Daily Briefs

14th Annual Bench Bar Culinary Challenge June 27

Grilling for Good returns with the 14th Annual Bench Bar Culinary Challenge which will take place Tuesday, June 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly.

This annual charitable event is one of a kind in metro Detroit for a friendly cook-off between teams from the bench and bar.  All proceeds benefit Alternatives for Girls and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation’s scholarship fund.  

This year, the teams consist of:

• Grilled from the Bench—Michigan Court of Appeals Judges Stephen Borrello and Anica Letica, Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Kwame Rowe and Yasmine Poles, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Yvonna Abraham, and Maya Younis.

• Grilled by the Hour—Pahl Zinn, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Stefanie Reagan, Hickey, Hauck, Bishoff, Jeffers, & Seabolt PLLC; and Ron Sollish, Maddin, Hauser, Roth, & Heller PC. 

Attendees will be able to buy voting tickets at the event to determine whether the bench or bar wins the competition.

Tickets are $75 per person and include food, wine, and beer. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit https://womenlawyers.org/bench-bar-culinary-challenge.

Attorneys discuss ‘Making and Preserving the Record for Appeal’

As part of the 2023 Virtual Lunchtime Trainings, the State Appellate Defender Office and the Criminal Defense Resource Center will present a webinar on “Making and Preserving the Record for Appeal” Tuesday, June 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  This training will feature SADO’s Matt Monahan and Kathy Swedlow. 

Monahan is an assistant defender at SADO. Prior to joining SADO, he worked for U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson, Eastern District of Michigan.  He previously taught high school in Chicago.

Swedlow is the manager of the Criminal Defense Resource Center (CDRC). Prior to joining the CDRC, she was the deputy administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System.  Swedlow formerly worked as a professor and assistant dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  She also worked as an assistant federal defender with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and in the Staff Attorneys’ Offices in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, and Sixth Circuits. Swedlow is the author of the SADO Defender Appellate Manual and three law school textbooks.

To register for the webinar, visit www.sado.org. Anyone with questions may contact CDRC Manager Kathy Swedlow at kswedlow@sado.org.

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