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Transgender Rights Panel to take place at Wayne Law Jan. 18

Two speakers will address the current state of transgender rights in the United States during a panel discussion at Wayne State University Law School on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Speaking at the event will be Jay Kaplan, Wayne Law class of 1985, LGBT Legal Project staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Lilianna Angel Reyes, program services director for Affirmations.

The event will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $7.50 (credit and debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school. The event is free, but registration is requested. Register at law.wayne.edu/transgenderrights.

The purpose of the panel is to shed light on the struggles transgender individuals face on a daily basis. The panel discussion is sponsored by Wayne Outlaws, the Wayne Law chapter of If/When/How and Wayne Law’s American Civil Liberties Union, Student Chapter.


Supreme Court passes on appeal in U.P.  snowboarder’s injury

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from an Upper Peninsula ski area in a lawsuit over a severe head injury suffered by a snowboarder.

The decision last week wasn’t unanimous. Chief Justice Stephen Markman wanted to take the case.

Trevor Rhoda suffered a brain injury when he fell after his snowboard caught a gap on a rail in 2010. Marquette Mountain knew that the rail’s separate sections were incompletely welded together. It erected two red poles to discourage users, but safety rules suggest it should have done more.

The Michigan appeals court last year said Marquette Mountain can’t escape all liability. If the lawsuit goes to trial, jurors could also consider whether the snowboarder bears some responsibility for his injuries.


Nominations sought for Wade McCree Award

Nominations are requested for the 2017 Hon. Wade Hampton McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice.

This award is presented annually by the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social justice in areas involving poverty, promoting economic or educational opportunity, or fighting discrimination involving race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or economic status. 

The recipient may be selected from any field of endeavor including but not limited to law, social service, community organization, volunteer activities, journalism, or academics.
Nominations are due no later than Jan. 30.

Please either mail your nomination to Cynthia Haffey, Butzel Long P.C., 150 W. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit, MI  48226, or email the nomination to either Ms. Haffey at haffey@butzel. com or Susan DeClercq at susan.declercq@us doj.gov.


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