Ex-Detroit deputy mayor Green back at Miller Canfield

Apparently, Saul Green’s 2012 resolution is to go back into the law firm setting.

The former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and ex-deputy mayor of the city of Detroit has announced he’ll be serving of counsel in the Litigation and Trial Group at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Up until June 2011, Green was Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s deputy mayor and executive over public safety (he was appointed in 2008 by then-Mayor Kenneth Cockrel).

He has a wide history of Detroit- and Wayne County-related involvement, having served as the county’s corporation counsel; chief counsel of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at the Detroit Field Office; and assistant U.S. attorney.

In 2007, Green, along with fellow Miller Canfield partner Thomas Cranmer, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Lawyers of the Year.”

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It’s not as bad as it sounded: Detroit deputy mayor says former city attorney isn’t racist

A white high-ranking city lawyer who lost her job because she described a court as “ghetto” isn’t a racist, a black deputy mayor says, but her comment could be interpreted as such, reports The Associated Press.

From The AP:

Saul Green made his comments in a deposition in a lawsuit filed by Kathleen Leavey, who was Detroit’s interim chief counsel until she was forced to resign in January after calling 36th District Court a “ghetto court.”

“I don’t believe Kathy is racist,” Green said, according to a portion of his Sept. 4 deposition filed Wednesday in federal court. “But the term can be used in a way that has a racist connotation to it regardless of whether the person who uses it is black or white.” …

Leavey has said she used the word in a conversation with a court employee to describe the court as inefficient and poor in serving the public. The court’s chief judge, who is black, heard about it and contacted Green — an angry call that led to Leavey’s departure.

She is suing the city for more than $75,000, arguing that she was punished for free speech. Leavey says there would have been no consequences if she were a black city employee in majority-black Detroit.