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Retired judge is hired as a prosecutor in northern Michigan

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — A retired judge is back in court on the other side of the bench in northern Michigan.

Peter O’Connell has been hired as an assistant prosecutor in Charlevoix County. He was a Michigan appeals court judge for more than 20 years and a District Court judge in Isabella County for another 15.

O’Connell joked that Charlevoix County prosecutor Allen Telgenhof is “giving a senior citizen a second chance.” The Boyne City resident says retirement is “not the place for someone with a type A personality.”

O’Connell will handle the county’s District Court docket. He couldn’t run for re-election to the appeals court because he turned 70 years old.


ABA to commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States, a panel of experts will highlight past, present and future efforts to create equal opportunities to participate in our democracy.

“Fighting for Political Power: Women’s Inclusion from the 19th Amendment to 2020” is hosted by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Center for Public Leadership,  Institute of Politics and Women and Public Policy Program in collaboration with the American Bar Association. It will be held Monday, October 28 from 6-7 p.m. at JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02138.

Judy Perry Martinez, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver opening remarks.

The panel will include LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and IOP Fall Fellow; Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States; and Kathleen Sullivan, former dean of Stanford Law School.

Sarah Wald, senior policy advisor and chief of staff, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, will serve as the moderator.

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote, launched the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country,” said Martinez. “This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of voting rights and equal rights today.”

The event will be live streamed on the Institute of Politics YouTube page.


WLAM – Wayne to host ‘Trivia Night’ Oct. 24

Register for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Wayne Trivia Night to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24 at Detroit Vineyards, 1000 Gratiot Ave. in Detroit. Trivia topics will include WLAM History, Women in the Law, and Notable Women in History. Ticket includes trivia, a chance for prizes, one drink and light appetizers. The cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $100 for sponsorship (comes with two tickets). Register at https://www.womenlawyers.org/.


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