 2013. The Wright Award recipient will be honored at the 2013 Michigan Adoption Day event at the Michigan Hall of Justice on November 26.

Wayne County Conflict of Interest disclosures made available online

Wayne County has made conflict of interest disclosures (COI) available electronically. By posting COI forms online, Wayne County has made it easier for constituents to ensure that decisions being made by County officials are made with public interest in mind. This move also makes it easier for the purchasing department to check for conflicts before signing contracts with vendors.

COI disclosures are accessible from the Wayne County homepage (waynecounty.com). Housed under the “Get Documents For” heading under the “How Do I” tab, COI disclosures are easy to find.

After agreeing to indemnify and a hold the County harmless for any damages, visitors are directed to the search for and view disclosures page. Once on this page, a simple first and last name search will return the COI disclosure forms.

For more information about Wayne County ethics policies, visit the Special Committee on Ethics website at www.waynecounty.com/commission/ethics.htm.


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