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Judge on state’s top court returning after mental health care

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice says he’s returning to in-person work after a month away to seek treatment for depression.

Richard Bernstein, who is blind, has been a justice since 2015 and was re-elected last November to an eight-year term.

“It is my sincere hope that by talking about these issues in the open, free from any needless stigma, we can move closer to a day when anyone struggling can avail themselves of the same quality care I was blessed to receive,” Bernstein said in a statement.

He announced on April 18 that he was seeking care outside Michigan. Bernstein said Tuesday that he was treated for ‘situational depression,”
which can develop due to a series of events.

Bernstein did not participate when the Supreme Court heard cases on April 26 and May 10.

Bernstein comes from a well-known family in Michigan’s legal community, name recognition that helped get him elected in 2014. The Sam
Bernstein law firm is a major TV advertiser in the Detroit area.

State Bar presents  Pipeline Summit

The State Bar of Michigan will present the 2023 Pipeline Summit  on Thursday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Delta Hotels by Marriott Detroit Novi in Farmington Hills.

The event aims to bring together stakeholders to share information on current pipeline activities, identify collaboration opportunities, and foster discussion to move the legal profession forward.

Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share their insights and ideas on how to strengthen the pipeline to the legal profession.

To register, visit

FBA to host annual dinner June 7

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will host its annual dinner on Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the International Banquet and Conference Center at the Atheneum Hotel  in Detroit.

The program will include presentation of the 2023 Julian Abele Cook Jr. - Bernard A. Friedman Civility Award, recognition of members of the federal bench, election of chapter officers, live music and social time with friends and colleagues.

Cost is $89 for FBA members, $60 for federal law clerks and law students, and $121 for all non-members.  

To register, visit and click on “events.”


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