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Farmington Hills-based Young & Associates recently announced that Of Counsel firm member and retired Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Henry William Saad has joined Care House of Oakland County's Board of Directors. Young & Associates Founder and President Rodger D. Young made the announcement.

CARE House of Oakland County is a not-for-profit children's advocacy organization, providing services to victims of child abuse and neglect. The group serves as Oakland County's premier resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment.

"I am honored and privileged to join an outstanding board that supports a professional and dedicated staff at Care House of Oakland County," Saad noted. "For many years, as an appellate judge and, as a member of the Governor's Task Force for Abused Children, I had the opportunity to work with many talented professionals on legal matters and policy issues involving at risk and abused children. It is our expectation that this experience will prove valuable as a member of the Board of Care House of Oakland County."

Saad has been active in community for more than 40 years. He has served in leadership and fundraising roles with Detroit Public Television, Michigan Heart Association, McLaren Macomb Hospital, and Brother Rice High School where he served as the chair of the Board of Trustees.

In a career that spans more than 40 years, Saad's experience includes 20 years at the law firm of Dickinson Wright, where he served as partner and specialized in complex drug liability litigation, media, employment, and school law. At the same time, he taught evidence, ethics and labor law at Wayne State University Law School and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. In 1994, former Governor Engler appointed Henry Saad to the Michigan Court of Appeals, a role he held for 23 years, including a term as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Saad was nominated for federal appointments by both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush.

Saad graduated from Wayne State University Business School and Wayne Law. He retired from the bench in December 2017.

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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has appointed Amy Timmer to be interim dean effective October 22. The appointment was announced to faculty and staff by WMU-Cooley's Interim President Jeffrey Martlew, who assumed office September 1.

Timmer joined the WMU-Cooley faculty in 1992, teaching torts and equity & remedies. In 1996, she became the associate dean of students and in 2000 was named associate dean of students and professionalism.

She has published books and articles on torts and professionalism and has spoken at programs offered by the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Association of Law Placement, the Nelson Mullins Center on Professionalism, the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the Council of Bar Admissions Administrators, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, and the National Conference of Bar Executives.

Since 2008, Timmer has taught the professional development course at WMU-Cooley. She has received numerous teaching awards from the school.

"From its beginnings, WMU-Cooley has a tradition of providing a quality practical learning environment for law students. I am honored to take on the role of interim dean as the board continues their search for its next president," said Timmer.

Timmer graduated in 1988 from WMU-Cooley and after passing the bar she practiced law at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, & Cohn. Before that, she had a 10-year career in economic development and environmental regulation with the Michigan Department of Commerce after graduating from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1978.

Timmer is a fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and was designated in 2012 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its top women in the law.

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Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren was recently appointed by the Michigan Department of Education to the state's new Task Force on Social Studies.

The Task Force was established to review, revise, and improve the state's K-12 Social Studies Standards in the areas of Civics/Core values, American and World History, Geography, and Economics. Warren has been tapped for the Civics/Core Values subcommittee and will also offer input in American history and K-4 standards. The Task Force first met on October 15 and hopes to complete its work on December 19.

"For our nation to survive and thrive as a free people, our students need to be well-grounded in Civics and American History. Only by understanding the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and our history can we hope to preserve our liberties in the future." Warren remarked. "I am most pleased to continue to help the Michigan Department of Education pursue excellence in Social Studies so that our students can be the best educated in the nation."

Warren is a former member of the State Board of Education, co-creator of Patriot Week with his then 10-year old daughter Leah (, education chair for Cornerstone Schools (, author of "America's Survival Guide" ( and chairman of Oakland County's Bicentennial celebration.

He was heavily involved in the effort to create and draft the current Social Studies Standards, as well as the recent efforts to improve them as a member of the Department of Education's Focus Group on Social Studies. At least as of the first meeting of the Task Force, Warren was the only member of the Focus Group to transition to the Task Force. He also was recently named Top Judge of the Year (2018) by the International Association of Top Professionals.

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Jake Grove, a partner at Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard, has authored a chapter in a new legal reference book entitled Evidence in Patent Cases.

Published by the American Intellectual Property Law Association and authored by a team of experienced attorneys, the volume explains the use of evidence in patent litigation cases from initiation through appeal.

Grove wrote the "Privileges" chapter, which details the law and rules of attorney-client privilege in intellectual property cases.

Focusing his practice on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters, Grove has served as lead counsel in dozens of successful intellectual property cases.

Grove is a graduate of University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and Wayne State University Law School. He has been named to Michigan Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Leading Lawyers and Top Lawyers (DBusiness magazine).

He also a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Intellectual Property Law Section); Federal Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; International Trademark Association; Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association; and Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

In addition, Grove is an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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Devin W. Bone has joined the law firm of Warner, Norcross, and Judd LLP as an associate.

Bone's background includes litigation and transactional matters with experience in federal securities claims, complex commercial and real estate transactions, intellectual property and contract disputes for both private and publicly held companies. Bone, who also has experience in automotive supply chain dispute resolution, will be based in the firm's Southfield office.

Prior to joining Warner, Bone was an associate in the Bloomfield Hills office of Paesano, Akkashian, Apkarian PC where he participated in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrations throughout the United States. He previously worked on the fraud litigation team at Hewson & Van Hellemont PC in Oak Park and served as a law clerk at Thrun Law Firm.

Bone earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from MSU College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Published: Mon, Oct 29, 2018