The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit

November 20, 2012

Orthodox churches to sponsor ‘Story of St. Nicholas’ party for children

DETROIT – The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor its third annual “The Story of St. Nicholas,” a Nativity-season children’s party, on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 29150 W. 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

“The party will feature the story of St. Nicholas as told by St. Nicholas himself,” said Richard Shebib, past president of the COCC and chairman of the event. “We will have young adults telling stories of St. Nicholas encounters and explaining how other countries celebrate St. Nicholas Day,” he said. “Children will meet St. Nicholas and receive a gift while their parents take their pictures. There will also be a carol sing-a-long and refreshments.”

The party is free of charge and open to Orthodox and non-Orthodox children of all ages and their parents. Refreshments will be served. A service of Great Vespers will follow the party at 4:00 p.m. To register for the party, contact Shebib at (248) 345-9346 or paschabooks@sbcglobal.net.

The COCC is a 55-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit and sponsors a variety of programs in the areas of worship, fellowship, charity, education and outreach. For further information, visit http://www.coccdetroit.org.
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CONTACTS:
Richard Shebib
Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit
(248) 345-9346 cell
paschabooks@sbcglobal.net

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

November 19, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender conducts free workshop on small claims court

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the first of three free fall workshops for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments Oct. 23 at LAD’s Detroit-Wayne office, 613 Abbott St.

Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $5,000 or less that is designed to be easy enough for residents to navigate without an attorney, said LAD staff attorney Eric Wardford, who conducted the workshop.

Mary Morris, a program representative for the Wayne Mediation Center
(http://www.waynemediation.org/), was the guest speaker at the workshop. She explained to attendees how they could use mediation as an alternative to filing suit in small claims court.

LAD scheduled the fall workshops in response to the popularity of its six spring and summer workshops on small claims court, Johnson said. The second and third workshops were scheduled for Nov. 8 in St. Clair Shores and Nov. 13 in Pontiac.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.
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PHOTO CAPTION:

Speakers at Legal Aid and Defender Association’s (LAD’s) workshop on small claims court were (left to right) Michelle Johnson, supervising attorney of LAD’s Detroit- Wayne office; Mary Morris of the Wayne Mediation Center; and LAD staff attorney Eric Wardford. (Photo by John Meiu)

CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
rlennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

November 2, 2012

With photos

Legal Aid and Defender Association presents second annual ‘Laddys’ awards

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) honored a judge, a law firm, a corporate law department and a number of individual attorneys at its second annual “Laddys” awards ceremony at the College for Creative Studies’ A. Albert Taubman Center for Design Services Oct. 25.

The Hon. Vera Massey-Jones, judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, received the Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice award.

Anthony T. Chambers, an attorney in private practice, received the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award.

Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, represented by partner Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal, was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.

The Office of General Counsel of General Motors Company, represented by attorney Andy Segovia, received the Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Award for Excellence in Corporate Involvement.

Individual attorneys who received recognition for exceptional volunteer service through LAD’s Private Attorney Involvement Program were:

  • Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC – Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice – Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County
  • Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice – Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County
  • Krystal Denise Johnson, an attorney in private practice – Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County
  • Andrea D. Cartwright, an attorney in private practice – Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County
  • Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC – Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County
  • Lynn M. Davidson, director, Macomb County Friend of the Court – Friend of LAD
  • Joon H. Sung, assistant professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – Friend of LAD

Piper and Sung also received Pangborn Pins for exceeding the State Bar of Michigan’s voluntary standard of 30 hours of pro bono service per year, as did attorneys Daniel Nicholas Adams, Kathryn Arierlla Katz, David Allen Malinowski, Roger Peters Meyers and James Allen Sheridan.

Ronnie Dahl, a reporter for television station WJBK FOX 2, emceed the awards ceremony.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” Deierdre L. Weir, president and CEO of LAD, said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.

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PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Attorney Anthony T. Chambers (center), winner of the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award, is congratulated by Deierdre L. Weir (left), president and CEO of Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), and Joan Glanton Howard, chief counsel of LAD’s Civil Law Group. (Photo by John Meiu)

Miriam Siefer (left), chief counsel of the Federal Defender Office of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice award to attorney Anthony T. Chambers. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award to partner Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Award for Excellence in Corporate Involvement award to attorney Andy Segovia of the Office of General Counsel of General Motors Company. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award to Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County award to Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County award to Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Brian M. Legghio (right), an attorney in private practice and chair of the Legal Services Corporation Policy Board of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County award to Krystal Denise Johnson, also an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Brian M. Legghio (right), an attorney in private practice and chair of the Legal Services Corporation Policy Board of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County award to Andrea D. Cartwright, also an attorney in private practice. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County award to Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC. (Photo by John Meiu)

Joel D. Applebaum (left), an attorney with Clark Hill PLC and chair of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association, presents the Friend of LAD award to Joon H. Sung, assistant professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. (Photo by John Meiu)

Ronnie Dahl, a reporter for television station WJBK FOX 2, emceed the “Laddys” awards ceremony for Legal Aid and Defender Association. (Photo by John Meiu)

CONTACTS:

Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

October 9, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender to award 12 ‘Laddys’ at ceremony Oct. 25

DETROIT – Ten attorneys, a law firm and an office of corporate counsel will receive “Laddy” awards from Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) at its annual awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the A.
Albert Taubman Center for Design Services at the College for Creative Studies, 485 W. Milwaukee St.

The ceremony will also raise funds for LAD’s Civil Law Group and other LAD activities, according to Deierdre L. Weir, LAD President and CEO.

“As a result of a reduction in funding and a still-struggling economy, the need for financial support of Legal Aid has never been greater,” Weir said. “Support of our Laddy awards ceremony and fundraiser will help us continue our work and give recognition to our volunteers.”

Laddy winners are:

• Pro Bono Attorney of the Year – Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC

• Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year – Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, represented by Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal, chair of the pro bono committee

• Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year Award –General Motors Corporation, represented by Michael P. Millikin, senior vice president and general counsel

• Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County – Patrick G. Gagniuk, an attorney in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County – Bryan A. Sunisloe, an attorney in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County – Krystal Denise Johnson, an attorney in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County – Andrea D. Cartwright, an attorney in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County – Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC

• Friend of LAD – Lynn M. Davidson, director, Macomb County Friend of the Court

• Friend of LAD – Joon H. Sung, assistant professor of law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

• Frank D. Eaman Warrior of Justice – Anthony T. Chambers, an attorney in private practice

• Ed Porknoy Pioneer of Justice – The Hon. Vera Massey-Jones, a judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan

The following attorneys will be recognized for contributing 50 hours or more
of pro bono service: Daniel Nicholas Adams, Michelle A. Carter, Lindsay E.
DeMoss, Ali R. Freeman, Kathryn Ariella Katz, Karen Glorio Luther, David Allen
Malinowski, Roger Peter Meyers, Jessica Lynn Montgomery, Karen L. Piper,
Jan Quasarano, Todd C. Schebor, James Allan Sheridan, Joon H. Sung, Tiffany
Buckley-Norwood, Robert J. Dindoffer, Andrew J. Lievense, Alison B. Miramonti,
Sherry O’Neal Taylor, Patrick O’Reilly, Niesa Trent Fagan, Thomas F. Sweeney
and Joycelyn Ward.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are $75 and are tax deductible. Sponsorship packages are also available.

The entrance to the College for Creative Studies is located at the corner of W. Milwaukee and Cass Avenue in the former Argonaut Building. Convenient free parking is available adjacent to the college.

To order tickets or secure sponsorships, contact Bedelia Brown at (313) 967- 5619 or bbrown@ladadetroit.org.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.
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CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

September 28, 2012

With photo

Legal Aid and Defender receives $50,000 grant for online client intake program

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD), Michigan’s largest public law firm, has received a $50,000 technology grant from the federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to develop an online client intake program.

LAD serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Currently, prospective clients can contact LAD by toll free telephone or by visiting one of its offices. The online intake program will eliminate call wait time or travel time.

“This will add another point of access to our services,” Michele Hall, LAD’s deputy chief counsel-legal services, said. “Clients who are unable to get to our office due to transportation problems, work schedules or family commitments can complete an online application for legal services at their leisure in their own homes or at public libraries or community centers located within their neighborhoods.”

The online client intake program will allow LAD to better serve their clients “where they are,” LSC President James L. Sandman said at a news conference Sept. 26 at LAD’s client intake center in Detroit.

Announcing the grant at the news conference, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-14th District, said, “We feel extremely proud that Detroit was included in this activity.”

The grant to LAD is one of 43 grants totaling more than $3.4 million that LSC plans to award through its Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program (http://tig.lsc.gov/) in 2012. They will fund LSC grantee programs in 25 states and the territory of Guam.

In addition to providing civil legal services in the tri-county area, LAD represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, LAD handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.
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PHOTO CAPTION:

A reporter interviews U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (right) while Michele Hall (second from left), deputy chief counsel-legal services for Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), and James L. Sandman, president of Legal Services Corporation, listen in during the news conference to announce the $50,000 technology grant to LAD for an online client intake program. (Photo by John Meiu)

CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

September 27, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender to conduct more free workshops on small claims court

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will conduct a series of three free workshops this fall for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments.

LAD scheduled the workshops in response to the popularity of its six spring and summer workshops on small claims court.

The first workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at LAD headquarters, 613 Abbott St., Detroit. It will feature a presentation on mediation by the Wayne Mediation Center.

The second workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. It will feature a presentation on mediation by The Resolution Center.

The third workshop will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Oakland County Law Library, 1200 N. Telegraph Road (West Wing), Pontiac. It will feature a presentation on mediation by the Oakland Mediation Center.

No registration is required for the workshops, which will begin promptly on time. For further information, contact Kelly L. Bidelman, managing attorney of LAD’s offices in Macomb and Oakland counties, at (313) 967-5555, ext. 4003 or
KBidelma@ladadetroit.org.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters
yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.

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CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
rlennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com
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Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

September 27, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender conducts workshop on small claims court in Sterling Heights

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the third of its three summer workshops on small claims court Sept. 18 at Sterling Heights Public Library.

Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $5,000 or less. LAD’s workshops are designed to teach residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties how to represent themselves in the courts and collect money judgments.

Kelly L. Bidelman, managing attorney of LAD’s Macomb County office in Mount Clemens, conducted the workshop. In her introductory remarks, she pointed out that parties who bring suit in small claims court waive their rights to be represented by an attorney, to a jury trial and to appeal judges’ decisions.

Guest speaker Craig Pappas, executive director of The Resolution Center, Mount Clemens (http://www.theresolutioncenter.com/), explained how attendees could use mediation as an alternative to filing suit in small claims court. Automatic mediation is a requirement in several Macomb County jurisdictions, he said. Small claims actions comprise between 45 and 50 percent of The Resolution Center’s annual caseload, he said.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.
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PHOTO CAPTION:

Kelly Bidelman (left), managing attorney of Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Macomb County office, conducts the workshop on small claims court at Sterling Heights Public Library with Craig Pappas, executive director of The Resolution Center, Mount Clemens. (Photo by John Meiu)

CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
rlennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street, 6th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

September 19, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender to hold ‘Laddys’ awards ceremony Oct. 25

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) will hold its second annual “Laddys” awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the A. Albert Taubman Center for Design Services at the College for Creative Studies, 485 W. Milwaukee St.

The ceremony will honor attorneys, law firms and corporate legal departments for their support of LAD and raise funds for LAD’s Civil Law Group and other LAD activities, according to President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir.

“As a result of a reduction in funding and a still-struggling economy, the need for financial support of Legal Aid has never been greater,” Weir said. “Support of our Laddy awards ceremony and fundraiser will help us continue our work and give recognition to our volunteers.”

At the ceremony, attorneys will receive recognition for exceptional volunteer service representing LAD clients through its Private Attorney Involvement Program. Other awards will be presented to attorneys nominated by the LAD’s Federal Defender Office and State Defender Office for outstanding service to LAD or the community in the area of indigent criminal defense.

To date, the following individuals and organizations have been nominated for their exceptional pro bono service through LAD’s Private Attorney Involvement program:

• Pro Bono Attorney of the Year – Karen L. Piper, an attorney with Bodman PLC, and Lindsay E. De Moss, an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC

• Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year – Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP and Bodman LLP

• Kelvin W. Scott Pro Bono Corporation of the Year Award – Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.

• Pro Bono Spirit-Macomb County – Jo Ann Bigler, Patrick Gagniuk and Bryan A. Sunisloe, attorneys in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Oakland County – Krystal Denise Johnson and Ronald D. Griffith Jr., attorneys in private practice

• Pro Bono Spirit-Wayne County – Andrea Cartwright, an attorney in private practice, and Danielle J. Hessell, an attorney with Butzel Long PC

• Friend of LAD – Lynn M. Davidson, director, Macomb County Friend of the Court, and Joon Sung, assistant professor of law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Nominees for the Pioneer of Justice, Warrior of Justice and Impact on Domestic Violence awards will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are $75 and are tax deductible. Sponsorship packages are also available.

The entrance to the College for Creative Studies is located at the corner of W. Milwaukee and Cass Avenue in the former Argonaut Building. Convenient free parking is available adjacent to the college.

To order tickets or secure sponsorships, contact Bedelia Brown at (313) 967-5619 or bbrown@ladadetroit.org.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit http://www.ladadetroit.org.
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CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian

Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Detroit Regional Chamber

Detroit Regional Chamber
One Woodward Ave., Suite 1900
Detroit, MI 48232-0840

September 18, 2012

With photo

Detroit Regional Chamber selects Legal Aid VP for leadership program


Roger Lennert

DETROIT – Roger Lennert, marketing and development vice president for Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD), has been selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“Roger is a leader in our organization and the community, and we are excited about his selection for Leadership Detroit,” said Deierdre L. Weir, LAD president and CEO.

Lennert’s responsibilities at LAD (http://www.ladadetroit.org) include fundraising, media relations and community outreach, as well as website and social media development.

Lennert’s career has included positions as executive director, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and its foundation; executive director, Alliance for a Safer, Greater Detroit, Inc.; and communications manager, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. He is also an adjunct instructor at Baker College.

Leadership Detroit is a 10-month community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with more than1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

Lennert will join 69 executives from across the region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“Leadership Detroit has a strong legacy of bringing together executives from around the region who are committed to making a difference. This year’s class is poised to drive the dialogue and build the relationships that will move our region forward,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Detroit Regional Chamber (http://www.detroitchamber.com/) is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. Its mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members.
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CONTACTS:
Jim Martinez
Detroit Regional Chamber
(313) 596-0489
(313) 348-0424
jmartinez@detroitchamber.com

Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
RLennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

August 30, 2012

With photo

Detroit councilman interviews Legal Aid and Defender attorneys for cable TV

PHOTO CAPTION:


Detroit City Council Member James Tate (right) interviews Michele Hall (center) and Gina Polley, deputy chief counsels of the Civil Law Group of Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD), for his talk show on Detroit’s government access cable television Channel 22 on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:00 p.m. Detroit City Council Media Services videotaped the show in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan, serving metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The interview was part of LAD’s effort to build awareness of its Broad Based Advocacy program, which emphasizes preventive legal assistance and education, rather than helping a client who is already involved in a legal issue. For further information, visit LAD’s website at http://www.ladadetroit.org. (Photo by John Meiu)
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CONTACTS:
Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell
rlennert@ladadetroit.org

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell
david.adrian@adrianassoc.com