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Effective mediation advocacy discussed at State Bar seminar

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan will present “How to Be an Effective Mediation Advocate” on Thursday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Panelists will take part in an interactive discussion of effective mediation advocacy skills and strategies, including mediator selection, preparing clients for mediation, overcoming hurdles to settlement, effective written mediation practices and developing a negotiation strategy.

Instructions for joining the free webinar will be sent upon registration.  To register or for additional information, visit https://connect.michbar.org/adr/home and click on “events.”


Biden will select a new judge for Detroit’s federal court

DETROIT (AP) — The federal court in Detroit could have one of President Joe Biden's first judicial appointments.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts is taking senior status, which allows her to reduce her caseload. It also creates a slot for another judge, who would be nominated by Biden and considered by the Senate.

Roberts' plan was announced soon after Biden became president Wednesday.

Roberts, 69, has been a judge for more than 20 years. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Roberts currently is overseeing civil lawsuits against the University of Michigan for assaults by a late doctor, Robert Anderson.


Matthew Schneider resigning as U.S. attorney in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The chief federal prosecutor in eastern Michigan said he's leaving office on Feb. 1 to join a law firm.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider served for three years. Changes are common when a new president from a different party is elected.

“In the last three years, this team has overcome tremendous challenges, from the longest federal government shutdown in American history, to an enormous rise in violent crime, the greatest increase in civil unrest since 1967, and a global pandemic," Schneider said.

Schneider was appointed by the U.S. Justice Department and then nominated by President Donald Trump. Saima Mohsin will become acting U.S. attorney.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in eastern Michigan covers more than 30 counties, from the tip of the Lower Peninsula to the Ohio border.

Schneider recently announced a deal with the United Auto Workers to put a monitor in place after a series of corruption convictions in the union's senior ranks.

He sharply criticized Trump this week for releasing former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison, years before the end of his 28-year sentence for corruption. Kilpatrick was convicted by federal prosecutors in 2013.

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