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 313 Project seeks donations for Adopt-a-Child Holiday program

Since 2009, the 313 Project and its volunteers have provided holiday gifts for more than 180 children in need. This year, the nonprofit group has pledged to adopt at least 50 children. Each child will receive a winter coat, toys, play clothes, suit or dress and hat and gloves. Adopt-a-Child sponsors can help bring holiday joy to Detroit’s underserved children. Volunteers are also needed to help wrap and deliver presents to sponsored children. For more information or to arrange a tax deductible donation or to sponsor a child or family, email the313project@gmail.com


Legal Aid and Defender to hold small claims workshop Nov. 19

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. will conduct a free workshop for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights. 
The workshop will feature a presentation on mediation options by the Resolution Center. 
Registration is not required, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call LAD at (313) 967-5630.
Cooley to offer free session of Military Family Law training 
A “Military Family Law” training session will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., in the education center at Fort Custer in Augusta, Mich. 
The session is free to attendees through the sponsorship of Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s “Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program” and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. 
The informative training session is designed to help law firms become military-friendly by covering family law topics that affect military families, including support formulas, pension divisions, proper service upon active duty servicemen and women, and stays for active duty and deployed troops. 
Attendees will also learn about ways to support lower-income military personnel through pro bono service, and about the new Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. 
Court employees and non-practitioners are welcome to attend. 
Due to security  considerations, all participants must register by emailing Heather Spielmaker at spielmah@cooley.edu or by calling 517-371-5140, ext. 4112 . 
Scheduled to appear are Lt. Colonel John Wojcik, General Counsel, Michigan National Guard; Tom Hetchler, Michigan Veterans Law; Lori Herr, Heisler Family Law; and Heather Spielmaker, Director - Thomas M. Cooley Law School


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