Federal judge speaks to Wayne grads; Stupak joins D.C. firm

Here’s a roundup of upcoming legal events and people of note:

• The Hon. Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will speak at Wayne State University Law School’s annual commencement ceremony.

Cohn also will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony, which takes place 5 p.m. May 16 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

“I am deeply honored to join the past recipients of an honorary degree from the Law School, to wit: Eugene Driker, Dennis Archer, Maura D. Corrigan, Marilyn Kelly and Harold Koh,” Cohn said.

Admission to the commencement is by ticket only. For more information, contact the Law School’s Dean of Students Office at (313) 577-3997 or lawdso@wayne.edu.

• Former nine-term Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, who played a lead role in passage of the landmark health care legislation of 2010, has joined Venable LLP as a Legislative and Government Affairs partner in the firm’s Washington office.

Stupak was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman of its subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

A former police officer and Michigan state trooper, Stupak became one of the leading congressional voices on law enforcement issues: in 1994 he created the first law enforcement caucus in Congress and went on to help write and pass substantial legislation to support law enforcement professionals.

Stupak also is serving as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and will be leading a study group on government investigations at the Kennedy School of Government entitled “Investigate or Irritate: Changing Corporate and Government Behavior.”

• A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Crime Victims Rights Exhibit at the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center in Lansing is this coming Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m.

Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr., Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, former state legislator Senator Bill Van Regenmorter (author and proponent of Michigan’s Crime Victims Rights Act), and Attorney General Bill Schuette are scheduled to speak.

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan is co-sponsoring the event.

The educational exhibit is a tribute to crime victims and those who advocate for them. It will feature four panels, the exhibit educates the viewer about the act, and its meaning for crime victims, through interactive educational games.

• Know a great young attorney who has made great strides in his or her career? Then the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan wants to know more.

The section is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

All nominations must be received by May 6. The recipient of the award will be chosen by the SBM-YLS Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Subcommittee, and will notified by May 13. The award will be presented during the Fourth Annual YLS Summit on Saturday, May 21, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

In 1997, the Young Lawyers Section renamed its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in honor of Regeana Myrick, an executive council member of the section who passed away in August of that year.

For more information, contact Brandy Y. Robinson at byrobinson@gmail.com.

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Hall of Justice hosts legal career camp for teens

Know any teens who want to get a jump-start on a legal career? Then send them to Lansing this summer.

The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center is hosting its annual “Exploring Careers in the Law” program for two weeklong sessions in June and July.

Taking place at the Michigan Hall of Justice, it will host junior high and high school students who are interested in learning about Michigan courts and legal careers.

The high school program (students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2011) runs June 20-24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day. Junior high students (entering grades 7-9 in fall 2011) will participate July 18-22 from 9 a.m.-noon daily.

Junior high students will explore a range of law-related careers through tours and activities. Participants will meet with judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals, and observe proceedings at a local trial court.

High school students will participate in a “moot court,” similar to arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court. Participants will hear from Justices, lawyers, and other legal professionals.

“The goal of the programs is to have students examine the structure of Michigan’s judicial system and give them a real-life view of legal careers,” said Learning Center Coordinator Rachael L. Drenovsky.

Registration for each program is limited to 20 students, selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Application deadline is May 13, 2011. The registration fee is a $75 donation to the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Learning Center Fund.

Learn more at www.courts.mi.gov/plc, or contact Drenovsky at drenovskyr@courts.mi.gov or (517) 373-5027.

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to June 3. 

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