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Dickinson Wright attorney elected trustee of Michigan State Bar Foundation

Dickinson Wright attorney W. Anthony Jenkins has been elected a trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Jenkins is a member in the firm’s Detroit office where he focuses his practice on corporate, real estate, real estate finance, land use & development, leasing, minority business enterprises, and public finance. He represents multiple private enterprises and public entities in connection with financing for site acquisition and building improvements. He is a nationally recognized expert in certification of companies as minority-owned business enterprises, and structuring and documenting MBE joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Jenkins is past president of the State Bar of Michigan and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He serves on the board of governors of the American Bar Association. He also is the past chair of the Certification Committee of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. In the community, he is the current chair of the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee and is serving or has served on the board of directors for the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Medical Center. Jenkins is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. He received his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.P.A. from Princeton University, and his J.D. from New York University Law School.

The Michigan State Bar Foundation was established in 1947 by lawyers and judges to help the legal profession meet its responsibilities to the public. Since inception, the Foundation has made grants to nonprofit civil legal aid programs, programs that improve the administration of justice through educating children and adults about their legal rights, and programs that support the justice system and opportunities to resolve conflicts outside the courtroom. To learn more about the Michigan State Bar Foundation, visit http://www.msbf.org.


Michigan judge denies request to halt LGBT adoption ruling

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied Michigan’s request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency’s ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples.

Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by state Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Department of Health and Human Services, while the case is appealed.

Jonker says state attorneys “offered nothing new” and “failed to come to grips” with the factual basis supporting an inference that Nessel engaged in “religious targeting.” Nessel has denied having hostility toward faith-based agencies that contract with the state.

She says Michigan law allows child-placing agencies to turn away families in private cases based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, but not when they place state-supervised children.


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