At a Glance . . .

Bar association plans Family Day

The Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association will host its MAPABA Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 20. 

MAPABA members, families, and friends are welcome to gather at 3 p.m. at Maybury State Park - Maple Shelter, 49601 Eight Mile Rd. in  Northville.  

A recreation passport is required to enter the park, available for purchase at the park entrance for $17.

To register for the event, email Jacqueline August at or Benjamin Wu at

Friend of the Court ADR webinar on tap this month

The Michigan Judicial Institute, in collaboration with the Friend of the Court Bureau, will present the “Friend of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Training Webinar” Aug. 22-26 and Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Upon completion, this virtual 20-hour training will qualify friend of the court staff to conduct facilitative and information-gathering conferences and friend of the court domestic relations mediation.

Speakers will include Valentina Berishaj, attorney/clerical services director with Macomb County Friend of the Court

To register, visit and click on “events.”

Program helps state residents regain driving privileges

The Michigan Department of State (MDOS), Department of Attorney General, and community partners recently launched a new round of Road to Restoration clinics to help drivers with suspended licenses take steps to restore their driving privileges. 

The first clinic was held last week at CNS Healthcare in Detroit. 

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the program “makes state government accessible to those who need our services the most, meeting people where they are in their communities.”

Last October, new state laws lifted license suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations. In the months following, MDOS canceled infractions on the driving records of more than 350,000 Michiganders. However, many individuals must take additional measures before their licenses are restored. 

The clinics are made possible by numerous partner organizations including the law firms of Miller Canfield, Dykema and Bodman along with the Detroit Justice Center and United Way.

Those who believe they may qualify to have their license reinstated can sign up for the next clinic near them at

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