Daily Briefs

 Holiday Hours

The Michigan Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office will be closed for the holidays on Tuesday, December 31; and Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

The Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and SCAO will be open on Monday, December 30.
The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The emergency procedure that is posted in the Detroit Legal News every Friday should be followed for any after-hour emergency matter.

The 36th District Court will be closed on Monday, Dec. 30, Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wed. Jan. 1, 2014. During the three days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, the Civil, Traffic and Criminal Divisions will be open. 
Sufficient staff will be scheduled to accommodate the following services: Traffic — Ticket Fine Payments and Bond Postings;  Civil — Case Filings and Pleadings;  Criminal — Felony Arraignments and Preliminary Examinations.

DMBA and WBA to host Drink’n’Learn Jan. 9 

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, in cooperation with the Wolverine Bar Association, presents Drink’n’Learn: “Handling Political Hot Potatoes” on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Firebird Tavern, 419 Monroe Street in Detroit. No better way to start the New Year after a midterm election, including a contentious mayoral race, than having a heated discussion about the lessons learned in litigating high profile/politically controversial cases. Tom Bruetsch (Bodman) and Herb Sanders (The Sanders Law Firm) will share some of their best practices and practical advice for handling high-visibility cases that seem to attract all of the attention - whether you want them to or not! There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and, of course, networking afterwards. DMBA and WBA members attend free of charge; all others pay $5. Cash Bar. For questions, contact Mitzy Sharp Futro at 313-961-6120 x201 or msharpfutro@detroitlawyer.org.

MAJ to hold seminar on social security and workers’ compensation 

The Michigan Association for Justice will present its Annual Workers Compensation/Social Security Disability Seminar “The 91% Solution: Sherlock Holmes Investigates the Case of the Missing Remedy & Dr. Watson Reminisces about When Workers Could be Socially Secure” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Westin Hotel in Southfield. Expert comp practitioners will provide guidance on the impact of Obamacare, the new administrative rules, and the latest case law; overcoming MCAC bias, developing job search proofs and maximizing attorney fees; the meaning of Lofton and Harder; and compare the remedies available to injured workers in other jurisdictions. Social Security experts will discuss the new DSM-V, developing proofs of mental impairments, and changing technology in SS practice. Cost is  $155/$75 for members and $180 for non-members.


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