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State Bar offers Race and Justice Forum

Attorneys are welcome to join the State Bar of Michigan and representatives from the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance for a meeting of the Race and Justice Forum on Thursday, March 25, beginning at 1 p.m. online via Zoom.

SBM’s Race and Justice Forum was established to stimulate conversation, advance knowledge, foster understanding of different perspectives, brainstorm solutions, and showcase opportunities to learn or help.

The Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) is a partnership between the Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, created to help legal services organizations and law firms work collaboratively with other sectors of the legal profession and stakeholders to dismantle barriers to opportunity in communities of color.

To register for the forum, visit

Examining ways in which to improve workplace productivity

The Association of Corporate Counsel-Michigan Chapter (ACC-MI) will present a webinar on “Utilizing Affinity Groups to Ensure Fair, Equitable, and a More Productive Workplace” on Wednesday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will offer a discussion on why business success requires effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

To register, visit and click on “events.”

Ex-governor loses challenge to Flint water charges

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal.

Lawyers for Rick Snyder said he worked in Ingham County, not Genesee County, so the indictment from a one-person grand jury was returned in the wrong place. But Judge William Crawford II said prosecutors have flexibility about where to pursue a case.

If Snyder goes to trial, a jury will be asked to determine if charges of willful neglect of duty occurred in the boundaries of Flint and Genesee County, Crawford said.

Snyder's attorneys plan to appeal.

Snyder, who served until 2019, is charged with failing to timely declare an emergency in Flint, which used the Flint River for drinking water in 2014-15 without properly treating it to reduce corrosion. Lead in old pipes contaminated the system over 18 months.

Experts also blamed high bacteria levels in the water for a spike in Legionnaires’ disease.

Eight other people face charges, including two former state health officials who are accused of involuntary manslaughter in nine deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease.


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