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Online seminar to examine jury trials during a pandemic

The Association of Defense Trial Counsel will present a virtual Lunch–and–Learn Seminar examining civil jury trials in the era of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec.8  beginning at noon via Zoom.

Guest speaker Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Michael Servitto will discuss conducting a jury trial during a pandemic and his experience with voir dire, witnesses, technology and jury issues with an eye on health mandates and recommendations.

For registration information, contact ADTC Executive Director Jessica Dzieszkowski at 810.338.5504 or

Federal Bar Book Club to meet December 9

The Book Club of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will discuss “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 1 via Zoom.

The Book Club discussion is free for FBA chapter members and $10 fee for non-members. 

Register at or contact Mindy Herrmann at 248.231.7887 or

ABA: Action needed to prevent COVID-19 eviction crisis

American Bar Association President Patricia Lee Refo sent a letter this week to leaders of Congress, calling on them to act swiftly to pass a new evictions moratorium for renters as well as relief for rental property owners.

Refo noted that the current federal moratorium on evictions that will expire Dec. 31 has helped stabilize families but imposed financial hardship on property owners.

Without action by Jan. 1, she warned of severe consequences to millions of American families, property owners, their communities, and to public health as the country experiences the onset of winter weather and a surge of COVID-19 infections.

Funeral home settles lawsuit that led to major LGBT ruling

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area funeral home has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit that led to a groundbreaking decision that protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment.

Aimee Stephens, 59, died weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court in June said she was covered by federal civil rights law.

Stephens worked as an embalmer and funeral home director at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Garden City. She was fired in 2013 when she told her boss that she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man. She said she wanted to be known as Aimee and would report to work wearing a conservative skirt suit or dress.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox approved the settlement Monday, The Detroit News reported.


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