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The Michigan Board of Law Examiners is the entity that oversees the Michigan Bar Exam. The Michigan Supreme Court oversees the BLE. The State Bar of Michigan and the Board of Law Examiners are separate entities.
The newly formed Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is seeking its first executive director. The position is appointed and supervised by the MIDC, and is responsible for developing and overseeing reforms to Michigan's public defense system.
The MIDC says the ideal candidate should have significant experience in the representation of indigent clients, significant public sector leadership experience and be highly skilled in personnel management, public policy advocacy and budget development. A demonstrated ability to inspire and lead people is essential.
The position will pay between $100,000 and $135,000 a year.
All reporters are invited to attend two panel discussions sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Law and the Media Committee and the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit, moderated by Wayne State University Professor Jack Lessenberry and featuring some of the metropolitan Detroit area's top judges and lawyers.
The first panel will feature U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. The discussion will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Crain’s Detroit, located at 1155 Gratiot Ave.
The second panel will feature the Hon. Nancy Edmunds, federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Hon. Robert Columbo, judge of the Third Circuit Court in Wayne County. The discussion will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Butzel Long, located at 150 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 100, in Detroit.
There is no fee to attend the discussions, but registration is required. To register, email Donna Remer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum will commemorate the 40th anniversary of President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 by hosting a symposium focusing on President Ford's constitutional legacy at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.
The symposium, co-hosted by the National Constitution Center and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, will present two panel discussions featuring such noted public figures as retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeff Rosen, former United States Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, Benton Becker, who served as special counsel to President Ford, and Steve Ford, President Ford's son.
The first panel discussion will focus on "President Ford and the Rule of Law." The second panel discussion will focus on "President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon.
The panel discussions will be open to the public, but reservations are required to attend them.
Meinecke won election to the 44th District Court in 2012, after serving for more than 10 years in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in the special victims unit, focusing on domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sexual assault.
In 2011, he won the Courage to Lead Award from Oakland County S.A.V.E. (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly) for his efforts to prevent elder abuse, and in 2009 he awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award from Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence for his work to end domestic violence, prosecute abusers, empower victims and educate police officers and members of the community about the dynamics of abuse.
Meinecke earned his law degree at Wayne State University and worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Daniel Sawicki prior to his work in the prosecutors office.
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge William Whitbeck will retire on Nov. 21 after serving three terms on the court of appeals, including six years as the court's chief judge.
“Bill Whitbeck’s service to Michigan in both the judicial and executive branches of government is a testament to his keen legal intellect, administrative skill and policy-making acumen,” said Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. in a written statement. “Those qualities combined to help him to make the Court of Appeals worthy of national recognition as a model appellate court while he served as its Chief Judge.”
Whitbeck decided to retire because he thinks the time is right.
“I am 73 years old and I’m cognizant of the fact that the human machine wears down over time,” Whitbeck told Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “It’s sort of like athletics — you want to go out on the top of your game and it’s a good time for me to do that."
Whitbeck will work on his second novel in his retirement. his first novel, "To Account for Murder," is currently for sale on Amazon.
Starting in January of 2015, students can continue their classes at any of the law school's any other campuses in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids or Tampa Bay, Fla. In August, the law school told students that should the campus close, it would provide early registration at other campuses; a $1,500 cash stipend to help cover costs of attending another campus; a $3,500 stipend for a bar review course for graduates; specialized advising for registration, financial aid, housing and other issues; a possible adjustment to available financial aid and additional consideration to students with special circumstances.
The plan is subject to approval by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission.