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‘Better Know a Sixth Circuit Judge’ planned online by FBA

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present “Better Know a Sixth Circuit Judge” online via Zoom on Thursday, March 18, from noon to 12:45 p.m.

The discussion will feature former Ohio Solicitor General and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Eric Murphy who will focus on appellate advocacy and decision making.

The program is free for FBA members and $5 for guests. 

To register, visit www.fbamich.org and click on “events.”

Questions can be directed to fbamich@fbamich.org.


SBM Rep Assembly accepting nominations

Nominations are being accepted for two State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly awards.

The Michael Franck Award is given annually to an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the legal profession.

The Unsung Hero Award is presented to an attorney who has exhibited the highest standards of practice and commitment for the benefit of others.

Nominees for both awards must be State Bar of Michigan members in good standing and their contributions may have been made either during the past year or by virtue of cumulative effort or service.

Materials submitted should include sufficient details about the nominee's accomplishments.

The deadline to submit nominations is Saturday, March 13, at www.michbar.org/generalinfo/awards.

For additional information, contact repassembly@michbar.org or call  517.346.6317.


State justices will look at fingerprinting of Black teens

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at two cases involving Black teenagers who were photographed and fingerprinted by Grand Rapids police but never charged with a crime.

The court will consider whether the actions violated the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The Michigan appeals court in 2019 ruled in favor of the officers in civil lawsuits, based on other binding legal decisions.

The top court said it will hear arguments in the months ahead.

The incidents occurred in 2011 and 2012. Denishio Johnson was stopped after cutting through the parking lot of a fitness club where there had been vehicle thefts.

In the other, Keyon Harrison was stopped after handing a model train engine to someone. He said it was part of a school project.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Grand Rapids had used the procedure on about 1,000 people per year.

The lawsuits were filed before a policy change in 2015. Grand Rapids police said fingerprints would be taken from people without ID only if their behavior was “highly suspicious.”

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