SEPTEMBER  2020 
September 2020 Newsletter Headlines

In Loving Memory:
Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never.

Corporal Bryant Searcy served 18 years with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.  Corporal Searcy was assigned to the Lincoln Hall of Justice until a recent assignment at the Wayne County Jail Division 2.

Retiree Highlights

Third Circuit Court would like to congratulate former Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo, Jr. on receiving the 2020 Lifetime Judicial Achievement Award from The American Board of Trial Advocates, Michigan Chapter and the 2020 Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association award for Exemplary Public Service.

Michigan Safety Alert
To break the chain of infection, Michigan Department and Health and Human Services is calling anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19.  If you get a call from (866) 806-3447, MI COVID HELP or your local health department, please answer.
The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team's Mission:
"We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences.  We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."
The Court's Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.
In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions.  We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.

October 2020
 Nigeria Independence Day October 1
World Vegetarian DayOctober 1
SukkotOctober 2
Int'l Day of Non-Violence. October 2
World Teachers' Day  October 5
Do Something Nice Day  October 5
Shemini Atzeret  October 9
Fire Prevention Day October 9
World Mental Health Day  October 11
Columbus DayOctober 12
Indigenous Peoples' Day  October 12
National Dessert Day  October 14
Global Hand Washing Day October 15
Boss' Day October 16
National Pasta Day  October 17
Pronouns Day  October 21
Halloween. October 31
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Clergy Appreciation Month
National Vegetarian Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Pizza Month 
Computer Learning Month

Yellow Stripes

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Usually our fall newsletters acknowledge the start of the school and we wish the best to students and teachers.   This year the acknowledgement is even more significant as parents have retrofitted space at home for virtual learning or prepared their students to return to school with lunches and PPE (personal protective equipment).  This school year won't be easy; it is the beginning of something new, something different.  Ask for help if you need it.  Be patient and kind to others and yourself.  Above all, stay safe and healthy.

The Detroit Bar Association: Raising the Bar

The Detroit Bar held its annual meeting August 13, 2020.   Although it was a virtual event, it was well attended.  Outgoing President Joanne Geha chaired the 184th Business Meeting of the Detroit Bar Association (the DBA).  The newly appointed Executive Director Julie Van Hove offered remarks, acknowledging the great work of her predecessor Darlene Trudell. 
Chief Judge Timothy M. Kenny administered the Oath of Office to the officers and incoming board members.  Daniel Shirey was sworn in as the 2020-21 President.  President Shirey is a principal at Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook law firm and an experienced litigator.  Third Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell was re-elected to the Board.  

One of the highlights of the evening was the DBA Awards Ceremony.   The Court is extremely proud to have two of its own recognized and honored for the work in the legal community.  The Awardees were: 
Frank Murphy Award
John Sier

Liberty Bell Award
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist
Detroit Bar President's Award
Hon. Patricia Perez Fresard, Third Circuit Court 
Committee of the Year Award
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee 
Co-Chairs:  Zenell Brown (Third Circuit Court) and James Rosenfeld (Butzel Long)
Members:  Joanne Geha Swanson (Kerr, Russell & Weber, PLC), Tishia Browning (Wayne State University Law School), Tiffany Ellis (Weitz & Luxenberg PC), Kimberly Yourchock (General Motors), and Antoinette Porter (DTE Energy) 
Pro Bono Service Award
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
Cara Swindlehurst and Team

Detroit Bar Legal Scholar
Jamele Hage, Delta Law Group

The Third Circuit Court congratulates all of the awardees and looks forward to continued collaboration with the DBA in the 2020-21 year. 

Supervised Treatment for Alcohol & Narcotic Dependency (S.T.A.N.D.)

On Friday, August 28, 2020 the Supervised Treatment for Alcohol & Narcotic Dependency (S.T.A.N.D.) Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program held its 1st Virtual Drive-Through Graduation Ceremony.  Before the pandemic, the S.T.A.N.D. Program would celebrate its graduates at a formal ceremony in the beautiful auditorium at the Detroit Public Library.  But like everything else in the wake of COVID-19, they were forced to create a different path while still acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments of each of their graduates. 

The S.T.A.N.D. Program is a highly-structured, specialty court designated to provide an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system through the use of comprehensive supervision and treatment services for youth that struggle with substance use disorders.  It is an incredible program that provides opportunity, teaches responsibility, builds character, and produces success in our youth.  

Through the rain and while still practicing social distancing rules, they were able to celebrate four exceptional youth that have spent the past year addressing a myriad of issues including substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and educational concerns post-COVID just to name a few.   They each participated in hundreds of hours of individual and group therapy.  Displaying their resiliency after the court closure in March, these youth continued their commitment to the program by appearing virtually via Zoom for bi-weekly conference hearings and virtual meetings with their probation officers.  By the date of graduation, each youth was substance free and had maintained their sobriety for months leading up to their special day. 

The S.T.A.N.D. Program has an amazing team that consists of jurists, a coordinator, an administrative assistant, probation officers, defense attorneys, educational advocates, prosecutors, and treatment providers. Each member of the team was instrumental in the youth's success. The S.T.A.N.D. Program interacts with youth that have been labeled as delinquents.  But we must remember that all human beings, no matter the differences that we hold, struggle with something in their lives and these kids are worth our investment today so they can achieve success tomorrow. 
Congratulations to the graduates and to the S.T.A.N.D. team!

Quicken Loans Backpack Drive

On August 31, 2020 the Wayne County CASA Program was gifted 65 backpacks for our CASA children in foster care. The backpacks were donated by Quicken Loan employees. This is the fifth year they have adopted CASA as one of the recipients of their benevolence.
The Wayne County CASA Program owes a debt of gratitude to Quicken Employees, Team Leader Rachel Robinson who is also a CASA volunteer, Heather McPherson, and Jamie Licavoli for their commitment to this yearly project.  Their commitment to making sure CASA kids in foster care have a running start at the beginning of the school year is awesome.  We look forward to next year.  We certainly thank them for making a difference in a child's life.