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Legal Aid and Defender announces ‘Laddy’ award winners for 2015-16

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) has announced the winners of its 2015-2016  “Laddy” awards honoring members of the legal community for their pro bono service to LAD clients:

• Pro Bono Attorney of the Year - Maynard L. Timm, retired, General Motors Company, and Teresa H. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield PLLP   

• Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year - Dykema and Butzel Long

• Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year - General Motors Co. and Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters

• Pro Bono Spirit - Joseph A. Doerr, Doerr Law Firm; Kathleen G. Galen, Law Offices of Kathleen G. Galen; Judge B. Pennie Millender, 36th District Court; Jonathan E. Osgood, Ford Motor Co.; and Kathleen Parakh, Parakh Law

• Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice - Margaret S. Raben, Gurewitz & Raben PLC

• Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice Award - Samuel J. Churikian and Richard M. Lynch, Third Judicial Circuit Court Office of the General Counsel

• Friend of LAD - Cynthia Thomas Walker, chief judge, 50th District Court and Linda Caurdy Bess, William Beaumont

LAD will also award Pangborn Pins for 100 hours or more of pro bono service to: Heather L. Bendure, Grosse Pointe Law Center PLLC; Laura Bradshaw Tucker, Gwinn Taurianinen PLLC; Kelly R. Houk, Dykema Gossett PLLC; Brittany D. Parling, Jones Day; Eric S. Polan, solo practitioner; Teresa H. Sharp, Foley & Mansfield PLLP; Maynard L. Timm, retired, General Motors; and Ellen Kaiwne Wu, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC.

The awards will be presented Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in the historic chief judge’s courtroom of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette St., Detroit. For information concerning the ceremony or sponsorships, contact Bedelia Brown at LAD at (313) 967-5619 or bbrown@semasg.org.

LAD is a public service law firm serving residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit.


Prosecutor: Fatal shooting by officer in Michigan justified

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has ruled that the fatal shooting of a man suspected of stealing a semi-automatic pistol from a gun store in the Grand Rapids area was justifiable.

The shooting happened Sept. 7 in Wyoming, a city near Grand Rapids, about two hours after the theft. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth issued his decision Tuesday, saying video from the officer's in-car camera and witness statements corroborated the officer's account.

Police say 25-year-old Sadiq Bishara-Abaker Idris, a native of Sudan, was confronted by an officer because of what looked like a gun in his back pocket.

Police say the man took out the gun and pointed it at the officer. Forsyth said the officer had no way of knowing that the gun that was pointed at him was unloaded.


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