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 Wayne State receives $100,000 Kresge Foundation grant

The Kresge Foundation has awarded Wayne State University a $100,000, one-year grant to support CitizenDetroit, a community outreach program of the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS). 

Since its inception in 2012, CitizenDetroit has educated and mobilized residents of all ages, providing a framework for constructive political discourse. Community participants co-create the standards for evaluating political leadership and decisions made in Detroit. 
CitizenDetroit is directed by Irvin D. Reid, inaugural holder of the Wayne State University Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and President Emeritus, and his collaborative partner, former Detroit City Council member Sheila Cockrel.

“CitizenDetroit challenges the tendency of individuals to sit on the sidelines and oppose the actions of city leaders based solely on media coverage and urban legends,” said Reid. “Access to better information means citizens will better understand how difficult it is for elected and appointed leaders to make tough decisions that affect other people’s lives.” 

The grant funds will support the ongoing efforts of CitizenDetroit to:

• Reach high-performance voters and first-time voters about historical myths and facts that may misguide community dialogue objectives.

• Inform influential older adult voters about entrenched policies that impede government's ability to serve the needs of constituents or adapt to current economic, environmental and social challenges.

• Challenge youth and older adults to evaluate the actual policymaking dilemmas facing lawmakers today so as to create a cadre of informed civic and political activists.

Ottenwess, Taweel & Schenk recognized as among ‘Top Law Firms’

In its most recent rankings of top firms in the United States, the Detroit firm of Ottenwess, Taweel & Schenk, PLC was recognized for excellence in the area of Insurance Law by U.S. News and World Report. Senior Partner David Ottenwess was delighted with the news saying “We knew that when John Monnich, Sr. joined our firm, we would immediately be recognized as leaders in the insurance field. With Mr. Monnich’s forty years of experience in litigation and his licensing credentials, the recognition is well deserved.”
Monnich joined the Ottenwess firm in January of 2014. In addition to negligence cases and medical malpractice defense, Monnich specializes in insurance litigation. In 1985, he was awarded the designation “Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter” by the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters and in 1989 he was awarded the designation “Chartered Life Underwriter” by the American College. In addition to his litigation activities, Monnich has advised and counseled insurance companies and insured’s concerning insurance practices and coverage issues.