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Warner Norcross recognized by SBM for pro bono contributions

The law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized by the State Bar of Michigan with a 2016 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence award at the leadership level for its pro-bono contributions.

To be recognized at the leadership level, law firms must provide free or reduced-fee representation to low-income individuals or organizations and/or contribute a minimum of $500 per attorney to the State Bar’s Access to Justice Fund to assist in providing civil legal services to persons of limited means.

“Pro bono work is an important aspect of our commitment to serving the whole community,”” said Douglas A. Dozeman, the firm’s managing partner. “Our firm’s culture is built on respect, inclusion and teamwork. We are pleased to be recognized for this commitment and our pro-bono work.”

Warner Norcross attorneys provide direct client representation, serve on boards for legal aid programs, engage in community legal education programs and advise nonprofit and low-income public interest groups. In addition, the firm makes an annual financial contribution to the State Bar’s Access to Justice Fund.


Police: No domestic violence charges against Edsel Ford II

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. board member Edsel Ford II will not face charges following a domestic violence incident involving his wife at their suburban Detroit home.

Grosse Pointe Farms Detective Lt. Rich Rosati said Tuesday that a city attorney determined there is insufficient evidence to prosecute.

Ford is the great-grandson of the automaker’s founder Henry Ford. He was arrested late Monday night at his Grosse Pointe Farms home.

City Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen described the incident as a “very minor” physical assault and that Ford’s wife, Cynthia, declined to press charges. Jensen also said alcohol was involved.

Ford Motor Co. officials said in a statement Tuesday that they “are aware of what has been reported in the press, but it would be inappropriate to comment on personal matters.”


Man faces trial in death of son who killed himself with gun

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man faces trial on murder and other charges after his 9-year-old son found a shotgun at home and fatally shot himself.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says a jury was selected Tuesday morning for the trial for 45-year-old Christopher Head in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit. Daylen Makhai Head was fatally shot in the head Nov. 9 on the city’s west side. Police have said he was handling a loaded shotgun that wasn’t secured. The father pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder, but later withdrew the plea. He is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and weapons offenses.


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