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Trailblazer Dinner slated for June 6th

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will hold its 26th annual Trailblazers Dinner on Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at The Community House in Birmingham.

The 2019 honorees are Gregory Conyers, director of Diversity at the State Bar of Michigan; Ronda Tate Truvillion, equity shareholder at Lewis & Munday; and Michelle Crockett, hiring chair, Diversity & Professional Development Principal at Miller Canfield.

The cocktail hour will feature music by jazz saxophonist Daryl Beebe. Complimentary valet parking will be available for registered guests.

The Trailblazers Dinner was established to recognize local leaders who are making positive contributions to the law and our community. Law student scholarship winners will be announced as well.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www. strakerlaw.org. Regular tickets are $75 and $20 for law students. Sponsorships and ads can be purchased by contacting Kimberley Ann Ward, (734) 707-7115 or info@strakerlaw.org.

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is a special purpose bar association recognized by the State Bar of Michigan.


Michigan Supreme Court enters Flint water litigation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in the months ahead in a major Flint water lawsuit.

The court on Wednesday told lawyers to file briefs about a bushel of issues. They include whether Flint residents who consumed lead-contaminated water can claim a “violation of bodily integrity” under the Michigan Constitution.

The Supreme Court also will consider arguments about the timeliness of the lawsuit, a key procedural step in Michigan. In a 2-1 decision, the state appeals court last year ruled in favor of residents at an early stage of the case.
The lawsuit targets state officials for decisions related to the Flint water crisis. Water from the Flint River wasn’t treated to reduce corrosion. Lead leached from old pipes and plumbing fixtures.


Court rules woman’s  church ceremony  doesn’t upset alimony

PONTIAC (AP) — A court says a church ceremony that resembles a wedding isn’t a marriage if there’s no license.

The decision by the Michigan appeals court is worth $120,000 a year to Karen Lueck. She was divorced in 2014 and is entitled to alimony for 10 years unless she remarries.

A pastor at First Congregational Church of Traverse City performed a Christian marriage ceremony for Lueck and her partner, Matthew Bassett. They exchanged vows and rings — but didn’t seek a marriage license.

Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca cut off Lueck’s financial support in 2017, saying her actions were “fraudulent and manipulative.” But the appeals court this week threw out Gorcyca’s decision and reinstated the alimony.

The court says Lueck’s ceremony wasn’t a new marriage without a license.


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