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Trump to name ex-lawmaker as U.S. attorney in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids.

Trump on Wednesday announced his intent to pick Leonard as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, which covers 49 counties in the Lower and Upper peninsulas. The pending nomination will be subject to Senate approval.

Leonard, a Republican from DeWitt, led the House in 2017 and 2018 before being term-limited from office. He has since founded a policy development firm.

Before winning election to the Legislature in 2012, Leonard worked in the state attorney general's office defending the Corrections Department in lawsuits. He previously was an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County.

Leonard would succeed Andrew Birge, who was appointed to the post in 2017.


SBM Business Law  Section to host Business Boot Camp

The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section will host “Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer” from November 4-5, 2019, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, and from January 30-31, 2020, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

This award-winning course will provide you with practical tools you can put to use immediately. In just two days you will receive grounding in eight key areas of business practice, with guidance from the leaders who handle them every day. They will teach you how to:

• Develop confidence, attract clients, and impress partners;

• Meet the lawyers doing the deals you want to do;

• Learn the secrets of Michigan’s most successful business practitioners — our faculty describes the work they do day-in and day-out;

• Take home time-tested, proven forms and explanatory materials you can put to use immediately.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and runs until 4:30 p.m. 

The cost to attend the seminar is as follows: $220-individual (with early registration discount); $80-law student; $1,000-firm (up to 15 participants). The registration deadline is Oct. 31, 2019 for Grand Rapids, and Jan. 27, 2020 for Plymouth.


Detroit Bar Association to host Detroit Legal Services Clinic Aug. 27

The Detroit Legal Services Clinic provides information and advice from volunteer attorneys in the areas of divorce, child support, domestic relations issues, expungements, self-representation, and general civil law. The clinic is from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 at the Penobscot Building, 13th Floor, Smart Detroit Conference Rooms, 645 Griswold in Detroit. Volunteers may arrive at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.

For more information, contact Mary Kovari at mkovari@detroitlawyer.org or (313) 961-6120, ext. 206.


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