OCTOBER  2020 
October 2020 Newsletter Headlines

Welcome Back.  Several Detroit Public Library Branches have reopened. 
The library now has laptops that can be checked out.  The laptops are WiFi ready and can be taken home. These laptops can be checked out on an adult library card for 90 days.  There is no usage charge, but there is a replacement fee if the laptop is lost or damaged.  Patrons must request a laptop in person and will be notified when it is ready to be picked up.

Main Library
5201 Woodward Ave.
Located in Midtown
Call (313) 481-1400
Tuesday - Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday (October - May):  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For other branch locations and additional information, visit
The Detroit Public Library has been a longstanding partner with the Third Circuit Court specialty court and outreach programs.    

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.

November 2020
World Vegan Day - November 1 
Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead")- November 1 & 2
Election Day - November 3
Love your Lawyer Day - November 6
World Freedom Day - November 9
USMC Day - November 10
Veterans Day -   November 11
World Kindness Day - November 13
International Day for Tolerance - November 16
Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20
Humane Society Day - November 22
Thanksgiving - November 26
Small Business Saturday - November 28

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Greetings and Happy Diversity Awareness Month,
National Diversity Day is an annual event on the first Friday in 
October.  On October 14, 2020, members of our bench had an opportunity to help bring awareness on diversity and inclusion at the recent 17th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference. 

The conference sets a positive tone for the diversity and inclusion work that our judges and staff must embark upon. Here is the link to the session facilitated by former U.S. Attorney Barbara Quade, with our own Hon. Charlene Elder, Hon. Noah P. Hood, Hon. Patricia Fresard, and from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District Hon. Judith E. Levy.
It is our responsibility to implement diversity and inclusion into action.  The Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan team is only one piece of the work.  The success of our internal operations and our delivery of judicial services to the public is dependent on our individual and collective actions moment to moment. 
The great hope of society is in individual character.

On September 19th,  Judge Strong was honored as 
A Man of Justice by the Charles H. Wright Museum 
at a drive-through membership drive at the museum. 

This mural is located on Brentwood and Woodward, near Seven Mile in Detroit.   There are various murals depicting Hispanic culture throughout Detroit.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 - October 15, 2020.
Our Court's first Hispanic judges were Hon. Isidore Torres and Hon. Patricia Fresard, our current Chief Judge Pro Temp.  For years, Judge Fresard has hosted court personnel to partake in authentic Hispanic dishes during Hispanic Heritage Month.  We will miss that annual gathering and in the absence invite court personnel to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month on the U.S. Department of State website

CASA Interview on the
Steve Hood Show

On September 20th, the Wayne County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program was highlighted on the Steve Hood Show, "Detroit Wants to Know."  The Sunday morning host, Steve Hood, gave special attention to Michigan CASA, of which our local Wayne County CASA, Executive Director Roland Smith was featured in an upfront down-to-earth interview.
The interview stressed the need for Child Advocacy and volunteers to help with our children in the foster care system.  Roland explained the process of what it takes to become a CASA volunteer and the work that is involved.  Currently Wayne County CASA is serving 102 children with 55 volunteers.  There are over 3,000 children in Wayne County Foster Care homes.  
If you would like additional information and/or would like to see the full interview, click here.

In the midst of a global pandemic, Specialty Court Services-Criminal Division, remained true to its goals and objectives of its programs by reducing new crime in the jurisdiction, by reducing the use of drugs and alcohol while in programming, and by improving the overall quality of life of program participants so that they may become productive, contributing citizens to their communities.
This past September, Criminal Division celebrated two momentous occasions virtually; Mental Health Court Commencement on September 18 and Drug Court commencement on September 25.
Since the Criminal Division remains essentially closed to the public, they had to think outside of the box. They wanted to ensure that program participants who had worked so hard to maintain their sobriety during one of the most stressful times in their lives was recognized. And so, Specialty Court Services prepared for graduation as they always do for the month of September.
Participants received their caps and tassels and joined their respective program hosts for their virtual 2020 commencement.
This year they honored 14 program participants in Mental Health Court and 13 in Drug Court.
Each ceremony was overseen by their respective Supervising Judges, Judge Mariam Bazzi and Judge Regina Thomas for Mental Health Court and Judge Qiana Lillard and Judge Bridget Hathaway for Drug Court, both acting on behalf of Presiding Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr. in his absence.
A huge thank you to Chief Judge Timothy M. Kenny; Executive Court Administrator, Zenell Brown; Chief Financial Officer, Lyn Roberts and her team; General Counsel, Richard Lynch; Deputy Court Administrator, Alisa Shannon; and Director of Criminal Court Services, Tamela Aikens for their continued support of the efforts within Specialty Court Services. As well as to the multitude of community partners, without whom the Court could not do the work it does as a team.