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FBA to present annual seminar on Veterans Treatment Courts

The Federal Bar Association Federal Disability Benefits Committee will present its Fourth Annual Seminar on Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) on May 3.  It will be held in Room L-44 at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2630 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, MI  48326 from 1–4 p.m. The purpose of VTC is to provide assistance to military veterans who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States.  The VTC assists Veterans who have become involved in the criminal justice system using a team approach that attempts to get beyond the legal problems to address the underlying physical, psychological, and substance abuse issues that may have resulted in criminal conduct.  Successful completion of the program may result in a reduced plea, reduction in sentence, etc.

The seminar will feature experts regarding VTC’s  who have established and implemented VTC’s and continue in their administration and improvement. They include Dean Lisa Halushka from Cooley Law School; Kara Jacquemain, 41B District Court Probation Officer and Case Manager; Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, formerly of 51st District Court and now in private practice; Judge David Jordan, retired, 54B District Court; John Caterino, former Mentor Coordinator, 54B District Court; and, Lynn Hendges from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

This is a cutting edge seminar providing an overview on their establishment and an update on their current status within the State of Michigan.  For example, Judge Jordan is participating in the creation of a manual regarding the policies and procedures for the Veteran Mentors. Additional courts are being established throughout the state and this seminar is an excellent opportunity to become informed regarding this invaluable tool used to assist our Veterans.  This seminar is at no cost to attendees.  Request you contact John E. Walus at jewalus@aol.com to indicate your attendance.


4 lawyers form new downtown law firm

Hickey Hauck Bishoff & Jeffers, PLLC is a new Detroit-based law firm specializing in business and employment litigation and counseling. Patrick F. Hickey, Mark E. Hauck, Thomas S. Bishoff and Benjamin W. Jeffers, four senior partners who have collectively spent more than 100 years practicing law at one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, came together to form the new firm which is located at One Woodward Avenue, owned and managed by Bedrock Detroit.

“We have spent our careers counseling and representing clients in the resolution of business disputes, commercial contracts and employment matters in Michigan and throughout the United States,” said Patrick F. Hickey, a partner and founding member of HHBJ Law. 

The attorneys of Hickey Hauck Bishoff & Jeffers, PLLC have expertise in a wide variety of business areas including: automotive counseling and litigation, privately owned business disputes, employment, trade secret and non-compete counseling and litigation, shareholder disputes, class actions, insurance disputes, contract disputes, healthcare industry disputes, manufacturer sales representative disputes and construction litigation.


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